ABBA R&D Center inaugurated
Saturday, 11 August 2018 17:02


The researchers of the College of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CFAS) have an additional research facility conducive to working and learning- the newly built Aquatic, Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (ABBA) Research and Development Center, which was blessed and inaugurated on August 7, 2018.

Dr. Nonillon M. Aspe, one of the Outstanding Young Scientists of 2018; CFAS Dean Dr. Jhonamie M. Omar, and the faculty and staff welcomed guests and top University officials during the blessing of ABBA R&D Center. University President Dr. Elsa P. Manarpaac, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Hope Timotea P. Evina, and Vice President for Administration and Finance graced the inauguration. Balik Scientist awardee Dr. Hernando P. Bacosa was the special guest. The deans of the different colleges and other officials of the university were also present during the program. The inauguration was sponsored by the GSRF Blue Communities Program.

Dr. Lota B. Creencia, in-charge of the ABBA R & D Center and Case Study Leader of the GSRF Blue Communities Project, gave an overview of the center and introduced the following in-house projects:

1. GCRF Blue Communities Project

2. CHED DARE TO Abalone Project

3. DOST-PCIEERD Abalone Project

4. USAID STRIDE Abalone Project

Aside from Dr. Creencia, the other key researchers are Dr. Benjamin J. Gonzales, Dr. Roger G. Dolorosa, Dr. Herminie P. Palla, Ms. Arlene L. Avillanosa, and Ms. Jean Beth S. Jontilla.

In her message, WPU President Dr. Elsa P. Manarpaac inspired the researchers to maximize the use of the ABBA Center for research activities. She also challenged them to do more and achieve more despite the various difficulties that researchers face.

The two-floor R&D building is equipped with researcher's offices, laboratories, and conference rooms. Its rooftop provides a refreshing view of Puerto Princesa Bay on the east and of the green mountains on the west.

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