The national director of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), the training arm of the Department of Agriculture, stressed the importance of inter-agency collaboration to achieve inclusive food security and poverty reduction during the university’s 6th RDE Week Celebration.
Dr. Luz Taposok, who served as guest speaker in this year’s RDE Week held from April 2 to 6 at the UCC, said: “Coordinated action is needed to maximize the benefits of Research, Development and Extension.”
“It is vital to conduct inter-agency collaboration for investments in food security among public and private development partners and to share innovations and good practices for sustainable programs and inclusive food security.”
She also praised this week-long celebration by tagging it as “a huge step to achieving well-coordinated RDE agenda to foster an environment…in creating and extending knowledge of best practices in the agricultural fabric.”
The celebration is participated by students, faculty, staff, as well as different stakeholders and community partners. Aside from the nine colleges and various units of the university, companies were also invited to set up exhibits.
Ten (10) exhibitors showcased their products, services, and technologies. They are the following: Adlay ni Milay, Kape Napalit, Lakpue Drug Inc., Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Co. (UNAHCO, Inc.), Zoetics Philippines, Inc., Agro-Eco Philippines, DAVCO, CMU Mushroom Center, CMU-UIGP, and Maramag-LGU.
The highlights of the celebration include booth exhibits, techno-demo Pabonggahan by college, dog show, farmer-scientist forum, field visits, technology clinic Tambagi Ako, and technology matching.
Meanwhile, Dr. Maria Luisa Soliven, university president, highlighted the efforts of the administration in support of RDE.
“We have institutionalized an incentive schemes for research and extension activities to encourage and compensate the hard work of our researchers and extentionists,” Dr. Soliven said. “I am proud to say that not all SUCs in the country have this kind of scheme.”
Aside from that, the university has also an incentive scheme for successful publication of research outputs, and grants financial subsidy for presentation of research outputs in national and international seminars and conferences.
“These might be very limited due to our meager resources but the management is doing this in support of research, development and extension as mandates of the University. We hope that all these will be translated to more activities that interconnect research, development and extension which will bring tangible benefits to the university, to our partners and clients,” she added.
The University Extension Office spearheaded this 5-day celebration themed “Embracing ASEAN Integration: CMU’s Role in Advancing Inclusive Education through Research, Development and Extension.” (IADalipe-Neri)