BCAARRD

  • BCAARRD

    Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD)

    On 26 January 1976, five research centers/colleges bound themselves under a Memorandum of Agreement to form the Bicol Agricultural Research Complex (BARC) to support the National Research Network (NRN) in agriculture and natural resources and to optimize the use of limited resources in the region. It was later named as Bicol Consortium for Agricultural Resources Research and Development.

    Through the challenging years, it welcomed more members to its fold, and evolved into lives of the Bicolano farmers. More technologies were generated and adopted that contributed to agricultural development.

    In 2014, BCARRD was renamed as Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development(BCAARRD). It continues as a partner in countryside development. Its twenty strong and dynamic member institutions with specific mandates, move ahead in pursuit of a common goal. Through the Consortium arrangement, the member-agencies are able to optimize the utilization of their human and physical resources on crops, livestock, fisheries, soil and water resources, forestry and socio-economics.

    Societal Vision

    Knowledge-driven, economically-viable industries in Bicol.

    Vision

    Dynamic leader in S&T development, management and governance for inducive industries in the Bicol Region

    Mission

    To intitutionalize and promote integrated S&T supportive to the regional and national development.

    Goals

    To effectively utilize research results in attaining the goals of sustainable regional development.

    Programs

    • Integrated and complimentary R&D programs
    • Technology transfer and commercialization mechanism/modalities catalytic to market-driven and globally competetive industries
    • Integrated capability buildung supportive to regional S&T agenda
    • Policy advocacy for S&T development and utilization of AANR sector development
  • PILI NICER PROGRAM APPROVED FOR YEAR 2

    Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bicol Consortium of Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) continues to deliver responsive projects that seeks to expand our knowledge on Pili as well as address various issues and concerns being faced by the industry.
    BCAARRD along with its host school, Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF), presented a program that will lead to a hopeful number of breakthroughs in the world of the Pili.
    The program is entitled “Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness: Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) Program: Pili Research and Development (R& D) Center” and it is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the Science for Change Program.
    The PILI NICER Program started in October 2019 and had a challenging year one implementation due to the occurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    On 8 July 2020, a meeting was conducted among the project leaders and research personnel at the BCAARRD office to review the Program.
    A series of meetings were also held for the Year 2 renewal. The DOST-PCAARRD Directors Council Meeting was held on 20 July 2020. The DOST Governing Council Meeting was then held on 12 August 2020. Finally, on 25 September 2020 the DOST-Execom Meeting was conducted.
    After the presentations and series of evaluations, the PILI NICER Program was renewed for year two implementation.

    Strengthening Partnerships
         To fully implement the Program, Bicol University cooperated with various universities such as the Central State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) and Partido State University (ParSu).
        The three lead cooperating agencies then came up with a series of proposals under the said Program. Seven projects were finalized and approved for implementation.
        The projects and lead researchers are the following:
    Pili-genetic Resources in Albay, Catanduanes and Sorsogon – Judith R. Chavez, BUCAF
    Geo-mapping and Characterization of Pili Farms in Four Major Producing Provinces in Bicol Region – Vladimir R. Foronda, CBSUA
    Enhancing Pili Nut Propagation and Distribution System – Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, BUCAF
    A Comprehensive Pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.) Information System Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies: A Roadmap towards KM Build-up – Dr. Ronnel R. Atole, Partido State University
    Identification and Regional Benchmark Survey of Emerging Diseases of Pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.), Canopy Microbial Diversity, and Molecular Study and Pathogenicity Test Establishment for “Tayangawon” – Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, BUCAF
    Growth and Yield Response of Pili Nut (Canarium ovatum Engl.) to Bio-fertilizer Application – Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, BUCAF
    Techno-mapping and Retro-fitting of Existing Pili Postharvest Processing Equipment in the Bicol Region – Estrella Calpe, BUCAF
    BU spearheads the Program with Dr. Estrella as leader. It leads five out of the seven projects which are being implemented by BUCAF.
    The linkages had been expanded to other member institutions of BCAARRD to strengthen collaborations among members and also with the partners in the private sectors. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the concerned parties.

    Coping with the New Normal
    Despite the dangers posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, BCAARRD and its partner agencies are doing their best at executing the projects based at different universities in the Bicol Region.
        While some of the objectives of the individual projects are facing delays because of protocols instructed by the government, the program is showing promising results.
    Each project tackles and focuses on certain industry problems. In general, the Program aims to provide S&T-based intervention to the industry by developing enhanced production and postharvest technologies expected to increase the yield and overall production of quality pili nut.

    Target Beneficiaries
        The Pili NICER Program targets various sectors of whom will benefit the said Program.
        In the executive brief written by BCAARRD Director, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, she cited six beneficiaries of the Program, namely: pili growers in Bicol Region, traders, processors and input providers, researchers, nursery owners/operators, Agricultural Technicians and R&D Planners, and Policy Makers.
    “Ultimately, these integrated outputs aim to improve quality of life of households in marginal pili farming communities in the Bicol Region.” Dr. Estrella further wrote. (Julianne Nicolle Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • RRDCC

    Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council

    The RRDCC is the governing and policy-making body of the Consortium with the goal to promote science and technology applications for agriculture, aquatic, forestry and natural resources through the DOST-PCAARRD banner programs.

  • Organizational Chart

  • Executive Board

    Composed of representatives from agriculture, aquatic, forestry sectors and from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and from State Universities and Colleges (SUC)/Higher Education Institution (HEI). Headed by the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the RRDCC.

    The Board recommends policy directions, annual budget and financial mangement protocols to the RRDCCl; insures consistent performance on achieving target deliverables; provides guidance to develop self-reliant and sustainable plans and programs and provides strategies for the active participation of the member institution in key activities. Aggressively, facilities for the  active participation of CMIs in DOST-PCAARRD’s national and regional R&D agenda; and provide favorable work environments for CMIs to provide counterpart funds for the RRDCC priorities.

  • Secretariat

    The Secretariat undertakes the administration, coordination and control of the Consortium in accordance with the policies and guidelines promulgated by the RRDCC. The Secretariat is located at BUCAF Brgy. Morera, Guinobatan, Albay. BU serves asthe base agency per original MOA signed on 6th February 2004.

    Consortium Director

    The Consortium Director heads the Secretariat, manages the daily operation of the Consortium and administers activities in line with the policies formulated by the RRDCC. He/she also serves as the ex-officio member and secretariat of the RRDCC and the Executive Board.

    Research and Development Cluster (RDC)

    The cluster is responsible for assisting in the formulation of short, medium and long term regional research and development plans; annual work plan. Coordinating the monitoring and evaluation of the on-going and completed R&D programs through agency in-house reviews, regional symposia on R&D Highlights (RSRDH), Program/commodity reviews and field visits.

    Technology Transfer Cluster (TTC)

    The cluster is responsible in gathering and consolidating information from CMIs, on research activities and technologies; Facilitation of initiatives on technologydissemination and packaging  for commercialization activities; Coordinationof trainings related to technology promotion and utilization; Promotion of government and non-government participation and other stakeholders in the application of innovative technologies for higher productivity and profitability.

    Knowldge Managment Cluster (KMC)

    The cluster is responsible in coordinating, capturing, developing, sharing and put into effective use the various S&T related information of the Consortium and its CMIs; Providing communication support and complementing the communication resources of the Consortium Member-Institutions(CMIs) Fostering inter-agency collaboration and providing the venue to upgrade regional communication capability.

  • Consortium Member Institutions

    Agricultural Training Institute V (ATI V)
    Bicol University (BU)
    Bicol State College of Applied Science and Technology (BISCAST)
    Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources V (BFAR V)
    Camarines Norter State College (CNSC)
    Camarines Sur Polytechnic College (CSPC)
    Catanduanes State University (CSU)
    Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CSBUA)
    Department of Agriculture RFO V (DA RFO V)
    Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)
    Department of Science and Technology V (DOST V)
    Department of Trade and Industry (DTI V)
    Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT)
    National Economic Development Authority (NEDA V)
    Partifo State University (PSU)
    Philippine Coconut Authority – Albay Research Center (PCA-ARC)
    Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority V (PhilFIDA V)
    Provincial Government of Albay (PGA)
    Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources
    Research and Development (PCAARRD)
    Sorsogon State College (SSC)

  • Contact Information

    BUCAF Compound, Brgy. Morera, Guinobatan, Albay

    Email: bcarrd_bu@yahoo.com
    bcarrdbu@gmail.com

    Tele-fax No.: (052) 820-6776

  • Bicol Agri-Fiesta

  • First BCAARRD RRDCC Meeting for CY2020

    The members of the Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) meets on 23 January 2020 for their First Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Meeting hosted by Bicol University. It can be noted that the last RRDCC meeting slated on 03 December 2019 did not push through due to typhoon Tisoy.

    The Council discussed matters on the priorities of BCAARRD. Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, RRDCC Chair of BCAARRD highlighted the following focal points for the Consortium:  1) Attendance of heads and representatives of Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) to the RRDCC meetings and other Consortium meetings; 2) improve research performance as a Consortium not as individual agency doing research; 3) develop Consortium-R&D led initiatives; and 4) address the R&D priorities of the members. 

