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SMAARRDEC in August, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in News

SMAARRDEC (Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium) celebrated its 30th Founding Anniversary and FIESTA 2017 in August.

On August 18, 7AM, was a celebration of the Holy Mass at the Social Hall of the University of Southeastern Phils. (USeP) Main Campus, Davao City, followed at 9AM with the Coconut-planting and other activities at the Dept. of Agriculture Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-SMIARC), in Manambulan, Tugbok, Davao City.

On August 23, 8:30AM, was the Motorcade from USeP grounds thru city streets, culminating in Abreeza Mall, Davao City. At Abreeza Mall, at 10AM was the Opening Ceremonies highlighted by the entrance parade of flags of consortium members and the opening of the SMAARRDEC FIESTA Exhibit. At 1PM was the Forum on Technology-To-People, Business-Coaching, and Technology-Matching. At 6PM was the Stakeholders Appreciation Night at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City, where presentation of awards and recognition of stakeholders was attended by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.  

On August 24, Thursday, was the SMAARRDEC 30th Regional Symposium on RDE Highlights (RSRDH), in Abreeza Mall, where where research from UP Mindanao were presented thru talks and posters.  

On August 25, was the Farmers and Fisherfolks Forum from 10AM to 4PM. The culminating event from 4PM onward was the Awarding Ceremonies beginning with a body-painting show, followed by the awarding of winners for best research papers and posters and for the FIESTA pocket events and booths.

SMAARRDEC is composed of the national government agencies involved in science and technology, regional state colleges and universities, including UP Mindanao, and local and provincial government units. (See photos of the UP Mindanao booth here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1659663604106234)

SMAARRDEC30 FIESTA 2017 awarded certificates to UP Mindanao in the Closing Ceremonies held on 25 August. Prof. Emma Ruth Bayogan received the certificates on behalf of UP Mindanao from SMAARRDEC Director Danilo Pacoy, in the following sequence: Certificate of Appreciation for being an Exhibitor; Certificate of Recognition for 3rd Prize for Best-Dressed Booth which was created by Office of Research; Certificate of Recognition for 1st Prize for the Sketch-Coloring Contest which was drawn by Aprilyn Vanesa Degamo (BS Arch.); Certificate of Recognition for 2nd Prize in the Best Paper (Research Category) for "Use of LiDAR Technology.." authored by the Phil-LiDAR 2 team. (See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1668520519887209)

 

Media Reception for Food Security, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in News

A Media Reception and Forum on Food Security for Sustainable Development was hosted by UP-Mindanao on July 6. In the opening, UP Vice-President for Public Affairs Jose "Butch" Dalisay delivered a message from UP President Danilo Concepcion whom he said would have been interested to hear the talks as "a man of science, having been an agricultural engineer before becoming a lawyer." Through these forums, continued VP Dalisay, UP aimed to "bridge the gap between the academe and the general public".       
 
UP-Mindanao faculty members reported on their research studies in the forum proper. Prof. Juma Novie Alviola presented "Utilization of sago flour to improve the nutritional profile of selected food products". The study focused on flours from sago, kamote, rice, munggo, cardaba, and wheat. The study considered the prices, and the combinations of glutens, carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, and antioxidants, for the best nutritional outcomes. She also mentioned the uses of sago starch for lactic acid, cosmetics, glucose, and animal feeds, and of the sago palm to alleviate global warming and climate change.

Prof. Bayogan presented the study, "Post-harvest of pummelo fruit treated with chitosan and i-methylcyclopropene". The study aims to reduce crop losses--that currently average about 35% of farm produce--through the use of these low-cost compounds. Pummelo, being a high-value crop in the region, had much longer shelf-life and maintained its sweetness and juiciness after being given the right measure of these compounds.

Prof. Nañola, for his part, reported on "Exploring the connectivity of reef fish populations along eastern and southern coast of Mindanao". These are the "isdang bato"--the damselfish, parrotfish, and surgeon fish found in the coral reefs of Sarangani Bay, Davao Gulf, and Pujada Bay. The study recommended regulations that would limit commercial fishing to fully-grown fishes and the protection of coral reefs in order to avoid depletion of the local fish population.

The open forum heard questions from the media persons who attended: Boom Castillo (Sun Star Davao), Yas Ocampo (Mindanao Times/Manila Bulletin), Joe Palabao (Business Week Mindanao/ Mindanao Daily), Nitz Escarpe (DXRP/Radyo Pilipinas Dabaw), Arnold Colama and Cy Bermudez (Radyo ni Juan), Bien Abanos (DXGN), Angelita "Alma" Mahinay (DXOW/DXKT), Roan Abasolo (City Info. Office), Rhodamae Hernandez and Bong Alis (Peoples Television), and Paulo Rizal (Davao Today).

The lead organizer, UP College of Mass Communication, was represented by Dean Elena Pernia, Odette Portus, Aleli Quirante, Rica Abad, and Ben Bunquin. The UP Mindanao participants were led by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion.

See photos here: https://www.facebook.com/events/291104901361129/?active_tab=discussion

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