The Philippine Star wrote:
Two Filipinos and seven other Southeast Asians have been awarded grants by a regional center to enable them to start their research projects.
The funding support was provided by the Los Baños-based, government-hosted Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA) through its Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT).
SEARCA, headed by Director Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., is one of the 19 “centers of excellence” of SEAMEO, an intergovernment treaty body founded in 1965 to foster cooperation among Southeast Asian nations in the fields of education, science, and culture.
The new Filipino SEARCA-SFRT grantees are Dr. Januel Floresca of the Isabela State University (ISU) and Dr. Agnes Banzon of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
Floresca’s research project is titled “Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping and Geo-Spatial Analysis in Cagayan River Basin, Philippines” while that of Dr. Banzon is “Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the Philippines: Status, Issues, and Policy Strategies”.