NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Sept. 19 (PIA6)--The Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Incorporated (PBCFI) and STI- West Negros University recently inked a five-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a joint biodiversity conservation program.
A highlight during the MOA signing was the launching of the website philbio.org.ph developed by students of STI-WNU, an initial product of the partnership containing the activities, programs, success stories, published articles and other information the PBCFI carries.
Under the agreement, both institutions will jointly undertake projects for the enhancement and maintenance of a website as a multi-media tool for the biodiversity and conservation awareness of all its associates and recipients, for effective and easy access of data.
They will collaborate to prepare, validate, approve and implement biodiversity and conservation project.
The school will, among others, form a technical working group to act as the secretariat to work and receive technical assistance from PBCFI and provide necessary extension services, manpower, expertise, logistical support for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project.
STI-WNU will also allow different colleges to conduct analysis, interview and evaluation of the program and its implementation, and will be in charge of the website system design.
Among the obligations of the PBCFI is to allow STI-WNU to access the website for updating and for the sustainability of the reports and data and tap the assistance of the institution especially its manpower resources to perform various functions.
In his speech, STI- WNU executive-vice president Ryan Mark Molina said the MOA is a breakthrough for everyone as environment affects every individual.
"Something must be done with the country's environmental problems and even a little can be treasured by the next generation," he said.
PBCFI secretary and lawyer Ignacio Santillan lauded the innovative partnership with the university that allows the organization to tap the school's technology resource.
He said science needs a technology which is critical in spreading information.
Santillan called on the society to invest in biodiversity and on institutions to work together in advancing science to the public. (JBG/LLJR-PIA6)