BSU to assist Itogon LGU

By upao - Posted on 23 October 2013


Municipal Mayor Atty. Victorio T. Palangdan and Dr. Luciana Villanueva signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Municipality of Itogon and Benguet State University on Organic Agriculture as witnessed by some municipal officials of Itogon, Dr. Carlito P. Laurean and Dr. Criselda Battad of BSU held at Ayosip, Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet last October 14, 2013.//Leny Mendoza

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Benguet State University and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Itogon was duly signed last October 14, 2013 at the Itogon Breeding Research and Organic Demo-Training Center (IBRODTC) at Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet on the occasion of its 100- day-birthday themed ‘One Hundred Days Report’.

BSU was represented by Dr. Luciana M. Villanueva, Dr. Criselda S. Battad, Dr. CarlitoP. Laurean and Dr. Constantino T. Sudaypan Sr.

Stipulated in document is for the BSU and the Municipality of Itogon to (a) conduct research and development programs on organic agriculture specifically on livestock production, high value crops, orchard, forestry, and environmental protection; (b) package and submit joint research proposals to funding agencies; (c) exchange information of mutual interests; and (d) facilitate the conduct of on-the- job training activities of students along organic agriculture undertakings.

Itogon Mayor, Atty. Victorio T. Palangdan, expressed his hope that joint resources will help achieve these goals into going organic eventually. He further thanked the vitality, vigor, and determination of everyone who helped especially the Municipal Agriculture Office for coming this far.

On the other hand, Dr. Luciana M. Villanueva, Vice President for Research and Extension, relayed the services BSU can offer. She also assured that as the leading organic SUC, BSU will totally support the said undertaking.

“BSU is very willing to help Itogon in this endeavor not only in Research and Development but also in integrate this initiative into the school curriculum,” Dr. Villanueva said getting applause from the audience.

Aside from the MOU signing, several activities took place to mark the day. A ground breaking ceremony was held for the proposed school and a ceremonial planting in the demo-training center, which has now been producing ‘mukusako’, vermitea, oyster mushroom, organic vegetables, and ornamentals with the intent of considering raising organic animals soon.

This endeavor, according to Atty. Palangdan is in preparation for the upcoming implementation of the Asian Free Trade Area (AFTA).//Mafie Wance