Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Central Philippine University shines in 24th RSRDH

The CPU research team  headed by Prof. Mizpah C. Villalobos with RRDG Coordinator Dr. Greta Gabinete, Consortium Director Dr. Noeni S. Nepomuceno, and RRDCC Chair Dr. Danilo Abayon (from extreme left)

Central Philippine University (CPU) emerged as the big winner during the recently concluded  24th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights held at the Center for Teaching Excellence in  West Visayas State University. The RSRDH  is an annual research competition organized by WESVARRDEC that showcases and recognizes the best research outputs in the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources sector.  

CPU's research entries "Antioxidant Activity and Citral Content of Lemongrass Tea" and  "Formulation, Package Development and Shelf-Life Testing of Lemongrass Ready-to-Drink Beverage Products" respectively won the Best Paper award in the Natural/Biological Research and Developmental/Technological Research Category.

CPU's entry in the natural/biological category bested 17 entries from consortium member agencies throughout Western Visayas. The study compared the antioxidant activity and citral content of various developed lemongrass formulations.  Meanwhile  CPU's entry in the developmental/technological research category which bested 7 other entries aimed to formulate and package good tasting beverage products containing high amounts of antioxidant and citral content  and subject these to shelf-life studies.  

Meanwhile, Capiz State University's entry "Price Dynamics and Volatility Spill-Over  Effects In  Farm-Retail Price Relationships of Chicken and Pork, 1990-2013 won the Best Paper award  in the social science research category. This time-series study investigated causality using Granger causation, co-integration and volatility spillover effects (“heat waves” and “meteor shower” effects) between producer and consumer prices of chicken and pork markets in the Philippines, using the methodology of the Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroscedastic (GARCH). 

In the poster making category, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College's entry " Development of a Fish Solar Dehydrator" garnered the first prize award.

Warmest congratulations to all the winners and participants of the 24th RSRDH!  


Natural/Biological Science Research Category

Best Paper
Title: Antioxidant Activity and Citral Content of Lemongrass Tea
Author: Mizpah C. Villalobos, Isah Lou G. Nocal, Emma T. Gico & Evelyn R. Ybarzabal
Agency: Central Philippine University

1st Runner Up
Title: Identification of Candidate Gene Function Group of Yeast Cell Cycle Genes Using Gene Expression Data
Author: Julie Ann A. Salido
Agency: Aklan State University

2nd Runner Up
Title: Histology of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Other Digestive Organs In the Orange-Spotted Grouper, During Early Development
Author: Yasmin H. Primavera-Tirol, G.F. Quinitio, E.C. Lacierda and R.M. Coloso
Agency: Aklan State University


Best Paper
Title:  Price Dynamics and Volatility Spill-Over  Effects In     Farm-Retail Price Relationships of Chicken and Pork, 1990-2013
Author: Maritess Delfin-Villanueva and Cleo S. Villanueva
Agency: Capiz State University

1st Runner Up
Title: The Trends, Preferences and Demands of Organic Products In Bacolod City
Author: Ace G. Mina and Ma. Corazon G. Acaba, DVM
Agency: University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos

2nd Runner Up
Title: Conservation and Restoration of Biodiversity  Through Reforestation In the CPSU Reservation
Author: Mary Ann S. Dagunan, Luis T. Tababa Sr., Gregorio D. Predo 
Agency: Central Philippines State University


Best Paper
Title: Formulation, Package Development and Shelf-Life Testing of Lemongrass Ready-to-Drink Beverage Products
 Author: Mizpah C. Villalobos, Emma T. Gico and Bernie C. Cangrejo  
Agency: Central Philippine University

1st Runner Up
Ethnobotanical Dewormer  Composition for Free Range Native Chicken
Author: Bede P. Ozaraga, Ma. Sylvia I. Ozaraga and Maryneth B. Barrios
Agency: Capiz State University

2nd Runner Up
Site-Specific Nutrient Manager for White Corn in Cauayan, Negros Occidental
Author: Luisa P. Fulgueras, Corazon A. Arroyo, Ph.D., Armando Abano and Rufino Dejilla Jr.
Agency: Department of Agriculture   


1st Prize
Title: Development of a Fish Solar Dehydrator  
Authors: Aileen B. Esmeralda
Agency:  Carlos Hilado Memorial State College

2nd  Prize
Title: The Local Food Delicacies: It’s Supply and Value Chain 
Authors: Lilian Diana B. Parreño, Ph.D. and Erwin Dumagpi
Agency: Guimaras State College

3rd Prize
Title: Attitude and Awareness of WVSU Employees and Students Towards Solid Waste Management
Authors: Dr. Roel A. Alli, Jenny C. Calabio and Maria Luisa Z. Albacete
Agency:  West Visayas State University

Monday, September 22, 2014

24th RSRDH slated on October 14, 2014

The 24th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) is scheduled on October 14, 2014 at the Center for Teaching Excellence, West  Visayas State University in Lapaz, Iloilo City. The theme for this year's symposium is "Inclusive Growth Through S&T Utilization." The theme highlights the cascading of socio-economic growth to all sectors and tiers of society through the effective utilization of technology transfer through R&D. This year, the RSRDH is supported in part by the DOST-GIA Fund.

As a major research competition, entries from various consortium member agencies will vie for the best paper award in three categories namely: social science research, natural/biological science research and developmental/technological research. The paper presentations will be conducted in parallel sessions right after the plenary.

Paper screening of research paper entries will start on September 25, 20014. For more inquiries kindly send an email to 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

WESVARRDEC conducts Training-Workshop on Experimental Statistics

by Christy Amular

Agriculture, forestry and natural resources (AFNR) researchers of  WESVARRDEC's consortium member agencies (CMAs) underwent a two-day training workshop on Experimental Statistics sponsored by DOST-GIA Fund last  August 27-28, 2014 at the Center for Teaching Excellence in West  Visayas State University. The training is part of WESVARRDEC's  strategic goal of upgrading the competencies  of researchers and research managers in priority fields.

About forty participants from various CMAs  were trained on the use of Statistical Tool for Agricultural Research (STAR), a computer program for data management  and basic statistical analysis of experimental data. Designed for crop scientists, its graphical interface was created using the Eclipse Rich Client Platform  (RCP) and R language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. Its current  version provides modules for generating randomization and layout of experimental designs commonly used in crop research, data management and basic statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and ANOVA of designed experiments. 

Dr. Roel A. Alli, Faculty of the College of Agriculture and Forestry (WVSU Lambunao Campus)   served as key expert/resource person during the training while Dr. Greta Gabinete, WESVARRDEC's Regional Research and Development Group Coordinator served as workshop facilitator.

Friday, August 22, 2014

PCAARRD conducts Visayan leg of PCAARRD Seminar Series on Socio-Economic Researches

by Christy Amular

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) in coordination with WESVARRDEC conducted the Visayan leg of the PCAARRD Seminar Series on Socio-Economic Researches last August 12, 2014 at Iloilo Grand Hotel in Iloilo City. The theme of the seminar series is "Shaping the Policy Environment for Science, Technology and Innovation."  In attendance were various representatives from WESVARRDEC's consortium member agencies, partners and stakeholders.

The seminar disseminated to the participants the results of the following socio-economic projects: (1) Performance Review of PCAARRD's Research and Development Management Information System (RDMIS): Towards Enhancing the Efficiency of Investments in AANR R&D; (2) Impact Assessment of PCAARRD Non-Degree Training Programs; and (3) Enhancing the Demand for AFNR Graduates through S&T Program.

Executive Director Dr. Danilo C. Cardenas presented the rationale of the seminar. The lessons learned from the projects  and programs  as well as recommended mechanisms will serve as basis for future policies, programs and plans for effective R&D management and governance.

The topic Estimating Returns to Research and Investment and Analyzing Investment Portfolio of R&D in AANR using PCAARRD's Research and Development Management Information System (RDMIS)  was presented by Ms. Princess Alma B. Ani.  Meanwhile Impact Assessment of PCAARRD Non-Degree Training Program was presented by Prof. Rodger M. Valientes. Prof. Anna Floresca Firmalino on the other hand discussed  Enhancing the Demand for AFNR Graduates through S&T Program. The seminar culminated with a short talk on the Utility of Various Socio-Economic Research Outputs by Dr. Ernesto O. Brown. An open forum immediately followed each of the lectures.  The Mindanao leg of the seminar-series was scheduled to be conducted in Davao City immediately after the event.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FITS Mina and Pototan launched by TGP Partner Agencies

by Fe Seta Encontro, WVSU-UEDC

West Visayas State University joined hands with DA-ATI, Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Interior and Local Government  in launching the  FITS Centers (Farmers Information Technology Services Centers) of the Municipalities of Mina and Pototan in Iloilo Province last July 11, 2014. Mina and Pototan respectively unveiled their new FITS Centers during morning and afternoon inauguration rites attended by officials and staff of the local government units and participating agencies concerned. Pototan and Mina joined the roster of FITS Centers under West Visayas State University which include Tubungan, Oton, Pavia, Bingawan, Lambunao, Leon and Lemery.        

WVSU has been a Partner Member Agency (PMA) in the implementation of the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) since 2008. Last year, PCAARRD turned over selected components of the TGP project (FITS Centers and Magsasakang Siyentistas) to DA-ATI. Months before the launching, UEDC Director Dr. Noeni S. Nepomuceno and University Extension Associate II Mrs. Rhodora B. Lapastora from WVSU evaluated the applications of the Municipalities of Pototan and Mina for their eligibility to set up a FITS Center.  

Municipal Mayor Tomas M. Penaflorida welcomed partners, farmers and project implementers from the Municipal Agricultural Office and has designated Mr. Renato P. Jamelarin (Municipal Agriculture Officer) to be the FITS Manager of FITS Pototan. Meanwhile, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Member Bernardino P. Chichirita who represented  Mayor P. Grabato of the Municipality of Mina expressed  the support of the Sangguniang Bayan in the  implementation of the FITS Center in their municipality. Dr. Noeni S. Nepomuceno gave a brief backgrounder on the role of West Visayas State University as Partner Member Agency of the new FITS Centers.

The launching of the FITS Centers was highlighted by the awarding of symbolic checks by DA-ATI OIC Director Dr. Eden DLR. Reyes to Pototan and Mina FITS Centers. A ribbon cutting and billboard unveiling ceremony immediately followed the closing remarks given by both the Municipal Agricultural Officers of FITS Pototan and Mina.

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