Dr. Danilo B. Largo, research director and Biology professor at the University of San Carlos Cebu, during the NRCP Visayas Regional Cluster plenary scientific session.
President Duterte Ensures Full Support to Filipino Scientists and Researchers in Exploring Philippine Rise
Today, we send off our team of talented and competent Filipino scientists who will undertake the Coordinated National Marine Scientific Research Initiatives and Related Activities or CONMIRA in the waters above the Philippine Rise. I join the Filipino people in wishing you all the best as you embark on your mission to conduct mapping, surveys, biological investigations and assessment of the coral reef and fisheries stock in the area until November. These activities will be vital [in] the protection and management of the Philippine Rise and its vast resources. I have complete faith in the capabilities of our world class scientists and I recognize the need to provide them with the necessary means to fulfill your mandate. Siguro tig-isang barko kayo ma’am, okay na? Tig-isang barko talaga. (Maybe one (1) boat is okey for each one of you Mam, is that okey? One (1) boat each really)”. – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, May 15, 2018.