Written by: Maria Johmelia R. Lantion
Photos by: Jestony S. Baylon and Maria Johmelia R. Lantion
Despite the rainy weather, Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Special Affairs and Bureau of Agricultural Research Director (DA-BAR) conducts an assessment visit of Research, Extension & Training (RET) facilities at NVSU Bayombong on November 21, 2019.
Eleazar and his party was warmly welcomed by Dr. Wilfredo A. Dumale, Jr., Vice President for RET; Dr. Jonar I. Yago, Director for Research and Development; Dr. Imelda V. Iglesias, Director for Extension; Dr. Cristina R. Salvosa, Campus Administrator; and other faculty and staff of NVSU.
According to Eleazar, NVSU is identified as one of the priority institutions to be assisted in its projects for its continuous production of quality research projects, as such he challenged the researchers of NVSU to submit project proposals to be funded.
In response to the challenge of Eleazar, Dumale assured that NVSU will be able to craft project proposals amounting to P 36 Million before the year ends and will be fully polished by January 2020 for submission to the DA-BAR.
Eleazar also emphasized the instructions of Agricultural Secretary William D. Dar to target (1) the expansion of citrus project, (2) the expansion of mushroom project using Taiwan variety and (3) the expansion of banana project.
In order to determine how to attain the aforementioned targets, Eleazar and his party had an actual visit in the Citrus Screenhouse, Banana Tissue Culture, Disease Indexing Laboratory, and Food Processing Center of NVSU to fully assess the facilities in order to determine the possible needs of the university to achieve the said targets.
As a result of the visit, Dumale in his Opening Remarks during the Closing Program of the Accreditation at the Mini Theatre, announced several commitments of DA-BAR to NVSU Facilities.
“Dr. Eleazar was here and we have initially identified six projects worth P 36 Million; ‘yung dalawang proposal ay nasubmit na natin worth P 10 Million which was already funded for 2019; at ‘yung ibang nandirito na project ay may commitment na - which is the Citrus Ice Cream Commercialization and Shiitake Commercialization ay may pledge na worth P 5 Million each”, said Dumale.
In addition to those mentioned by Dumale, DA-BAR also gave initiative to add three new facilities in the university which are the facility for button mushroom, Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) facility for ‘saba’, and an upscale of the Food Processing Center which will serve as the model for business incubation in the Philippines.