    One of the concerns discussed in the meeting was the synchronization of the R&D Agenda in the Region. Ms. Agnes E. Tolentino, NEDA 5 Director mentioned the accomplishment of the Research and Development Committee (RDC) and the Bicol Research and Development Agenda that support the regional development plan. Such plan is the framework that can provide the direction for all the researches in the Consortium.  Ms. Cora Orbon of DA RFO V also shared the framework of DA that was anchored on the paradigm of modernization, industrialization, export potential of commodities, consolidation of small-and-medium-size farms, infrastructure development, road mapping, legislative support, and higher budget and investment. With BCAARRD-PCAARRD partnership, Director Estrella explained that there are identified focus commodities/areas for the Consortium. One is on pili, another is on scallops for aquatic and S&T Action Frontlines for Emergencies and Hazards (SAFE) which is actually within the area of CCA-DRRM. BCAARRD’s projects and programs are anchored on the regional and national thrusts and directions to support developmental initiatives in the Bicol Region.

    In a recent development, BCAARRD was able to get the approval of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for its Pili NICER (Niche R&D Center for the Region) Program. It is a Consortium-led program spearheaded by Bicol University in collaboration with Partido State University (ParSU) and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA). It includes research, extension and capability enhancement activities to respond to various issues & concerns raised by the pili stakeholders. The project components of said Program is now forging Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) with other CMIs and private or non-government organizations to strengthen partnership and meet the deliverables in the entire Program.

    For three years, the CMIs will be busy in implementing the Pili NICER but they can also submit more proposals. The members identified the lead institutions in preparing proposals for other commodities like abaca, crabs, batuan, etc. Likewise, Catanduanes State University and Partido State University will join in preparing the proposal for this year’s BCAARRD FIESTA which will feature technologies in Aquatic resources.

    Another highlight of the RRDCC meeting for 2020 is the official announcement that PhilRice Bicol has been accepted and is the newest member of BCAARRD. Hence, the Consortium now has 22 CMIs.

    PCAARRD was represented by Dr. Ernie Brown, who is now the new Focal Person to BCAARRD. In the previous years, Dir. Marita A. Carlos served as PCAARRD Focal Person to the Consortium.

    The meeting was well attended by 20 members out of the total 22 CMIs: PCAARRD, DOST V, NEDA V, DA RFO V, DTI V, PGA-APAO, ATI V, BFAR V, PCA-ARC, PhilRice Bicol, BU, CBSUA, CNSC, CatSU, DEBESMSCAT, ParSU, SSC, BISCAST, ADNU and CSPC. (Mary Jean M. Naz, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD endorsed papers clinch 120k incentive

    BCAARRD endorsed papers clinch 120k incentive

    With the endorsement of the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), a total amount of ₱120,000.00 was awarded to Dr. Plutomeo M. Nieves’ published research papers.

    The grant was under the Publication Incentive Program of the Department of Science (DOST) and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).

    The incentive is a program that aims to motivate researchers, such as Dr. Nieves, to publish regularly quality research articles. Also, it aims to promote knowledge sharing by increasing publication record of DOST-PCAARRD and the network and facilitate application of research results.

    The cash incentive ranges from P25,000 to P80,000 depending on the quality of publication determined through its impact factor among other considerations.

    Two of Dr. Nieves’ papers were granted the publication incentive, with sixty thousand pesos per research thus bringing the total award to a hundred and twenty thousand pesos.

    Both of the awarded papers were published in the Aquaculture, Aquarium, Conservation and Legislation (AACL) – International Journal of the Bioflux Society. They are entitled:

    1. Post-Harvest Handling Practices for Glass Eels Along Rivers and Tributaries in Lagonoy Gulf, Philippines with John C. C. Nolial published last 30 October 2019 and;

    2. Occurrence and Recurrence: The Fish Kill Story in Lake Buhi, Philippines with Antonio B. Mendoza, Jr. and Sandy Rey B. Bradecina published last 28 February 2020.

    The AACL journal is published by Bioflux bimonthly in cooperation with The Natural Sciences Museum Complex, Constanta, Romania. According to their website, every article submitted to them is independently evaluated by two specialists before publication.

    It also includes original papers, short communications, and reviews on Aquaculture (Biology, Technology, Economics, Marketing), Fish Genetics and Improvement, Aquarium Sciences, Fisheries, Ichthyology, Aquatic Ecology, Conservation of Aquatic Resources and Legislation (in connection with aquatic issues) from around the globe.

    After the publication of Dr. Nieves’ research in the said journal, he applied for the DOST-PCAARRD publication incentive. BCAARRD endorsed both the published papers to the Executive Director of DOST. Dr. Nieves and his co-authors are all Bicol University Tabaco Campus (BUTC) professors and members of the faculty of the BUTC Fisheries Department.

    Anybody who is interested to avail the similar incentive can fill up the form which can be downloaded from the website of DOST-PCAARRD (http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph). The form should be signed by the co-author, if applicable, and the head of the agency where the author is connected. Another requirement is the endorsement from the Consortium. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD’s webinar series on the go

    Coping with the new normal, the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) spearheads the Online Technology Dissemination Training series along with Bicol University – Extension Management Division (BUEMD) and the Philippine Association of Agriculturists Canarium ovatum Chapter (PAA – Bicol).

    The said series features technologies generated by researches of different Member Institutions of BCAARRD. The pilot episode aired last September 23, 2020 and will continue until December 2020. Topics are aired live every Wednesday of the week.

    Dr. Teresita B. Pequeña was the resource speaker for the first episode with the topic “Camarines Native Chicken Purification and Production Technologies.” Dr. Pequeña is a professor and researcher at Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF). She is also a veterinarian.

    People all over the Philippines and around the globe were able to watch and participate in her episode. Viewers from Palawan and the Province of Apayao were present in Dr. Pequeña’s lecture. A participant abroad also joined the webinar. Carlo Dagsaan wrote, “Watching onboard from the Netherlands,” in the comments section.

    The second episode was led by Dr. Antonio P. Payonga on the topic “Establishment of Sustainable Upland Farming through the Adoption of Conservation Farming Villages (CFV) or Sagip Saka.” Dr. Payonga is also a professor and researcher at BUCAF.

    Viewers all the way from the cities of Davao and Masbate were present in the webinar. Gilbert B. Cribe commented that Dr. Payonga’s topic is one of the most important technologies in Labo, Camarines Norte and thanked him for the discussion.

    Dr. Plutomeo M. Nieves in the third episode, discussed the topic “Experiences and Lessons Learned from Income Diversification Trials: Seaweed and Squid Pot Fishing.” Dr. Nieves is a former faculty of BU Tabaco Campus and a multi-awarded researcher.

    Participants from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources were present in the webinar as Dr. Nieves’ topic was on marine life. People from Rapu-Rapu to Cebu City also took part in the episode.

    The fourth episode of the webinar series will air live on October 21, 2020 with Engr. Percival De Villa as the Resource Speaker on the topic “S&T-Based Sweet Potato Value Chain Development for Food in Albay.” Engr. De Villa is a Project Leader and Engineer II at the Albay Provincial Agriculture Office (APAO).

    The registration form for the upcoming webinars is available on BCAARRD’s Facebook page. The evaluation form is sent via email after the episodes and the certificates, also by email, a week later.

    The webinar series is shown via Facebook live at BUEMD’s and BCAARRD’s Facebook pages to maintain social distancing as BCAARRD still aims to deliver fresh and beneficial knowledge all around the globe, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

     (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD conducts 2nd RRDCC Meeting virtually

     The Bicol Consortium Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) conducted the second Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Meeting for CY 2020 virtually for the first time.

              To abide by the AITF protocols, the said meeting was organized online because of the new normal COVID-19 poses and was conducted last 17 December 2020. It was originally scheduled last 11 December 2020 but due to the several super typhoons that hit the Bicol Region at the end of the year, it was moved on a later date.

              The municipality of Guinobatan was hit quite drastically by the super typhoons and the BCAARRD office was no exception. Flood water devastated the office and destroyed several important documents. Regardless, the 2nd RRDCC Meeting was pushed through because important matters needed to be discussed.

              One of the Highlights of the meeting was the election of the Vice Chairperson for RRDCC. Dr. Alberto N. Naperi, President of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, was elected for the said position.

              Moreover, on the addition of the Executive Board of BCAARRD, the Department of Science and Technology V (DOST V) was included as a member.

    Reports were also presented during the RRDCC Meeting regarding the Status of RDE initiatives in the Bicol Region, the Newly approved projects, the Updates on the publication incentive grant and the Liquidation of unliquidated fund transfers. Moreover, the Work and Financial Plan for the CY 2021 was discussed.

    The contributions of the Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) for the CY 2020 were also reported and the approval of the proposed Line-Item Budget (LIB) was presented.

    To strengthen the linkages with the host university of BCAARRD and with the CMIs, a new Memorandum of Commitment was discussed. The said memorandum was sent by the — (PCAARRD) and it to be signed by the host agency, Bicol University (BU,) and the CMIs.

