“WE ARE MATCHED WITH OUR PROGRAM.”This was disclosed by Dr. Fema M. Abamo, a Professor at Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi, during her program presentation of the proposals for a collaborative project to be implemented among the Mindanao State University University (MSU– Marawi), University of the Philippines–Diliman (UP-Diliman), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), and the Visayas State University (VSU).
On behalf of the VSU Administration, Dr. Maria Juliet Ceniza, VP for Research, Extension, and Innovation welcomed the project teams at the Break-Out Room, OVPREI – VSU, and opened the session with excitement on establishing a strong team with young researchers from VSU to be part of this proposed program in the University. VSU researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences – Dr. Analyn Mazo, Assist. Prof. Berna Lou Regis, Assoc. Prof. Jayzon Bitacura and the Dean of the College of Nursing – Dr. Michelle Tolibas, together with Dr. Joel Rey Acob, and Dr. Janet Alexis Delos Santos.
Dr. Abamo delivered a presentation on the overall program entitled “Inter-Regional Network through One Health Approach to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance”. She gave emphasis that Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health and development threat facing humanity nowadays. The program has six (6) project components focused on the surveillance of 1) Community, 2) Water Sources, 3) Soil, 4) Animals, and 5) Plants.
Dr. Abamo also emphasized that VSU will be more involved in sociocultural aspects and expects a good collaboration on the assessing of sociocultural dimensions of AMR in hospital and community settings. Thus, additional project components on what particular topic of AMR the VSU would like to develop in a research proposal.