The Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) as one of the foreign assisted projects under the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the People’s Republic of China (PROC) has been officially granted approval for institutionalization under the stewardship of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed during its Culminating Program and Turnover Ceremony held at the PhilSCAT Multi-Purpose Hall on July 31, 2017.

Dr. Tereso A. Abella, CLSU president and Dr. Andrew B. Villacorta, OIC director of the Field Operation Service of DA who also served as keynote speaker in behalf of DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol led the MOU signing and the ceremonial turnover of responsibilities to CLSU for the operation of the Center.

Other officials from partner agencies like DA-Regional Office III, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), CLSU-Philippine Carabao Center (CLSU-PCC) were also present to witness the said event.

After the MOU signing, the ceremonial handing of key of responsibility was held and official marks the conclusion of PhilSCAT TCP II and at the same time as a sign of CLSU’s acceptance in taking full responsibility of the operation of the center on the premise of continuing, improving and expanding its appropriate agricultural programs carried out during the TCP II implementation.

Director Sicat, said in his opening message, “the end of the TCP II marks the start of a new episode for the center under the stewardship of CLSU.”

The event also highlights the exhibition of PhilSCAT TCP II accomplishments and a video presentation of its future plans under the sustainability program.

PhilSCAT’s sustainability plan is focused on upholding the strength of the center as an agriculture support system aimed at increasing productivity in mechanized hybrid rice farming and biogas technology. EKLiongson



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