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AGRARIAN Reform Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan (2nd from left) and Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno (2nd from right) give a round of applause as Marriz Agbon , President of the Philippine Agricultural Development Commercial Corp. (PADCC), unveils the Mount Balatukan Range Convergence Agro-Enterprise Cluster at the provincial capitol compound in Cagayan De Oro City. The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) adopted Misamis Oriental as the 9th Convergence Area and allotted close to P1 Billion worth of basic rural infrastructure and livelihood projects for this year alone to preserve Mt. Balatukan as a watershed area, while promoting the economic well-being of Northeastern part of Misamis Oriental by planting within its perimeter areas cash crops such as vegetables, bananas, corn, cassava and developing agro-forestry, among others. Looking on at right is DENR Assistant Secretary Michelle Angelica Go (right).
AGRARIAN Reform Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan (2nd from right) and (from left) Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno, Agriculture Undersecretary Joel Rudinas and Environment Assistant Secretary Michelle Angelica Go sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that sets into motio the Mount Balatukan Range Convergence Agro-Enterprise Cluster on the 1st District of Misamis Oriental. The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) adopted Misamis Oriental as the 9th Convergence Area and allotted close to P1 Billion worth of basic rural infrastructure and livelihood projects for this year alone to preserve Mt. Balatukan as a watershed area, while promoting the economic well-being of the Northeastern part of Misamis Oriental by planting within its perimeter areas cash crops such as vegetables, bananas, corn, cassava and developing agro-forestry, among others.
Pinamunuan ni Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes ang turn-over ceremony ng P13.5-milyong pisong post harvest facility na inilipat na sa pangangalaga ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo ng 3M3BC agrarian reform community o ARC sa barangay Bunsuran, Pandi, Bulacan.
Ayon kay Secretary De los Reyes, ang naturang pasilidad ang magsisilbing trading center ng palay ng may 695 na magsasaka ng 3M3BC ARC at 400 karagdagang magsasaka mula sa kooperatiba sa Magiting cluster ARC.
Ang naturang proyekto ay mula sa Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project phase 3 ng Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR na pinondohan ng Japan International Cooperating Agency.
Samantala, bago ang naturang aktibidad ay magkasamang ininspeksiyon ni Secretary De los Reyes at out-going Israeli Ambassador Zvi Vapni ang isang techno-demo farm sa kaparehong barangay.
Ang naturang demo farm ay naitayo mula sa proyektong Philippine-Israeli Center for Agricultural Training phase o PICAT 2 na layong maturuan ang mga magsasaka ng mga makabagong pamamaraan ng pagtatanim mula sa teknolohiya ng bansang Israel. Jose Norman Tamayo, DAR-PAS
DURING a demo farm visit in Pandi, Bulacan, DAR Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes (from right) discusses with Israeli Ambassador Zvi Vapni (center), the impact of the trainings conducted by the Philippine Israeli Center for Agricultural Training phase (PICAT 2) to the farmers of Central Luzon. The 250 sq. m. farm lot, implemented under PICAT II technology grows an abundant variety of vegetables which includes tomatoes, eggplants, papaya, string beans, and peppers among others. The PICAT II is a collaborative undertaking of the State of Israel and the Government of the Philippines and is jointly implemented by DAR, Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and concerned experts to the country to share their agricultural knowledge and techniques to the agrarian reform beneficiaries of the country. Also in the photo are (from left) DAR REgion III Director Teofilo Inocencio and CLSU President Ruben Sevilleja.
DAR Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes (2nd to the left) leads the turn-over of P13.5 Million Post Harvest Facilitiy to the farmer-beneficiaries of 3M3BC ARC in Barangay Bunsuran, Pandi, Bulacan. The 200 sq. m. facility, which was constructed inside the vicinity of the Manatal Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC), will serve as the trading center for palay for 695 farmers of 3M3BC ARC and some 400 farmers more who are members of the Cooperative in Magiting ARC cluster. The Manatal MPC has a marketing tie-up with eight (8) rice traders in different municipalities of Bulacan whose total annual market demand is 1,292,040 cavan supply of palay on daily basis. Also in the photo are (from left to right) DAR Region III Director Teofilo Inocencio, 2nd District Bulacan Representative Pedro Pancho and Pandi Bulacan Mayor Enrico Roque.
THE Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) looks for renewable energy sources to power various agricultural postharvest and mechanization equipment, which would help reduce farmers’ dependence on fossil fuel sources.
