By admin - Posted on 19 December 2016

A Forum on Strawberry

     BSU through Horticulture Training Institute (HORTI) and Office of Extension Services (OES) in collaboration with the La Trinidad Municipal Agriculture Office (OMAG) and Benguet Provincial Agriculture Office (OPAG) conducted a forum on Participatory Re-Assessment of Issues on Strawberry Production in La Trinidad, Benguet on November 11, 2016 at Chrysanthemum Hall, R&E Building, Benguet State University.
     This aims to create avenue for a multisectoral consultation towards the enhancement of strawberry production in the municipality. Specifically to elicit updates on the issues, concerns, interventions and initiatives pertaining to strawberry production and to come up with doable programs, projects and activities that will appropriately address the issue/concerns.
     The said activity was attended by the ATBI/IC Farmers, representatives from Swamp Farmers Association, Inc., La Trinidad Government Unit and among others. BSU Researchers shares their expertise in strawberry production.



Strengthening the Researchers’ Writing for Publication- Phase 2

     To enhance the researcher’s skill to write quality scientific papers to be published in indexed journals, a seminar on Writing for Publication in Thomson/ISI and Scopus-Indexed Journals for Senior Researchers and Referees of the BSU Research Journal was conducted on June 18-19, 2015 at ICT Hall, Main Library Building.
     The guest speaker was Dr. Roberto C. Pagulayan, Executive Director of Center for Research and Development, Angeles University Foundation. His lecture focused on writing for publication from the point of view editors and publishers, writing a publication article, and basic principles in refereeing an article.
    Aside from enhancing the skills of researchers in scientific writing, they were also lectured on basic principles on refereeing a journal. After the seminar-workshop, participants are expected to organize and write a scientific paper, publish articles in indexed journals and other forms of scientific publications, and review an article.
     There were forty (40) researchers/staff who participated in the said activity. The success of the training was through the concerted efforts of the Higher Regional Research Center, Office of Extension Services, Office of Research Services, Institute of Social Research and Development, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension.

Figure 1. Dr. Belinda A. Tad-awan introduced the resource speaker

Figure 2. Resource speaker - Dr. Roberto C. Pagulayan

Figure 3. Workshop time

Figure 4. Participants with the resource speaker


 Strengthening the Researchers’ Writing for Publication    

     Research is not done if not communicated.
     Apart from doing, research is to communicate results. One way is to publish in journals, books and other forms. To successfully publish these research results, a lot of processes or steps has to be done. BSU Research Journal is one of the opportunities of researchers to publish their papers.
      In the awareness to publish quality scientific papers in refereed or indexed journals, a seminar-workshop was conducted. The seminar on “Writing for Publication in Accredited and Refereed Journals for Junior Researchers in the University” was held at Chrysanthemum Hall last June 10-11, 2015. There were fifty researchers/faculty from the different colleges, campuses and institutes who participated in the said event.
      Resource speakers: Dr. Belinda A. Tad-awan, Director of Higher Regional Research Center (HERRC); Dr. Romeo A. Gomez Jr, Director of the Open University (OU); Prof. Janet Lynn S. Montemayor from College of Teacher Education (CTE); Dr. Bernard S. Tad-awan, Editor-In-Chief of the Publication Office (PO); and Prof. Esther Josephine D. Sagalla from College of Agriculture (CA) shared their expertise in achieving the goals of the seminar.
       As a result of the seminar, there were 14 papers drafted by the participants. These papers were presented and commented by the resource speakers.
      The success of the training was through the concerted efforts of the Higher Regional Research Center, Office of Extension Services, Office of Research Services, Institute of Social Research and Development, and Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension.



Re-tooling of R&E Personnel on Research Proposal Preparation

     The Research and Extension has been pursuing its goal for holistic research, development through continuing human resource development program to develop top-caliber researchers (BSU-REMO, 2008). Through the years, this mission is the motivation to enhance the quality of research outputs and capability of researchers. To continue the mission, a training on “Seminar cum Writeshop on Research Proposal Preparation” was conducted last June 8-9, 2015 at Chrysanthemum Hall, R&E Complex, Benguet State University.

     A total of 60 researchers and faculty from different colleges, campuses and institute attended the said event. Dr. Constantino T. Sudaypan, Sr, Director, Office of Extension Services gave his opening remarks and reminded the participants of the importance of conducting a training research to help them enhance their research capabilities.

     The said activity aimed to enhance the skills of the researchers on research proposal preparation, identify possible agencies for funding assistance, follow research proposal formats and norms prescribed by various funding agencies, and prepare quality competitive project/research proposals.

