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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012


LGU helps upgrade state U’s laboratory facilities

KORONADAL CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- Soccsksargen Region’s largest state university would soon be upgrading its mobile laboratories with help from the provincial government of North Cotabato.

Just recently, Gov. Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza and Dr. Jesus Antonio Derije, president of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), which has its main campus in Kabacan town, North Cotabato signed a memorandum of agreement for the upgrading of the latter’s Mobile Vet Clinic and Agriculture Mobile Laboratory.

With the MOA, the provincial commits to give P4 million to the state university for the enhancement of the said laboratories that would guarantee low cost neighborhood health clinic for animals and livestock as well as expert technical assistance for farmers.

The mobile veterinary clinic, managed by USM’s College of Veterinary Medicine is equipped with state-of-art amenities. It is being upgraded to become an outreach facility of the college and its students throughout the province and shall offer convenient ambulatory clinic that provides health care services to animals, pets, livestock, and poultry.

It will also be furnished with necessary tools, supplies, and equipment for animal and livestock outpatient services.

Once upgraded, the clinic will have improved capacities to provide free physical exams, vaccinations, dental care, parasite control treatments, as well as diagnostic procedures including ultrasound, blood, urine and fecal testing for animals with the same high quality and complete healthcare as in a complete veterinary clinic.

USM’s agriculture mobile laboratory program intends to provide diagnostic services for the nutritional management of oil palm, rubber and other crops.

Besides offering technical assistance to farmers regarding interpretation of laboratory analyses results, it shall also educate farmers on the appropriate fertilizer requirement of high-value commercial crops in different soil types.

The mobile laboratory will also provide procedural instructions about the production technology of crops included within the program.

While all other services shall be given free of charge, laboratory analysis shall be paid based on prevailing charges of the university.

Half of the amount, which will be charged against the provincial government’s 20% General Funds, will be used for the veterinary clinic while the remaining P2 million will used for the agri laboratory.

Unless earlier revoked, the agreement binds both parties into a partnership in providing relevant services for three years.

USM is a premiere state institution of learning with a regular enrolment of 9,000 to 12,000 students.

Besides providing instruction services, the university is also known for its research, extension and production services being home of two national research and development center: the University of South Mindanao Agricultural Research Center and the Philippine Industrial Crops Research Institute.

It conducts research, development and extension services on agricultural crops such as rice, corn, fruit crops, rubber, palm oil, coffee , root crops and many others as well as on poultry and livestock. (PIA-12)

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