              The participants for the meeting were also invited to the Online Technology Dissemination of BCAARRD. Furthermore, the schedule of the postponed Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) was also agreed upon.

              The said symposium was conducted last 8-9 February 2021 also virtually at the HERRC Amphitheater, Bicol University (BU) East Campus, Legazpi City.

              The 2nd RRDCC Meeting was headed by the RRDCC Chairperson and BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas along with the various representatives of BCAARRD’s CMIs. Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, BCAARRD Director, and Dr. Sevella T. Almorfe, BCAARRD Deputy Director also attended the meeting with the BCAARRD Secretariat and the Cluster Coordinators of the Consortium; Dr. Lester M. Narvaez – Techno-Transfer Coordinator; Prof. Ronnel R. Dioneda, Sr. – R&D Coordinator and; Prof. Ma. Louisa U. Tango – Knowledge Management Coordinator.

         Despite the difficulties the pandemic poses, BCAARRD still strives to deliver exemplary results and to institutionalize and promote integrated S&T supportive to the regional and national development.  (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD supports Queen Pineapple NICER Program during Inception Meeting

    After the conclusion of the program on “Enhancing Productivity and Marketability of Queen Pineapple”, a three-year Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) for Queen Pineapple was conceptualized.

    DOST-PCAARRD’s Crops Research Division (CRD) spearheaded and officially started the program through an inception meeting. Project team members and faculty staff from Camarines Norte State College (CNSC); Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD); representatives from the DOST’s Special Project Division and Science for Change Program’s (S4CP) Project Management Office; and Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) key officials and staff attended the meeting, which was held via Zoom.

    According to the article posted by the funding agency, DOST-PCAARRD, the program will be led by Dr. Arlene C. Alegre of CNSC, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office No. 5 (DA-RFO 5).

    The said article also discussed how the production of the sweetest variety of pineapple in the Philippines can be traced back to the 50’s, becoming the most popular cash-crop in 12 municipalities and 282 barangays in Camarines Norte.

    However, with the booming demand, came the inadequate agricultural mechanization, pest infestation, and inadequate knowledge in postharvest processing methods are experienced by Queen pineapple growers.

    These difficulties led the DOST-PCAARRD to tap agencies and establish the Queen Pineapple NICER Program.

    Moreover, on the said article, the Queen Pineapple R&D Center will focus on the management and detection of pests, enhance the cultural practices of the farmers, disseminate technologies with consideration to gender relations, and transfer of viable technologies. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • “Total Package” – Radyo Veritas host describes BCAARRD

    From the support to dissemination, Director Marissa N. Estrella covered all topics related to the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) during Radyo Veritas’ program prompting the host to call the consortium a “Total Package.”

    Dir. Estrella was the guest speaker in the radio program organized in partnership with Bicol University (BU) and BU-Extension Management Division (BU-EMD).

    The said radio program dubbed “Programang Pang-Edukasyon at Pangkabuhayan”, ran for an hour and was aired live at Radyo Veritas’ station and Facebook page including at the DCTV network with live streaming at the BU and BU-EMD Facebook pages.

    The said program is part of the extension services of BU that airs every Thursday, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM with Professor Edgar Barrameda as the host.

    Dir. Estrella discussed the topic “BCAARRD’s Research, Development and Extension Endeavors.” She discoursed the start of BCAARRD and explained how the consortium works.

    With a total of 22 Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs), BCAARRD aims to be the dynamic leader in Science and Technology (S&T) development, management and governance for inductive industries in the Bicol Region.

    The goal of the Consortium is to effectively utilize research results in attaining the goals of sustainable regional development. Its mission also includes to institutionalize and promote integrated S&T, supportive to the regional and national development.

    Dir. Estrella also discussed how the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) look for the 6 P’s, namely: Products, Publication, Patent, People and Services, Places and Partnership and, Policy. She stressed the importance of each P and reminded aspiring researchers and developers the importance of patenting their inventions.

    Benefits and ownership were also highlighted as products of patenting, as well as the royalties and recognition. This was emphasized as Dir. Estrella observed how Filipinos are not so keen in patenting their products.

    On the other hand, BCAARRD’s activities were also presented and the BCAARRD Director invited researchers to join the Consortium’s upcoming event on Statistical Analysis.

    Furthermore, participants for the hands-on trainings of one of BCAARRD Monitored projects, The Pili NICER Program, were also encouraged to join. These are all part of the consortium’s Capability Building.

    Dir. Estrella stated that BCAARRD will still progress with along with its CMIs despite restrictions.

    “Despite COVID, we are moving forward.” She added. (written by Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD’s project with ParSU reaches completion

    Upon the completion of the Project 4 of the Pili Niche Centers in the Regions (NICER) program, Partido State University (ParSU), through the Bicol Consortium of Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) hosted by Bicol Univeristy (BU), virtually launched the Pili Information System and Marketplace portal last February 17, 2021.

    The 4th Project entitled “A Comprehensive PILI (Canarium ovatum Engl.) Information System Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies: A Roadmap Towards KM Buildup” is part of the Pili NICER program of the Bicol Consortium of Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) It is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the Science for Change Program with DOST – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) as the monitoring agency. It commenced last October 1, 2019 and is scheduled to end on 31 March 2021.

    The Pili IS and Marketplace’s objectives are to design and develop a comprehensive Pili Information System backend covering logical and physical database components; to design, develop and implement the corresponding Pili IS frontend incorporating collaborative social network functionalities, visual features, reports generation, and other components; deploy the IS in a public IP address and domain name; integrate Data Analytics and E-Commerce engines into the IS and interface modules; establish guidelines, policies, protocols, procedures for the maintenance and operation of the system; conduct capability building activities/trainings on the stakeholders and BCAARRD staff; and to evaluate the Pili IS based on ISO 25010:2011 quality model.

    BU, along with ParSU and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) are implementing the Pili Research and Development (R&D) Center under the NICER Program. Hosted by BU College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF), the PILI NICER Program started in October 2019.

    Dr. Ronnel R. Atole, ParSU ICTMO Director, heads the said project along with Mr. Rowell John B. Artiaga as the designer and developer of the main Pili IS front-end/portal; Mr. John Rey S. Lirag as the designer of the backend/database of the Pili IS and is responsible for the creation, normalization and optimization of the 80 tables in the database server; Mr. Leo Constantine S. Bello as the designer and developer of the Pili Marketplace; with Mr. Salvador B. Briones, II is in-charge of the project’s quality control and performance evaluation. All of the members in the Pili IS Project Team are members of the faculty of ParSU.

    After one year of implementation, the main output of the said project developed the Pili IS and Marketplace interactive portal. Dr. Atole reported that they were also faced with issues and challenges while developing the project. He stated that during development, one of the concerns was that the database must be comprehensive and scalable. The limited data availability and payment method in the Pili Marketplace was also a concern. But among all the challenges, they were faced with an unpredicted one – the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the Project 4 Team still managed to deliver exemplary results with the Pili IS and Marketplace.

    In the presentation given by Dr. Atole, he cited why they are launching or presenting the information system and marketplace, which is to present the main output and its fundamental functionalities that are now available for public use and access. He also stated that the launching is part of the IS development cycle, referring to it as the Beta release.

    Moreover, Dr. Atole said that the presentation aims to gather additional inputs and recommendations, which may be integrated for the next version as the system evolves. It likewise aims to inform the stakeholders and the public and to disseminate their training plan.

    The proposed dates for the Training-Workshop on Pili IS operations, procedures and guidelines for DOST-PCAARRD, BCAARRD, Pili Farmers, Producers, Processors, Traders, Researchers and other Stakeholders are on March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21, this year.  Through the training, participants will gain knowledge and skills in using the Pili IS and be acquainted on the operational guidelines, procedures, and policies specifically on content management control.

    The virtual launching commenced with BCAARRD Director and Pili NICER Program Leader Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, a professor from BU College of Agriculture and Fisheries, who delivered the welcome remarks and congratulated the developers of the Pili IS and Marketplace.

    Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Chairperson and BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas delivered his message, acknowledging the efforts of ParSU President Dr. Raul Bradecina, Executive Director of DOST-PCAARRD Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora represented by PCAARRD’s Crop Research Division Director Dr. Edna Anit, and all the people behind the project.

    Dr. Mascariñas said that due to the changing consumer dynamics, the Pili Marketplace portal can also be an effective way to further promote our region’s pride, thus bringing the local to the global world.

    “Friends, the world that we know is changing, and we need to keep up with the times as the world becomes increasingly digital. While technologies are indeed huge drivers in this transformation, innovation goes beyond technology. As what Partido State University showed us today, one can create an opportunity even in the most challenging times such as this Covid-19 pandemic. One only needs a creative mind, a willing heart and able heart to do what needs to be done,” Mascariñas said.

    The launch of the Pili IS and Marketplace was attended by the 22 Consortium Member Institutions in Bicol. DOST V Director Rommel Serrano and his staff were also present together with their personnel from provincial offices. The private sector was represented by the President of PhilPILI, Inc., Mr. Joriz Olbes and the Executive Director, Grace Dulce Tordilla.  (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • PCAARRD-STII project taps nationwide Consortia, includes BCAARRD

    Spearheaded by two Department of Science and Technology (DOST) led agencies: the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII), a virtual inception meeting on March 16 took place as its  joint project reaches 3rd phase.

