By Delilah Onate, Office of the Vice President for Research and Development
Posted on February 07, 2015
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has declared the Cagayan State University as the official Tuklas Lunas Development Center (TLDC) of the Cagayan Valley Region after passing the evaluation process carried out by the department's Philippine Center for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).
Vice President for Research and Development Dr. Jose Guzman said CSU will receive from DOST-PCHRD P13 million worth of research equipment in a ceremony set on March 17, 2015.
Additional funding for approved research proposal will come later, he said.
He said TLDC will pave the for the discovery of new drugs from natural substances for tropical and other diseases including cancer.
"TLDC will serve as a convergent point for collaborative efforts among research institutions in the region along drug exploration and discovery using terrestrial indigenous resources of the region," the vice president said.
At the final evaluation held on November 7 last year at the CICS Conference Hall in CSU Carig, CSU assured Dr. Rogelio Guaring, PCHRD representative, and Dr. Irene Villasenor, PCHRD consultant, that the University is very much prepared to be a TLDC.
On the same occasion, Dr. Urduja Tejada, DOST regional director, recognized the potential of the University to become a TLDC, given its resources, commitment and track record in research and development.
Apart from Guzman, CEO Carig Dr. Archimedes Articulo, Dr. Lirio Mangawil, the project leader, and Dr. Ramelo Ramirez, all representing CSU President Dr. Romeo R. Quilang, were present in the evaluation.