The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research Development (PCAARRD) revives its support to the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program (ViCARP) this year, 2015. This is to address the need to strengthen further such partnership to make Science and Technology development efforts more visible in the region and more appreciated by the policy-makers.

Dr. Edwin C. Villar, Director for Livestock Research Division of PCAARRD, formally announced as he graces the opening program during the 26th Regional RDE Symposium held last March 17-18, 2015 at the VSU Convention Hall. He said that PCAARRD will revive and renew its engagement with the consortium. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing will commence in June 2015 with a theme “Strengthening Partnership, Delivering Results”.

In his message, he further elaborated that Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, the new Acting Executive Director of PCAARRD, has laid out initially his platform of governance in Research and Development management which includes the revival of PCAARRD’s active support and engagement with the consortia. Dr. Ebora believes that the consortium is a potent mechanism to deliver the Council’s deliverables based on its mandate and functions. But certainly the engagement with the consortium will not be the business as usual type. “We will identify particular tasks and specific management components which the Council can delegate to the Regional Consortia. For example, the consortium should include the conduct of a regional pest and disease/hazard surveillance as an added task including packaging programs on hazard mitigation and the crafting of a regional quick response mechanism”, he added.

Furthermore, he stressed “we will identify what are the specific PCAARRD expectations from the consortia and what they should deliver. We will also discern the benefits and costs to be derived from undertaking certain tasks and what are their relative importance for mainstreaming/adoption purposes”.

PCAARRD’s engagement with the Consortium will be anchored on the Industry Strategic Programs (ISP) based on the current 34 PCAARRD ISPs. It will look closely on the RDC regional priorities, the consortium member-agency’s current RDE agenda and the DOST’s 8-Point Desired Outcomes.

There are more initiatives which PCAARRD have already put on the table citing their experiences in the recent past particularly on packaging programs and technology transfer.

With this initiative, VICARP is set to bring more impact and change in the research and development scenario in Eastern Visayas.