Author: Estrella Gallardo

LANDON A. OCAMPO Outstanding Young Scientist 2017

  Dr. Landon A. Ocampo was named as one of the recipients of the Outstanding Young Scientist Awards given by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) in recognition of his significant contributions to both theory and practice of manufacturing sustainability and risk analysis, crucial points of interest for Philippine manufacturing and supply chain sector in view of climate change. He developed guidelines for manufacturing companies, both large firms and SMEs, in carrying out strategic planning for competitiveness within the context of sustainability. Dr. Ocampo obtained his degree in B.S. Industrial Engineering cum laude (2009) and M. Eng. Industrial Engineering (2011) both from the University of San Carlos. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from De La Salle University in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor 1 at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of San Carlos, Cebu City. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal publications. Several of his works have been selected as Best Paper Award and Outstanding Paper Award in local conferences. He is also a recipient of several scientific awards such as National Award for Excellence in Science given by the Department of Science and Technology Region 7 in 2009 and Third Prize Winner in Research awarded by the Philippines Institute of Industrial Engineers (PICE) in 2010. The National Academy of the Science and...

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DOST-PCAARRD SIPAG ni Juan on Seaweed

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Agriculture , Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Strategic Industry S&T Programs for Agri-Aqua Commitment to Outcome One, which the Council pursues through the Industry Strategic (S&T) Program (ISP) SIPAG embodies not only the values of hard work to bring out the best in agriculture, aquatic and natural resources research and development (R&D) but also the benefits that these efforts will bring to every Filipino, hence PCAARRD’s SIPAG ni Juan. The 6th Anniversary of celebration of PCAARRD at Los Baños Laguna on June 28, 2017presented various R&D on different agricultural crops/animals and sea crops. Among them was Promoting the Seaweed Drying System. Seaweed farming is a good income source especially for people living in coastal barangays. However, seaweeds have to undergo partial drying before being sold to processors (for carrageenan production). This drying process help ensure better price. The usual farmers’ practice is to sun dry harvested seaweeds in open areas which greatly affects the quality of seaweeds especially when exposed to rain. Rain forces farmers to either cover seaweeds being dried or collect and place the seaweeds in temporary storage areas and wait for good weather. To address this problem, a floating seaweed dryer was developed for local seaweed farmers for them to readily dry their harvest and be assured of better price. A floating seaweed dryer...

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DOST-PCAARRD SIPAG ni Juan on Seaweed

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Agriculture , Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Strategic Industry S&T Programs for Agri-Aqua Commitment to Outcome One, which the Council pursues through the Industry Strategic (S&T) Program (ISP) SIPAG embodies not only the values of hard work to bring out the best in agriculture, aquatic and natural resources research and development (R&D) but also the benefits that these efforts will bring to every Filipino, hence PCAARRD’s SIPAG ni Juan. The 6th Anniversary of celebration of PCAARRD at Los Baños Laguna on June 28, 2017presented various R&D on different agricultural crops/animals and sea crops. Among them was Promoting the Seaweed Drying System. Seaweed farming is a good income source especially for people living in coastal barangays. However, seaweeds have to undergo partial drying before being sold to processors (for carrageenan production). This drying process help ensure better price. The usual farmers’ practice is to sun dry harvested seaweeds in open areas which greatly affects the quality of seaweeds especially when exposed to rain. Rain forces farmers to either cover seaweeds being dried or collect and place the seaweeds in temporary storage areas and wait for good weather. To address this problem, a floating seaweed dryer was developed for local seaweed farmers for them to readily dry their harvest and be assured of better price. A floating seaweed dryer...

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Study shows forage-based pellets for goats and portable pelletizer as lucrative ventures

Goat production in the country is a bright industry, as goats only require minimal investment and simple management practices compared with producing large ruminants, poultry, and swine. However, high slaughter rate and low productivity hinder the growth of the industry. Low goat productivity is associated with farmers’ limited knowledge on proper production, appropriate feeding options, and lack of access to quality breeder animals.  To address this challenge, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) implemented the National S&T Program on Slaughter Goat with one of the components aiming to promote mature products to farmers and future entrepreneurs. These products include forage-based pellets and portable pelletizing machines.  The initiatives in the promotion of the products were detailed in the study, “Promotion of forage-based pellets for goats as a feeding option and portable pelletizer as potential enterprises,” which was conducted by Maria Excelsis M. Orden, Matilde Milicent S. Recto, Jackielou R. Gallarde, and Edgar A. Orden of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU).  Forage-based pellet feeds for goats is a mixture of leaf meal, copra meal, rice bran, and minerals. These are pelletized using a portable pelletizing machine. Two kinds of pellet feeds were promoted – one for growing and another for lactating goats.  In terms of investment, for an annual production of 115,200 kg of forage-based pellets,...

