By Niño S Manaog
Regional Applied Communications
At the WESVARRDEC’s 20th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH) hosted by the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod City, the research projects on lemongrass (tanglad) tea concoctions by the Central Philippine University (CPU), ampalaya’s antibacterial properties by UNO-R and production of the darag native chicken by the West Visayas State University (WVSU) reaped the top prizes.
Featuring top-caliber evaluators led by former DENR Secretary Angel Alcala, the August 13, 2010 symposium featured 23 research projects selected this year from among WESVARRDEC's 28 partner member agencies across Western Visayas.
CPU’s “Antioxidant Activity and Citral Content of Different Tea Preparations of the Above-Ground Parts of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus Stapf.)” authored by Mizpah C. Villalobos ranked first among the three judges, making it emerge as the first prize-winner in research category. UNO-R’s “Ampalaya (Momordica charantia): Its Antibacterial Effects on Staphylococcus aureus and Toxicity to Poecilia Reticulata” undertaken by Robert John Lamis and Ronnie Gicana was awarded second. No other papers qualified for the third prize as they were the only ones that passed the cut-off rating.
For the development category, WVSU’s “Production of Improved Day-Old and Hardened Philippine Native (Darag) Chicks” undertaken by Evelyn Tomambo, Bernabe Cocjin, George Fredrick Roxas, Celma G. Casiple and Ray Arenga clinched the to prize and emerged as the sole winner in the said category, owing to the same criterion set by the consortium.
For the poster category, winners were: “Physical Characteristics of the Male Native Darag Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) At Different Age Levels” by Francis Dalipe, Cecilia Reyes, Elsa Abayon and Danilo Abayon of the Aklan State University, first place; “Vulnerability Assessment of Bago River Watershed” by Conrado Marquez, Neil Gigare, Alberto Victorino Perez and Crispin David Castro of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6, second; and “Effect of Fruit Maturity and Methods of Drying on the Germination and Seedling Growth of Physic Nut (Jatropha Curcas L.)” by Federito D. Launio, Geronimo L. Gregorio and Ricardo Lavado of the Capiz State University, third.
Aside from Dr. Angel Alcala, the research panel included Director Luz Firmalino of PCARRD’s Management Information Systems Division; Dr. Synan Baguio, assistant director of the Livestock Research Division of PCARRD; and Dr. Rolando Labios of the DA-BAR.
The development evaluation panel included Engr. Raul Alamban of PCARRD, Engr. Aries Roda Romallosa of the CPU College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Science (CPUCARES), Prof. Hope Patricio of CPU and Dr. Rosalie Arcala-Hall of UP Visayas.
Poster evaluators included Engr. Igmedio Tabianan, provincial agriculturist of Negros Occidental; Mr. George Talam of the Sugar Regulatory Administration; and Mr. Dennis Penuela of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Negros Occidental.
According to PCARRD-MISD Director Firmalino, WESVARRDEC’s winning papers showed improvement and have to be beefed up so as to render a healthy competition at the National Symposium on Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (NSARRD) in November this year. Echoing this concern, WESVARRDEC Director Joseph Edward Idemne concluded, saying—“we are open to always leaving room for improvement.”
Led by its president Fr. Dionisio Cachero, O.A.R., UNO-R graciously hosted the consortium’s major annual event which also featured techno forums intended to benefit farmer scientists, the Techno Gabay team members and extension workers from across Western Visayas.