Extra Cash from Trash

For most farms, manure are pungent problems. But for a dairy farmer in Nueva Ecija, it smells like extra money.liseo C. Mislang, 37, of Barangay San Agustin, San Jose City in Nueva Ecija attested to this statement as he now enjoys the benefits of biogas technology through the use of his buffalo dung.

As a member of the Eastern Primary Multi-purpose Cooperative (EPMPC) in Barangay Sibut, San Jose City, he was one of the few who was able to apply for a bull loan program and got approved by the Philippine Carabao Center in 2011.

Seeing the benefits of the hybrid buffalo over the native ones, Mislang got approved again for the second time in 2012 adding up three more heads in his backyard for buffalo milk production. To date, he has now 24 heads of buffaloes and started to market their own produce of dairy products locally.

His fascination in taking care of these timid allies grew more as he and his wife Helen found a lucrative source of income to make both ends meet.

However, as their buffaloes grew in number, more wastes from these animals were becoming unmanageable to dispose.

Based on statistics, one buffalo can produce 14 kilos of manure per day and with the number of herds he has now, he has having a hard time disposing almost 10 cavans of animal manure in a day.

“In a day I got 10 sacks of buffalo dung. It is really a big drawback here on my farm,” he said.

Mislang tried remedies and resulted to putting it as an organic fertilizer in his Napier production area besides his animal shed without thinking the possibilities of making extra cash out of his animal wastes.

Meanwhile, as the PhilSCAT biogas technology program paved way in 2014, it has eyed Mislang’s farm and its concerns on waste management as potential co-operator under the EPMPC.

Mislang also saw the prospects of the technology and boldly embraced the responsibilities as one of PhilSCAT’s technology co-operator.

More savings

The biogas installation was finished on March 2015 together with the complete technology package from the stove and lamp up to technical supervision and monitoring of the technology.

“Since the biogas installation up to this date, I’m using the natural gas produced by the biogas digester for cooking and lighting purposes. Honestly, I am not aware anymore on LPG prices today because I saved up to 100% using this technology. This is really a big help to me and to my family,” Mislang happily shared.

According to Mislang, their budget allowance for LPG was even diverted for other necessities of their animals and in the farm.

The 6-cubic meter digester installed to Mislang’s farm can generate an average of 1.16 cubic meter of methane gas equivalent to almost 2 hours of cooking in a day.

His everyday routine includes putting half a sack of buffalo dung with some water in the digester twice a day.

“Most often, when I put half sack of buffalo dung in the digester, the pressure gauge is at 8 KPa already that is why I tend to put feedstock at least twice a day adequate to our cooking needs,” he said.

Based on his observation, he noticed that the methane gas production is very temperamental depending on the season. In summer time, the pressure can be gauged at 12 KPa equivalent to 1.55 cubic meter of methane gas while on rainy season, it can be gauged at 8 KPa much lower pressure than in summer time.

It means than the digester can produce more gas when the temperature rises particularly in summer and it can produce low gas in rainy season.

Helen uses biogas for cooking at the average of four hours per day. In the morning, she boils water for coffee, sterilizes buffalo’s milk and cook meals for their lunch and dinner.

Some farmers thought that the bad odor coming from the manure might affect the taste of their food using the biogas stove, but she attested that their meals were safe and taste just like other meals cooked in LPG.

“We also share this to our neighbors. We let them cook their food here especially on special occasions,” Helen proudly said.

Extra CASH indeed!

Another benefits of biogas technology that gave the couple a reliable source of income is the production of organic fertilizer –the slurry or the sludge that comes out in the outlet of the digester.

“We are collecting the sludge and happy to note that we can accumulate 10 sacks of organic fertilizers weighing 40 kilos and sell it to interested farmers at Php150 per sack,” Mislang happily shared.

He started selling his organic fertilizers last October 2015 to onion growers and vegetable farmers in their community. As of April 2016 he had sold 30 sacks of organic fertilizer already amounting to Php10,500 – which Mislang thought an extra income indeed!

According to research, organic fertilizer of the technology’s by-product improves the soil fertility. It is also loosens the soils and improves its ability to absorb more water.

Since then, the couple made sure to properly collect all the animal manure of their buffaloes not only because it is where they get the power to run their stoves and lamps but also as an additional source of income which can also contribute to the wellness of the environment.

As more dairy farmer cooperatives were amazed in this technology, Mislang biogas demo-farm became the top ‘show-window’ of PCC for educational tours.

