URC conducts research on Irrawaddy Dolphins

By Chelsea Jalandoni (based on URC Press Release by Mark de la Paz) on Friday, January 29, 2016) On Friday, January 29, 2016

Irrawaddy Dolphins (Photo credits to University Research Center)

Social scientists and biologists from University of St. La Salle presented the results of their studies on endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, found in Pulupandan and Bago City, last January 18, 2015 at the Bago City Health Center and Pulupandan SB Hall.

 The project was entitled “Conservation and Management Enhancement of Irrawaddy dolphin Habitats in Negros Occidental” and was funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationalle Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Protected Areas Management Enhancement (PAME) Program.

 The team was headed by Dr. Romeo Teruel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, and his team of socio-economic scientists: Dr. Marissa Quezon, Excelsia Parreno, and Anabelle Alova (Socio-economic Profiling); Ariel Bravo, Virgilio, Aguilar, and DZ Lariza (Stakeholder Analysis); Dr. Rowena Banez, Dr. Ramon Lachica, Ana Lea Reyes (Training Needs Assessment); and Paolo Valladarez and Diana Pena (Tourism Potential). Mark de la Paz headed the Dolphin Monitoring Team with his undergraduate Biology students and Jessica Pacalioga headed the Fisheries Monitoring Team with Divina Gulayan and Sweet Rose Leonares.