    The said phase entitled Accelerating DOST-PCAARRD Knowledge Network of eLibraries (AKNeL), is the continuation of the project, “Developing the DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center eLibrary.”

    PCAARRD invited the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), along with its host agency – Bicol University (BU), to attend the meeting and ensure the success of the project.

    BCAARRD was represented by its Knowledge Management Coordinator, Ms. Maria Luisa U. Tango, while BU was represented by University Librarian, Ms. Glenda Aurora S. Juliana.

    AKNeL’s project duration stands at 12 months and started last January 1, 2021 and will end on December 31, 2021, with Mr. Alan C. Taule as the project leader.

    Mr. Taule stated that the purpose of the project is to facilitate the organization, digitalization, processing, and resource sharing of AANR resources among the stakeholders and make them more broadly accessible online.

    The benefits of establishing the network includes avoiding duplication of efforts as it streamline the work processes. The network also has a greater visibility and appreciation and it provides more joined up service delivery with a single user interface.

    Moreover, it’s objectives are to hasten the establishment of the Knowledge Network of eLibraries using SLIMS as a common portal for AANR resources generated from DOST-PCAARRD-supported projects and created by its stakeholders; enhance/improve the SLIMS feature to be more user-friendly; facilitate easy access of AANR resources using mobile app Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC); Make accessible to the public the journal and other knowledge resources generated from different DOST-PCAARRD projects and created by its stakeholders; Capacitate consortia base agency library personnel on the use and administration of SLIMS ; and promote and market the DOST-PCAARRD eLibrary.

    The expected outputs of the project are the 6Ps: Products, Publications, People and Places, Policy, Places and Partnerships, and Patents.

    The presence and cooperation of the different consortia in the nation and the other partner agencies of PCAARD is critical to the success of the project as it aims to establish the network of eLibraries using the DOST-STII-developed Science Library Information Management System (SLIMS).

    Thousands of AANR-related publications that are funded by DOST-PCAARRD and are packaged in different forms such as journals, books, articles, and theses, among others, can be found in the said portal.

    The project also aims to enhance the portal and target its responsiveness, corporate branding, and the navigation to be simplified for it to be adaptive.

    STII also presented the status of encoding of AANR materials in the SLIMS and stated that six consortia have started encoding AANR resources in the SLIMS and a total of 170 records were already encoded. Unfortunately, five consortia have yet to encode their materials. Their reasons for not yet encoding includes the SLIMS not being installed yet in their respective consortia library, the wait for the project to commence on 2021, the updating of the KOHA system, and no manpower to encode the materials.

    Still, 10 consortia are willing to share their AANR resources in public and have already published online. This will greatly contribute to the establishment of the project and its future commercialization on  its new normal.

    (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD announces winners for first virtual RSRDH

    BCAARRD announces winners for first virtual RSRDH

    Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) reveals the winners for the 2021 Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) after the two-day symposium held on February 8 and 9, 2021.

    First place was awarded to Diomerl Edward B. Baldo and Ronnel A. Dioneda, Jr. from Partido State University (ParSU) with their paper entitled “Evaluation of Anticancer Properties of Alpinia galanga (Zingiberaceae) Ethanolic Extract.”

    While second place was awarded to Keith Marlon R. Tabal from Camarines Sur Polytechnic College (CSPC) with his paper on “Nitrogen Deficiency Level Assessment Device for Rice (Oryza sativa L.) and Maize (Zea mays L.) Using Nearest Neighbor Algorithm and Spectrophotometry,” and third place to Ricky P. Laureta, Ermar B. De La Cruz, and Ric Ryan H. Regalado from ParSU with their paper on “Climate vulnerability scenario of the agri-fishery communities in the Bicol River Basin, Philippines.”

    The winners received certification and cash incentive while the first placer will be endorsed by the Consortium to vie for the National Symposium on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (NSAARRD) Best R&D Paper Award wherein competing papers will be coming from all other consortia

    This year’s RSRDH is a two-day endeavor featuring the various competing R&D papers in Aquatic, Agriculture and Natural Resources (AANR) of the different implementing member agencies of BCAARRD that was held at the (HERRC) Amphitheater.

    The vying papers were from Bicol University (BU) with seven submitted papers, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) with five, Camarines Sur Polytechnic College (CSPC) with one, Partido State University (ParSU) with nine, and Sorsogon State College (SSC) with one. All papers endorsed from the said institutions total to 23 and all were considered at the Research Category.

    Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, BCAARRD’s Director, delivered the welcoming remarks to all the participants while the Consortium’s Deputy Director, Dr. Sevella G. Tabayag-Almorfe introduced the panel of evaluators. Moreover, Prof. Ronnel R. Dioneda, Sr., Regional Research and Development Cluster Coordinator, presented the Objectives and Mechanics of the Symposium as well as the rules.

    The Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Chairperson and BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas gave a message. Dr. Mascariñas stated that it is easy to feel demotivated and succumb to fear and paralyzing uncertainty which can hinder our productivity because of the disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also stated that in the academe, this lack of motivation to engage in productive work along research and extension can also spread like a virus infecting anyone particularly the vulnerable.

    “Truth be told, it is hard to stay motivated in the face of uncertainty. This is why I commend everyone here today for your commitment and passion to carrying out our mandate along research amid the covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

    The Master of Ceremonies was headed by Prof. Edgardo Besmonte along with Mr. Joseph Martin Paet as the Moderator.

    The closing remark was delivered by the Techno-Transfer Cluster Coordinator of BCAARRD, Dr. Lester Narvaez. He commended the BCAARRD secretariat for a job well done. He also commented that this is the first time the Consortium is having the RSRDH on an online platform because of the unprecedented occurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    “Nevertheless, despite the technical glitches, we can say that this has been a successful undertaking,” Dr. Narvaez said. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • 6 BCAARRD CMIs join DOST-PCAARRD Technology Pitch Days, bags awards

    6 BCAARRD CMIs join DOST-PCAARRD Technology Pitch Days, bags awards

    Aiming to promote Science and Technology (S&T) Innovations, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD) hosted the S&T Creations for the People 3rd Technology Pitch Days.
    The two-day event showcased various S&T creations developed by State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) throughout the nation.
    Among the SUCs who presented their technologies are six Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) of Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD).
    The CMIs who participated are Bicol University (BU), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC), Camarines State University (CatSU) and, Sorsogon State University (SSU). The said CMIs are collaborating in the implementation of the project titled “Sustaining BU’s IP-TBM Office and Enhancing IP-TBM Offices among Member Agencies of the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD)”.
    As BCAARRD’s Host Agency, BU showcased two technologies. One of which won 3rd place in the Best Technology Pitch Category presented by Mr. Jomar E. Tuazon entitled “Multifiber Crop Stripping and Pressing Machine.” Also, from BU presented during the event is the Abaca Cutting and Carding Machine pitched by Ms. Christine B. Aycardo.
    CBSUA presented two innovations; the Pasteurized Fruit/Vegetable Blended Coconut Water presented by Ms. Julieta M. Casual and, the Mechanical Chopper for Plant Foliage or also known as “Choppie” presented by Mr. Ian Carlo M. Lositaño. Both technologies won as the Best Improved Pitchers. Choppie placing 3rd and the Blended Coconut Water bagging 2nd place.
    On the other hand, CNSC introduced one product; the Rambutan Chocolate Powder pitched by Mr. Leo Agustin D. Vela.
    CSPC presented the Tmonade Refreshment Drink pitched by Mr, Kristopher T. Visaya and, the Engineered Water Hyacinth Fiber Laminate as Construction Material with Ms. Karen Kay O. Bagacina as the presenter.
    Meanwhile, CatSU also led two innovations; the Processed Fish in Pili Pulp Oil pitched by Ms. Maria Monette Tugay, winning the 3rd Best Technology Poster. Also, the Digisoil: Potable Soil Tester for Abaca Plantation was presented by Engr. Dexter Toyado.
    Lastly, SSU showcased the Cassava Ethanol-based Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Gel and Orange Peel Essential Oil pitched by Ms. Sheryl S. Solano and, the MAH-GIC (Malunggay, Honey, Ginger, and Calamansi) Immuno Booster Drink presented by Ms. Ivy Rose B. Gonzales.
    All innovations were grouped in three categories – the Agri-Aqua Inputs and Products, Food Products and Beverages and, Equipment and Machineries.
    The activity culminates the 4 months 5 module technology commercialization mentorship series which capacitated 62 technology transfer officers and researchers on different pre-commercialization and commercialization strategies to push the local technologies toward commercial success.
    Moreover, the event is part of DOST-PCAARRD’s on-going program titled “Support to the University’s Strategies in Technology Acceleration Initiatives by Nurturing (SUSTAIN) the Intellectual Property and Technology Business Management (IP-TBM) Offices of the Consortia Member Agencies – Phase II”.
    Investors were also invited to join in the event for potential financers of the innovations they choose and would be willing to fund.
    All in all, 35 S&T Creations were presented.
  • BCAARRD launches 2nd season webinars

    The Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) in partnership with Bicol University Extension Management Division (BUEMD) and Philippine Association of Agriculturists (Bicol Canarium ovatum Chapter) continued its 2nd season of webinars this year.

