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NORSU to host research, dev't consortium anniversary in Pamplona

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (14 August) -- Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) here will host the 21st anniversary of the Central Visayas Consortium for Integrated Regional Research and Development (CV-CIRRD) in Pamplona from August 18 to 19, 2008.

The two-day event will be highlighted by Pamplona's harvest festival and "FITSTIVAL," said Joy Perez, NORSU Public Information Officer.

Perez, in a statement, said that the event will kick off with a Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on the first day. "Researchers from seven member-agencies will present 16 researches that discuss hybrid rice, marketing vegetables, soil nutrients, fermentation, bioethanol from sweet potato and cassava, fruit bats and different bats species, farmers organizations, denudation, diversity and habitat, Mt. Manunggal Camping Area in Cebu, Loboc watershed in Bohol, tarsiers, pesticides, and millet (used for budbud kabog, a popular delicacy in Dumaguete City)," she said.

The panel of evaluators for the R&D Symposium is composed of Dumaguete City Agriculturist William Ablong together with Dr. Albert Aquino and Dr. Ernesto Brown of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD).

The seven member-agencies to present their researchers are the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu State College of Science and Technology (CSCST), Siquijor State College (SSC), Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology (CSCST), and NORSU.

On the second day (August 19) will be the Farmers' Field Day in which the attraction is the community Grand Harvest Festival participated in by local farmers of Pamplona led by Municipal Mayor Apolinario Arnaiz Jr. and representatives of 19 member-agencies of CV-CIRRD in Region 7.

Perez said the booths will be erected inside NORSU-Pamplona Campus.

"Another attraction is FITSTIVAL, a festival that showcases projects and activities of the Farmers Information and Technology Service (FITS) Centers from Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor," said Perez.

Also another activity is a Techno-Forum conducted by three Magsasaka-Siyentista or farmer-scientists in the region with the topics on Swine and Native Chicken Farming System - by Carlito Tambacan of Ubay Bohol; Diseases of Cattle and Domesticated Animals (dogs and cats) by Angel C. Creada of Negros Oriental, and Vegetable Production by a local farmer.

NORSU-Dumaguete City is CV-CIRRD's base agency with NORSU President Dr. Henry Sojor as the chairperson of the Regional Research Development Coordinating Council; Dr. Peter Dayot as consortium director.

In the academic sector, seven are CV-CIRRD member-institutions: Silliman University and NORSU in Negros Oriental; Cebu Normal University, USC and CSCST in Cebu Province; and Holy Name University and CVSCAFT in Bohol.

Meanwhile, the government is set to create more employment opportunities for nearly 1 million Filipinos.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) revealed that close to 1 million unskilled workers, farmers and unemployed laborers can expect new jobs and better livelihood opportunities this year. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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