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ARMMIARC conducts in-house review and planning workshop

by Ma. Eloisa E. Hernandez

 

The Autonomous Region on Muslim Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (ARMMIARC) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted its 10th in-house Review and Planning Workshop on 25-27 June 2007 at Hotel Castro, Inc. in Cotabato City.

The annual activity was designed to review, consolidate, and evaluate the completed and on-going researchers, studies, and development projects from 2000 to 2006.  It specifically aimed to identify technologies requiring field testing, verification, piloting and mature technologies ready for packaging and dissemination; identify research gap and new areas for research; and present JICA-TCP4 project accomplishment.

The review likewise sought to determine possible researches for commercialization.

On the first day, the research results presented were from the six provinces of ARMM: Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, Sulu, and Shariff Kabunsuan.

Director for R&D Salik B. Panalunsong welcomed the participants while DA Regional Secretary Sajid S. Druz Ali, Al-Haj delivered a message.

Mr. Tito Z. Arevalo, OIC head of the Research Coordination Division (RCD) of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), delivered the keynote speech in behalf of Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar.

In his speech, he acknowledged ARMMIARC's effort in intensifying the research, development, and extension activities for the region through conduct of researches and studies in agriculture and fisheries.  He likewise stressed the role of BAR's Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) in assisting the agribusiness development of the region.

The regional priority agenda for the next five years were presented on the second day.

The Research, Development and Extension Agenda and Programs (RDEAP) manual for 2005-2010 serves as a guide for the formulation and implementation of priority RDE programs and projects.  This was the result of the 14 consultation meetings conducted in the regions to identify, assess, and prioritize the R&D needs in the agriculture sector.

The event was well-participated by RDE partner-institutions with representatives coming from the Philippine Rice Research Institution (PhilRice), pool of experts from the Upi Agricultural College (UAC), Mindanao State University (MSU) and Kabacan, research outreach station superintendents, provincial coordinators and researchers.

Mr. Rolando V. Kintana, assistant division head of RCD and Mr. Ricarte V. Castro, research coordinator for ARMM—both from BAR, also participated in the event.

ARMMIARC's mission is to serve as an effective instrument in consolidating and strengthening the regional agriculture research and development system for increased effectiveness and efficiency.  ARMMIARC aims to cut across on the following thrusts: food security, poverty eradication and people empowerment, productivity and income, sustainable agriculture development, and global competitiveness.