The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), represented by its President, Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao, and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), represented by its Executive Director, Dr. Renato Redentor Constantino, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 23, 2016, at the USeP Board Room, Office of the President. Both USeP and iCSC commit to pursue and support climate lens sharing through research and development.
The aim of the said MOU is to create a network of SUCs working on climate-related research in the Philippines such as but not limited to Slow Onset Impacts (SOI), Vulnerability and Risk Assessments (VRA), and effective delivery of climate finance. Furthermore, it aims to integrate climate change adaptation approaches in both short- and long-term planning and to allow information transfer between stakeholders including civil society organizations, universities and academic institutions, and the government.
The iCSC is a non-profit organization working on sustainable energy solutions and fair climate policy. The organization recognizes the need and equal importance of understanding climatic impacts and its appropriate solutions through local specific climate-smart related research and development in Davao Del Norte, and thus proposed the signing of MOU with USeP.
Along with the MOU signing was the Round Table Discussion between the stakeholders conducted on February 24 at the USeP Apokon, Tagum City Campus. It was participated by the USeP Research and Extension team, faculty, students, and planning officers and partner LGUs in the city. During the dialogue, iCSC’s policy portfolio and the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) were both presented and discussed. An open forum followed afterwards.
USeP is the first SUC to have signed the said MOU with iCSC. With this, USeP opts to become the prime mover of conducting and implementing a high-level, multidisciplinary research and extension that will lead to more sustainable growth and development in Mindanao. With one common goal, USeP and iCSC both envision to help the society meet its needs and aspirations without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet theirs.
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