VIP CORALS celebrates first year anniversary

BatStateU’s Verde Island Passage Center for Oceanographic Research and Aquatic Life Sciences (VIP CORALS) conducted a seminar entitled, “Waves and Ripples at the Heart of the Coral Triangle” on February 14, in celebration of its first anniversary. BatStateU students came to the event held at the Amphitheater, CITE Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, to learn marine-related topics from the invited speakers from local institutions.

In the opening program, BatStateU President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo gave a short lecture about the VIP’s importance for the academe and local communities. He shared that the university, as the closest institution to the VIP, must take full responsibility for doing researches in the shallow and deeper waters of it.

Dr. Ronquillo also emphasized the role of the university to educate nearby communities on how they can be of help in protecting VIP’s marine resources.

Speakers of the event were: Dr. Renan Bobiles of Bicol University; Dr. Emma Ballad from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; Dr. Maria Vanessa Baria-Rodriguez of the UP- Marine Science Institute (UP MSI); Dr. Wilfred John Santiañez of UP MSI; Dr. Dexter dela Cruz of Southern Cross University; Mr. Joal Ascalon of SEA Institute- VIP; Ms. Talna dela Cruz of UP MSI; and Mr. Nero Austero from the National Museum of the Philippines, who discussed topics on Marine Protected Areas; Socio-Environmental Economics; Coral Reefs; Seaweed Farming; Coral Reef Restoration; Environmental Awareness; Science Communication; and Maritime Archaeology, respectively.

To end the series of talks and discussions, VIP CORALS Center Head Dr. Jayvee A. Saco gave a short presentation about the progress of the center and its accomplishments in the areas of instruction, research and extension services.