To date, almost 100 plus dairy farmers from Ilocos Norte, La Union, Bohol, Isabela, Pangasinan, Visayas region and Mindanao have come to see the wonders the biogas technology had turned his farm into.

Mislang was beyond grateful to PhilSCAT for introducing this life saver technology which his family and neighbors now reap its favors.

“This technology gave me something I asked for. Not only I saved so much in electricity and on LPG and found an extra income in selling organic fertilizers, but most importantly, the technology taught me to care more for the environment and for the future generation as well,” he said. RRCarbonel


New ties inked for the AxR hybrid rice seed production

PhilSCAT is widening its reach for the promotion of hybrid rice seed production through collaborations with the Prasad Seeds Philippines, Inc. (PSPI), government agencies from Regions 1 and 3 and its local government units.

PSPI, a global seed company based in India with specialization on postharvest processing and handling of seeds from drying to packaging, has added hybrid rice seed production to its interests and tapped PhilSCAT to lead the On-site Season Long Training (OSSLT) on AxR Hybrid Rice Seed Production which will enable them to become potential hybrid rice seed producers/growers.

The technical briefing and MOA signing was held on May 17, 2016 in Pangasinan. The said training which is composed of 17-day sessions will be covered from July 7, 2016 until November 23, 2016.

PhilSCAT together with BPI-NSQCS Regions 1 and 3; DA-RFO in Regions 1 and 3; Agricultural Training Institute in Region 1 and Local Government Units in Pangasinan lead the OSSLT in an opening ceremony held on July 7, 2016 in Rosales in which 33 participants registered for the said training.

Present in the event were DA-RFO 1 Director Dr. Valentino Perdido; Engr. Crispulo Bautista in behalf of DA-RFO 3 Director Andrew Villacorta; Jeimelie Constantino from ATI Region 1; Roberto Espanto Rosales municipal agriculturist; Arnel Ramil Apaga, PhilSCAT assistant director and KMD chief; PhilSCAT Directors Emmanuel V. Sicat and Cheng Liangji aside from the participants and guests from Region 1 and Region 3, LGU staff of Rosales and other participating agencies.

Exequiel Magsaysay, PSPI’s corporate secretary welcomed the guests and participants where he said in his message that he is in support of the Department of Agriculture’s goal of bringing the technology to the farmers and he wishes the participants more learnings and profit after the training.

Meanwhile, Dr. Valentino Perdido, DA-RFO 1 regional executive director shows his appreciation in his message with the training collaboration for it mirrors the national goal of rice self-sufficiency.

According to Perdido, Pangasinan tops the whole region in terms of hybrid rice with more than 70,000 hectares planted in wet season cropping.

Moreover, the regional director encouraged the participants to go into hybrid rice for he sees higher potential in terms of yield over inbred rice proven on its regional performance when it comes to its rice sufficiency level with 178% despite calamities in 2015.

Dr. William Dar, former DA secretary and now the global strategic consultant of PSPI thanked the collaborators of the OSSLT and gave a brief profile on PSPI and how it decided to invest on hybrid rice seed production.

“We know pretty well that the productivity of rice in our country is such in a stage where you really can double if not triple using the right interventions, the right technologies and the right support systems necessary to make it possible and we have started the research as early as late 90’s but you have seen the last 18 years how hybrid seed program was mentored by various leaderships. This administration with their pronouncements of having to have rice self-sufficiency they have now identified that technology and innovations is the key to bring about this level of rice self-sufficiency and that is the use of hybrid rice seeds,” Dar said.

According to the former secretary, they were really anticipating this move by the government and tapping PhilSCAT to do the training and technical assistance will make this venture turn into reality.

PRASAD is targeting to produce 120 hectares of hybrid rice seeds the next dry season cropping as a starting point.

The Indian seed company have been partnering with other multi-national seed companies all over the world such as Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, BioSeed, etc before it decided to bring their state of the art postharvest processing technologies in the Philippines in 2014 located at Rosales, Pangasinan.  PPBernal

PhilSCAT affirms another 47 potential seed growers in Mindanao


The Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) affirmed another group of potential seed growers in Mindanao through its On-Site Season-long Training (OSSLT) Course on Hybrid Rice Seed Production and Certification during the closing and graduation ceremony held on May 13, 2016 in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

The 47 graduates from the said training was composed of 36 seed growers from of the Davao Oriental Seed Producers Cooperative (DOSEPCO) which recently signified interest to undergo a Memorandum of Agreement with PhilSCAT in producing and commercializing NSIC Rc262H or Mestiso 38, one (1) participant form the Local Government Unit of Banaybanay and 10 from the Provincial Agriculture Office of Davao Oriental (PAGRI).

