UP Mindanao and Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on 28 May 2021 to undertake a marine litter research project in coastal areas in the Davao Region. MCM Pres. Dodjie Maestrecampo (in photo, standing, left) signed the MOA and committed MCM’s best resources to assist the research and its subsequent recommendations. Project Leader, Asst. Prof. Vladimer Kobayashi (in photo, standing right), introduced the project and its title, “Cost-effective technology for monitoring and quantifying benthic area covered by marine litter in shallow coastal areas.” He introduced the funding agency as DOST-PCIERRD, represented by May-Rose Pariñas, and the project partners MCM through Engr. John Paul T. Cruz, and Davao Oriental State University through Prof. Lea Jimenez, also director of the Regional Integrated Coastal Resource Management Center-Region XI. The University of Tokyo is also a partner through Prof. Katsumari Mizuno, originator of the towed-camera system to be used in the research. The project will address seven of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely: good health; clean water and sanitation; industry, innovation, and infrastructure; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; and partnerships for the Goals. UP Mindanao Chancellor Larry Digal welcomed the partnership with MCM and DORSU, and the upcoming partnerships with local governments and communities, for the collective contribution to Mindanao and national development.