COURTESY VISIT. Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan (2nd from right) welcomed the HAARRDEC Secretariat led by the RRDCC Chair Dr. Feliciano Calora, Jr. (3rd from right) and Consortium director Dr. Carlito P. Laurean (1st from right) to the MP Provincial Capitol. With them were (from L-R) Dr. Ruth Batani, HAARRDEC R&D Cluster Coordinator; Dr. Annie Grail Ekid, MPSPC-VP for RDE; Ms. Judith Bangaan, PLGU MP Personnel; Ms. Flordeliza Naje, HAARRDEC Knowledge Management Cluster Coordinator; Dr. Tereresita Mangili, HAARRDEC Techno Transfer Cluster Coordinator; and Atty. Amador P. Batay-an, MP-Provincial Administrator.
The Highland Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium (HAARRDEC) conducted consultation visits to its Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region on February 1-3, 2017. This visit aimed at reinforcing commitment and ensuring strong collaboration towards a responsive Research, Development and Extension (RDE) to the regions’ Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources sectors.
BSU President Dr. Feliciano G. Calora, Jr., the newly elected HAARRDEC-RRDCC Chair with Consortium Director, Dr. Carlito P. Laurean led the consultation visits to Apayao State College (ASC), Kalinga State University (KSU), Ifugao State University (IFSU), Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) and to the Local Government of Mountain Province. Dr. Calora and Dr. Laurean were welcomed by ASC President Nieves Dacyon, KSU President Eduardo Bagtang, IFSU Director for Research and Extension Dr. Teresita Allig, MPSPC President Rexton Chakas and Mountain Province Governor, Hon. Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr.
During the visit, the programs of HAARRDEC was reinstated to Gov. Lacwasan and he reassured the active involvement of the province. Meanwhile, the SUCs expressed gratitude and commendation for the consultation visits. At Luna, Apayao, Dr. Laurean had a live radio broadcast where he updated the Luna community on the consortium mandates and programs. The Consortium is set to continue the consultation visits to 14 other member institutions in the region in the succeeding months. Through the consultation visits, the consortium gears for collaborative efforts with its CMIs to provide meaningful RDE undertakings helpful to the valued clients in the Cordillera.
SUC members of HAARRDEC
HAARRDEC was primarily established by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) to provide mechanisms for coordinating and monitoring the research and development (R&D) activities of all member-institutions and private institutions in the Cordillera. The Consortium has currently 19 members which includes two National Agencies, eight Regional Line Agencies, six SUCs, three LGUs, and a Non-Government Organization. These institutions are convened through its policy making body - the Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council (RRDCC). The consortium is turning 39 years by November 2017. The following are the SUC members of the consortium.
Apayao State College is a constantly growing college guided by the vision to become a biodiversity R&D-centered Higher Education Institution. ASC has committed to dwell on the research and development of Apayao’s products such as wine, Bigba, tilapia and environmental services.
Kalinga State University is one of the member intitutions visited by evaluators of the Ugnay award in 2012. Through its support, HAARRDEC was recognized as 2nd Runner-Up Best performing Consortium in the country. While many researches are being implemented in the university such as one on the Philippine native pig, KSU manifests its interest to research more on the promotion of local products like heirloom rice, tilapia and other environmental services.
Ifugao State University has remarkably evolved over the years and has also been instrumental in conducting various researches on wine, dragon fruit, poultry and inland aquatic resources.
Mountain Province State Polytechnic College has offered interest to conduct research on its diverse local products like the famous ‘patopat’, legumes, rice, and other highland vegetables.//Marlo Abyado