Balbino A. Alingalan, DOSEPCO chairman; Cheng Liangji, PhilSCAT co-director; Arnel Ramir M. Apaga, PhilSCAT assistant director; Ester M. Solamo, Banaybanay municipal agriculture officer; Rotchie M. Ravelo, Davao Oriental provincial agriculturist; Eufemia C. Laud, center chief of BPI-NSQCS 11; and Agapito Regulacion, regional…

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Melecio P. Reguindin Jr, 45, of Ramos Tarlac, is not your typical farmer. He became an ultimate pride of his community after winning the National Gawad Saka for Outstanding Local Farmer Technician for two consecutive years in 2015 in Cebu City and just this April 2016 in Resorts World, Manila.


He never thought even once that being a full-time farmer is his true “calling”. He supposed that farming is his very last option for he knew he can do better in the academe than plowing the field.

Reguindin finished a vocational course in Information Technology in Tarlac. For eight years, he worked as an instructor at the United School of Science and Technology before he became as one of the incorporators of the Tarlac City Colleges.

In 2009, her father died leaving him and his 9 siblings a four-hectare farm land to till. He resigned from work and decided to manage their farm instead.

Before, he was persistent to try other options aside from farming, Mel as he is fondly called put up a small computer shop while conducting trainings for Alternative Learning System by DepEd and occasionally tapped as resource speakers by TESDA for its spearheaded short courses on computer repairs.

Hesitant at first, he began attending trainings on farming by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and later on became an active partner of DA and LGU Tarlac in promoting and disseminating rice farming technologies widely known as Local Farmer Technician (LFT).

Although he grew up in a farm and farming is the only living they rely on, he was one of the few who do not stick to conventional farming.

“Even when I was young, I am already exposed to farming because it was my father’s job, but only now did I discover that if only I had put my concentration in this field before, it would be more than okay if you would ask me. Managing the farm for me is an attainment, you can enjoy your work while earning. I believe that the money is in our farms, now that we have a technology called diversified farming system giving us a lot of options to choose as compared to the sector where I came from which is only limited,” Mel shared.

His persistence and willingness to learn is remarkable which made him one of the recipients of Palayamanan Project by the Department of Agriculture co-implemented by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Tarlac.

Palayamanan is a farming system that encourages farmers to diversify their farming ventures based on their capabilities and resources. The approach aims to maximize land use and combat malnutrition and poverty in the community.

Mel allotted 1.5 ha farm into a technology demonstration site which he now utilizes in planting different vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, eggplant, siling panigang, pechay and malunggay. He also allotted a portion of land for livestock and a small area for his tilapia production. His farm now serves as agricultural show-window where farmers and agricultural extensionists from the different LGU in Tarlac conduct its exploratory tours.

“Maganda po kasi kung diversified ang pamamaraan ng pagsasaka, marami pong pagkukunan ng income, kaya pag dating ng mga bagyo, marami kang options ng pagkukunan ng kita (It is good if the farming method you use is diversified, your sources of income is limitless, when typhoon strikes, you have plenty of options from your source of income),” he said.


In 2015, Mel won 2nd place in the Palayamanan project initiated by the Department of Agriculture. Along with the accolade, he was given a Php 50,000 worth of materials for the training center he was planning to establish.

He said his objective is to build a centralized training center for practical agriculture for the whole community of Ramos, Tarlac which will cater all the knowledge that he learned in Palaycheck, Palayamanan and Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm Engines.

Mel considered the training on Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm Engine a blessing in disguise for he already planned the programs that he will be integrating for the training center.

Together with the DA-LGU of Ramos, Tarlac, Mel was one of the LFTs chosen in Region 3 to attend a 6-day training on Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm Engine held last November 2015 at PhilSCAT.

“When I found out that PhilSCAT is conducting a training on small farm engine repair, I already knew that this is one of the courses that I will integrate for the learning center, because for sure if a  farmer has a water system, there is also a water pump and it is indeed very timely learning,” Mel recounted.

He said that at first, he was uncertain if he can finish the training for he didn’t know anything at all about engines.

“When I took the pre-test and saw the questions, I said to myself, it’s not my line of work; but I really did persevere; after the training it so happened I got my exam and almost perfected it, maybe that is why they chose me as Most Improved and Most Active Participant during the training,” he recalled.

Mel said that this training is very efficient for farmers like him, for they will not worry anymore should the unit accidentally bogged down in the midst of work for they themselves can identify the problem and fix it firsthand.


Being the chairman of the Golden Pance Multi-purpose Cooperative and being a proactive LFT in their community, Mel helps his fellow farmers and the whole community by teaching them the knowledge that he acquired through the trainings he attended. He has a soft spot for his fellow farmers which made him more aggressive and eager to uplift their quality of lives.

He allots a day in a week to teach his members on Repair and Maintenance of Small farm engine by echoing the things he learned from PhilSCAT.

Mel uses an old gasoline engine water pump which he borrowed from his brother for demonstration purposes. He even uses his old hand-outs from the training and shoulder the production cost of the print materials for his co-farmers.

According to Mel, his SFE farmer-participants alone is close to 1,000, and soon as the training center materializes, he will be able to accommodate other willing farmers in the entire community of Ramos.

This is also what keeps him going, “through voluntary knowledge sharing I can somehow uplift their lives and also I believe in the saying teach man to fish instead of giving him a fish, whereas if you only give them what they need, there is a tendency that they might ask for it again when it’s gone.”

“Talaga pong masipag siya, matiyaga po syang nagtuturo sa amin kung ano ung mga parts ng makina, dati po wala akong kaalam alam sa makina, nagtatanong pa kami sa ibang mekaniko, ngayon po kayang kaya ko na (He is really diligent and persistent to teach us the different parts of the engine, before I don’t have any knowledge on engine repairs and ask other mechanics instead, now I can do it by myself,” Erwin P. Reguindin, 28, one of his brother and assistant recounted.

Because the award he received from the Palayamanan project is only for the materials of the center, Mel and his brother shouldered the labor and other expenses of the construction from their own pockets and hope to finish it by the end of the rainy season this year.

He said that he has continuous support to his co-farmers even after training. “My support to my co-farmers is continuous, I cannot let them down until their farm income is not yet sustainable, and that is my main objective.”


Mel said that agriculture should not be taken for granted, because most young people nowadays have a hard time considering agriculture as a possible career.

He pointed out that one cannot shift himself and excel in a certain career if he doesn’t possess the passion for it.

“It really depends on one’s advocacy, if he is more than willing to learn it is not a problem to lead someone to go into agriculture, only if they are well guided. A child should be exposed to agriculture while they are still young, and most importantly, the values has to be instilled to them. When you sow good seed in a child, it will definitely reap sweet and carry it until they grow,” Mel said.

He said he will not get fulfilling his a mission. His optimism is remarkably inspiring for not every day that we see a devoter farmer like Mel.

“If you have a mission to fulfill, it seems like you are always strong, you are always inspired, you should not think of failing, that is my mindset every time,” Mel wrapped up. Patricia P. Bernal

‘Barrio’ mechanic on call

DSC_0023_webJust like people, things also needed to be taken care of more so if it aids as in the performance of job that sustain us. In our generation that requires greater efficiency in work, delays cannot be tolerated most of the time. Same goes to our farm where we need to schedule our activities due to several critical factors.

Usually, farmers encounter problems with their engines, and it is a hassle when in the middle of farm operation at the field, the machine suddenly stopped due with some problems you can’t identify. Calling for someone who has a proper knowledge about engines is somehow problematic when you don’t even know who to call. But worry no more, since PhilSCAT has already embarked on training farmer technicians who can actually help you. They are your small farm engines (SFE) doctors on call.

Small Farm Engines

Based on history, John Froelich from the United States of America invented the first gas powered tractor. The machine that he first invented was a steamed-power thresher but was basically costly and considered dangerous since it could be easily set on fire just by a spark of the boiler thus he decided to improve it.

As a result of his further experimentation, he developed a new design that can be driven safely at 3 mph with one cylinder gasoline engine onto the thresher steam engine’s running gear. Because of this success, he decided to expand in order to create the Waterloo Gasoline Tractor Engine Company in 1849 with four prototype tractors that brought a new concept to the agricultural sector of America that significantly affected the other country’s agriculture.

This invention saved the farmers a lot of time and money in comparison to the conventional farming method. At first years after the invention and after it was commercialized, the price dropped to half that made it more affordable for the farmers.

Nowadays, tractor are commonly used during the land preparation accross cropping season. Farmers are now using these machines aiding them to be more productive and makes their work a lot easier.

Training on Repair and Maintenance of SFE

PhilSCAT, with its aim to help the government’s Rice Mechanization Program, saw the needs of the farmers to learn more about machines and how to deal with it.