    From April through December 2021, a webinar dubbed “Online Technology Dissemination and Training Series” will be broadcasted every Tuesday.

    Dr. Arlene Alegre served as the resource speaker for the season 2 pilot episode, which aired on April 13, 2020. “Development of Site-Specific Sustainable Pest Management of Queen Pineapple under Different Cropping Schemes in Leyte and Camarines Norte,” was the topic she spoke about.

    Dr. Alegre is the Dean of Camarines Norte State College’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CNSC). To date, the episode has had 716 views on the BCAARRD Facebook page.

    Alwin Joseph M. Maceres, Director of Planning and Development from BU, discussed the “Project SARAI Towards Smarter Agriculture in the Philippines” in the second episode. Rice, corn, banana, coconut, coffee, and cacao are among the crops prioritized by the initiative. The episode, which premiered on April 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., has already received over 1,000 views.

    The third episode was aired on May 4, 2021, with Ric Ryan Regalado of Partido State University serving as the Resource Speaker. He spoke about the “Climate Vulnerability Scenario of Agri-Fishery Communities in the Bicol River Basin, Philippines.”

    It can be recalled that Regalado’s paper came in third place at the BCAARRD Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights. He co-wrote the paper with Ricky P. Laureta and Ermar B. De La Cruz. To date, the episode has had around 1,600 views.

    The next BCAARRD webinar series episode will air on June 2021. (written by Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD supports DOST-PCAARRD uploading of consortia-related information

    The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD) honored regional partners during a meeting on June 1, 2021.

    During the aforementioned conference, the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development proposed plans to upload consortia-related information (BCAARRD).

    The national consortia and their individual Knowledge Management Coordinators and Representatives were in attendance. The BCAARRD, as well as all of the meeting attendees, authorized the uploading.

    DOST-PCAARRD requested all the consortia to submit information relative to their establishment, evolution, history, membership, vision, mission and, objectives, and goals.

    In addition, the organizational chart, Regional Priority Commodities, Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs), and contact information will likewise be included. (written by Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA)

  • Lirag of ParSU secures PCAARRD Publication Incentive

    Lirag of ParSU secures PCAARRD Publication Incentive

    Endorsed yet again by the Bicol Consortium of Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), a paper by Mr. John S. Lirag was awarded the Publication Incentive.

    The said incentive, funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD) under the Publication Incentives Program of the institution, will grant Lirag a total of ₱60,000.00.

    The paper entitled, “The Pili Knowledge Bank: A Comprehensive Digital Repository Backend for Pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.”, was published in the June 2021 issue of the International Journal of Applied Science and Engineering.

    Lirag is an Instructor of the Partido State University (ParSU). It can be noted that another paper from the same university authored by Mr. Leo Constantine S. Bello, received the same award.

    The DOST-PCAARRD Publication Incentives Program aims to motivate researchers to publish regularly quality research articles and to promote knowledge sharing by increasing publication record of the Council and the network and facilitate application of the research results.

    More information of the program can be found on the DOST-PCAARRD website and those who meet the criteria in applying for the grant can coordinate with BCAARRD for endorsement.

    (written by Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD orients CMIs’ KM Reps

    he Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) spearheaded an orientation meeting last September 23, 2021 for the Knowledge Management (KM) Representatives of the Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs).

    The said meeting aimed to help the KM Reps, along with their institutions, the functions of the KM Cluster of BCAARRD. Also, with the rising number of new KM Representatives, the call for an orientation meeting was crucial.

    The meeting commenced with Consortium Director Dr. Marissa N. Estrella who delivered her opening remarks with warm greetings to the representatives present in the event.

    Afterwards, KM Cluster Coordinator Ma. Luisa U. Tango discussed her presentation to fully orient the participants. She covered topics from the functions of BCAARRD as a consortium, to the functions of being a KM Representative.

    The following agencies were present: Bicol University, Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology – V, Philippine Coconut Authority – Albay Research Center, Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Catanduanes State University, and Partido State University.

    The meeting concluded with the CMIs’ KM Representatives expressing their full support and commitment to the consortium.

    (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD CMIs attend Pili IS virtual training, workshop

    The Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) spearheaded a virtual training and workshop on the Pili Information System (IS) last September 27, 2021.

    Due to the growing numbers of newly appointed Knowledge Management (KM) Representatives, the event was catered to the KM Reps of BCAARRD’s Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs).

    Moreover, BCAARRD invited the creators of the Pili IS from Partido State University (ParSU) to share their expertise about the topic.

    The ParSU Team created the Pili IS as part of their output in the Pili NICER Program, Project 4 entitled, “A Comprehensive PILI (Canarium ovatum Engl.) Information System Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies: A Roadmap Towards KM Buildup.”

    Dr. Ronnel Atole, the project leader of the fourth project, opened the discussion and discussed an overview of the Pili IS. He gave a brief yet elaborate discussion of the Pili IS.

    Meanwhile, the other members of Project 4 also presented topics during the event; Mr. Rowell John B. Artiaga taught the participants how to navigate their way through the Pili IS; Mr. John Rey S. Lirag discussed the content of the Pili IS, while Mr. Salvador B. Briones discussed t the Usage Policy.

    The virtual training-workshop was well attended by agencies from Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT), Philippine Coconut Authority – Albay Research Center (PCA-ARC), Bicol University (BU), Department of Science and Technology (DOST-V), and ParSu.

    Despite the growing numbers of Covid-19 cases, the event was made possible due to the diligence of the BCAARRD Secretariat. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD celebrates with DOST in Pre-NSTW, BRICE

    BCAARRD celebrates with DOST in Pre-NSTW, BRICE

    In support to the Department of Science and Technology’s endeavors, the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) virtually attended the Pre-National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) and Bicol Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (BRICE) on October 12 to 14, 2021.

    With the theme, Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon! DOST V’s Regional Director, Mr. Rommel R. Serrano, stressed in his message the importance of the event to showcase different technologies generated by the region.

    “Ngayong 2021 Pre-NSTW, ay ibabandila natin ang mga abilidad ng ating sayantipikong komunidad at mga programa, proyekto, at serbisyo ng aming ahensya sa pagpapa unlad ng aming agham at teknolohiya,” he said.

    As part of the celebration, BCAARRD Director Dr. Marissa N. Estrella attended as the resource person during the S&T Consortia’s Research Colloquium Day.

    Dr. Estrella discussed the Consortium’s Research and Extension Initiatives and gave a brief introduction on what BCAARRD is all about.

    The S&T Consortia’s Research Colloquium Day featured three Consortiums in Bicol, namely the Bicol Consortium for Industry Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (BCIEERD) with Dir. Niño Jeffrey L. Luzon as resource person, and Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) with Dir. Ofelia Samar-Sy also as resource person.

    Furthermore, the event also included Dr. Ernie V. Vera, Director of Department of Health – Bicol Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD V), as resource speaker.

    The presentations of the event were followed by an open forum. The whole video documentation with the question-and-answer portion can be viewed at DOST Region V’s Facebook Page. (written by: Julianne Nicolle G. Moral SRA/BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD participates on three-day virtual sessions, Inter-Agency Consultation Meeting on DA-RAFMP pl

    BCAARRD participates on three-day virtual sessions, Inter-Agency Consultation Meeting on DA-RAFMP pl

    BCAARRD participates on three-day virtual sessions, Inter-Agency Consultation Meeting on DA-RAFMP planning

    Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted the Inter-Agency Consultation Meeting and Planning of RAFMP on October 20 to 22, 2021 via Zoom.

    The invited partner agencies, including the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), as one of the component members on Research, Development, and Extension, took part in the virtual conference.

    On the first day of the virtual session, Engr. Gilbert S. Salcedo, OIC-Chief RAED, Ms. Aloha Gigi I. Bañaria, Chief PMED, and Engr. Luisito R. Baltazar, OIC-Section Chief RAED-PPMS, presented and discussed the RAFMP 2017-2022 Assessment Result, DA’s consultation outputs related to Agri-Fishery Mechanization, and overview of RAFMP 2022-2027. An open forum was facilitated by DA after the presentation of data to let participants, including BCAARRD, raise their questions and suggestions.

    On the second day, Breakout Sessions and Write-shops commenced together with the participating agencies. Participants were divided into five components relative to the discussed plans in RAFMP. BCAARRD is one of the component members of the RDE.

    On the last day of the virtual session, participants presented the output from the breakout session and write shop that was held prior.

    This three-day virtual sessions aims to share data about the Department of Agriculture-Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Plan for 2022-2027. This is also a call for consultation to the partner agencies that attended the said activity to improve the structural planning on the agricultural sector and fisheries mechanization.