     With the assistance of senior researchers: Dr. Belina A. Tad-awan, Director of Higher Regional Research Center; Dr. Carlito P. Laurean, Director of Climate Smart Agriculture Center; Prof. Jocelyn C. Perez, College of Agriculture; Dr. Ruth S. Batani, Director of Institute of Social Research and Development and Dr. Salvacion Z. Beligan, College of Arts and Sciences, the participants formulated 16 research proposals based on the objectives of the training. These research proposals were critiqued by the resource speakers for further improvement.

     The participants commented that the training was timely for beginners in writing proposal and requested that the same activity will be done annually with longer duration.

The success of the training was through the concerted efforts of the Higher Regional Research Center, Office of Extension Services, Office of Research Services, Institute of Social Research and Development, and Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension.

CRAC Conducted 4 trainings on Beekeeping in Cordillera

     In the continuity of improving beekeeping industry, Benguet State University-Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center (CRAC) trained beekeepers, farmers and employees from different provinces of Cordillera and other adjacent provinces. CRAC Director Paquito Untalan was invited to share his expertise in beekeeping during the activities.
     One of the strategies to strenthen the industry is to conduct training to communities with potential to adopt such kind of knowledge/skill. BSU has been conducting special trainings to communities regarding their specialties to enhance the community's abilities. CRAC as an emerging center, they are also being invited to trainings/seminar in strengthening its extension programs.

Kabayan, Benguet
     A total of 26 participants (farmers and LGU employees of Kabayan were trained in Basic Beekeeping Training held at Municipal Hall, Poblacion, Kabayan, Benguet last September 25-26, 2014. The said event was funded by the Kabayan Local Government Unit and Department of Agriculture.

Prof. Paquito P. Untalan lectures the beekeeping basic tools and its uses on the first day
of the training, September 25, 2014 at Municipal Hall, Kabayan, Benguet

CRAC Apiary, College of Forestry, Benguet State University
     The three-day training for "Introductory Beekeeping for Beginners" was held at the CRAC Apiary, College of Forestry last October 4, 11, and 18, 2014. The training was conducted by the Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center (CRAC) and the Office of Extension Services (OES). Prof. Paquito Untalan, Director of CRAC lectured the participants on basic beekeeping. Eleven participants consist of beekepers, farmers and one from Apayao.

Prof. Untalan shows the proper way of introducing new queen bee to the participants
on the second day of the training, October 11, 2014 at the CRAC Apiary.

Prof. Untalan handed a pocket hive tool he made by himself to the participants
as a token during the closing program, October 18, 2014.

Poblacion, Sagada, Mt. Province
     "Basic Beekeeping to Advance Beekeeping Training" was conducted at Poblacion, Sagada, Mt. Province last October 28-30, 2014. A total of 17 beekeepers and farmers participated in the said event. The training was funded by the Sagada Local Government Unit and Department of Agriculture.

NARTDI-DMMSU, Bacnotan, La Union and CRAC Apiary
    A 5-day Specialized Training on Honeybee Pest and Disease Management was held at NARTDI-DMMMSU, Bacnotan, La Union and CRAC Apiary last November 3-7, 2014. Benguet State University was the co-host during the said activity through the CRAC. In November 6-7, CRAC Apiary was used as practicum area for honeybee pests and diseases and Apiary tour at Beckel, La Trinidad, Benguet and Closing Program at Gladiola Hall respectively. 25 participants came from Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Offices nationawide inclusing the Central Offices.

Awarding of certificates to the participants during the closing program at Gladiola Hall on November 7, 2014
(L-R) Dr. Lolita S. Dulay, Chief-NARTDI Extension and Development Division; Prof. Paquito P. Untalan, Director-CRAC; Dr. Jaime C. Dangle, Director-CRAC; Dr. Luciana M. Villanueva-Vice President for R&E.


5th Basic Postharvest Training Course

               A total of 45 participants attended the 5th Basic Postharvest Training Course held at Chrysanthemum Hall, Research and Extension Building, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet on October 29-30, 2014.

Majority of the participants were from the different municipalities of Benguet while two participants were from Baguio City and one came from Bauko, Mt. Province. The participants were the fifth batch to the “Basic Postharvest Training Course,” most of them are for future deployment to Canada.

Generally, the training aims at equipping the participants towards improving the efficiency of and adding value to agricultural products. The participants are expected to explain the concepts as well as rationale of postharvest, internalize maturity indexes of crops, explain the pre-harvest factors affecting quality of crops at harvest, illustrate primary along with secondary processing of crops, and demonstrate appropriate postharvest practices.