Here in the Philippines, hand tractors and water pumps are commonly used in farms for cultivation process. But there are times that these engines shut down and the farmers are not knowledgeable on how to properly prepare and maintain it causing them trouble and delays to some extent.

To address this problem, PhilSCAT together with the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 4B (DA-RFO 4B), DA-RFO 3, DA-RFO 2 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-NE (TESDA-NE), and Super Trade Machinery Global, Inc  held series of seminars entitled Training on Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm Engines. This is ca 6-day seminar held in three batches and participated by farmers from different regions.

Today, this event already produced hundreds of farmer technicians who holds a National Certificate II (NC II) after having passed the assessment of TESDA held on the 6th day of the training.

Mechanic on Call

Farmers need not to worry any more. The engine’s doctor is now just a call away. Since it is somehow tedious to take an engine from your field when it shut down, a farmer technician can surely address the problem and come to the field to check on the engine. In this way, time and effort is saved and farmers can readily resume the activity.

“Usually, my customers just call me thru cellular phone. They just tell me that they needed me in their house to repair a machine, but most of the times, they call me to go direct to their farm since their machine suddenly stopped during the operation,” said Victor Hipolito, 52, from Sto. Thomas, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.

Mr. Hipolito started in the business of repairing engines year 2000. His customers are usually from the nearby barangay. He admitted that he was not well knowledgeable about engines during those time. But after he graduated from the Training on Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm engines way back July 2014, he became confident in repairing different kinds of machines.

As a result, his income increased. The National Certificate II (NC II) added to his credibility and make him legitimately knowledgeable in engine repair. One of the biggest learning he learned from thhe training was being able to learn how to repair the water cooled and air cooled engines which he was not even aware of the great difference in functions and in mechanics.

“The income brought about by the SFE is good, I got 700 pesos for engine overhauled, and 300 pesos for troubleshooting”, he said when asked about his income.

Hipolito is not just a machine technician, but also a farmer, and a tricycle driver. He plant rice in a 4,000 sqm and transport people using his tricycle. This two occupation serves as an extra source of income whenever he is available. This is also his way of using his spare time productively.

He has four children whom he was able to send to school and one of them is now a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. While his eldest son is now helping him in the repair and maintenance of SFE. He taught him everything that he learned from the training and from the experiences that he had in his years of doing this kind of work.

“My customers are the ones who recommend me to the other farmers that they know. They will give them my number and they just contact me through phones. I don’t need to do my own advertisement,” he said when asked on how people knew about his services.

He usually encounters problem during the repair of the old models engine since the spare parts were no longer available in the market and are on by-order-basis. The nozzle, plunger and piston ring are the parts that needed to be replaced most of the times.

On the other hand, he also accepts motorcycle repair which was also included in his SFERM training. But according to him, motorcycle repair is quite more complicated since it involves electricity.

Continues dissemination of knowledge about SFE is a good avenue in order to improve not just the crop production in the country but also it helps n improving the lives of the farmer technicians. This is one way of giving the Filipino farmers an opportunity to learn and earn at the same time. Jessa M. Rarama

Two top performing CHRLs wows Ilocos Norte farmers

The two top performing Chinese Hybrid Rice Lines (CHRLs) – LP 937 and LP 952, amazed the farmers and participants of the recently conducted Farmer’s Field Day for the Techno-Demo of the Chinese Hybrid Rice Lines held on February 23, 2016 located in Brgy. Alejo Malasig, Vintar, Ilocos Norte.

Based on the actual yield results presented by Melda A. Quilala, agricultural technologist of Brgy. Vintar and, LP 937 tops the techno-demo with a total yield of 10.83 tons per hectare (216 cavans per 50kg) while LP 952 is close behind with 10.05 tons per hectare (208 canvans per 50kg).

“I prefer the LP 937 over LP 952 because its seeds is much bigger, the panicles are longer and we can see a very good crop stand,” said Milenio Macaraeg, 64, farmer of Brgy. 7, Vintar, Ilocos Norte

Carlos C. Abon, Jr., TPDD head of PhilSCAT was pleased about the result of the techno-demo and said, “although LP937 tops the techno-demo, still they both resulted 10 tons on their average yield and it is a good thing we can even join the ‘Palayabangan: 10/5 Challenge’ of the Department of Agriculture” .