    DA quoting one of the statements of the DA Secretary Dr. William D. Dar reiterates the  need to “have a better parameter… you are excluding the best technologies if you are just considering the number of years that they are present in the market. What are the best parameters for farm mechanization? Hindi yung nakasanayan na, dahil nauna na sila sa mercado. There must be an equal playing field and may the best technology forward to be utilized by our farmers,” as DA quoted a statement from Secretary

    Through the unity and goal of DA and its component agency, this mechanization may help famers and fisher folks strengthen their livelihood and increase the importance of the agricultural and fisheries sector. (written by Mayca C. Alim, SA)

  • BCAARRD Webinars reaches hundreds of views

    As the Online Technology Dissemination and Training Webinar Series continues for its 2nd season, approximately over 600 views have been reached to date per episode.

    The fourth episode which aired last 8 June 2021, with resource speaker Abelisa Evangelista, has reached 1.4k views as of 8 September 2021.

    Evangelista discussed the topic, “Potentials of Abaca Stripping Refuse Parts”. She is the Director of the Abaca Technology Innovation Center, Catanduanes State University, Virac, Catanduanes.

    Meanwhile, the fifth episode with Josephine T. Nieva as the speaker, has reached 671 views despite being aired just last 10 August 2021.

    Nieva shared her expertise on the topic, “Coconut Food Processing: Production of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) Using Fresh-Wet Natural Fermentation Method.”

    She is the Division Chief III of Philippine Coconut Authority – Albay Research Center.

    The most recent episode, being aired last 31 August 2021, has now reached 1.1k views after only a week. The resource person of the episode is Emmanuel L. Orogo, the Unit Head of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Services Unit, Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center 5 (DA-ATI Bicol).

    He discussed the topic, “ATI Bicol’s Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) Study for Agriculture and Fisheries Extension (AFE) Interventions.”

    The BCAARRD Webinars will continue until December of this year, every Tuesday of the week. All of the mentioned and aired episodes can be viewed at the BCAARRD Facebook page. (written by : Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)




  • Consortium Member Institutions’ faculty and researchers train online on Statistical Analysis worksho

    Consortium Member Institutions’ faculty and researchers train online on Statistical Analysis workshop

    Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), in partnership with Bicol University (BU) and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), conducted an online training workshop dubbed “Training on Software-Assisted Statistical Analysis: Basic Statistical Methods Using R,” from November 15 to 17, 2021. 

    The Software-Assisted Statistics Workshop is designed to assist faculty and researchers of the Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) from different fields of expertise in navigating through statistical tools especially the R software for data analysis.

    The three-day activity was attended by 48 registered participants and 9 non-registered participants from the CMIs of BCAARRD from the Ateneo De Naga University (ADNU), BU, Catanduanes State University (CatSU), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT), Partido State University (ParSU), and Sorsogon State University (SSU).

    Professor Lysette C. Aguila and Professor Ramoncito G. Cambel from the University of the Philippines Los Baños were the invited resource speakers, with Dr. Lara Paul A. Ebal as the Training Coordinator.

    Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, Consortium Director of BCAARRD delivered the opening message followed by the introduction of the participants and resource persons by Professor Joseph Martin Paet, RD Cluster Representative of BU.

    The workshop training reviewed the Basic Statistical concepts, hypothesis testing framework and introduction to R software discussed by Professor Aguila. Sample test on population using R was also held, during the first day. More population testing was conducted the following days with active participation from the participants.

    Discussion and workshop about Correlation and regression analysis was led by Professor Ramoncito G. Cambel on the last day of the training.

    “This training has been challenging but more importantly enriching. The skills we learned in this training can be taught to our students especially since R is free, robust and easily accessible. In the flexible modality of learning, more students can learn about statistics and practice skills,” Francis Xavier Verdadero, ADNU Department of Natural Sciences Chair, said when asked what was his takeaways during the training workshop.

    Moreover, BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, mentioned in his closing message that after the workshop, we can now overcome the fear for statistics with the right digital or software tool.

    “The way we approach statistics in this digital communication and information age should also be the way we approach any and all forms of technology with an open mind and a willing heart,” he added.

    (Roma Joy T. Padre/SRA/BCAARRD)




  • BUCAF Greenhouse set for renovation, upgrade

    As part of the deliverables of the Pili NICER Program, Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) is set to implement “Renovation and Upgrading of the BUCAF Greenhouse,” which is a new project.

    According to the proposal submitted by the Project Leaders, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella and Dr. Genean L. Galicia, the existing greenhouse located at the BUCAF Crop Science Department has been destroyed by the series of typhoons hitting the Bicol Region every year.

    Moreover, the said greenhouse is said to have been in place for more than 2 decades and due to the destruction in the past years, its metal beams, joists, and trusses have been twisted and finally collapsed. It also used to be an orchidarium and was converted into an experimental facility during the last seven years.

    With the entomological and pathological studies being conducted in connection with the Pili NICER Program, the renovation and upgrading of the greenhouse will provide a more convenient and conducive place for this kind of research, while delivering one of the components of the Pili NICER Program which focuses on the identification and survey of emerging pests and diseases in Pili.  The said project is also in support of the other projects which will produce quality pili seedlings for plantation establishment as well as pili genetic analysis.

    It can be noted that the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) spearheaded the Pili NICER Program with funds from the Department of Science and Technology –Science for Change Program (S4CP).  The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD) is also providing additional funds from its Institutional Development Division (IDD).

    The Renovation and Upgrading of the BUCAF Greenhouse will be carried out with a total of P5,457,946.91 project cost and will start its implementation in January 2022 until December 2022.

    The said project will have the following six (6) major activities: (1) Strengthening of the structure to make it typhoon-proof; (2) Dividing the space into two compartments separating the working area for entomological and pathological studies; (3) Elevating the floor to safeguard the facility from occasional flooding; (4) Installation of the water system inside the greenhouse; and (5) Establishment of a typhoon-proof office and stock room.

    According to the proposal, the re-establishment/upgrading of the Greenhouse at BUCAF will enhance the teaching and research functions of faculty and help the students with their research undertakings and laboratory activities. It can also be a site for the training of farmers and ‘agripreneurs’ related to crop protection and quality seedling production. Thus, a lot of stakeholders will be benefited. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • Guerrero, Bello receive DOST-PCAARRD Publication Incentive

    Another two papers endorsed by the Bicol Consortium of Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) were awarded ₱60,000.00 each as publication incentive.

    The grant funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD) is awarded under the Publication Incentives Program of the institution.

    Jonathan Jaime G. Guerrero from Bicol University (BU) clinched the ₱60k award with his paper entitled, Siderophore of Fungi from Lipa Clay Foam Soil, Philippines.

    Meanwhile, from Partido State University (ParSU), Leo Constantine S. Bello was awarded the same amount with his paper, A Framework for Applying Semantic Web in the Design and Development of Web Portals for Agricultural Crops: The Pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.) Case.

    Two of Dr. Plutomeo Nieves’ published papers were also awarded last year.

    The DOST-PCAARRD Publication Incentives Program aims to motivate researchers to publish regularly quality research articles and to promote knowledge sharing by increasing publication record of the Council and the network and facilitate application of the research results.

    The selection criteria of the program stated that the research results of the endorsed papers must be aligned with PCAARRD’s banner programs or the harmonized national R&D agenda for the AANR sector as evidenced by a certification from the technical research division concerned. Also, the paper must be certified by the researcher’s head of office that it has not been granted any publication incentive by any institution. Lastly, the research needs to be submitted to PCAARRD within six months from publication.

    Interested applicants should take note that the incentive is limited to the principal researchers of on-going or completed PCAARRD or DOST-funded or coordinated programs.

    The applicant can also be PCAARRD or Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program scholars, can also be a PCAARRD staff, and can also be researchers from the National Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Network.

    Those who meet the criteria in applying for the grant can coordinate with BCAARRD. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA/BCAARRD)

  • BUCAF secures P4.9M for Postharvest Facility Upgrading project

    A total of P4,940,020.00 has been awarded to Bicol University College of Agriculture (BUCAF) for the project on “Upgrading of the Postharvest Facility of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department of BUCAF.” The financial and technical assistance had been worked out through the Institutional Development Division (IDD) of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD).

    According to BUCAF-DABE, the Postharvest Facility was established in the early 80’s to conduct research and development of students during its prime years. But in the recent years, the facility was always flooded and took a bigger hit during the super typhoons that destroyed the Bicol Region.

    Thus, the project is set to repair and upgrade the BUCAF Postharvest Facility to revive its operation supportive to the ongoing Project 7 of the Pili NICER Program which is into the retrofitting of pili postharvest machineries. It is one of the projects under the Pili NICER Program being funded by the Department of Science and Technology under its Science for Change Program (S4CP).

    “The facility will be used in the conduct of the Pili NICER project wherein the project proponents would like to continue the implementation and make sure that the outcome of the research will be used by the community.” BUCAF-DABE furthered.

    The upgrading project is set to make the BUCAF Postharvest Facility operational, modern, presentable, and safe from flooding and typhoons. It will also acquire various office and postharvest research apparatus and equipment for pili post-harvest processing.