Dr. Silvestre L. Kudan, Head, Techno Packaging, Publication and Information Unit, Office of Extension Services (OES), lectured on the concepts and rationale of postharvest,    pre-harvest factors, maturity indexes, and harvesting as well as handling. Dr. Violeta B. Salda, Director, BSU-Benguet Vegetable Processing Center (BSU-BVPC), on the other hand, lectured on the postharvest and value-adding; primary/secondary vegetable processing; packaging and storage, and transporting as well as handling. Further, Ms. Rachel K. Tudayan, Staff, College of Agriculture shared her postharvest work experience in Canada.

The second day was a practicum and field visit. The participants harvested green ice and pak choi at Balili Organic Farm of Benguet State University. The participants were assisted by Mr. John D. Dolinas Jr., staff of the Office of Extension Services.  They were led to the Generous Organic Garden project of Dr. Kudan to see the different crops before they proceeded to the BSU-BVPC wherein Dr. Salda oriented them how it has been established and how the products are being processed. Post-harvest is important to maintain the quality of products and make it readily marketable.

A registration fee was sourced out from the participants. An amount of PhP1, 500.00 was charged per participant to cover the costs of certificates, honorarium for speakers, tokens for practicum hosts, transportation, meals, snacks, pertinent office supplies, and reproduction of handouts. Meanwhile, the said minimal fee will be collected from participants for upcoming similar training. 

            During the closing program, Dr. Constantino T. Sudaypan Sr., Director, OES, hopes that the training had helped the participants to achieve their dream to work abroad. He encouraged them to establish a good camaraderie among them especially when they are abroad. Significantly, it was informed that most of the previous trainees were able to work and/or working abroad particularly in Canada. //Office of Extension Services



Essence of Organic

In its desire to help in the realization of Benguet State University Organic Agriculture program since the academe became a pro-organic university in 2004, the Office of Extension Services (OES) continuously extends support through training to the present and probable organic agriculture practitioners.

A total of 30 farmers and/or organic practitioners attended the 3rd BIGS (BSU Internal Guarantee System) Qualifying Course held at the Chrysanthemum Hall, Research and Extension, Building on October 21-24, 2014.

     Generally, the qualifying course aims at increasing the number of organic agriculture practitioners towards the production of quality and healthy food. Specifically, it aims at increasing the number of farmer cooperators that can actively produce and supply organic products to the BIGS organic market located at the university. Participants are expected to: explain the concepts and rationale of organic farming; internalize standards, policies and guidelines relative to organic farming and; demonstrate best organic farming practices in their respective farms.

The Legal basis and Policies as well as trends on Organic Agriculture in the Philippines were discussed by Dr. Jose G. Balaoing, Director, Cordillera Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center. Prof. Alexander W. Fagyan, Chairperson, Department of Soil Science lectured on Soil fertility management. Participants had also their practicum on soil sampling analysis at the BSU Experiment Farm.

On the following day, Engr. Erio L. Tinoyan, Organic practitioner, lectured on Natural farming. The participants had their practicum on preparing Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ) and organic feeds. Dr. Silvestre L. Kudan, Head, Technology Packaging, Publication, and Information, Office of Extension Services, discussed the Christianized organic farming system while Prof. Bonnie S. Ligat, Head, BSU-Mite Predators Rearing Project, lectured on the Pest management on organically-grown vegetables in the third day.

Finally, field visit was done in the last day wherein the participants have an ocular view to the Cosmic Organic Farm owned and managed by Mr. Rogel Marsan. Mr. Marsan oriented the participants on their practices of growing plants organically. Further, Dr. Asuncion L. Nagpala, Head, BSU-Plant Health Clinic, lectured on disease management and the participants had their practicum on identifying plant diseases with the aid of microscope.

            Out from the 30 participants, there were eight from La, Trinidad, five from Tuba, both three from Bokod and Atok then two from Kabayan while four participants came from Itogon, Kibungan, Mankayan, and Sablan, Benguet. Three participants were from Baguio City while one participant came from Bauko, Mt. Province. 

The BIGS Qualifying Course was emanated and refined from the Certificate in Practical Organic Agriculture or CPOA, which has been instrumental in training organic agriculture beginners initiated by the College of Agriculture. The OES conducted the 1st BIGS Qualifying Course among 27 farmers and/or organic practitioners on November 2013 while the second training was conducted on May 2014.

Meanwhile, the training duration is allotted for four days with a registration fee of PhP3, 500.00 per participant to cover the costs of certificates, honorarium for speakers, complementary t-shirts, transportation, meals, snacks, and pertinent office supplies.