The ‘Palayabangan: 10/5 Challenge’ is a national search for the best practices that can produce a harvest of 10 tons yield (or 200 cavans) per hectare at P5 a kilo. A project to boost agricultural productivity and curb rice smuggling in the Philippines.

In his message, Abon promoted the advantages of using hybrid rice over inbred rice and how it will help the country achieve food sufficiency.

Also present in the event are Ms. Lolita Raposas, senior agriculturist of Vintar; Hon. Jay R. Agcaoili, farmer cooperator; Hon. Claudio C. Agcaoili, chairman of Vintar; Norma C. Lagmay; provincial agriculturist; Edwin Cariño, Special Project chief; Mr. Cheng Liangji, PhilSCAT co-director; Mr. York Yi, Longping HighTech general manager (PROC); Hon. Zhao Qiaoliang, Chinese Embassy consul and head of post in Laoag City.

PhilSCAT gave away 20 kilos each of LP 937 and LP 952 and another 27 kilos of M38 hybrid rice seeds to the farmers of Vintar and its neighboring communities as a token for their participation to the said event.

Meanwhile, Mr. Zhao continue to nurturess the friendship of the two countries-China and the Philippines and even bought 5 tons of LP 331 hybrid rice seeds at Longping HighTech to be given away to the farmers of Ilocos Norte this April 2016. PPBernal

PhilSCAT affirms another 47 potential seed growers in Mindanao

The Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) affirmed another group of potential seed growers in Mindanao through its On-Site Season-long Training (OSSLT) Course on Hybrid Rice Seed Production and Certification during the closing and graduation ceremony held on May 13, 2016 in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

The 47 graduates from the said training was composed of 36 seed growers from of the Davao Oriental Seed Producers Cooperative (DOSEPCO) which recently signified interest to undergo a Memorandum of Agreement with PhilSCAT in producing and commercializing NSIC Rc262H or Mestiso 38, one (1) participant form the Local Government Unit of Banaybanay and 10 from the Provincial Agriculture Office of Davao Oriental (PAGRI).

Balbino A. Alingalan, DOSEPCO chairman; Cheng Liangji, PhilSCAT co-director; Arnel Ramir M. Apaga, PhilSCAT assistant director; Ester M. Solamo, Banaybanay municipal agriculture officer; Rotchie M. Ravelo, Davao Oriental provincial agriculturist; Eufemia C. Laud, center chief of BPI-NSQCS 11; and Agapito Regulacion, regional seed coordinator led the graduation rites.

During the closing ceremony, Ester Solamo, announced and even congratulated the farmers and seed growers of Banaybanay for gaining an average yield of 6.8 tons per hectare production of palay in 2015 making the municipality won the Agri Rice Achievers Award for the second time around since 2014.

Arnel Ramir M. Apaga, assistant director of PhilSCAT said, the training course was designed intentionally to bring the technology closer to their respective localities so it would not be difficult for the participants to attend and complete the training course.

Moreover, Rotchie M. Ravelo, provincial agriculturist of Davao Oriental, expressed his deep appreciation to PhilSCAT in conducting and providing necessary training support throughout its 17-day sessions.

“I am very happy that DOSEPCO takes the leadership to partner with PhilSCAT in AxR seed production; this effort are not just for Davao Oriental but to the whole country as a whole,” Ravelo said.

According to Ravelo, the food sufficiency of Davao Oriental was just as low as 43% in 2007, but as hybrid rice was introduced and farmers began to venture into hybrid rice seed production, the percentage doubled up to 67-70% in 2015.

One of the highlights of the program was the awarding of certificate of completions and special awards to the graduates of the said training. Romeo Rubi was awarded as the ‘Most Active Trainee’ while Antonio Colmenares was awarded as the ’Most Improved Trainee’ garnering a 56% increment during the post-test evaluation.

“In behalf of the graduates, we are deeply thankful for the knowledge that we gained and we hope that this knowledge will eventually help us to boost our production and increase our yield,” Colmenares said.

Meanwhile, Liangji stated in his closing remarks that the main objective of the training course was to speed up
the promotion of the Mestiso 38 and extend the adaptation of advance technologies of the Center. He also advised the graduates to strengthen their quality awareness and ensure the purity of seed production at all cost to pass the standard set by the NSQCS.

At present, PhilSCAT has produced a total of 103 potential seed growers from Talavera (26), Palawan (11), Isabela (19) and Davao Oriental (47) from its OSSLT Course on Hybrid Rice Seed Production and Certification and plans to extend the technology more to interested groups in the public and private sector in the country who is willing to fund and support the said program. PPBernal