The setting up of a PIDS corner in the province started thru a letter request directed to the governor, Hon. Imee R. Marcos. With Her Honor’s instruction, the provincial librarian coordinated with the officials of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Main campus, Batac City. Hence, a preliminary meeting was conducted by PIDS staff, MMSU administrators and the provincial librarian at MMSU Main Library. Tackled among other things during the meeting was theconduct of an ocular inspection to determine the ideal venue where to set up the PIDS Corner. It was unanimously agreed by the body that said Corner will be set up at the MMSU Library. However, since the PL”i-hub” is one of the coordinating agencies for the said corner and for maximum utilization of research materials, the provincial librarian suggested that PL “i-hub” should also be a recipient of PIDS materials. The group agreed to the aforementioned suggestion. Thus, revision of the Memorandum of Agreement was done wherein the PL “i-hub” will also be a recipient of PIDS materials in cases of extra copies or through inter-library loan for single copy.
To formally open the PIDS Corner, theinauguration rites were held on July 9, 2012 . Invited special guest was the Governor, Hon. Imee R. Marcos who cut the ceremonial ribbon assisted by Dr. Miriam D. Pascua, President, MMSU and Dr. Josef Yap, President, PIDS. Some selected PL “i-hub” staff attended the said ceremonies. A forum followed with the theme: “Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards : Preliminary Provincial Estimates for the Philippines”. It wasattended by different heads/chiefs of national government agencies, media men and members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Earlier, the PL “i-hub” staff assisted in the identification of attendees and in the distribution of invitation to prospective participants. Matilde M. Nery