“Let us strive to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct, ensuring that our research and laboratory practices reflect not only our scientific pursuits but also our compassion for all living beings," Engr. Mark Gil Hizon highlights in behalf of Regional Director Dr. Virginia G. Bilgera.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office II thru the initiative of the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) successfully conducted the Day 1 Training on Animal Handling and Salik-Lakbay to Animal Laboratories, June 15, 2023.

The participants, researchers, and medical practitioners were warmly welcomed as it was hosted by the Cagayan State University - Carig Campus, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The training aimed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed for proper animal handling and management in research and laboratory settings and to promote ethical care and use of experimental species for scientific research and testing.

Dr. Julius T. Capili, CVHRDC Executive Director, acknowledged the participants during the preliminaries and warmly welcomed by CEO of CSU-Carig Dr. Arthur G. Ibañez.

While Ms. Reichell Ann P. Refuerzo, Regional Project Officer of CVHRDC from PCHRD, gave a message of support to the region. She emphasized the importance of researchers, regardless of age, ensuring the welfare and well-being of animals involved in health research, thereby ensuring their protection from any harm.

Moreover, the 1st day of training consisted of a series of informative lectures delivered by knowledgeable and experienced resource speakers namely Dr. Pastor C. Tumaliuan, Jr, Dr. Bryan Jerome R. Bassig, Dr. Ion James U. Mejia, Dr. Roel T. Calagui, Ms. Mary Ann M. Santos, and Dr. Kathlyn B. Cruz.

Thus, this training imparted a lot of knowledge on how to properly handle laboratory specimens where they will be put to test for the continuation of the training on Day 2, June 16, 2023. Similar training will be conducted for the students in the future.
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