Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, September 21, 2015

US EDEN visits Bicol

By Rolia B. Lotivio

LEGAZPI CITY, September 21, 2015(PIA) – Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Representatives from the United States visitedBICOL EDEN, its first institutional member from the Philippines.

Together with officials from the Department of Agriculture Manila, the team will conduct field visits as they explore the possibility in establishing PHILIPPINE EDEN.

 In a meeting with key officials and partner institutions of BICOL EDEN last Friday, September 18, 2015 at the HERCC Amphitheatre, Bicol University East Campus, Legazpi City, Albay Governor Joey S. Salceda, Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal and Bicol University Officials welcomed the distinguished guests.

EDEN, which links various disciplines in extending research-based information and learning opportunities from food safety to field safety, from physical to psychological safety, from government to community development through disaster messaging and information was introduced by Dr. Caroline Crocoll, a visiting professor from the US Department of Agriculture, during her visit in April 2010 at Bicol University when she came as a resource speaker on Disaster Education and Messaging.  BICOL-EDEN was then conceptualized and was formally launched last July 29, 2010,
operationalized by Bicol University under its Extension Service Center.

The project has pulled together almost all government and non-government agencies hoping to reduce the impact of disaster in the communities.

The Bicol Region as located in the southernmost part of Luzon and stretches towards the Pacific Ocean is often visited with typhoons, heavy monsoons as well as other calamities.

With the excellent disaster risk and reduction management initiatives implemented under the leadership of Gov. Salceda, Albay was dubbed as the Model Province for Climate Change Adaptation.

US EDEN Representative Dr. Beveryly Samuel said that they would like to be able to work collaboratively through partnerships with Bicol and other state colleges and universities to have an institutional approach and give rise to a national network in the Philippines that will be mutually
beneficial to both US and Philippines through sharing of education resources and researches to reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters through education and disaster messaging.

During the meeting, both US and BICOL EDEN shared their best practices and experiences to be able to craft strategies on how to better improve the network so it will be more efficient in serving the needs of the communities.  (AAN/RBLotivio-PIA 5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/761442913377/us-eden-visits-bicol#sthash.gtN1pueC.dpuf

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