CTU Argao—The Center for Studies in Biodiversity would primarily “balance and sustain the needs of ecosystem” according to DOST Assistant Secretary Emmanuel S. Galvez in his keynote speech at the launching ceremony on April 20.
Equipped with cutting-edge technologies, the 14-million BENRC is comparable to those in other parts of the Southeast Asian region. It benefits agencies interested in genotoxicity, cytotoxicity, biology, and food innovation.
Campus Director Juanita P. Pinote , in her speech, shared how much help can be afforded to the stakeholders and researchers of the university. She also acknowledged Research and Development Director Hemres Alburo and Scholarships Director Rosalyn Alburo for their pursuit—from supervising the development of the project until the installation of equipment in the laboratory.
Dr. Hemres Alburo sees BENRC as protector of natural resources and agricultural fields in Argao, as students and faculty aim for researches on biodiversity.
CTU President Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. had two centers opened this year—first in Barili (Center for Studies in Biodiversity) and second in Argao. Productivity in terms of research is one of the thrusts of his administration, which DOST ASEC Emmanuel Galvez and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources, Research and Development (PCARRD) Director Edilberto L. Paradela hugely support.
Moreover, authorities who made it to the event were NEDA Regional Director Efren B. Carreon, CHED Regional Director representative Josefino Ronquillo, DENR Director Emma Milana, PBCF, Inc. Executive Director Liza J. Paguntalan, and FPE Regional Manager for Visayas Raymunda B. Debuayan. ICPA Argao