    The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (DABE), headed by Engr. Christopher O. Pacardo, has started the project in coordination with the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD). Improvement of the BUCAF Postharvest Facility is one of the projects endorsed by Director Marissa Estrella of BCAARRD and approved for implementation by the DOST-PCAARRD for 2021.  The project started last July 1, 2021 and will end on June 30 2022. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA/BCAARRD)

    A total of P8,886,670.70 has been awarded to Bicol University College of Agriculture (BUCAF) for the project on “Upgrading of the Postharvest Facility of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department of BUCAF.” The financial and technical assistance had been worked out through the Institutional Development Division (IDD) of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD).

    According to BUCAF-DABE, the Postharvest Facility was established in the early 80’s to conduct research and development of students during its prime years. But in the recent years, the facility was always flooded and took a bigger hit during the super typhoons that destroyed the Bicol Region.

    Thus, the project is set to repair and upgrade the BUCAF Postharvest Facility to revive its operation supportive to the ongoing Project 7 of the Pili NICER Program which is into the retrofitting of pili postharvest machineries. It is one of the projects under the Pili NICER Program being funded by the Department of Science and Technology under its Science for Change Program (S4CP).

    “The facility will be used in the conduct of the Pili NICER project wherein the project proponents would like to continue the implementation and make sure that the outcome of the research will be used by the community.” BUCAF-DABE furthered.

    The upgrading project is set to make the BUCAF Postharvest Facility operational, modern, presentable, and safe from flooding and typhoons. It will also acquire various office and postharvest research apparatus and equipment for pili post-harvest processing.

    The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (DABE), headed by Engr. Christopher O. Pacardo, has started the project in coordination with the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD). Improvement of the BUCAF Postharvest Facility is one of the projects endorsed by Director Marissa Estrella of BCAARRD and approved for implementation by the DOST-PCAARRD for 2021.  The project started last July 1, 2021 and will end on June 30 2022. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA/BCAARRD)




  • BCAARRD hosts 2nd RRDCC Meeting for 2021

    The Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) hosted the Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Meeting last January 18, 2022.

    The Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) attended the annual meeting, with a quorum of 17 people present at the start. Because the RRDCC Conference was a virtual event, more participants joined as the meeting continued.

    The new heads of BCAARRD CMIs were also given recognition by the Consortium Director, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella.

    “Andyan din po first attendee yung DA-BAR new Director and new presidents of other SUCS. (Joining us also here today as first-time attendees, is the new Director of DA-BAR and new presidents of other SUCs.) And of course, PCAARRD, they are all here. And our project leaders, we invited them also,” she said.

    Dr. Junel B. Soriano, Director of Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research, introduced himself along with the representative of the new presidents of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

    He expressed his pleasure to be part of the meeting of the Consortium and stated his gratitude for the invitation.

    “Agricultural Engineer po ako by profession, but, of course, I am a hands-on farmer sa Isabella, dealing rice, corn, and other livestock. Recently I was appointed as Director of BAR last October 25, 2021. My pleasure working with you and hopefully, makakatulong po kami sa Consrtia po ninyo. (My pleasure working with you and I hope that our institution can help the Consortia,” he stated.

    The meeting was presided by the RRDCC Chairperson and Bicol University (BU) President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas. He delivered a welcome message to the attendees and commended BCAARRD for being more present and responsive despite the Covid-19 Pandemic.

    “The challenge really is, how to make our presence be felt more personally in a virtual setup. At this point, let me commend the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development or BCAARRD, under the leadership of Dr. Maris Estrella, for always being in the forefront of significant activities and meaningful ideas. She’s been exerting her best effort in the midst of this pandemic to make BCAARRD and our R&D mandate relevant where it matters the most. I can just empathize with her when it comes to the difficulty of coordinating with the different member agencies concerning Consortium activities,” he said.

    Dr. Mascariñas concluded by expressing his hope that the CMIs will never weary of supporting and contributing to the mandates and reasons for the establishment of BCAARRD in 1976.The RRDCC Meeting highlighted the accomplishment report of the consortium, along with financial matters and projects monitored by BCAARRD, specifically the Pili NICER Program.

    (written by Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • PAA Bicol Chapter taps BCAARRD for Virtual Conference

    The Philippine Association of Agriculturists (PAA) Bicol (Canarium ovatum) Chapter, in partnership with the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) spearheaded the 2nd Bicol Regional PAA Conference on December 14-15, 2021.

    In coordination with Bicol University (BU) through the Extension Management Division (EMD), and the Department of Agriculture (DA) V, the conference held the theme, “Building Resilient Agriculture as a Frontline Industry Amidst the Challenges of the Time,” which was attended by hundreds of agriculturists.

    Dr. Louie A. Divinagracia, the president of PAA, delivered a short message to welcome the participants and stated that the theme of the event supports the initiatives of DA.

    “The theme supports the interest of the national food security agenda initiated by the Department of Agriculture in the areas of sustainability, resiliency and innovation. It is also aligned with the human capabilities that are needed to manage the technological challenges ushered in by Agriculture 4.0 and Industry 4.0.” Dr. Divinagracia said.

    Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, BCAARRD Director and PAA Bicol (Canarium ovatum) Chapter, also delivered welcoming remarks to both the participants and the speakers.

    The Regional Executive Director of DA – Regional Field Office V (DA-RFO V), Mr. Rodel P. Tornilla, MABE, also delivered a message and introduced Dr. William D. Dar, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, as the Keynote speaker.

    A total of 20 speakers shared their expertise and advocacies in the two-day event. The speakers were divided into five plenary sessions which entertained questions from the participants.

    Approximately 300 participants logged into ZOOM with the speakers while about 200 were watching via Facebook Live.

    The event ended with the announcement of the newly elected PAA Bicol (Canarium ovatum) Chapter officials. The said team will be headed by Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, Professor of Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry, for two years.

    The participants of the 2nd Bicol Regional PAA Conference will receive a total of ten (10) CPD points once they present their certificate of completion upon renewal of license. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • BCAARRD holds virtual 33rd RSRDH

    In order to effectively utilize research results in attaining the goals of sustainable regional development, the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) annually conducts the Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) on March 21, 2022.

    Consortium Director, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella gave the welcome remarks followed by a message from Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, SUC President IV, Bicol University and RRDCC Chairman, BCAARRD. Introduction of the Participants and Panel of Evaluators was led by Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, Consortium Deputy Director with the Symposium Rules and Presentation of Objectives and Mechanics given by Prof. Ronnel R. Dioneda, Sr., Regional Research and Development Cluster Coordinator.

    Thirteen research papers coming from different Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) of BCAARRD were presented and evaluated with eight classified in the Research Category and five in the Development Category. There were 49 registered participants, 13 presenters, and six Panel of Evaluators.

    The Panel of Evaluators for the Research Category were Dr. Fe dela Cueva of Institute of Plant Breeding, Dr. Editha O. Lomerio, Former Director of PhlFIDA 5, and Ms. Fedelia Flor C. Mero of PCAARRD – Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division. While the Panel of Evaluators for the Development Category were Dir. Rodrigo M. Aguilar of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Dr. Lily Ann D. Lando, Dr. Almira G. Magcawas of Cavite State University (CvSU), and Dr. Engelbert R. Lalican of PCAARRD – Technology Transfer and Promotion Division.

    The winners were announced the same day where Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office V (DA RFO 5) bagged the best paper award for the Research category for their paper on “Community-based Participatory Action Research on Integrated Crop-Livestock Production in Lowland Rainfed Rice Growing Areas in Napilihan and Calangcawan Sur, Vinzons, Camarines Norte” authored by Luz R. Marcelino; Maria Christina F. Campita; Jasmin M. Dacillo; Segundo Sorita; Joy Villagen and the second best paper by Bicol University (BU) was on “Status of Coral Reefs in Lagonoy with Emphasis on Marine Protected Areas” authored by  Antonino B. Mendoza Jr.; Romeo B. Asejo Jr.; Michael C. Borejon.

    Meanwhile, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) with their paper on “Process Mapping the Prevalence of Salmonella spp. Contamination and Cross Contamination on Pork Carcass from Slaughter to Weighing at Selected Abattoirs in the Bicol Region” authored by Alberto M. Cabrera was awarded as third best paper.

    On the other hand, Philippine Coconut Authority – Albay Research Center (PCA ARC) bagged the best paper award for the Development Category with their paper on  “Utilization of Makapuno Liquid Endosperm as Stabilizer to Custard Coconut Ice Cream” authored by Josephine T. Nieva; Fria Lauren M. Jadulang; Nikka C. Barrion.

    Another entry from CBSUA on “Pilot Testing of Taro Leaves Shredder” authored by Rolando G. de Asis; Julius L. de Villa; Jeric S. Laniog was awarded second-best paper.

    Participants from the Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) with their paper on “Modified Mangrove Pens for Polyculture System in Mudcrab (Scylla serrata) and Milkfish (Chanos chanos) Production” authored by Laurence G. Almoguera; Vitaliana U. Malamug; Armando N. Espino; Marvin M. Cinense won the third best paper award.

    The program concluded with a closing remark from Dr. Alberto M. Naperi, RRDCC Vice Chairperson.(Roma Joy T. Padre/SA)

    In order to effectively utilize research results in attaining the goals of sustainable regional development, the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) annually conducts the Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) on March 21, 2022.

