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img070810_01.jpgIn a move to plot the Council’s plans, programs, and directions under the S&T (science and technology) Agenda (STA) and CorPlan (corporate plan) for 2011─2016, PCARRD’s Directors’ Council (DC) and selected senior staff congregated at the Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City to review its investments in S&T on agriculture, forestry and natural resources.

In a bid to become familiar with the various DOST agencies, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, visited the Council headquarters on July 7, 2010. Together with Usec. Fortunato T. Dela Peña, they met with PCARRD Executive Director Patricio Faylon, the PCARRD Directorate, and resident auditors from the COA, as well as some senior staff.

Native animals..., my wealth, my pride. This is the official slogan and theme of the forthcoming international meeting “Utilization of native animals for building rural enterprise in warm climate zone” to be held at the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija on July 19─23.

A refurbished and enhanced research laboratory now stands at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) Mabini Unit in Mampising, Compostela Valley. (See related story in From the Regions)

The first agriculture and food technology-based incubator (TBI) project in the country was recently launched at the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

A seminar-workshop is slated on July 26th for the polishing of the Green Book sequel project undertaken by PCARRD, the College of Economics and Management (CEM)-UPLB and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon was awarded a Presidential Citation on June 28 at the Malacañan Palace. He was one of only three awardees from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Dr. Faylon was recognized for ”his exemplary conduct, steadfast commitment, dedicated public service, and meritorious performance, which contributed significantly to the successful implementation of the policies and priorities of the Philippine government under the Arroyo administration, particularly


PCARRD now has an in-house patent agent, giving its intellectual property (IP) management activities a much needed boost.

Imported breeds dominate animal production in the country, but native animals are gradually making a comeback.

Native animals, however, do not compare in productivity with the imported breeds. This constraint, coupled with the drastic changes in the world’s temperature and ecosystems, challenge the country’s small farm enterprises who want to maximize the advantages these animals offer.

Current standards in the Philippines do not allow water in any gasoline blends. 

However, MMSU hydrous, BE-20, a unique blend of E-10 gasoline and azeotropic ethanol that contains 5% water may augur well for the implementation of the Biofuels Act of 2006 (Republic Act 9367). This says Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Prexy Mirriam E. Pascua.

To backstop the prexy’s declaration, a seminar on MMSU hydrous BE-20, an invention of MMSU in Ilocos Norte was recently conducted at the PCARRD


Recognizing that stakeholders are key to its success, PCARRD recently conducted a stakeholders’ consultation to facilitate the preparation of its corporate plan (CorPlan) for 2011─2016.

Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Regalado M. Manalo, Ka Gudoy to his community, has a reason to be happy.

“We are all together. We are part of the national agriculture and natural resources system. It is all of us that make the R&D system the best, particularly in this part of the world”.

Inorganic fertilizer application can be substituted with vermicast or vermin worm manure without affecting the productivity of mangosteen. This, Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Ruth M. Martinez found out in her Science and Technology-based Farm (STBF) project on mangosteen production at her farm in Brgy. Muan-an in Kidapawan City.

Coconut, the tree of life, breathes life to another product. Relatively unknown to many, coconut sugar or coco sugar offers consumers-slash-health buffs another “sweet” alternative to table sugar.