By Hope G. Patricio
Central Philippine University
The Central Philippine University’s (CPU) Techno Gabay Team composed of Team Leader Dr. Reynaldo Dusaran, Prof. Hope Patricio (RACG Rep) and Engr. Aries Roda Romallosa (RMISG Rep), along with eight students of CPU’s College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences (CPUCARES) visited the Farmers’ Information and Technical Services (FITS) Center of Dumangas, Iloilo on July 16, 2010.
During the visit, the team turned over printed IEC materials on carbonized rice hull published by WESVARRDEC and PCARRD. Said materials were received by Mr. Ricky Dador, FITS Center Dumangas’ Information Service Specialist (ISS). The visit also sought to monitor the availability and status of equipment given to the Center by PCARRD and to update on the completeness of farmers encoded to the FITS IS database.
CPU students, meanwhile, visited the FITS Center for its Agromet Station. Besides being the FITS ISS, Dador is also the Chief Hydrologist of the Station. Dador oriented the students on the operation of the Agromet Station including the functions of the hydro-meteorological instruments in the same facility.
FITS Dumangas in turn provided the students with IEC materials on darag native chicken production, rice and vegetable production.
The Techno Gabay Team also checked on the possibility of launching a FITS Center in the municipality of Leganes after its Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) has allotted a prospective area for a prospective FITS Center.