17.8 million is nice start for CTU Argao with NICER Program

Niche Centers in the Region for R&D (NICER) Program of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOSTPCAARRD) granted CTU Argao 17.8 million for the two-year research project,  Flora and Fauna Assessment Using Permanent Biodiversity Monitoring System (PBMS) in Cebu Island KBAs”,  led by Prof. Enrico L. Replan.

The inception meeting with CTU and DOST officials last week at Argao Campus reiterated the aim of  establishing  permanent monitoring plots across four (4) key biodiversity areas of Cebu such as Mt. Kangbulagsing and Lanaya, Mt. Catmon (incl. Tabunan), Mt. Nug-As and Mt. Lantoy and identifying  biodiversity trends as key bases for rehabilitation and monitoring of precious biodiversity (flora and fauna) of the island for conservation and protection.It also considered  identifying potential problems which might arise during the project’s implementation.

Prof. Replan presented the  strategic targets of the project on its first year, underscoring obligations for the proper and timely implementation of the project, management and implementation plan, and  work packages and respective tasks in order to level-off and execute the project guided by the rules and policies of  DOST-PCAARRD and CTU.

The meeting covered  parallel activities, which will ascertain the project’s accomplishments and targets. Dr. Nimfa Torreta and Dr. Leila America of FERD-PCAARRD elaborated on the main pillars of the project in terms of Technical and Financial M & E Guidelines.

CTU President Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. (C) sees fruition of the talk he had with DOST Asec. Emmanuel S. Galvez on the NICER project last year.

A visit to the newly constructed Center for Biodiversity Studies was also conducted for greater appreciation of the new beginnings in biodiversity research in the region.

The DOST- NICER program with its pilot project on biodiversity implemented by CTU Argao indicates progress for biodiversity conservation and protection in the country.  ER