Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Winners of the 23rd Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights




A total of 24 research papers covering natural/biological, social science, and technological/ developmental research categories were presented during the 23rd Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights held at West Visayas State University last October 3, 2013. Paper presentations covering the said categories were simultaneously held at the Center for Teaching Excellence, WVSU Teleconference Room and WVSU Hometel.  

The following are the winners of the 23rd RSRDH:

Natural/ Biological Research Category

1st Prize

Title: Verification Trial of Nutrient Expert (NE) Based SSNM Guidelines for Hybrid Corn in Miag-ao, Iloilo
Author: Luisa P. Fulgueras
Agency: Department  of Agriculture

Title: Nutrient Composition and  Antioxidant Property of Philippine Indigenous Vegetables
Author: Ilda G. Borlongan
Agency: Central Philippine University

2nd Prize

Title: Drastic Model and GIS-Based Assessment of Groundwater Vulnerability to Contamination in Boracay Island
Author: Efren L. Linan
Agency: Capiz State University

 3rd Prize

Title: The Effect of Mycorrhiza and Biological Nitrogen Fixers (BNF) on Growth and Yield of Sugarcane (Phil 2000-2569)
Authors: Rosario M. Bombio, Solena B. Tahum, Gilda A. Gayotin
Agency: La Granja Agricultural Research and Extension Center (LGAREC)


Social Science Research Category

1st Prize

Title: Assessment of Land Resources, Management Practices and Utilization of CPSU Reservation: Opportunity for Improved Instruction, Research Extension and Production
Author: Mary Ann Dagunan
Agency: Central Philippines State University

2nd Prize

Title: Socio-Cultural Practices and Adaptations of Indigenous People in Carol-an
Authors: Dr. Eleanor F. Castro and Student-Researchers
Agency: Central Philippines State University

3rd Prize

Title: Socio-Economic Profile and Farming Practices of Upland Rice Farmers in the Province of Aklan
Authors: Federito D. Launio, amona M. Launio, Mary Jane A. Linan, Marilyn V. Brana, Freddie Baranda, Veronica Albaladejo, Rector John Latoza
Agency: Capiz State University


Development/Technological Research Category

1st Prize

Title: Development and Quality Assessment of Herb Flavored Sweet Potato Chocolate Spread
Author: Marife R. Hilapad
Agency: Capiz State University

2nd Prize

Title: Towards Commercialization of Darag Native Chicken
Authors: Evelyn D. Tomambo, Helen G. Genandoy, Jacob G. Casiple, Celma G. Casiple
Agency: West Visayas State University

3rd Prize

Title: Design, Construction and Performance Evaluation of a Vermisorter
Author: Salvador C. Ballano
Agency: Iloilo State College of Fisheries

Poster Category
1st Prize

Title: Drastic Model and GIS-based Assessment of Groundwater Vulnerability in Boracay Island
Author: Efren L. Linan
Agency: Capiz State University

2nd Prize
Title: Policy Options for Foreshore Area Management
Author: Marlowe P. Fajanil
Agency: Department of Environment and Natural Resources RO 6

3rd Prize
Title: The Bats of Ilog-Hinabangan River System in Negros Occidental: Their Breeding, Status, Diversity and Threats
Author: Arlene M. Ebalde et al.
Agency: Carlos Hilado Memorial State College


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Seed Health Training Conducted for Cyber-Village Project Phase 2




West Visayas State University in cooperation with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) conducted a Training on Seed Health last July 30-31, 2013 at WVSU Hometel in Iloilo City. The training is one of the capability building activities of Cyber-Village Project Phase 2, a project being implemented by IRRI, DA-BAR, WVSU and  local government units of Dingle and Oton. Seed health management is one of the identified training needs of the participants. Through the training, the participants can acquire skills that can help the region attain self-sufficiency in rice.   

Farmer technicians as well as municipal agriculturists from the LGUs of Dingle and Oton attended the hands-on training facilitated by seed health experts from  IRRI. The resource speakers imparted information and practical exercises  how to identify  of seed contaminants and  and bad seed conditions.  The participants also learned practical methods and techniques on how to improve seed health quality.  

On the second day of the training, the participants conducted  a field visit to Dingle for actual rouging, disease identification, disease assessment and updating of rice knowledge bank.  The participants also engaged in an open forum to discuss data from different practices to improve seed health. 


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Announcement: 23rd RSRDH Call for Papers


All WESVARRDEC consortium member and partner agencies are enjoined to submit their entries to the 23rd Regional Symposium on Research and Development (RSRDH) scheduled on October 3, 2013 at West Visayas State University main campus in Lapaz, Iloilo City. Deadline of submission of entries is on September 13, 2013.

