By: Katrina Marie V. Mananghaya, DOST-PCAARRD S&T Media Service

 

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Beyond the prestige of being number one in their respective industries, the authentic Gawang Pinoy trademark, and the hundreds of local and international collaborations, it’s all about one thing: the Filipino.

With all the natural resources the Philippines has to offer and the in-born knack of Filipinos for utilizing these and creating their own inventions, there is no doubt we are well on our way to the top. While we may not be number one on the list when it comes to the most advanced technologies, we certainly pull our weight in the science industry. Especially in cases where the lives of all Filipinos and not just a mere few are affected, efficiency can most definitely be expected.

This is the guarantee the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) gives as it once again joins the throng of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) councils and constituents at the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2015 to showcase and bring technologies to the public on July 24–28, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

The NSTW aims to bring science and technology closer to the people by letting them experience the vital role of science, technology, and innovation in improving the people’s quality of life, protecting the environment, and contributing to national development, particularly in poverty alleviation.

Moreover, the NSTW highlights the capability of local science and technology (S&T) experts and inspire the youth and other sectors in believing that Filipinos can do it and that local technology works.

Bearing the theme, Philippines: A Science Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness, this year’s event is once again anchored on DOST’s Eight Outcomes presented, discussed, and committed in the cabinet cluster meetings and affirmed by President Benigno S. Aquino III. The outcomes are: 1) Agricultural Productivity; 2) Enterprises; 3) Industry Competitiveness; 4) Information Technology-Business Process Management; 5) Good Governance; 6) Quality Healthcare; 7) Education; and 8) S&T Disaster Preparedness.

PCAARRD commits to deliver results on Outcome 1, which showcases science-based know-how and tools that enable the agriculture sector to raise productivity to world-class standards. PCAARRD, through a wise and intelligent disposition of its research and development (R&D) assets and resources, gears towards the attainment of a two-fold purpose: food security and natural resource-based sustainability.

In compliance with this year’s theme, Strategic Industry Plan for Agricultural Growth or SIPAG ni Juan, PCAARRD will handle the Outcome 1 initiatives. Represented by Juan SIPAG, a persona of Smarty, the official mascot of the NSTW, wearing a traditional Filipino salakot, PCAARRD will feature S&T innovations in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sectors that are integral to achieving the development goals of the country. As a science planning and coordinating council, PCAARRD aims to hasten the delivery of technologies to farmers and other clientele and address the gaps in production and processing through S&T-based interventions. These interventions will ensure that there is enough food on the table of every Filipino home.

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As its centerpiece, the booth will showcase eight agricultural commodities and their respective selected technologies: 1) banana’s Fusarium wilt-resistant giant Cavendish tissue culture variant somaclones and banana bunchy top virus-resistant Lakatan; 2) mango’s integrated crop management and postharvest quality management and a feature on hot water treatment; 3) the local coconut somatic embryogenesis; 4) soft shell mud crab farming; 5) genome-based lateral flow strip biosensor kit for shrimp pathogens; 6) depuration prototype for small-scale mussel farmers; 7) the protocol for producing Halal goat; and 8) irradiated carrageenan for rice growth promotion.

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Moreover, the Outcome 1 exhibit will comprise of four pavilions in the crops, livestock, aquatic, and agroforestry and environment sectors. Each pavilion will showcase technologies that seek to empower Filipinos by providing them with worthwhile agricultural and aquatic information and knowledge and package of technologies.

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To underscore PCAARRD’s commitment to development, PCAARRD will also hold various events during the week-long celebration such as fora featuring PCAARRD technologies and poster-painting and essay-writing.

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PCAARRD, through Outcome 1, shall once again showcase its efforts and those of its partners in achieving economic development through various S&T initiatives to achieve higher agricultural productivity, improve product quality, lower production and distribution costs, and strengthen the country’s rural-based micro, small, and medium enterprises.