Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Agricultural Research Agencies in CAR Coordinate Databases

by Marciano Paroy Jr.

The Regional Agricultural Research Development and Extension Network-Cordillera Administrative Region (RRDEN-CAR) in collaboration with the Highland Agricultural Resources Research and Development Consortium (HARRDEC) recently launched its compendium on agricultural and natural resource researches.

The compendium is a collection of published and unpublished works of researchers in the different institutions in the Cordillera. It centers on the following commodities : rice, root crops, livestock, vegetables, plantation crops, cut-flower/ornamentals, fruits, corn, and post-harvest/agricultural engineering.

As the leading member agency in both RRDEN and HARRDEC, the Kalinga-Apayao State College lays open, through the compendium, the various research undertakings that it has conducted through the years, as the concept underlying the RRDEN-HARRDEC project is the sharing of the vast amount of knowledge amassed and produced by way of research.

“KASC is both a member of RRDEN-CAR and HARRDEC,” Dr. Jovita Saguibo, Research Director of KASC said. “thus we are somewhat obliged to share what we have stored in our research database.”

Agencies that are members of both RRDEN and HARRDEC include: Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFU-CAR), Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-CAR), Bureau of Plant Industry-Baguio National Crop Research and Development Center (BPI-BNCRDC), Northern Philippines Rootcrops Research and Training Center (NPRCRTC), Benguet State University (BSU), Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST), Apayao State College (ASC), Kalinga-Apayao State College (KASC), Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF), Mountan Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC).

RRDEN members include the PLGU-Abra, PLGU-Apayao, PLGU-Benguet, PLGU-Ifugao, PLGU-Kalinga, PLGU-Mt. Province.

Agencies that are only part of HARRDEC include the Bureau of Agricultural Research-CAR, Department of Agrarian Reform-CAR, Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region-CAR, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ERDS- DENR-CAR, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-CAR, National Economic and Development Authority-CAR, Philippine Textile Research Institute-CAR, Philippine Council for Agriculture Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development-CAR

With the coordination among the member-agencies, it is expected that information-sharing would be systematized, without sacrificing intellectual property, of course,” Dr. Saguibo emphasized.

WHEN WOMEN CONVERGE AND THINK. Experts in research management, these women from various gaencies in the region sit together to map-out how each one's agency can help in the build-up of knowledge derived from agricultural and natural resource research: Julia Solimen (BSU), Juliet Ochasan (DA), Conie Wangdali (PLGU-Mt. Province), Teresita Mangili (BPI), Jovita Saguibo (KASC).

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