Tuesday, January 05, 2010

WESVARRDEC cites best RAC reps

By Niño Manaog
Regional Applied Communications

In an effort to recognize exemplary performance in its regional applied communications, the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) conferred the Certificate of Recognition to Judy D. Bulquiren and Vishia Mae Dominic J Tolcidas, two representatives of the consortium’s Regional Applied Communications (RAC) for their significant contribution for the past year.

The plaques of recognitions were conferred during the Strategic Yearend Meeting held on December 9, 2009 at the Sunset Terrace in Hotel del Rio in Molo, Iloilo City.

Judy Bulquiren (extreme right), RAC representative of OPA Guimaras, receives the award from Regional Research & Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC) Chair Minda J. Formacion of the UP Visayas (second from right), as witnessed by (from left) Regional Techno Gabay Coordinator Anna Mae Relingo and WESVARRDEC Consortium Director Joseph Edward Idemne.

The manager of the Farmers Information and Technological Services (FITS) based at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) Guimaras, Bulquiren consistently helped promote the consortium’s programs and activities in various instances. Bulquiren assisted Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Rebecca Tubongbanua of FITSD Guimaras in promoting her mango processing technologies. Bulquiren led and participated in numerous information caravans, and produced a number of functional IEC materials on mango technology including a video on recipes on Tubongbanua’s now-famous mango processed products.

Information Services Specialist (ISS) Tolcidas, who is based in OPA Negros Occidental, likewise put forth some important contribution to WESVARRDEC. In the past year, Tolcidas prolifically produced a big number of news articles and press releases on their activities. She also led an information caravan for farmers in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, among others. And working with their MS, Ramon D. Peñalosa, Jr., Tolcidas produced IEC materials including a video on probiotics-based swine culture championed by Peñalosa.

Vishia Mae Tolcidas (right), RAC representative of OPA Negros Occidental, missed the awarding rites. FITS Manager Edna Garde received the award in her behalf.

Both contributions of Bulquiren and Tolcidas were singled out from among those of fifteen active RAC representatives coming from the consortium’s partner member agencies.

According to WESVARRDEC RAC Coordinator, Dr. Cora F. Navarra of the Capiz State University (CapSU), it is just fitting for the representatives to be thus cited.

Navarra said that with such gesture, the consortium continually encourages more participation and productive performance from its pool of agricultural experts even as it seeks to promote needed and currently significant technologies which can be beneficial to all.

CapSU's Cora F. Navarra (left) reads the awards' citation before WESVARRDEC's regional audience.

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