DOST-PCAARRD praised for its program against Covid-19, leadership in poverty reduction

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic Resources and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) was hailed by senior officials of the department during its 11th anniversary celebration June 22.

Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña and Research and Development Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara commended DOST-PCAARRD for its contributions in helping Filipinos reduce poverty, combat climate change, and enhance competitiveness for national development.

De la Peña recalled DOST-PCAARRD’s significant response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic which has worked to address the fears, doubts and insecurities prevalent among the public.

He launched the Galing-PCAARRD Kontra Covid-19 program as part of the national government’s response to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

De la Peña praised DOST-PCAARRD for its commitment to providing leadership in quality research and development (R&D).

“The [R&D] The consortia in the region have played a key role in promoting the development agenda in the various provinces of the country,” he said.

“The collaboration between DOST and PCAARRD has begun to sow the seeds of global direction in the Philippines as well as the region,” Guevara said.

Guevara urged DOST-PCAARRD to continue to do innovation and research to achieve thriving agriculture, water and natural resources so that the country develops a stable food security agenda.

“We will need more dedication, teamwork and government support in the years to come,” she said.

De la Peña urged state colleges and universities (SUCs), private educational institutions, research institutes, and local and international partners to ensure that DOST-PCAARRD programs are more relevant and responsive to stakeholders. regional.

“Through its programs and initiatives, the conservation, sustainability and preservation of the country’s biodiversity have been improved towards progress,” de la Peña said during the online celebration.

A total of 64 projects and 12 activities and initiatives from existing DOST-PCAARRD projects were approved with an estimated total investment of 174 million pesos. It was in collaboration with more than 48 partner institutions.

As of March 11, 2021, 50 DOST-PCAARRD projects were implemented across the Philippines: 32 projects in Luzon, 5 in Visayas and 13 in Mindanao.

By sector, there were 28 sub-crop, eight aquatic, six livestock, five forestry and three cross-cutting projects.

DOST-PCAARRD also honored de la Peña and Guevara for their leadership, dedication, and valuable service in improving the quality of the country’s agriculture, water, and natural resources.

Components of the Galing-PCAARRD Kontra Covid-19 Program

n Teknolohiya-Kaalaman para sa Pamayanan: It focused on the dissemination and circulation of different information, education and communication media using various communication platforms.

n Lingkod Alalay sa Pamayanan: This has focused on distributing food items, disinfectants, alcohol, personal protective equipment and providing support services to affected communities and frontliners. This is in response to the call to immediately extend assistance to families and those affected by community quarantine.

The 10 technology transfer projects/programs are food assistance distributed to beneficiaries and non-food assistance distributed to beneficiaries.

n Pagkain in Kabuhayan sa Pamayanan: This has supported various food production and livelihood projects, such as Gulayan sa Pamayanan, Tilapia para sa Pamayanan, and Manok in Itlog para sa Pamayanan.

n DOST-PCAARRD in the regions: it includes rapid response project proposals from 15 consortia based on ongoing and prospective activities assessed and identified as necessary to address the concerns and impacts of Covid-19 in the regions.

n Rebuilding Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources in Response to Covid-19 (ReAARRC) – This is the R&D and innovation component of the Galing-PCAARRD program.

ReAARRC activities and projects focus on non-food/non-agricultural initiatives, such as coconut ethyl alcohol production, Lapnis frame face shields, bamboo soap products, hands-free sanitizer dispenser bamboo-abaca and footbath prototypes, and the development of Giant Swamp Taro chipper and GIS-based system.

n Gulayan sa Pamayanan: An offshoot of the original Gulayan sa Pamayanan project under Component 3 offers urban agriculture technologies, such as improved potting preparation (EPP) and hydroponics from the water addition program. Nutrients (SNAP) in the National Capital Region, Region 3 and Region 4A, through collaboration between DOST-PCAARRD, Caritas and DOST regional offices.

n Smart Food Value Chain Program: an integration of the initiatives of the different DOST agencies between the regional offices of PCAARRD, PCIEERD, ITDI, FNRI and DOST in partnership with the CUS to improve the food value chain for selected products in the identified regions.

This is done by implementing key approaches to strengthen the network of stakeholders and processes involved in production and value addition activities towards food resilience in the new normal.

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