The forum aimed to create an environment,which “recognizes the potential global impact of local researchers, affords avenue for them to be presented to the public, and increase appreciation,utilization and collaboration.” She added with the theme “Navigating the newglobalization: Local action for global challenges,” the forum has centered onhealth-related researches from the region “which has the potential to respondto our country’s and global health challenges.” Professor Saludes of University of San Agustinalso presented the research on new antibiotics from Iloilo marine sediments,while Professor Bolivar of the University of Antique presented the research onhealth facilities and services available in a local government unit. Bacal urged participants to relate theresearch studies presented to the current scenarios, hoping that “furtherstudies and applications will eventually lead to medical and healthsolutions.”(With a report from PNA/PN) Layson of Iloilo National High Schoolpresented her research on the anti-diabetic components of Muntingia calabura Linn.(Tingiaceae), locally known as “aratilis”or Jamaican cherry; while Blancaflor of the University of San Agustin presentedthe research on phytochemicals from “kadyos” (pigeon pea) as antibiotic againstdrug-resistant bacteria. NEDA-6 director Ro-Ann Bacal said the researchforum on Wednesday was initiated in line with the celebration of theDevelopment Policy Research Month and was aimed to respond to healthchallenges. Among those who presented their researches wasyoung scientist Ma. Isabel Layson; academic researcher Jenny Marie Blancaflorand the two internationally renowned scientists under the “Balik Scientist” programof the Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Jonel Saludes and Prof.Loyalda Bolivar. Bacal commended the young scientists for theirenthusiasm for scientific research and validation. “We hope and look forward toyour continued work on this. We hope that there are more companies that aretying up with you because these also take resources to go up the stages,” shesaid. ILOILO City – The National EconomicDevelopment Authority Region 6 (NEDA-6) highlighted health-related researchesduring its 2019 regional research utilization forum here. Jenny Marie Blancaflor (left) and Ma. Isabel Layson present their health-related researches during the 2019 Regional Research Utilization Forum on Sept. 25. GAIL MOMBLAN/PNA “We want to start conversations with thevarious sectors, and we want these conversations to be mainstreamed in ourregular meeting until it becomes second nature to be talking about science,technology and innovation,” Bacal said.