In pursuit of the bureau's goal to strengthen local and international linkages and further elevate and optimize the utilization and access to R4DE outputs and outcomes, DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) director Dr. Junel B. Soriano met with Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Center-Philippines director Dr. Kyu Seong Lee. Highlighting the meeting was the discussion on possible areas of R4DE collaboration between DA-BAR and KOPIA-Philippines toward further developing and modernizing the agri-fishery sector of the country. 

Joining Dir. Lee from the KOPIA-Philippines side are Ms. Achu Arboleda and Ms. Lorraine Arvesu, as well as Bureau of Plant Industry-LBNCRDPSC chief Dr. Herminigilda Gabertan, who serves as Principal Investigator to KOPIA-Philippines supported project, and technical staff Ms. Michelle Javier.

DA-BAR officials, assistant director for Programs Joell H. Lales, BAR-Research Program Development Division head Raymond Patrick C. Cabrera, and BAR- International R4D Linkages Unit head Jay Invinsor Bermas also participated in the meeting.

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