By Maria Rufina Salas
Last April 30, 2020, the CCARPH Research Team formally transitioned its operations to the digital space. With thirty participants in attendance, the project’s Principal Investigators, Advisors, Work Package Research Teams, and Project Management were well-represented in the first virtual meeting since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for COVID-19 started.
The meeting agenda discussed each work package’s research updates from the start of the year, on-going research activities & CCARPH events, and planning ahead for the mid-year. Work plans of each research team were presented and recalibrated, to adjust to the challenges from the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, Iloilo City, and Naga City.
Present were Dr. Emma Porio (Project Leader & Principal Investigator), Ms. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga (CCARPH Principal Investigator, and Work Package 3 Leader; National Resilience Council President), Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla (CCARPH Principal Investigator, and Iloilo Case Study Leader; Christian Aid), Dr. Fabian Antonio Dayrit (CCARPH Project Adviser; National Academy of Science and Technology), Dr. Ricardo Abad (Artistic Director of Areté) Dr. Gregory Tangonan (CCARPH Work Package 3 Sub-leader; Ateneo Innovation Center), among other work package leaders, and research associates of CCARPH.
Ms. Yulo-Loyzaga gave the opening remarks, inspiring CCARPH researchers on proactive response from the National Resilience Council’s webinars on COVID-19. This was followed by updates and discussions from each sub-work package of the research teams.
Dr. Abad closed the session by presenting tips and recommendations on how scientists can assert themselves in the digital world. This is in line with the project’s ongoing reconfiguration of reinventing itself in the digital space.
 Details on the research work themes of CCARPH can be found in the website at coastalctiesatriskph.com/work-themes
 Full access to replays of NRC’s Expert Dialogues on COVID-19 can be found in their website, resiliencecouncil.ph