Awards, new ties mark DOST-PCAARRD’s 6th anniversary

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) week-long celebration of its sixth founding anniversary last month puts the spotlight on several activities, including the national Symposium on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (NSAARRD).

Researchers, institutions and media recognized

NSAARRD showcases the outstanding contributions of individuals and institutions in the improvement of the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources sectors through research and development (R&D).

The winners recognized in the NSAARRD Research Category include the papers, “Development of innovative feed supplements and feeding schemes for increased goat productivity” (third place); “Molecular markers for mango cultivar identification and genetic characterization” (second place); and “S&T management approaches against Fusarium wilt [Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc)] on Cavendish in Mindanao” (first place).

For the development category, the winners include the papers, “Assessment, Capacity Building and Rehabilitation of Selected Pablo-Stricken Communities in Davao Region” (third place); “Promotion of forage-based pellets for goats as a feeding option and portable pelletizer as potential enterprises” (second place); and “Enhanced productivity of Lakatan and Saba/Cardaba in Region 12” (first place).

Also recognized during the PCAARRD anniversary were the Dr. Elvira O. Tan Awardees. The award honors Filipino scientists and researchers for their exceptional publication of R&D results, which support the advancement of the country’s national economy and food security. It was established in 1987 as a tribute to Dr. Elvira O. Tan, an outstanding researcher and prolific writer.

The winners of the awards include the papers, “The SLT2 mitogen-activated protein kinase-mediated signaling pathway governs conidiation, morphogenesis, fungal virulence, and production of toxin and melanin in the tangerine pathotype of Alternaria alternata” for the Agriculture category; “Non-enzymatic isolation of somatic cells from Kappaphycus spp. and Eucheuma denticulatum [Solieriaceae, Rhodophyta]” for the Aquatic Sciences category; and “Urbanization adjacent to a wetland of international importance: The case of Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Metro Cebu, Philippines” for the Natural Resources and Environment category.

Moreover, the anniversary highlighted awardees of the Pantas Award, which recognizes outstanding scientists/researchers and research administrators, as well as the Tanglaw Award, which awards laudable research institutions. This year’s Pantas awardee for the Outstanding Research/Scientist category was Dr. Porfirio M. Aliño, deputy director for Research of the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute.

The Outstanding Research Administrator award went to Dr. William C. Medrano, vice president for Research and Development and Extension and Training (RDET) of the Isabela State University.

The Tanglaw award was granted to the Benguet State University under the leadership of Dr. Feliciano G. Calora Jr.

The Ulat Sipag Award, previously known as the PCAARRD Professional Media Awards, has been revised to run parallel with the other three awards given during the PCAARRD anniversary, namely, the Pantas, Tanglaw and Ugnay, which are all in Filipino words.

The award recognizes the important role and valuable support of media practitioners as a vital link between the science and technology (S&T) sector and its clients in technology commercialization and adoption.

The winners of the Ulat Sipag Award under the print category are Julio P. Yap Jr. of the Agriculture Magazine (third place); Rainier A. Ronda of Philippine Star(second place); and Paul M. Icamina of Malaya Business Insight (first place). The lone winner under the broadcast category was Dr. Custer C. Deocaris of Radyo Agila.

Launch of publications on marine resources

Three important publications in relation to the coral assessment and restoration efforts of the country were launched during the celebration of the PCAARRD’s sixth Anniversary.

The books are titled Corals of the Philippines: A Field Guide Focusing on Threatened SpeciesReproductive Patterns of Selected Coral Species in the Philippines (Handbook); Culture and Rearing Techniques of Corals from Larvae(Manual); and Beyond the Depths: The Benham Bank Seamount Exploration.

The first book was created to help scientists and stakeholders recognize vulnerable and endangered coral species in the Philippine waters. The handbook provides information on the coral anatomy, life cycle, reproductive biology of corals from across the Philippines, while the manual provides the general biological and physical considerations in coral sexual propagation.

The book on the Benham Bank documents the corals, algae and other marine resources found during the exploration.

The books were published through the National Coral R&D Program, which is supported by the PCAARRD to address the challenges in the protection and preservation of the country’s coral reefs.

Launching of new initiatives

Three new initiatives were launched, including the Graduate Research and Education Assistantship Program for Technology (GREAT) program, PCAARRD Knowledge Management Portal and the Biotechnology Information System.

GREAT is an innovative scholarship program being implemented by the PCAARRD together with the Science Education Institute, another DOST agency. The program is expected to enable qualified graduate students to become active players in generating quality research that addresses the country’s priority concerns in the Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (AANR) sector.

Meanwhile, the PCAARRD Knowledge Management Portal was developed to support the operations and functions of the DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center. The portal has three major modules that aim to showcase the farms and industry encounters through the S&T agenda; provide access to PCAARRD’s developed technologies, and provide the public a collaboration platform.

The portal can be accessed at The public can collaborate with PCAARRD and other users by signing up in the community page.

The Biotechnology Information System is a collaboration among the Department of Agriculture through its Biotechnology Program Office; Bureau of Agricultural Research, the DOST through the PCAARRD, and Commission on Higher Education.

The system is an inter-agency web-based repository that allows inputting and initial screening of R&D proposals on agriculture and fisheries biotechnology submitted to respective funding agencies.

Through this common repository, coordination among agencies is strengthened, R&D programs are complemented, and utilization of government funds is maximized.

Strategic public-private partnerships

As an effort to hasten technology transfer and commercialization, four new strategic public-private partnerships were established between the PCAARRD and its partners.

The PCAARRD, along with the Association of PAQE Professionals Inc., Philippine Association of Agriculturists Inc., Gawad Kalinga (GK) Community Development Foundation, Inc., GK Enchanted Farm and LandCare Foundation of the Philippines Inc. signed the memorandum of understanding.

The partnerships were established to promote S&T as a platform for AANR products, innovation and environmental resiliency. The council is elevating its technology transfer and commercialization platform through the DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center (DPITC).

DPITC aims to provide a venue for convergence of AANR stakeholders from the academe, public, private sectors, non-governmental organizations and international partners to strengthen existing and forge new public-private partnerships for technology commercialization. S&T Media Service

-Published in BusinessMirror.  See original article link here.

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