    Consortium Director, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella gave the welcome remarks followed by a message from Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, SUC President IV, Bicol University and RRDCC Chairman, BCAARRD. Introduction of the Participants and Panel of Evaluators was led by Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, Consortium Deputy Director with the Symposium Rules and Presentation of Objectives and Mechanics given by Prof. Ronnel R. Dioneda, Sr., Regional Research and Development Cluster Coordinator.

    Thirteen research papers coming from different Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) of BCAARRD were presented and evaluated with eight classified in the Research Category and five in the Development Category. There were 49 registered participants, 13 presenters, and six Panel of Evaluators.

    The Panel of Evaluators for the Research Category were Dr. Fe dela Cueva, Executive Director of the Institute of Plant Breeding, Dr. Editha O. Lomerio, Former Director of PhlFIDA 5, and Ms. Fedelia Flor C. Mero of PCAARRD – Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division. While the Panel of Evaluators for the Development Category were Dir. Rodrigo M. Aguilar of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Dr. Lily Ann D. Lando, Dr. Almira G. Magcawas of Cavite State University (CvSU), and Dr. Engelbert R. Lalican of PCAARRD – Technology Transfer and Promotion Division.

    The winners were announced the same day where Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office V (DA RFO 5) bagged the best paper award for the Research category for their paper on “Community-based Participatory Action Research on Integrated Crop-Livestock Production in Lowland Rainfed Rice Growing Areas in Napilihan and Calangcawan Sur, Vinzons, Camarines Norte” authored by Luz R. Marcelino; Maria Christina F. Campita; Jasmin M. Dacillo; Segundo Sorita; Joy Villagen and the second best paper by Bicol University (BU) was on “Status of Coral Reefs in Lagonoy with Emphasis on Marine Protected Areas” authored by  Antonino B. Mendoza Jr.; Romeo B. Asejo Jr.; Michael C. Borejon.

    Meanwhile, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) with their paper on “Process Mapping the Prevalence of Salmonella spp. Contamination and Cross Contamination on Pork Carcass from Slaughter to Weighing at Selected Abattoirs in the Bicol Region” authored by Alberto M. Cabrera was awarded as third best paper.

    On the other hand, Philippine Coconut Authority – Albay Research Center (PCA ARC) bagged the best paper award for the Development Category with their paper on  “Utilization of Makapuno Liquid Endosperm as Stabilizer to Custard Coconut Ice Cream” authored by Josephine T. Nieva; Fria Lauren M. Jadulang; Nikka C. Barrion.

    Another entry from CBSUA on “Pilot Testing of Taro Leaves Shredder” authored by Rolando G. de Asis; Julius L. de Villa; Jeric S. Laniog was awarded second-best paper.

    Participants from the Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) with their paper on “Modified Mangrove Pens for Polyculture System in Mudcrab (Scylla serrata) and Milkfish (Chanos chanos) Production” authored by Laurence G. Almoguera; Vitaliana U. Malamug; Armando N. Espino; Marvin M. Cinense won the third best paper award.

    The program concluded with a closing remark from Dr. Alberto M. Naperi, RRDCC Vice Chairperson.(Roma Joy T. Padre/SA)

  • BCAARRD meets new CNSC president

    To orient the Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) all about the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), an orientation meeting was conducted last 24 March 2022.

    The orientation meeting was held to help newly appointed presidents of the Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) familiarize themselves with the banner programs and other matters concerning BCAARRD.

    The said meeting was headed by the Consortium Director, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, and the Deputy Director of BCAARRD, Dr. Lester M. Narvaez. 

    Furthermore, it was well attended by the new CNSC President, Dr. Marlon Dela Cruz, along with the VP for Research and Extension, Dr. Rosalie A. Almadrones, and the Research Division Director, Dr. Eduardo M. Abad. The program leader of the Queen Pineapple NICER Program, Dr. Arlene Alegre was also in attendance.

    The updated Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda – Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources 2022 – 2028 was also presented during the meeting.

    BCAARRD is also headed to Catanduanes State University on 7 April 2022 to present the same agenda.

    (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

  • RAISE Bicol extends partnership to various BCAARRD CMIs

    To provide assistance to the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD), the Regional Agri-Aqua Innovation System Enhancement (RAISE) Program partners with Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs).

    A total of eight (8) CMIs form the program and they are: Bicol University (BU), Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC), Catanduanes State University (CatSU), Sorsogon State University (SorSU), Partido State Univeristy (ParSU) and, Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT).

    The said program mirrors the functions and initiatives of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) Innovation and Technology Center (DPITC) in the regions by providing assistance to the regional consortia on Intellectual Property (IP) management and transfer of technologies of CMIs.

    With the leadership of Engr. Christopher O. Pacardo of Bicol University, the RAISE Program has four (4) projects, with the first project having seven (7) sub projects.

    The program, which has a budget of P23,400,000,000 and began in January 2022, will run for two (2) years.

    For RAISE’s economic impact, the program advocates for an effective IP management in the AANR; gradually building up the creation of an innovation ecosystem in the AANR; generating estimated savings for the target filing of 80 IP applications; the output will somehow contribute to the Country’s Global Innovation Index (GII); and, Commercialization Mentorship Series at P400,000 (a conservative estimate, equivalent to 8 patent applications only). Hence, the skills gained by the target 100 graduates shall be valued at P40M.

    For its Social Impact, The RAISE program is expected to cultivate innovative mindsets as a game-changing asset for organizations as well as individuals; register IPs of the mentor agency and CMIs; have a centralized database of the of protected and commercialized AANR technologies in the Bicol Region as well as a knowledge hub for technology/IP generation, protection and commercialization; and, accelerate support to start-up and spinoff companies offering AANR technologies.

    Relatedly, a recently concluded IP Master Class was able to welcome 14 new graduates from the seven partner CMIs of RAISE Bicol. The said IP Master Class was hosted by DOST-PCAARRD in partnership with the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Association of PAQE Professionals (APP) and CMIs of the RAISE Program. (J. Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)




  • Pili NICER Program undergoes F2F evaluations

    As part of their monitoring and evaluation duties, two teams from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and, Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) visited the Pili NICER Program.

    The Crops Research Division (CRD) conducted a pre-visit on 15 June 2022 to monitor the said program. The pre-visit also helped the NICER Program on Pili in preparation for the Science for Change Program (S4CP) visit on 7 July 2022.

    During their pre-visit, the CRD Team monitored the recently completed Plant Pathology Laboratory, a Pili Plantation in Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF), and, a Pili Farmer Plantation. The display area set-up with the seven projects under the NICER Program was also inspected.

    Moreover, the CRD Team inquired about the difficulties and complications faced by the Program. After a brief discussion per project, the PCAARRD team offered a lending hand to the Pili NICER Program and suggested on how to lessen the discussed challenges.

    On the other hand, the S4CP visit provided an avenue to help the Pili NICER Program in discussing the planned extension of the program. They also examined the above-mentioned display area setup.

    After the visit to BUCAF, the S4CP Team conducted the R&D Ideation and S4CP Proposal Writeshop with the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic, and, Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) and various Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) also involved with the Queen Pineapple NICER Program.

    Both the CRD and S4CP Teams also visited the Queen Pineapple NICER Program of Camarines Norte State College (CNSC). (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)




  • Regional RandD Cluster spearheads aquatic-centered conceptualization write-shop

    To address the need to have more Aquatic-centered research in the region, a two-day Aquatic R&D Conceptualization Write-shop kicked-off on August 18, 2022, with six (6) Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) of the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD).

    Among the attendees were the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources V – Regional Fisheries R&D Center (BFAR V-RFRDC), Bicol University (BU), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT), and Partido State University (ParSU).

    The write-shop was headed by the Regional R&D Cluster Coordinator, Prof. Ronnel R. Dioneda, Sr. He also presented the Call for Proposals (Ref. No. 2022-05) of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Aquatic Resources (DA-BAR).

    Meanwhile, BCAARRD Director, Dr. Marissa N. Estrella expressed her gratitude during the event for the presence of the participants. She also presented the Science for Change Programs of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).

     The co-chair of the Bicol Fisheries RD&E Network – Technical Working Group (BIFERDEN-TWG), Mr. Ezer L. Quezon, presented their institution’s RD&E Thrusts and Priorities.

    These presentations highlighted the mentioned institutions as possible funding agencies for the proposals that will be conceptualized during the event.

    After the presentations, the participants were divided into different groups and each focused on different commodities. The presentations of the conceptualized proposals were shared and critiqued by the participants.

    The write-shop, held at AVP Catering Services Hall, Legazpi City, ended with the commitment of the Consortium and its CMIs to continue responding to more Aquatic-centered research. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA, BCAARRD)

Contact Us

Telefax No.: (052) 480-0167

Visitors

007296
Users Today : 192
Users Yesterday : 171
Users Last 7 days : 1728
Users Last 30 days : 6406
Users This Month : 6031
Users This Year : 7295
Total Users : 7296

Location

Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines 4500


Bicol University
  • Copyright © 2022. All Rights Reserved.
  •  PandaLogo