The UPLB Center for Agri-Fisheries and Biosystems Mechanization (UPLB-BIOMECH) project team of the “Compendium of Developed Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Technologies in the Philippines”, a DOST-PCAARRD-funded project, visited the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) on October 5, 2023 to discuss the upcoming activities of the project in support of the AFMech Law of 2013.
The project team, led by the UPLB-BIOMECH Director and Project Leader Engr. Ronel S. Pangan, PhD, joined with project staff Engr. Marck Ferdie Eusebio and project technical assistants, Engr. Ezra Ryza Noel, Engr. John Paul Tobias and Engr. Yara Ayman El Adawi altogether discussed the vital role of universities with locally developed agricultural and fisheries mechanization technologies in the development of a compendium that will help researchers, interested end-users, and developers across the country.
In conjunction with the said activity, the project team was also joined by Engr. Marife Santiago, University Extension Specialist II, and Engr. Glenmar Enriquez, University Research Associate II of the UPLB-BIOMECH project “Policy Study on the Implementation of Pinoy Quality Seal (or Quality Assurance System) for the Local Agri-Fisheries Machinery Sector,” funded by the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (DA-PCAF).
The team was welcomed on behalf of the NVSU by the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dr. Cristina R. Salvosa, together with the Dean of the College of Engineering-Bayombong Campus, Dr. Adornado Vergara, and the Intellectual Property Rights Chief of Office, Dr. Sonny P. Aquino.
During the discussions, the importance of strengthening collaboration between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Research and Development Institutions (RDIs), and Private Institutions was highlighted. Such partnerships are included in the ongoing Memorandum of Understanding between UPLB and NVSU. The success of the project will ultimately contribute to the increase in productivity of the agri-fisheries sector and improve efficiency in performing agri-fisheries production activities.
To know more about the Compendium Project, please visit: https://biomech.uplb.edu.ph/compendium-project/
(Ezra Ryza R. Noel)