Dragon fruit R&D paper and poster, presented during the PHILARM 23rd National Convention

Dragon fruit RDE Project Leader Mr. Leonardo T. Pascua together with his co-authors presented their R&D paper and poster entitled: “Technology Promotion on Dragon Fruit & Its Implication to Economic and Social Responsibility: Partnership with the Department of Education and the Community” during the 23rd Philippine Association of Research Managers (PHILARM) National Convention held at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City on April 16-18, 2013. With the theme “Social and Economic Responsibility: A Challenge to Research and Development Managers”, the three-day activity was hosted by the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA). Around two hundred members, officers, board of directors and guests converged together and participated in the said convention. About 14 R&D papers and 18 posters from the different institutions in the country competed in the said event.

Welcoming the participants were Hon. John G. Bongat, mayor of Naga City and Atty. Marito T. Bernales, president of CBSUA. For his part Mayor Bongat, expressed happiness over the hosting of such significant event and at the same time lauded the organization and the participants for their efforts in paving the way for better knowledge in the field of research management. Similarly, Atty. Bernales expressed CBSUA’s full support to this gathering and also congratulated PHILARM for affording research managers and other individuals in a similar field opportunity to participate in attending to issues: maintaining global sustainability, improving human health, addressing economic disparity, understanding our place in the universe, promoting peace, security and social responsibility.

PHILARM President Dr. Arturo S. Argañosa gave the opening remarks. He stressed that promoting social and economic responsibility should be cultivated to help generate technologies and innovations which would bring greater investments in agriculture. These bring about advancements in the sector, better employment, opportunities, sound environmental protection and more importantly, abundant and affordable food on the table.

The keynote address of Dr. Romulo G. Davide, Professor Emeritus of University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna and 2012 Ramon Magsaysay awardee, centered on Research & Extension Gaps: PHILARM must take action by utilizing the knowledge generated by research, especially to the poor farmers in the upland communities to liberate them from the bondage of poverty and hunger. He challenged PHILARM to narrow the gap between research and development and extension program policy on technology extension and utilization.

Topics were presented during the plenary session on Social and Economic Relevance of Biotechnology by Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso, Ms. Sonny P. Tabbaba, and Ms. Jenny Panopio, program coordinator, DA Biotech Program Implementation Unit; Biotechnology Affairs Director, CropLife Asia, Singapore; network administrator, Biotechnology Information Center, SEARCA.

The R&D paper and poster winners were from Isabela State University announced and awarded during the closing program of the convention. Dr. Pedrita Medrano, vice president of PHILARM gave the closing remarks of the convention. She congratulated the organizers and sponsors of the convention most especially the host, CBSUA for the success of the event. She also expressed her gratitude to those delegates and participants who actively joined the competition and presented their R&D papers and posters.

The co-authors of the dragon fruit R&D paper presented were Ms. Love Grace dC. Campano (MMSU), Lilibeth C. Paraoan (CODA), Lolita M. Raposas (OPA-Ilocos Norte), Eliza T. Samson (MMSU), Edna C. Nagtalon (MMSU), Maura Luisa S. Gabriel (MMSU), Marivic A. Alimbuyuguen (MMSU), Mercy Fausta R. Gano (MMSU), Rose Francis E. Mina (MMSU), Richard F. Guinsatao (ILARRDEC), Mary Anne R. Rarogal (ILARRDEC), and Gleza B. Rodrigo (ILARRDEC).