CMU PAFT Sigma Chapter hosted the 4th Mindanao PAFT (Philippine Association of Food Technologist) Summit 2017, with the theme “Addressing Food Security in Mindanao through Food Innovation and Production Intensification,” at the Farmers Training Center, February 22-24.
The Mindanao summit aims to strengthen the role of Food Science and Technology in the establishment of food security in Mindanao.
The summit also aimed to promote collaboration and solidarity among State Universities and Colleges offering BS Food Technology courses in Mindanao.
The three-day summit was composed of plenary sessions from the different speakers namely, Mr. Virgilio Fuertes, Provincial Science and Technology Center Bukidnon-Director; Ms. Celine Abegail Tan, MERCK representative; Mr. Audy G. Maagad, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 representative; Mr. Rodelio “Waway” Saway, International Performing Artist and food security advocate; and Mr. Neil B. Abejuela, head, sustainable livelihood program, Hineleban Foundation.
The summit was participated by different state universities and colleges from Mindanao such as Philippine Women’s College of Davao (PWC), Davao City; University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Kabacan, otabato; Western Mindanao State University (WEMSU), Zamboanga, Sibugay; Cotabato Foundation College of Science & Technology (CFCST), Doroluman, Arakan, Cotabato and Bukidnon State University (BukSU), Malaybalay City.
“We are very happy that the summit is well-participated by different schools all over Mindanao that are offering BS Food Technology courses. It is our high hope that we will continue to be united in uplifting food security in Mindanao ” Said Dr. Queenie Ann L. Curayag, Dean-Human Ecology.
The summit gathered 300 participants, which is composed of faculties, graduates, and students of different participating schools that allowed them to establish linkages and give them the chance to interact with professionals in the field of Food Science and technology and other allied fields.
“We had fun meeting other students from other schools and learning new knowledge from the speaker. This is a very great opportunity for us,” said Mayette Calfoforo of Bukidnon State University.
Significantly, this summit has inspired students of the importance and relevance of Food Technology in the scope of food security.
“The speakers were very relevant and also influential in inspiring and motivating FT students to be more equipped in advancing ideas into more challenging trend to address the changing needs of people nowadays the intensification of the food production in a way that everyone can benefit.” Lovely Lao Lato, USM, Kabacan, Cotabato.
The 4th Mindanao Summit was organized and sponsored by Philippine Association of Food Technologists-Sigma Chapter, Department of Food Science, College of Human Ecology, College of Human Ecology Student Council, Central Mindanao University, Zest-O, Highland Fresh, Del Monte Philippines Inc., MERCK, Dole Philippines Inc., and Department of Agriculture.
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