PhilMech Executive Director Ricardo L. Cachuela said that among the renewable energy sources that the agency is studying and testing are solar, wind and biomass.
He said that these renewable energy sources would allow farmers and fisher folk in areas without electricity or with limited fuel supply to power some agricultural machineries and equipment.
In solar energy, for drying applications, PhilMech has designed a solar furnace made from curved steel, that is locally fabricated and therefore less expensive compared to the traditional solar furnace that is made from imported curved mirror.
“Using locally available materials would make it easier to manufacture the solar furnace once it is ready for commercialization,” Cachuela said.
In wind energy, PhilMech is set to test windmill prototype units in farming areas where there are farmer-cooperators willing and capable to test the technology.
The most qualified prospective cooperators based on data gathered and evaluated according to Cachuela are located in the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Laguna, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Tarlac and Lanao del Sur.
This year, PhilMech has started conducting the pilot tests in Aurora, Negros Occidental and Laguna.
In biomass, PhilMech has approved for commercialization a grain drier unit that uses rice hull as fuel to generate heat, unlike the traditional grain drier that uses Kerosene to generate heat.
“More research will be done by PhilMech to see how biomass like rice hull could be put to good use”, Cachuela said. Ester Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila
President Benigno Aquino III appointed Dr. Eufemio Rasco, a plant breeder and academician, as new Executive Director of the Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice) on July 4, replacing Atty. Ronilo Beronio.
On July 13, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala led Rasco’s oath taking ceremony as Executive Director of PhiliRice, at his office.
In the turnover ceremony held on July 18, Rasco mentioned some reminders of Alcala to him, most important is to ensure the support of PhilRice in the Aquino Administration in its aim to achieve sufficient supply of rice in 2013.
Also included in the reminders are the availability of high quality seeds and the development of technology for upland rice farming.
Rasco was a recipient of various awards from prestigious organizations like the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Philippine Jaycees on account of his contributions in the field of breeding and agricultural education.
He was a professor at the University of the Philippines Mindanao, and later dean, a coordinating scientist at the International Potato Center, a director at Institute of Plant Breeding, a founding director and member of the board of the East-West Seed Company.
In these institutions, Rasco has conducted comprehensive studies and observations on vegetable farms, potato and sweet potato farms, and other non-useful plants, upland farming and maintenance of modern farming.
He has also published what he has learned from his studies in some books abroad and also has prepared a general education course in plant biotechnology which is the first of its kind in the Philippines.
Rasco graduated magna cum laude in Agriculture at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna and decorate degree in plant breeding at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.
He is the fourth Executive Director of PhilRice. Ester Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila
Extending further the benefits of the mosquito ovicidal-larvicidal (OL) trap, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo committed to President Benigno Aquino III to make the OL trap available to all public school classrooms in the country by August this year. The move is expected to further reduce the number of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in the country.
Experts note that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which carries the dengue virus is highly attracted to sweat-soaked skin, making children easy target to this low-flying mosquito. Data have shown that a large fraction of dengue cases involve children.
The OL trap is a simple, low technology tool that attracts female mosquitoes to lay their eggs on the soaked lawanit strip inside the container. The black color of the container and the use of organic material in the trap pellets serve as strong attractants to mosquitoes.
“An OL trap for every classroom will not only help curb the number of dengue cases but will also increase awareness on the threat of dengue and on the use of OL trap as one of the potent solutions to address dengue, especially among schoolchildren, “ according to DOST Sec. Mario Montejo.
Based on laboratory and field tests, the DOST-developed OL trap has been proven effective in bringing down the number of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in the country. The latest test results in Samar and Leyte show that the OL trap attracted more mosquitoes than any other container.
In a Memorandum of Agreement, DOST partners with the Department of Health to fight dengue through the national roll out of the Mosquito Ovicidal/ Larvicidal Trap system. In the partnership, DOST produce the OL trap while the DOH and the LGUs distribute and identify household beneficiaries, respectively.
The OL trap is one of the multi-pronged government solutions in fighting dengue in the country. Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service
Pandi, Bulacan – AGRARIAN REFORM Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes led the turn-over ceremony of a P13.5-million post harvest facility to the farmer-beneficiaries of 3M3BC agrarian reform community (ARC) in barangay Bunsuran, Pandi, Bulacan.
The 240 sq. m. facility, which was constructed inside the vicinity of the Manatal Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC), will serve as the trading center for palay for 695 farmers of 3M3BC ARC and some 400 farmers more who are members of the Cooperative in Magiting ARC cluster.
