Left photo: Mr. Reynaldo L. Lanuza orients the BS Forestry interns from CTU-Argao Campus regarding CRERDEC and its operations as well as the process of the internship program. Right photo: The interns taking a break after their orientation at the CRERDEC’s experimental forest station at Camp 7 Milangnilla, Cebu.

The Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) once again teamed up with Cebu Technology University-Argao Campus (CTU) for the Internship of BS Forestry students for SY 2019-2020. This is in consonance with the strategic and comprehensive information, education and communication thrust of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which includes the partnership and collaboration with academic institutions to support human development

The first day of the interns was full of joy due to the support provided by the CRERDEC family and staff. Eight (8) BS Forestry students composed of six males and two females paid courtesy call with the CRERDEC Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica. The internship program has a duration of 640 hours starting from January 21 to April 30, 2020. A Memorandum of Agreement was executed stipulating the roles and responsibilities of DENR as the host agency, CTU as the academic institution, and the interns.

Initially, Mr. Reynaldo L. Lanuza Supervising Science Research Specialist briefed the interns on the Center’s areas of jurisdiction and excellence, organizational structure, internal office policies, research facilities, and RDE operations and management prior to their dispatch at Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu for the whole duration of the internship program. The detailed functions and activities of the various technical units were also presented. Mr. Lanuza also discussed how the practicum will be undertaken such as the topics and activities, work hours and schedules, preparation of daily journal, and practicum decorum.

After the orientation, the CRERDEC staff together with the students conducted a courtesy call with the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu to inform and present the students to the Local Chief Executive and the barangay officials of said engagement as well as request possible assistance for future community activities. Reynaldo l. Lanuza and Joylyn Q. Sogo-an, CRERDEC