Participants to the training are eager to practice organic farming. The training provided them the first step of understanding what organic farming is. Significantly, a considerable number of qualified graduates from the course now supplies organic vegetables to the BIGS organic market. As such, qualified graduates of the course will eventually be members of the BIGS organization. If they follow the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture, the BIGS Organic Market will sell their products.

 It was emphasized throughout the training that organic farming promotes sustainable agriculture and healthy living. The trainees, on the other hand, recommended one day to visit more organic farms.//Office of Extension Services


 Future Beekeepers

 Producing honey and selling it for livelihood are among the many reasons for beekeeping. Beekeepers help maintain nature through bee pollination and increase yield of fruit bearing plants.

Introductory Beekeeping Training for Beginners was conducted on October 4, 11 and 18, 2014 at the Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center (CRAC) Apiary in the College of Forestry, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet. This was attended by 11 participants from the different municipalities of Benguet and one participant from the province of Apayao. 

Generally, the training aims at accelerating the development of the beekeeping industry in the region by increasing the number of beekeepers. The training also expects the participants to appreciate the importance as well as the benefits derived from beekeeping. It is also expected that they will practice the newly acquired skills in beekeeping and start their own apiary.

             Lecture/discussion and practicum were done in the first day of the training.  Prof. Paquito P. Untalan, CRAC Director, lectured on Introduction to beekeeping particularly on the Brief history of beekeeping and Status of beekeeping in the Philippines. Mr. Casiano S. Pagadan, Science Aide, Horticulture Research Training Institute (HORTI), on the other hand, lectured on the Importance and benefits of beekeeping. Subsequently, Prof. Untalan took over the lectures on Biology and anatomy of bee, Tools and equipment in beekeeping, and Hive management (part 1). The participants had also their practicum in opening a standard hive.

On the second day, Prof. Untalan discussed on Hive management (part 2) and Pests and diseases management. It was followed by a practicum on inspection of hives wherein they were assisted by Prof. Untalan and Ms. MeriamA. Sanggoy, staff of Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center. The participants had also their practicum on sugar dough making and actual making of a frame.

Finally, the Introduction of queen bee rearing was discussed by Mr. Nelson A. Politchay, Beekeeping practitioner, on the last day. Prof. Untalan further discussed on Honey extraction and harvest of other bee products. Unfortunately, the supposed practicum on Standard Double Hive inspection was not carried due to a bad weather condition.

The closing program was held at the Administrative Conference Hall (ADCOR) of BSU. Prof. Untalan said in his message that the basic knowledge on beekeeping they acquired is a big step to start their journey on beekeeping. He then handed a hive tool to each of the participants as a token. “It is up to you whether you let the tool be rusted or let the tool be sharpened,” he concludes. 

Dr. Constantino T. Sudaypan Sr., Director, Office of Extension Services, on the other hand, encouraged the participants to help in producing a natural honey product for the consumers to taste a pure delicious honey. The training was a collaborative effort of the College of Forestry, CRAC and OES.// Office of Extension Services




     Forester Paquito U. Untalan, one of the speakers demonstrates and answers the queries of some participants regarding tools and equipment in beekeeping during the “Beekeeping Course for Beginners” on December 11, 2013 held at the Chrysanthemum Hall.

     The Office of Extension Services (OES) and Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center (CRAC) conducted the three day training on December 11-13, 2013 to assist potential beekeepers in the locality.
Also, in the activity, there were pool of the experts of established beekeepers in the community to bridge the existing gap in beekeeping industry in the locality.//Sherielyn Banglig

     One of the eight research institutes of Benguet State Univeristy is the Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center. The center envisions the Cordillera Administrative Region as top producer of honey bee products and breeder of queen bees in the country. One of their obejctives is to coordinate services assistance like technical, financial, trainings/conventions, and other services to beekeepers and other stakeholders. Their office is located at the BSU Research Complex




     Dr. Silvestre L. Kudan answers queries of participants of the Benguet State University Internal Guarantee System (BIGS) Qualifying Course during their field visit on December 19, 2013 at the Generous Garden. The said four day training was conducted by the Office of Extension Services-Training and Outreach Division (OES-TOD) on November 19-22.

     A mixture of twenty-five Organic Farming practitioners and beginners fom the different municpalities of Benguet attended the qualifying course. //Sherielyn B. Banglig



     Dr. Bonie S. Ligat discusses on Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides during the Forum about Appropriate Pesticide Application and Handling on September 24, 2013 at the NPRCRTC Hall. The forum was conducted by the Office of Extension Services in order to promote safe agriculture products in the market and health of the farmers in relation to pesticides handling. //Sherielyn B. Banglig