ERDB-WWRC hosted the CLAARRDEC (Region 3 Consortium) Experts’ Pool 2nd Quarter Meeting on June 2, 2017 at the WWRRC Conference Room, Loakan Road, Baguio City. It was the Center’s turn to host the meeting for the consortium after five (5) years since a hosting rotation agreement was made among the Consortium’s Member Institutions (CMIs). The meeting was participated by 13 CMIs from state colleges and universities in Region 3, different government agencies namely DAR, BFAR, PCC, LGUs of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Aurora, PhilRice, NIA, and WWRC-ERDB.

Ms. Helen Maddumba, Assistant Center Head of WWRRC welcomed the participants, after presenting a short background of the center together with its major programs and projects being implemented in Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR. Consortium Director, Dr. Fe L. Porciuncula of Central Luzon State University presided over the meeting.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the identification of Priority Commodities for 2017-2018. The group identified the tiger prawn for aquatic, onion for crops, free-range chicken for animals, and coastal resources management for the environment. All the CMIs were encouraged to prepare proposals on the said identified priority areas. With regard to social sciences research, impact assessment of projects, indigenous knowledge, gender and development, and extension delivery system were among the priorities to work on for this year and onwards. The consortium member agencies were also requested to prepare and submit proposals for the Science Action Frontline for Emergencies and Hazards (SAFE) program of PCAARRD (DOST).

The upcoming 28th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights was also discussed. It will be held at the Amphitheater of Central Luzon State University on September 28, 2017. Plans and activities for the CLAARRDEC FIESTA’s were also presented. The FIESTA will be highlighted with a parade of floats on mechanized farming and modern agricultural technologies.

The meeting ended with the Consortium Director’s appreciation to the WWRC-ERDB for hosting the meeting. She also expressed her hopes for more collaboration of research activities concerning the environment where WWRRC-ERDB can take the lead in Region 3. Alma B. Domingo, WWRRC