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Our Science and Technology (S&T) Journal is back. We resume after a brief lull with the resolve to sustain publishing from hereon. We are indeed propelled more than ever because it is a part of our mandate, our commitment to serve the public whose investment in us has to be reciprocated via knowledge creation, specifically in the form of research breakthroughs. Since we started publishing, we have vowed to be driven by principle that research is a public enterprise. Research breakthroughs then must be presented to the public not only to advance science and technology for its own sake but also if not more so, to provide options or solutions to the issues and problems of everyday life especially in our service areas. This is the commitment of research and so for MMSU through the S&T Journal.
The S&T Journal returns with this volume the promise of sustained and progressive publishing. We shall sustain by coming up with a quality issue on a regular basis. It is progressive for it will adhere and cope with the improving quality standards of publishing, nationally as prescribed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and internationally according to global parameters, protocols, and norms. Beginning with this volume, the journal shall henceforth be a refereed publication. Part of the promise is the enlistment of high calibre external referees who pass acceptability measure on each article submitted for possible publication. We hope to have the international serial badge for the journal soon. In addition, we are now opening up the journal for contributors from outside of MMSU. Our S&T Journal shall henceforth become a publication for the whole research community without any restriction in terms of area, agency, and institutional bounds. Our S&T Journal embraces the norm of internationalization of research.
Seven of the several articles submitted for review have hurdled proverbial 'eye of the needle' and have been finally considered part of this volume. They represent a cross section of the disciplines, which include agriculture, food, forestry, service learning partnerships, and human resources. We look forward to a richer content and substance of the journal in the upcoming editions with the contributions of researchers from outside our university.
MIRIAM E. PASCUA
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