Delos Reyes learned that Manatal MPC will be the consolidator and marketing arm of the farmer-beneficiaries to ensure higher price of their farm produce. “The Manatal MPC has a marketing tie-up with eight rice traders in different municipalities of Bulacan whose total annual market demand is 1,292,040 cavan supply of palay on daily basis,” he said.
The palay warehouse, constructed under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project phase III (ARISP III), is funded under Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA) with the other funds shouldered by local government of Bulacan and by the Manatal MPC.
Yojiro Sekiguchi, ARISP III Consultant, said the warehouse could store 10,000 cavans of palay and its 780 sq. m. concrete surrounding would serve as solar dryer for the farm yields.
Prior to the turn-over ceremony, Delos Reyes also joined out-going Israeli Ambassador Zvi Vapni to inspect a techno-demo farm, also in the same barangay. There is a project of Philippine-Israel Center for Agricultural Training phase (PICAT II).
The PICAT II is a collaborative undertaking of the State of Israel and the Government of the Philippines and is jointly implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and concerned LGUs.
Vapni said the 250 sq. m. productive farm produces a variety of vegetables that includes tomatoes, eggplants, papayas, string beans, and peppers among others. “The technology and knowledge employed by the farmers to their farms are results of the numerous trainings conducted by PICAT II,” he added.
“When I leave your country next week, one of the things I would miss is the sight of your beautiful farms and the smiles of Filipino farmers,” Vapni said. “Lastly, I would like to thank you for giving our Israeli agricultural experts the opportunity to share our agricultural technologies that our country is noted for,” he added.
Farmer-beneficiary Alfredo Mendoza, who witnessed the two events, couldn’t contain his gratitude to the government. “I am very excited for this project, after the agricultural education we acquired from various trainings conducted by PICAT, we have now a very huge storage for our farm harvests,” he said. Dir. Hugo D. Yonzon III, PAS-DAR
Medals from international math and science competitions keep on pouring for the Philippines as the country’s contingent in the 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad reaped three bronze medals.
Henry Jefferson Morco of Chiang Kai Shek College and Vance Eldric Go and Carmela Antoinette Lao, both from St. Jude Catholic School, cornered three bronze medals, the highest medal haul of the Philippines since it joined the hardest mathematics competition in the world in 1988. The team is headed by Dr. Julius Basilla and Glen Mackenzie Ong from the Mathematical Society of the Philippines.
The most number of medals that the Philippines got was in 1991 when Wyant Chan, Wilbin Chan and Jose Ernie Lope, who headed this year’s Philippine Mathematical Olympiad, netted two bronze medals and one honorable mention.
The team’s medal sweep also improved the Philippines’ standing in the IMO, jacking it up to 54 from 74 last year out of 101 countries which joined the competition.
Morco, who was also part of last year’s Philippine team to the IMO, obtained the highest score among the team members at 20, while Go and Lao got 19 and 17, respectively. Morco ranked 171st, Go at 186 and Lao at 222nd from the total 564 participants.
Kenneth Co from the Philippine Science High School Main Campus mustered 12 points and ranked 321st but was not given the honorable mentioned certificate as the IMO requires that one must have a perfect score of seven on any one question.
This is the third time that Lao joined the IMO. She got a bronze medal in 2009 and a silver medal in 2010, making history as the first Filipina to achieve both awards.
It is Morco’s second IMO where he got an honorable mention in the 2010 competition in Germany.
The Philippine contingent was picked from the 12th PMO, organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute and the MSP.
The team was selected from over 3,851 aspiring high school students nationwide who participated in the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO). The top 20 finalists of the PMO were further winnowed down to five after undergoing rigorous training through the Mathematical Olympiad Science Camp (MOSC), a month long summer training program held at the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
Dr. Filma G. Brawner, Director of DOST-SEI, extended her congratulations to the Philippine team, taking note of the increasing medal haul of the Philippines.
“In our 23 years of participation in the IMO, we have gathered two silvers, 11 bronze medals and 13 honorable mentions. Our performance is improving as well and we are optimistic that we can get even better in the coming years,” she said.
Brawner avowed that DOST-SEI shall continue to provide support in competitions such as the IMO and PMO to bring forth talented students in science and mathematics and provide them the avenue to improve their skills and test it against students here and abroad.
“We shall continue to be on a lookout for young science and mathematics human resource that in the future will be part of our science community and bolster it with exemplar research and development,” she said. Beth Padilla, STII-DOST