The COVID‑19 spread has overwhelmed public service delivery and challenged public servants to continue providing services amidst fear. However, the pandemic situation has not prevented CRERDEC to continue building linkages and networks to strengthen partnership in research undertakings, particularly in the Visayas regions.  With the restrictions of travel and face to face collaborations, science researchers confronted the virus outbreak with an unprecedented spirit of cooperation.  Virtual meetings, webinars, direct messaging through emails and other online platforms kept CRERDEC abreast of activities from partner research institutions. Continuous technical assistance and cooperation on various activities organized by the consortia were addressed.

Reaping the rewards of commitment, ERDB-CRERDEC has received recognition from the Central Visayas Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (CVAARRDEC) during its 3rd Founding Anniversary last October 26, 2020 at Reyna Haven and Garden Resort in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.  Said recognition is in grateful appreciation for the center’s unwavering support to the activities of the consortium.

CVAARRDEC is a consortium of research institutions in Central Visayas supervised by Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).  It is currently chaired by the Bohol Island State University (BISU).

Aside from CVAARRDEC, CRERDEC also actively collaborates with the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC), an organization of 29 research institutions from the Western Visayas Region that seek to pool technical expertise and other resources related to research and development activities in Western Visayas.  CVAARRDEC and WESVARRDEC are DOST’s PCAARRD regional research consortia which aim to establish a unified regional research and development (R&D) management group that plans, integrates, reviews and coordinates research programs and sets to maximize management of resources as well to advance R&D programs relevant to regional and national goals.

 Strengthening collaboration with the scientific community and research institutions brings together the best minds and believed to be vital in the pursuit for sustainable environment, natural resources and agricultural research and development in the face of the COVID pandemic.   //TTEU-CRERDEC