Representatives of CVCIEERD met in Dumaguete City to discuss and endorse innovation agenda, among other matters while PSTD Atty. Arbon discuss key topics before the Body during the meeting.

Dumaguete City – Representatives from the different higher education institutions (HEIs) in Central Visayas met in the City of Gentle People here in Negros Oriental recently to discuss, agree and endorse agenda of the regional innovation consortium.

Dubbed as the Central Visayas for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development or CVCIEERD, it has 13 HEIs and 2 national government agencies (NGAs) as members.

With the said R&D agenda, member institutions are expected to make a package proposal anchored on the said agenda for endorsement of CVCIEERD and for possible funding from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of DOST.

Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) is currently holding the chairmanship of the consortium for a period of 3 years starting this year while the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. VII (DOST VII) is holding the co-chairmanship position.

The body agreed to endorse the following R&D agenda: Energy, Food Processing, ICT/Industry 4.0, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Clean Technology and Waste Management.

Present during the 1st Regional Research and Development Council meeting were Pres. Dr. Joel P. Limson, VP REXIL Dr. Merivic Catada, Dean Michael Baldado of NORSU as host institution; VP for R&D Dr. Zina Sayson of Bohol Island State University; Mr. Dean Marlon Tanilon of Foundation University; Research Associate Ms. Rosaly Chatto of Holy Name University; Research Director Dr. Leah Wilfreda Pilongo of University of Bohol; Research Director Dr. Renato Sagayno of University of Cebu; Dean Dr. Jonnifer Sinogaya of University of the Philippines Cebu; Dr. Agnes Sequiño of University of San Jose – Recoletos; Pres. Sr. Joseline Lasala and Mr. Clifford Kilat of St. Paul University Dumaguete; Ms. Michele Dagohoy of Siquijor State College; Pres. Dr. Betty McCann and Research Director Dr. Enrique Oracion of Silliman University; and Mr. Elvie Cenita of DOST 7. Provincial S&T Dir. Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon and SRS II Engr. Reinhold Jek Abing from DOST Negros Oriental served as the interim secretariat.

While the said consortium is in its infancy, the body agreed to make an inventory of all researchers and facilities of all member institutions. It was also agreed during the meeting to capacitate the researchers of the member institutions. With the strategy, the researchers can package proposals which are likely to be funded.

To note, DOST-PCIEERD will fund and monitor approved research and development projects of CVCIEERD. (By: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, DOST Negros Oriental S&T Service)