Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) Community-Based Rice – Mushroom Technology and Innovations for Sustainable Development in Bataan Team headed by Team Leader Dr. Rina Q. Paguia is 2022 Civil Service Commission (CSC) Pag-asa Award National Winner (Group Category).
Other member-awardees of the team are Study Leader Christian Balba, and Staff Mirasol Macaranas Rosano. Paguia is the BPSU Abucay campus Extension and Training Services chairperson (ETSO).
“It is with pride that I announce the winners of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) 𝘗𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘴𝘢 Award as these 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘬𝘰𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘪 are considered gems in public service. They belong to that distinct group of government workers who, quietly and without fanfare, pursued their public service mandates with indefatigable commitment, excellence and integrity, to the extent of putting their lives on the line in the spirit of delivering much needed services, especially in the grassroots”, CSC Chairperson Karlo A. B. Nograles remarked in announcing the winners of the 2022 Search for Outstanding Government Workers, which has three categories—the Presidential 𝘓𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘬𝘰𝘥 𝘉𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘯, the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘯, and the CSC 𝘗𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘴𝘢.
CSC said that the BPSU project uplifted the lives of rice farmers in Bataan by introducing and promoting an integrated farming system approach through mushroom production, vermin composting, and off-season vegetable production using rice straws.
The team’s research-based technology transfer trainings, capacity building on crop diversification, and entrepreneurial skills development for farmers have significantly improved the latter’s production capacity, productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability.