In a significant courtesy visit last May 22, Dr. Cheryl L. Eusala, the Director of the Philippine Rubber Research Institute (PRRI), met with key officials to discuss collaborative efforts and potential partnerships. The visit included fruitful discussions with the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) as well as the College of Public Affairs and Development-University of the Philippines, Los Baños (CPAf-UBLB).
During the meeting with OIC-Director Nimfa Torreta of the Forestry and Environment Research Division (FERD) of DOST-PCAARRD, Director Eusala explored avenues for research collaborations between PRRI and the council. The discussions were centered around mutual support and the exchange of expertise to further advance research and development in the field of rubber production. DOST-PCAARRD expressed their willingness to provide full support to the PRRI in these collaborative endeavors.
Continuing her productive engagements, Director Eusala also met with Dr. Rowena DT. Baconguis, the Dean and Professor 12 of the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) at the University of the Philippines. The meeting focused on exploring possible partnerships between PRRI and CPAf, particularly in the areas of research and extension projects. The CPAf dean pledged their support to PRRI and expressed their readiness to provide assistance and expertise in various research initiatives. Furthermore, CPAf also extended their commitment to conduct training programs aimed at enhancing the capacity of PRRI personnel.
These collaborative efforts between PRRI, DOST-PCAARRD, and the University of the Philippines signify a collective commitment to advancing the rubber industry through research, development, and capacity-building initiatives. By fostering partnerships and leveraging the expertise and resources of these esteemed institutions, PRRI aims to bolster its capabilities and contribute to the growth and sustainability of the rubber sector in the Philippines.
Director Eusala’s visit served as a platform for fruitful discussions and the establishment of collaborative frameworks, laying the groundwork for future joint ventures and knowledge-sharing initiatives. As the PRRI continues to actively pursue partnerships with leading organizations and institutions, it seeks to fortify its position as a center of excellence in rubber research and development. The outcomes of these engagements will undoubtedly pave the way for innovative solutions, increased productivity, and enhanced competitiveness within the Philippine rubber industry.
– 𝐄𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐓. 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐚𝐲