Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Dr. Jaime C. Cabarles wins 2014 CHED Republica Award for Outstanding Research and Publication

Dr. Jaime C. Cabarles, 4th from left,  receives his trophy and cash prize during 
awarding ceremonies held at HEDC Bldg in U.P. Diliman   

Dr. Jaime C. Cabarles Jr., Dean of the College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Science of Central Philippine University and project leader of an R&D component of the PCAARRD funded Darag native chicken  program in Western Visayas won the 2014 CHED Republica Award (Outstanding Research and Publication Award/Natural Sciences and Agriculture Category). The CHED Republica Awards are held every two years to recognize outstanding researches that advance national development goals.

Dr. Cabarles' research on the "Production Potential of Native Chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus L.)" bested 11 other entries from top universities in the country.  His work focused on the diversity of genetic resources that serve as reservoir of genes that are adaptable  to local conditions and consumer preferences for meat and egg products. The said research sees the promising outcome of genetically improved native chickens for production.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WVSU- UEDC conducts Darag Native Chicken Production Training


A Training on Darag Native Chicken Production was organized by WVSU's University Extension and Development Center (UEDC) as part of its mission to further develop the technology transfer and commercialization aspect of the Darag native chicken project which is a PCAARRD funded flagship program of the university. The training was conducted last May 19, 2014 at the Technology Promotion Center at WVSU. 

Forty-six participants mostly comprised of farmer-entrepreneurs and a farmer group from San Miguel, Iloilo  attended the training. Some of the participants are retirees who want to go into Darag native chicken raising as an investment and retirement venture.

During the training, the participants learned about the history, development and importance of the Darag native chicken as well as the basics of entrepreneurship. The breeding and selection for Darag native chicken such as handling, care and management techniques were taught to the participants.Other important topics covered during the training were: harvesting and post-harvest handling handling of local Darag production facilities; local feeds and feeding; pest disease identification, prevention and control; site visit and demonstration on vaccination.   

For more information about the Darag Native Chicken Project, you may contact the Darag Native Chicken Project Office at 320-0870 local 1127. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dr. Abayon of Aklan State University is new RRDCC Chairperson

by Christy Amular
WESVARRDEC Staff


Dr. Danilo E. Abayon, President of  Aklan State University  is the new Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Chairperson effective October 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.  As Vice-Chairperson of the RRDCC, he succeeds Dr. Pablo E. Subong  of West Visayas State University who retired from public service last November 2, 2013.


Dr. Abayon  holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science (Animal Science, Horticulture) from Central Mindanao University  and  Educational Management from University of San Agustin.  He also holds a Diploma in Tropical  Animal Production  from Van Hall Larenstein  University for Professional Education from the Netherlands and master’s  degrees in Agricultural Science (Animal Science) and Agricultural Education from Central Mindanao University and  Aklan Agricultural College.  His baccalaureate degree in agricultural education became the springboard of a highly technical and dynamic career that enabled him to rise from ranks  to become the first Aklanon and first alumnus to be become President of Aklan State University.  His 33 years of government service  was dedicated  to the teaching profession in which 17 years was spent in administrative work serving various capacities and positions such as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Campus Executive Director.  


As educator and scientist, he has made notable contributions and innovations  such as laying the groundwork for entrepreneurship innovation in animal production technologies for students. He  is also instrumental  in helping access assistance from funding agencies.  During his stint as Dean of the College of Agriculture,  two varietal selections namely, “Aguilar I” rambutan and “Helmar” pomelo  were credited to ASU. He was also able to develop his own fruit variety selection called Angel Sweet rambutan (NSIC Rb 07) which is a registered Philippine fruit variety. Dr. Abayon was also instrumental in the publication of ASU's first technical journal, "The ASU Journal of Agricultural Resources Management" in 2003 and the accreditation of the university's agriculture program thus paving the way for ASU  to be declared as a center of development. 


The new RRDCC Chair  also has extensive experience in the administration and implementation of unique extension methodologies such as the Isla Kapispisan mangrove reforestation, aquasilviculture and ecotourism project  which garnered multiple awards. The extension modality of the said project was later translated into a  policy- a municipal ordinance for fishery.

Dr.  Abayon was also a recipient of  the "Educational Leadership Award," an international recognition given in Singapore  last July 31, 2014 for his contribution in helping develop leaders in education. He was also a recipient of various local and international scholarship and fellowship grants, most notably the MS Scholarship Grant from USAID-AEOP, Royal Dutch Government Fellowship Program,  Ph.D. Scholarship by CHED-FAPE and Ph.D. scholarship by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges. His expertise in his chosen field was further honed  by more than a hundred training programs, conferences and conventions  in the Philippines and abroad. Dr. Abayon's work on the improvement of farming practice for goat and chicken raising has been mainstreamed in Philippine native animal species research. His other research activities focused on his cognate fields in horticulture and production economics such  as native pineapple for fiber production. He has also significantly contributed to extension work through the administration of extension programs and sharing of his expertise as resource speaker, trainer and facilitator. To date, he has presented and published at least six international research papers and about 22 papers in the local and national level.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

PCAARRD Conducts Knowledge Session on Event Management 2



A follow-up training entitled "Knowledge Session on Event Management II" was recently conducted by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (PCAARRD) to equip their participants with knowledge on the global standards of the event management process. The training  will hone the participants with planning and coordination skills which will come handy in the implementation of future FIESTA (Farm-Industry Encounter through the Science and Technology Agenda) events such as the DARAG FIESTA scheduled in January 2015.

Focal persons for the Darag Native Chicken ISP namely Dr. Helen G. Genandoy and Ms. Celma G. Casiple were invited to participate in the said training where they learned risk management, event professionalism and personality development (corporate power dressing, etiquette and business manners, and national and international protocol). For their training output, the participants developed an event management plan and structure for DARAG FIESTA.

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


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