This is also a regionalized research program funded by PCARRD-DOST amounting to PhP 15,000,000.00 in partnership with Central Luzon State University, Bataan Peninsula State University and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Regional Office 3.
The program aims to:
- To have deeper knowledge and understanding on the degree of exploitation and level of remaining plant and animal resources in forest ecosystems in Central Luzon;
- To achieve greater benefits from these biological resources through science-based action, development of green technology and promote their protection and conservation;
- To enhance better public awareness with understanding of biodiversity as well as multi-stakeholdership for those resources through formation of Sustainable Units and information and education campaign and policy initiatives.
Forester RB J. Gallego spearheads the counterpart of ASCOT in data gathering.