The Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau ((CRERDEC-ERDB) linked up with University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI) to work jointly towards the achievement of the Science for the Convergence of Agriculture and Tourism (SciCAT) program. UP ISSI spearheaded the implementation of SciCAT, a program funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).
CRERDEC Head Dr. Alicia L. Lustica attended the program meeting for the establishment of the DOST PCAARRD’s SciCAT Program last January 31, 2019 at the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in Diliman Quezon City. The officials and representatives discussed the lined-up activities and expectations towards the achievement of the project’s deliverables and identified improvements or changes that could help improve the status of selected farm sites.
Mr. Leonico T. Cubillas, Jr., SciCAT program leader thoroughly discussed the program rationale, framework, and expected outputs at the start of the meeting while PCAARRD representative, Ms. Lucy Lastimosa presented the overview of SciCAT program. Agreements were set on the UPISSI schedule of assessments. SciCAT team assured DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña’s full support in providing assistance to farm sites under the program.
The 6 farm sites identified are the ‘Ornamental Plants – Guiguinto’ in Bulacan; ‘Bambusetum – Maasin’ in Iloilo; ‘Organic Rice – Zarraga’ also in Iloilo; ‘Highland Vegetables – Dalaguete’ in Cebu; ‘Organic Vegetables – Jaro’ in Leyte; and the ‘Fruit Tree Plantation’ in General Santos City. Dr. Alicia L. Lustica and Ann F. Jumawan, CRERDEC