The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) conducted a three-day project review and onsite monitoring evaluation of Cebu Technological University’s PCAARRD-funded projects on September 21-23, 2022.
Dr. Faustina C. Baradas, the Division Head of DOST-PCAARRD, led the monitoring with her team Dr. Nimfa K. Torreta, Dr. Christine D. Santiago, and For. Maria Kristina Abigail S. Lapitan.
The project review and monitoring aim to assess the project’s implementation status and ensure that the projects have been implemented in accordance with the agreed plans, objectives, and deliverables.
Five CTU research projects were presented and assessed by DOST-PCAARRD’s team. Dr. Raamah Rosales of CTU Main presented the updates of his two projects entitled Assessment, Nutrient Profiling, and Propagation of Economically Important Terrestrial Snail Species in selected Key Biodiversity Areas in Cebu and DNA Barcoding for Molecular Identification of Endemic Flora for Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation in Cebu’s Key Biodiversity Areas.
Meanwhile, the University Vice-President for Research and Development Dr. Archiebald Baltazar B. Malaki, presented his two projects entitled Flora and Fauna Assessment using permanent Biodiversity Managements (BMS) in Cebu Island Key Biodiversity Areas and Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Mangroves in Camotes Island, Cebu, Philippines.
For. Gilbert A. Bejec also gave an update on his research project entitled Diversity of Bat Ectoparasites from the caves of selected Key Biodiversity Areas in Central Visayas.
Present also during the monitoring meeting at the main campus were Prof. Junas Flores, chairperson of the Department of Communication; Dr. Christian Ray Licen, chairperson of the Department of English Language and Literary Studies; and Prof. Francisco Lucero, university director for Culture and the Arts, to discuss the Information and Education Communication (IEC) materials aspect of the research project.
The DOST-PCAARRD team also visited Land Snail Farm, DNA Barcoding and Bat Ectoparasites Laboratories, and the Central Visayas R&D Center for Biodiversity.
On the last day of their visit, the monitoring team was able to taste the land snail’s innovative food products manufactured by CTU Main, headed by Dr. Renissa Quiñones.
Words by Junas Flores