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PH mentors conduct mobility programs in Malaysia, Thailand
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PH mentors conduct mobility programs in Malaysia, Thailand

Ventura Chinaman CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO A STATE university-based instructor from Nueva Vizcaya is a grantee of the Leveling Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR) project funded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). According to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), Ventura Chinaman, an instructor at the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) is ongoing with his mobility activities at Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand until August 31. Through the CHEd-funded project, Searca facilitates capacity-building activities and international linkages for Philippine higher education institutions (HEI). Searca said Chinaman will stay...
IFSU BOR renews Dugyon’s term as president
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IFSU BOR renews Dugyon’s term as president

Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon is sworn into office for her second four-year term as president of Ifugao State University by Commission on Higher Education Commissioner and IFSU Board of Regents Chairperson Dr. Marita Canapi. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO ANOTHER four-year term was given to Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon to serve as president of Ifugao State University (IFSU), the only higher education institution in Ifugao province. According to Faith Napudo, IFSU administrative officer, the Board of Regents (BOR) in a special meeting on June 10 decided in favor of the IFSU president's reappointment based on the merits of her performance in the preceding term. Napudo said Dugyon's performance in the preceding term was validated through an evaluation process conducted by...
Dubai-based scientist visits Searca in UPLB
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Dubai-based scientist visits Searca in UPLB

Dr. R.K. Singh (fourth from left) of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture with Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture officers and staff led by Associate Prof. Joselito Florendo (second from left). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO LAGUNA (June 16)—A Dubai-based scientist has conducted a plant breeding visit at the University of the Philippines-headquartered Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca). Searca has assisted Dr. R. K. Singh of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in conducting an informal survey on the use of millets and quinoa as well as gathering information on their availability, accessibility and affordability in selected sites in the Phil...
IFSU celebrates Heritage Month
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IFSU celebrates Heritage Month

Stakeholders vow to protect the rich heritage of the native Ifugao house, some of which are 100 years old. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO IFUGAO (June 9)—A cultural exhibit at the Ifugao State University (IFSU)-Hapao Campus' Indigenous Peoples Resource Conservation and Community Learning Center showed photos of native houses and their narratives, and orientations on cultural items and indigenous cuisine. According to Faith Napudo, IFSU administrative officer, the cultural exhibit dubbed "Pangipaptok hi Nunhituwan: The Built Heritage of Hungduan" was to give honor to Heritage Month on May 26. As a stimulus for enhancing cultural awareness and appreciation, Napudo said the event highlighted the Ifugao native house, the most tangible symbol of Ifugao culture. Represen...
NLuzon State Us products in DoST top 10 innovation prototypes
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NLuzon State Us products in DoST top 10 innovation prototypes

Pangasinan State University's Tomato Salsa makes is one of 10 Department of Science and Technology product prototypes developed by the Regional Food Innovation Centers in the North Luzon Cluster. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO ILOCOS NORTE (June 9)—Three products of state universities in Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and Pangasinan provinces were among the top 10 innovation product prototypes launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) in partnership with the Industrial Technology Development Institute. According to the DoST, these were Chica Matis (Tomato Chicharon) of Cagayan State University (CSU); ToMango (Tomato and Mango) Juice of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) along with their Mango Choco Powder Mix, Mango-Kamangeg Sinigang Mix and Tomato-Mango Ket...
Vizcaya Fresh leads the way in organic agriculture
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Vizcaya Fresh leads the way in organic agriculture

TEXT BY VIDA AMOR T. CAMAYANG & PHOTO BY ERWIN CACHERO AS the country strives hard to overcome this seemingly unstoppable pandemic, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 2 (DA-RFO2) through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (DA-AMAD) swiftly came out with a sustained agribusiness-assistance to farmers groups and cooperatives. Vizcaya Fresh! Organic Advocates, Inc. (VFI) is one group with a zeal for farming advocacy. VFI is a non-profit corporation duly registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is located at Barangay Magsaysay, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya with farm sites in Kayapa town.  In 2013, VFI started its operation and received a grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of Japan through Gr...
SEARCA OPTIMISTIC ON 2021 AGRI SECTOR GROWTH
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SEARCA OPTIMISTIC ON 2021 AGRI SECTOR GROWTH

DR. GLENN GREGORIO BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research (Searca) is optimistic the country’s agriculture sector will register positive growth this year. “While we have noted a contraction in the livestock sector due to the continuing onslaught of the African swine fever, positive growth could also be noted in the fishery and crop sectors,” Searca Director Glenn Gregorio said. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the Philippine agriculture sector contracted by 3.3 percent in the first quarter of 2021. Gregorio said the fishery sector shows promise, but more integrated infrastructure support is needed to support growth of the sector. “We have again noted the positive growth in the fishery sector that could b...
11 state universities join leadership program for academic executives
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11 state universities join leadership program for academic executives

BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO LEADERS of 11 higher education institutions (HEIs) from the State Universities and Colleges-Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines (SUC-ACAP) have been undergoing an executive course to hone their skills. The leadership program is led by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) in collaboration with the Singapore-based The HEAD Foundation (THF). Dubbed “Up Your Game: Leadership Development Program for HEIs in the Philippines,” the executive course kicked off on April 21 and will run until June 7 this year. Participating in the said leadership course are 29 vice presidents, campus executive directors, college deans and other academic executives. The state universities are Cagayan ...
DA to build seed storage facility in Solana
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DA to build seed storage facility in Solana

BY GENE V. BAQUIRAN, PIA TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan (May 10)—A P93 million warehouse at the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Cagayan Breeding Station in Solana town will soon serve as a seed storage facility for farmers. DA Region 2 Executive Director Narciso Edillo, who led the groundbreaking of the project, said that while farmers continue to receive farm inputs and other forms of assistance from the DA, a safer storage facility is needed. Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Narciso Edillo leads the groundbreaking ceremony of a seed storage facility that will ensure the safekeeping of inputs for farmers in the province. DA PHOTO Edillo said the facility will ensure proper handling, timely delivery and optimized distribution of agricultural inputs to intended ...
Bambang town village LGUs awarded in fight vs ASF
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Bambang town village LGUs awarded in fight vs ASF

THE VALLEY JOURNAL BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya (May 9)—Mayor Pepito Balgos has led the awarding of barangay (village) staff for guarding the boundaries of the town to combat the dreaded African swine fever (ASF). Mayor Ping Balgos gives awards to barangay local government units in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya that were successful in their fight against the dreaded African swine fever. BAMBANG LGU PHOTO Balgos expressed his thanks to the village staff for their tireless sacrifices in stopping more damage to the hog industry in the town due to the disease wreaking havoc on hog raisers. He said thousands of pigs have been culled and had affected pig farmers in some municipalities in the province. “But with the courage and unity of Bambang LGU officials led by the municipal agriculture of...