Moalboal ASEAN-SEED scholar arrives in Canada

ASEAN-SEED scholar Resti Tito Villarino enters Vancouver International Airport on January 26th before heading to Montreal, Quebec for a 14-day quarantine.

Travel regulations have become increasingly complicated these days, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the world, but no disease is deterrent to Prof. Resti Tito Villarino’s North American trip, as he arrived in Canada on January 26th, for his six-month research stint under the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED).

Upon arrival, Villarino observed how Canadian authorities oriented  passengers to their health protocols and required them to submit a quarantine plan.

He received an online monitoring application called ‘ArriveCan’ to ensure a proper 14-day monitoring system while completing mandatory quarantine.

Throughout Canada’s pandemic-induced lockdown that began last year, the ‘Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) has entirely shifted to online learning. Thus, he virtually met his research advisor Michel Plaisent via on January 29th.

He is also going to meet with  Dr. Paquito Bernard from the Department of Physical Activity Sciences, as he deepens his analysis on  mental awareness and well-being development of students.

Meantime, he hopes to get over with the quarantine protocol that puts him in a Filipino-owned house  just 10 minutes away from the university, so he could start working on his research. Rosalea Fenina Margallo/ICPA Moalboal