BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Bataan Penisula State University (BPSU) has joined the four-day Central Luzon Agriculture, Aquatic Resources Research and Development Consortium (CLAARRDEC) 1st Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA) held at the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.
BPSU President Greg Rodis led university contingent that included Vice President for Research, Extension, and Training Dr. Rudy Flores, Director for Reserach and Development Dr. Hermogenes Paguia, Abucay Campus Director Engr. Jonathan Lacayanga, College of Engineering and Architecture Instructor MC Ortega, and research personnel Sol Macaranas.
The university, like other member-institutions of the consortium set up booth at CLSU gymnasium that showcased campus inventions.
During the media briefing, cropping up as an important concern was the balancing of the interest between workforce displacement brought about by the invention of new farming machinery and lost economic opportunities among small farm workers.
Rodis told media men he viewed the situation as more of an opportunity rather than an economic loss explaining that innovations mean greater production and a chance for other possible fruitful agricultural activities.
The event was packed with activates that included aunching of the new CLAARRDEC website, photo contest and video documentaries competition, media orientation, Magsasaka Siyentista and Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS Day), lectures, technology/investment forum, technology demo and field tour, cook fest, and poster ad congress, among others. The event aims to promote modern agriculture.
“It is a must to modernize agriculture not only in Central Luzon but also in the whole country. Through the research and development outputs, Region 3 could help the country catch up with the ASEAN neighbors”, said Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development Edwin Villar during the opening ceremony.
CLSU, the consortium’s based agency, organized the event.
CLAARRDEC is a conglomeration of 30 member-institutions in Region 3 responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation, and technology transfer activities related to agriculture, aquatic, forestry, and natural resources.