The Social Research Training and Development Office (SRTDO) and the International Studies Department jointly sponsored the first International Studies Faculty Research Dissemination on December 5, 2015, Saturday, at the 8th floor, Xavier Hall, Training room, Community Center of the First Companions, Ateneo de Davao University. Students from the IS Department, graduate school students and members of the faculty attended the research dissemination. The activity served as a platform for students, faculty and scholars to join the discourse on issues affecting the local and global scale. It also provided an opportunity to share research findings drawn from the IS disciplinal lens.

Atty. Kim Taguibao as the emcee ensured the smooth flow of the program. Dr. Christine S. Diaz (SRTDO Director) gave the opening remarks. The presentation was divided in two parts. The first panel focused on “Migration and the Nation State” where Mr. Akeem Jade Fabila (IS faculty) presented his paper titled, “Plight of the Undocumented Sama-Simunul Children in Tawi Tawi” and Dr. Anderson Villa (IS faculty) discussed his research titled, “Filipino Irregular Migrants in Japan”. Mr. Dennis Coronel (Sociology faculty) shared insights as the discussant for the first panel. The second panel centered on the topic “Asian Maritime Commons” with two presentors, namely, Ms. Rhisan Mae E. Morales (IS faculty), with her paper, “Philippine Foreign Policy in the West Philippine Sea after the 2012 Scarborough Standoff: Implications for National Security”, and Mr. John Harvey Gamas (IS Department Chair) who discussed his research titled, “The International Subsystem of East Maritime Southeast Asia, 1500-1860”. Mr. Ramon Beleno (PS and History Department Chair) served as the discussant for the second panel. Mr. Martin Escobido (IS faculty) graced the activity as moderator for both panels. The Assistant Dean of the Social Science cluster, Dr. Efren John Sabado gave the closing remarks.

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