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Monsanto proudly introduces newest yellow corn in the market

Monsanto to proudly presented its newest yellow corn helped in the market –DEKALB 6999S Genuity 5% RIB (refuge in a bag) ang hybrid na “Kitang kita ang kita: ( the hybrid which clearly demonstrates your earnings) at Sulo Hotel in Quezon City on April 17, 2017 After several research and commercial trials, Monsanto’s DEKALB 6999S is finally out making a significant difference in farmers’ yields. DEKALB 6999S demonstrated high shelling recovery, strong standability and quality grains, all of which are important criteria of farmers when choosing what to plant. This hybrid can be planted throughtout Luzon and Visayas Boosting...

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Pay-here-deliver-at-home service for Filipino expats launched

Buhay Ofw Ngayon atbp By: Therry Alpa   Contract signing attended by (from left) Ayman Awad, Zoom category manager and Mohur’s Middle East agent, Zoom convenience store manager; Ramuel Garcia of Powermax Tech Services; Taleb Al Saleh, marketing and retail operations director at Enoc and Saleh Hage, Marketing Manager at Zoom   Dubai: Filipino expatriates in the UAE can now order some of their favourite local brands while abroad and send them as gifts to their loved ones back home. A new pay-here-deliver-at-home service called 247 RegaloPlus has just been launched to cater to the growing Filipino community in...

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PCAARRD Funds Study to Develop Biological Control for Major Cacao Pests and Diseases

The Philippines has the potential to produce 100,00 MT by 2020, according to the Philippines Cacao Road Map developed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Cacao Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. due to the country’s strategic location and favorable soil and climate conditions. However, in 2015 the international Cacao Organization estimated a 30 to 40% loss is cacao production owing to insect pests and disease, the pod borer (CPD) and, cacao mirid bug (CMB) the more serious ones among the pests of cacao in country. CBP feeds on the cacao bean pulp and the pods placenta, causing malformed and undersized beans severe infestations of CBP results in small flat stick together beans, yellowing, uneven or premature ripening of pods. Meanwhile, cacao mirid bug feeds on cacao pods and shoots, inducing tissue decay resulting in non-productive cacao trees. CMB’s natural enemies include a variety of wasps and spiders, such as the lynx spider, Oxyopes javanus Thorell. A new species of Erythmelus has been found as a parasitoid of CMB. Currently, researchers are mass rearing cacao mirid bug for efficiency testing of natural enemies. Also, a diet is being developed to mass rear lynx spider. The project is being funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) and the study is being conducted by Dr....

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GM Crops Can Help PH Meet Nutritional Requirements says Monsanto’s Top Nutritionist

Dr. Milton Stokes, Monsanto’s Director for Global Health and Nutrition Outreached said GM (genetically modified) crops can help Philippine meet its nutritional requirements during a press briefing at Sulo Riviera Hotel on March 7, 2017. Monsanto’s Top nutritionist said “Crops like golden rice with beta-carotene biosynthesis genes to combat Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) can help prevent 1-2 million deaths and 500,000 cases of irreversible blindness annually” (annually that is the damage the lack of Vitamin A or Vitamin A deficiency can cause to the country). Monsanto Philippines is a local unit of Monsanto, a Fortune 500 global power company...

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TERMINATION OF LA NIÑA WATCH

Vicente B. Malano Ph.D., Administrator Recent PAGASA’s climate monitoring and analyses showed that La Niña conditions are no longer present in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (CEEP). The sea surface temperature anomalies (SSTAs) at the CEEP continue to return to El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-neutral values. La Nina like-patterns of above normal rainfall in some flood- and landslide- prone areas, especially in Mindanao, are not likely to linger as noted in the forecasts. With this development, PAGASA ENSO Alert System Status is “INACTIVE” (El Niño or La Niña conditions are not observed or expected to develop in the equatorial Pacific basin within the next three (3) months) and ENSO-neutral condition is favored to continue through at least March-April-May 2017 season. PAGASA will closely monitor any significant climate conditions and updates shall be issued as appropriate. For further information, please contact the Climatology and Agrometeorology Division (CAD) at telephone numbers 434-0955 or 435-1675. (Thru Estrella gallardo, PSciJourn...

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DOST Secretary expresses gratitude to JICA for the turn-over of Doppler radars

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Fortunato de la Peña expressed the DOST’s gratitude to JICA for their continued valuable assistance and support to the strengthening of disaster prevention and preparedness in the country and in the whole region during the ceremonial turn-over of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Grant in Aid of Doppler Radar Systems and Facilities at the PAGASA Weather and Forecasting Center, Agham Road, Diliman Quezon City on February 03, 2017. He said that these Aparri and Guiuan Radar Systems and Facilities, which were made possible through the grant-in-aid of the JICA, under the Project...

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