August 31, 2022
by Arbe Jay Polancos
The 1st Philippine Aviation Research Conference (PARC) conducted last July 14-15, 2022 which was held via Zoom, paved the way for Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology (AISAT) student researchers to present their collegiate papers together with most of the aviation community and academe in the country, and even abroad. This significant event was hosted by Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PhilSCA) with coordination from PATTS College of Aeronautics and Air Link International Aviation College (ALIAC).
Researches ranging from topics in the field of Aviation Education, Aeronautical Communication, Aviation Tourism, Aviation Logistics, Aviation Security and Management, Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT), Air Transportation, Avionics, Aviation Information Technology and System, and Aeronautical Management and Public Administration were presented by various aviation and technology schools all over the Philippines. AISAT, being one of those premier aviation schools, was represented by four (4) undergraduate research groups.
The selection process was tedious, and there were a lot of requirements before a paper or study can be accepted. Fortunately, they all passed the initial screening and were advised to present their research. They were told to record their presentation in under 10 minutes, upload it to YouTube, and will only be asked questions live during the conference.
The first group was under the topic of Aviation Education with the title: “THE CORRELATION BETWEEN ONLINE LEARNING AND LEARNING MOTIVATION OF AVIATION STUDENTS” which was made by George Nicole Medina, Joshua Jared Mendez, Jess Dominic Malabuyoc, and Ciedrick Marasigan. Although, on the day of the actual presentation, Ms. Medina presented their study alone. When asked how she felt after, she said that it was manageable even if at first, she was hesitating if she would even join since she’s already working. If she had not, then she would not have enjoyed winning the 3rd place overall as best research under Aviation Education. Talk about almost missed chances.
The next group is still under Aviation Education with the title: “THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO THE EMPLOYMENT AMONG AMT/AET GRADUATES” by Vera Suzette Saquian, Andrew James Pedregosa, Prince Kyle Norman Rubia, and Gil II Evangelio Sarad. Like Ms. Medina, Ms. Saquian presented it alone. She then relayed that the presentation was alright but when the Q&A portion started, she felt nervous since she was alone, but she pulled through, eventually.
The third group was entitled with: “THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON COLLEGE AVIATION EDUCATION: STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVE” by Vencent Gazmen, Tristan Miguel Roa Evangelista, Florence Angelou Gonzales, and Kit Lemuel Gonzaga. This was presented alone by Mr. Gazmen, but he had help from Ms. Gonzales prior to the presentation.
Last in line was the group with the title: “THE EFFECTS OF THE FLEXIBLE WORKING SCHEDULE IN AVIATION INDUSTRY IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC” by Rysher Errand Cabasagan, Mohammad Emil Antonio, Casey James Avergonzado, and Joshua Jade Bagayo. This group however, did not attend the conference.
These students and their respective research papers would not have succeeded and represented AISAT had it not been for Dr. Gerlieta Ruiz, their research teacher, and their research advisers, as well.