Belgian ambassador visits Xavier Ateneo to discuss progress of BIMWAM Research Program

February 19, 2020


Belgian ambassador visits Xavier Ateneo to discuss progress of BIMWAM Research Program

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines --- His Excellency Michel Goffin, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, visited Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan last January 29th, 2020 to join the semi-annual evaluation of the BIMWAM (Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water resources Assessment and Management) project. 


 Funded by ARES-CDD (Académie Supérieure de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur- Cellule de Coopération au Developpement) the meetings are usually attended by University of Nammur professor Vincent Hallet, Université Catholique de Louvain professor Ignace Adant, University of Mons professor Pascal Goberniaux, La Salle Bacolod professor Ana Rosa Carmona, and Dr Guadalupe Calalang and Fr Mars Tan SJ  from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. Engr Noe Desmet from Louvain and Felix de Selys Longchamps join the group in this instance.

After meeting with XU president Fr Roberto Yap SJ, HE Goffin was introduced to the team members after which Hallet, the North Coordinator and Calalang, the South Coordinator, introduced the BIMWAM Research Program. 

Mark Sabines and Adrian Agbon, the two PhD scholars presented the progress of their studies immediately after.

It was followed by a discussion of the different stakeholders, MERWASCO for Medina and OPWA for Opol. The meeting was also attended by members of the local government units of the two municipalities as well representatives from El Salvador where the research is being implemented.

HE Goffin,expressed how the Belgian government through ARES is supporting projects helping local communities of Mindanao to improve their daily lives and is looking forward to other initiatives and partnerships involving Belgian universities and Xavier Ateneo



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