Established in May 1988, the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) consists of 26 partner member agencies pooling their technical expertise to work toward research and development in Western Visayas.
One of the fourteen consortia working under the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), WESVARRDEC maximizes management of resources to advance research and development in the region.
By harnessing the individual talents, assets and resources of its member agencies WESVARRDEC envisions a modern, highly productive and sustainable agriculture and natural resources sectors supported by a responsible and integrated regional research and development organization.
Members of the Techno Gabay Team examine a certain plant specimen offered by a Magsasaka Siyentista during their Cross Visit Tour to Negros Oriental in June 2009.
RACG Representative Vishia Mae Tolcidas of FITS OPA Negros Occidental learns from a mentor the rudiments of video editing at the Non-Linear Video Production at the Visayas State University in Baybay, Leyte in October 2008.
Participants in the refereed journal workshop get some pointers from resource speaker Judith Sablan of the Philippine Journal of Science in August 2009 in Iloilo City.
Community Outreach Program
FITS CapSU Mambusao Technology Services Specialist Eduardo Navarra briefs booth visitors on the uses of the rice husk gas stove during the Panaad Fair in Bacolod in April 2009. The technology is pioneered by CPU CARES in Iloilo City.
Regional Techno Gabay RTG Focal Person Nick Banquero promotes to a buyer the dried mango of MS Rebecca Tubongbanua of FITS OPA Guimaras at the S&T Fair in August 2009 in Bacolod City.
In October 2009, WESVARRDEC Regional Applied Communications Group (RACG) led by Coordinator Cora Navarra of the Capiz State University promoted the organic farming technology of MS Ramon Peñalosa (first from left) of FITS OPA Negros Occidental through ABS-CBN Iloilo's “Sikat Ka, Iloilo.”
Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH)
Panel evaluators throw questions at the presenters during the 19th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) at the West Visayas State University.
A development research on pellet mill authored by the Central Philippine University clinched the top prize in the 20th RSRDH in August 2009.
WESVARRRDEC’s winning research on animal pellet mill clinched the second prize at the National Symposium on Agriculture Research and Resources Development (NSARRD) in Los Baños, Laguna in November 2009.
Partnership and Networking
During the launch of the FITS Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) Iloilo at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol in July 2009, PCARRD Management Information Systems (MIS) Director Luz Firmalino calls on all members to take active part in strengthening the consortium.
The WESVARRDEC Techno Gabay Team evaluates the mango technology of prospective Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Jose Maria Eclavia (second from left) of FITS Igbaras in barangay Barasan, Igbaras, Iloilo. UP Visayas is the partner member agency directly in charge of FITS Igbaras.
WESVARRDEC partnered with Central Philippine University’s “Agri-Talk,” a cable TV program that featured Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Baltazar Gumana (seated first from left) of FITS Pavia and his cutflower technology.