CVCIEERD members pose for a photo opportunity at the façade of DOST VII after the MOA Signing held at the Elena O. Diola Hall. (From left to right) DOST Negros Oriental PSTD Atty. Arbon, Mr. Kilat of SPUD, FU Chancellor for Academic Affairs Mr. Alih, DOST VII ARD for TOD Engr. Zamora, Jr., Mr. Cenita of DOST VII, USC President Fr. Miranda, USJ-R COE Dean Engr. Badana and Engr. Salazar, Engr. Abing of DOST Negros Oriental, DOST VII Regional Dir. Engr. Paradela, UP Cebu Chancellor Atty. Corro, CIT University President Engr. Villamor, UC Chief Legal Counsel Atty. Sarausad, SU VP for Development Prof. Belarmino, HNU VPAA Bro. Bulilan, BISU President Dr. Pobar, BISU VP for RDE Dr. Sayson, BISU Research Dir. Dr. Castil, Ms. Aranas of UV and Research Dir. for R&D Dr. Vasquez, UB President Dr. Tirol III, and NORSU President Dr. Limson.

CEBU CITY, February 7 – In an effort to promote science and technology applications in Central Visayas for the industry, energy and emerging technology sector, the Department of Science and Technology No. VII (DOST VII) Iin collaboration with the Innovation Council has established a consortium with the different higher education institutions (HEIs) in the region.

Dubbed as CVCIEERD which stands for Central Visayas Consortium for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, it is a collaborative network among universities and colleges. These institutions have expertise in the disciplines of engineering and related sciences. The consortium will serve as conduit for research funds from the Innovation Council which is the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of DOST (DOST-PCIEERD), among other things.

To formally forge the consortium, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the different HEI representatives in February 7, 2019 at the Elena O. Diola Hall of DOST VII in Lahug, Cebu City.

Present during the MOA Signing were DOST VII Regional Director Engr. Edilberto L. Paradela, DOST VII Assistant Regional Director Engr. Jesus F. Zamora, Jr., DOST Negros Oriental Prov’l S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Bohol Island State University (BISU) President Dr. Regucuvilla A. Pobar, BISU Vice President for Research and Development Dr. Zina D. Sayson, BISU Director of Research and Development Dr. Proceso M. Castil, CIT University President Engr. Bernard Nicolas E. Villamor, Foundation University Chancellor for Academic Affairs Mr. Faisal M. Alih, and Holy Name University Vice President for Academic Affairs Bro. Carl Milos R. Bulilan.

Also in attendance were Negros Oriental State University President Dr. Joel P. Limson, Silliman University (SU) Vice President for Development Prof. Jane Annette L. Belarmino, Mr. Clifford Kilat of St. Paul University Dumaguete, University of Bohol President Dr. Victoriano B. Tirol III, University of Cebu Chief Legal Counsel Atty. Manuel Elijah Sarausad, University of San Carlos President Fr. Dionisio M. Miranda, University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R) Dean Engr. Jeremiah Badana and Engr. Randy Salazar, University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) Chancellor Atty. Liza D. Corro, and University of the Visayas (UV) Director for Research and Development Dr. Brian Vasquez and colleague.

In his message, DOST 7 RD Paradela expressed his gratitude to the different representatives of HEIs, especially the presidents, who personally attended the MOA signing. He then challenged the participants to make innovative researches relevant to the need of Central Visayas.

On the first 3 years of operation, NORSU will handle the chairmanship of CVCIEERD with DOST VII as co-chair. After the period, the body will select another HEI member which will handle the chairmanship for another 3 years.

Prior to the MOA Signing, DOST VII Assistant Regional Director Engr. Jesus F. Zamora, Jr. discussed the contents of the MOA. DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon presented the proposed CVCIEERD 2019 R&D Agenda and Strategic Plan which was the result of the Strategic Planning Workshop by HEI representatives last quarter.

“In September last year, DOST VII through DOST Negros Oriental invited DOST-PCIEERD and HEIs in the region to meet in NORSU in Dumaguete City to discuss the possibility of reconstituting the CVCIEERD which has not been functional since the 90s.

With the successful September meeting, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held 2 months later in Tagbilaran City, Bohol which drafted the 2019 R&D Agenda and the contents of the MOA.”

The Innovation Council will help fund the operational expenses of the consortium. It will also help capacitate researchers of the member institutions in proposal preparation to make it more appealing for funding, among other things. (Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/DOST NegOr S&T Media Service)