The guidelines for the 23rd RSRDH can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Dr. Subong Assumes WESVARRDEC's RRDCC Chairmanship Post

                                 
Dr. Pablo E. Subong Jr. 
WVSU University President Dr. Pablo E. Subong Jr. has been elected Chairperson  of WESVARRDEC's  Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) during thAklan State University was elected as Vice-Chairperson. Both chairperson and vice-chairperson will serve the consortium for two years effective July 1, 2013.The RRDCC is the policy-making body of the consortium which performs the vital function of laying down broad policies and guidelines for the effective and efficient operation of the consortium. The council also approves long and short-term work and financial plans of the consortium as well as approve and endorse S&T research project proposals for national and international funding agencies.
e 2nd quarter RRDCC meeting held at the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, Estancia Campus last June 17, 2013. Meanwhile, Dr. Danilo E. Abayon, President of  of
From left: Dr. Joel P. Limson turns over symbolic RRDCC
chairmanship  key  to Dr. Pable E. Subong Jr. 

Dr. Subong's professional competencies  and expertise are in the field of agriculture, business, marketing and medical research, statistics and data analysis procedures, educational planning and management. He obtained his Doctor of Education in Educational Management (Ed.D.) from West Visayas State University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Administration (Ph.D.) from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. Throughout his career as educator, he has held chairmanship posts  in various academic departments  most notably in agricultural engineering and mathematics. He has received the award of highest distinction  in Curriculum Administration in Mathematics from Deakin University in Australia and recently has been conferred Doctor in Philosophy, honoris causa from Kunsan National University of South Korea. 

In his acceptance speech as the new RRDCC chairperson, Dr. Subong  assured the member agencies of the commitment and support of WVSU as base agency and  re-affirmed WESVARRDEC's new vision and mission to become a dynamic force for sustainable agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) sectors in Western Visayas.

To fulfill the consortium's mission to synergize and  harness resources to generate commercial technologies for the development of AANR sectors in Region 6, he deemed it imperative to enhance the capacity of consortium member agencies to generate S&T researches that have tangible impact on the agricultural industry and economy of the country. In particular, the small percentage of the population  involved in agriculture poses an immense challenge to the food security situation of the country. Through agricultural research and innovation, this problem can be mitigated.

Dr. Subong also cited the big role of  inter-agency collaboration and SUC normative funding scheme in the strengthening of  regional S&T research and development capacities. In line with the consortium's goal to promote technology commercialization, the new RRDCC chairperson highlighted the enabling role and bright prospects of the soon to be constructed Php 38M Green Technology Business Incubation Facility in WVSU. The CHED funded business incubation facility is envisioned to benefit not only the research and development initiatives of the university but also the collective and individual technology commercialization aspirations of the consortium.

Lastly, as the new RRDCC chairperson, Dr. Subong encouraged and inspired  the consortium's 27 partner and member agencies  to closely collaborate and work together for the realization of WESVARRDEC's vision, mission and strategic goals for the benefit of the country. (Christy Amular/WESVARRDEC)

Friday, June 07, 2013

Research Utilization Confab on Organic Muscovado Conducted at CPSU



A research utilization conference on S&T Development of the Organic Muscovado Industry in Western Visayas  was held at Central Philippines State University last June 5, 2013. A field visit to the muscovado techno-demo farm in Kabankalan City and a ceremonial signing of CPSU-GIZ reforestation project were conducted before the research utilization conference proper.

The S&T Development of the Organic Muscovado Industry in Western Visayas is a DOST-PCAARRD funded program comprised of 2 project components: Benchmark Survey and Supply Chain Analysis of the Muscovado Industry in Western Visayas and Techno Demo of Organic Muscovado Production in Negros Occidental and Antique. The baseline survey and the techno  demo farms serve as the jump-off points vis-a-vis the benchmark in order to establish the appropriate and relevant that may apply from 2011-2013. Once gaps had had been evaluated, documented and deliberated, then the succeeding components under Phase II (components 3 to 7) will be implemented. 

Present during the technology forum  were Dr. Freddie C. Maningo, CPSU President, Hon. Isidro P. Zayco, City Mayor, Kabankalan City, Dr. Patricio  S. Faylon, PCAARRD Executive Director, Dr. Noeni S.Nepomuceno. Updates and progress of the two projects were presented by the project leaders, consultants, farmer scientist and technical experts involved. UPV marketing professor and former WESVARRDEC consortium director Joseph Edward O. Idemne moderated the open forum.

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