Worth the experience!
Results of 2016 Inter-agency In-house RDE review.
Last August 2 and 3, 2016 the Eastern Visayas State University held the 2nd Level RDE symposium in Borongan City, Samar.
It was participated in by different SUCs in the cluster 3 RRDEN VICARP consortium in the Eastern Visayas namely: Samar State University (SSU), University of Eastern Philippines (UEP), Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) and Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU).
The opening message was delivered by the ESSU President welcoming the participants of the different competing universities.
Meanwhile, after the opening remarks, the chairperson of the review and panel evaluator Dr. Othello Capuno, inspired the researchers by a heartwarming message to the participating researchers and SUCs. The message highlights the importance of conducting quality research in the fields of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources.
While advocating this, he also added that we do not do research for the sake of conducting research but also to compete with others and emphasized the essence of competition in Research Development and Extension work. A globally competitive research is in demand nowadays and should be the norm of researchers.
In this sense, he was right because we are now in the age of #sustainable development. As an agricultural country, researches should helped not just the researcher but the entire community and would be later used as sustainable development practices in the region.
The two day inter-agency RDE was participated in by 4 SUCs which is part of the 3rd Cluster. A total of 19 research and extension papers were presented. Eleven papers were under the completed research category and five research papers were on-going research. For the extension papers presented two of which are completed and one was an on-going extension activity.
Completed research papers presented
Coastal Resource Profile of Tarangnan, Samar Phil. – SSU
Rapid Aquatic Resources Appraisal, Catbalogan city – SSU
Performance Evaluation of Country Pig-Fish Integration System in Agro- Ecosystem in Northmen Samar- UEP
Inventory if Marine Resources in the Island Town of Biri -UEP
Development of Promotion of cut flower and Ornamental Plants in Northmen Samar -UEP
Increasing Productivity of wetland rice ecosystem through integrated rice-fish culture -UEP
Fermentation inhibitor of Alcohol from tuba to vinegar using ceriops tagal (rhizophoraceae) bark – ESSU
Compressive Behavior of different parts of bamboo considering the position of nodes on test specimen- NwSSU
Consumers preferences and profitability of the native and upgraded native chicken in western samar – NwSSU
Development and Creation of Vulnerability Index Management System – NwSSU
Vulnerability assessment of Coastal Communities in Calbayog City to #Climate change: Basis for designing adaptation system – NwSSU
On-going Research Papers presented
Climate change impacts and adaptation among mangrove dependent communities – SSU
Raft and long-line culture method of Green mussel in Samar – SSU
Evaluation of different preparations of spent mushroom substrate as growing media component for potted plants – UEP
Acceptability and quality evaluation of fish bone tea – ESSU
Improved farming techniques of oyster -SSU
Extension project on no-wash, odorless, hog fattening technology-ESSU
Extension projet onbreeding and production of Meat type chicken – ESSU
Extension (On- going)
Breeding and dispersal of Meat type native chicken -ESSU
For me as a novice researcher, it was my second time to attend RDE. But I was impressed with the host in facilitating the activity.
If you can just imagine, in a matter of 7 and a half hour, 19 papers were reviewed and evaluated which lasted up to 5:30 pm approximately.
Dr. Capuno hoisted a right thumbs up for the host.
Engaging Social Night for Researchers
After the first day of presentation, dinner was served coupled with the rustic melody of the acoustic band of the ESSU. While participants were entertained with the angelic voice of the band, a singing challenge kindled when one participant challenges others to sing with the accompaniment of the band.
Fortunately our research head of San Jorge campus is talented enough to show off to all that we are not lagging behind when it comes to singing.
The second day was filled with excitement as each of participants awaits for the announcement of the winners.
Dr. Capuno said that “we should remember that this is competition”. All of us are winners because we have presented our research papers but the panel has to chose which of the entries are best amongst others.
He also reminded the presenters to present well the result and try to maximize the time alloted for the presentation.
Around 10 in the morning Aug. 3, 2016 finally the winners were announced.
Of all the entries, two were qualified to present a paper on the 3rd level symposium which will be held in Visayas State University. While others were for poster presentation.
Winners of 2016 Inter-agency In-house review
For completed research 3rd best paper were awarded to Samar State University and 2nd best paper is awarded to NwSSU.
“Vulnerability assessment of Coastal Communities in Calbayog City to Climate change: Basis for designing adaptation system.”
Indeed, in today’s ever changing climate, vulnerability assessment is necessary.
As a short background of the research, the researchers focused on climate change adaptation in coastal communities in Calbayog City.
Because environment and social systems is complex, adaptation to climate change is also a complex activity to achieve sustainable development.
Thus, socioeconomic and ecological profiles of coastal communities were gathered. In the age of sustainable development, assessing all four dimensions is salient in addressing adaptation options such as social, economic, governance and environment. These are all captured in the Vulnerability Index Management System (VIMS). The computation of the vulnerability index which is important for climate change adaptation were done using a software calculator (VIMS) which were also developed by the same researchers to compute for vulnerability.
While the panel appreciates the research, according to them this has to be shared to the community (which will be the next activity of the group).
Conducting research and extension is fun. It may be difficult at first but its reward is priceless.
For the winners, congratulations!