CABAGAN, Isabela, August 13 (PIA) -- The Isabela State University (ISU)-Cabagan Campus pushes for the transformation of its Cagayan Valley Program on Environment and Development (CVPED) into Cagayan Valley Institute on Environment and Development (CVIED).
University President Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino said the proposal, if passed into law, will institutionalize the program and mandate its continued implementation with assured funding and permanent personnel.
"Even if it is just a mere program, CVPED's scope of operation has been continuously expanding as a response to the demands of its clientele and changing environmental conditions," Aquino, also chair of the CVPED, said.
He added that CVPED really requires sustained financial and human resources provision to continue its significant role in environmental protection and conservation in Cagayan Valley.
"Once it will be transformed into an Institute through legislation, it will be sustained by a regular budget allocation to be funded through the General Appropriations Act and staffed by the national government to ensure its continuous maintenance and operation," the University President said.
CVPED through the years
According to Dr. Cecilia Mangabat, CVPED Director, the program has been operating for 30 years now and has grown into a center of expertise on environmental management in the Cagayan Valley Region.
Mangabat said as a center for environmental research and development, CVPED has contributed a lot in terms of scientific information on the conservation and protection of the natural resources in Region 2 particularly in the Northern Sierra Madre Mountain Range.
"This was made possible through the implementation of numerous research programs and participation in different environmental protection and conservation initiatives in collaboration with the local and international organizations," Mangabat added.
From CVPED to CVIED
Aquino, during the recent Advisory Board meeting, said that once CVPED transformed into CVIED, the Institute is expected to provide strategic and integrated multidisciplinary education, research, extension and training programs on sustainable management of cultural resources in Region 2.
This, he said will broaden the information base on environment and development through the conduct of research and development initiatives with emphasis on the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.
Aquino added that CVIED is also expected to educate and train local communities, students, planners and policy makers on sustainable development issues and to develop effective networking strategies and mechanisms for cooperation and sharing.
CVIED's proposed structure
According to Dr. Ambrose Hans Aggabao, ISU-Cabagan Cluster Executive Officer, CVIED, which serves as the coordinating center of a regional network of environmental research and development databases, will be divided into three divisions, namely: Environment Information Services, Research and Development Services and Consultancy and Training Services.
Aggabao said the Institute will be headed by a Director who will be appointed or selected by the Isabela State University President.
He added that CVIED Director and the three Division Chiefs will be assisted by an Advisory Board which will serve as the legislative body of the Institute.
The Advisory Board is composed of the University President as ex officio Chairman and the Regional Directors of the following national government agencies as ex officio members: Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, National Economic and Development Authority, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Philippine Information Agency and Presidents of two Non-Government Organizations.
Aggabao added that this transformation, if passed into law, will be known as the Cagayan Valley Institute on Environment and Development Act of 2020. (ALM/PIA-2)