Dragon Fruit Gets Nod in PhilARM Confab

The paper and poster  on “RDE Management on dragon fruit and its implications to social responsibility: The project ‘Saniata’ experience” were adjudged second and third places respectively during the convention of the Philippine Association of Research Managers held at Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Dapitan City  on April 10-12.

The paper was presented by the project leader and main author Mr. Leonardo T. Pascua, senior science research specialist of the Cotton Development Administration (CODA) and the regional technogabay coordinator of the Ilocos Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (ILARRDEC). The co-authors are: Lilibeth Pascua of CODA, Imelda Adalem, May Damaso Pascua, Lolita Raposas, and Ruby Saoait of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture - of Ilocos Norte (OPAG-IN), and Love Grace Campano, Marivic Alimbuyugen, Maura Luisa Gabriel and Fausta Mercy Gano of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).

In the presentation, Pascua emphasized on the relevant management strategies employed in the project including the  research activities and utilization, public-private partnerships,  and lessons learned in the RD&E of dragon fruit. He also discussed the implications of these activities to social responsibility to fit to the convention’s theme “Nurturing social responsibility among Research Managers”.

The project  SANIATA  (Sagut ni Imee Agnanayon Talged nga Agdur-as), which aimed to develop and promote  dragon fruit production, is jointly implemented and funded by CODA, MMSU, OPAG-IN, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit-1 (DA-RFU-1)  and the Philippine Council for Aquatic, Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) under the Techno Gabay Program.

Saniata,  the local name for dragon fruit, is becoming one of the favorite fruits of the many Filipinos not only because of its delectable taste but also of its therapeutic properties.