25 Jun 2013

CapSU faculty, staff study basic photography, Photoshop

By Niño Manaog
Extension Associate
Capiz State University

To further enhance the skills of the faculty and staff of the Capiz State University (CapSU), the Research, Development and Extension Center (RDEC) headed by Vice-President for RDE Cora Navarra, sponsored Basic Photography and Photoshop, a training workshop held on May 6–7, 2013 in the Conference Room of CapSU’s Central Administration Building in Fuentes Drive, Roxas City.
Mayk Pericon (right) guides CapSU faculty members
on how to enhance their photographs using Photoshop.

According to Navarra, this another capability-building activity contributes to the RDEC’s thrust to enable the faculty and staff to become more productive in their research and extension activities in their respective campuses.

The training workshop featured the expertise of Mr. Mayk Pericon, owner and creative head of Mayk Photography based in Manila and his partner Mr. Allan Kristoffer Motus. Both Pericon and Motus are wedding photographers based in Manila with clients here and abroad.

For two days, some 25 participants from nine campuses of CapSU across the province were taught basic concepts in photography, shooting techniques and creative composition skills in photography. On the second day, Pericon and Motus guided the participants in using Adobe Photoshop, a photo editing software which photographers can use to enhance and customize their pictures according to their purposes.

After the participants took their own pictures inside the CapSU Roxas City campus and edited their own photos using Photoshop, the outputs were evaluated by Perico and Motus. Pericon said that the proper matching of camera's features and settings produces good exposures (pictures); while Motus stressed that good photography skills can only be learned through time. The resource speakers also said that photographers do not have to rely so much on Photoshop because it should only serve as their last resort. What is crucial in photography is the composition of the photographs itself.

Most participants in the two-day workshop found the activity rewarding and appropriate—referring to the activity and to the resource speakers as “very good,” “superb,” and “excellent,” among others. Some found the two day quite short—but assured of the skills learned from Pericon and Motus.

In particular, Prof. Noeme Bargo of CapSU Burias singled out how the skills taught can help them in producing better IEC materials in both print and electronic forms; while Prof. Joselito Sitjar of CapSU Dayao took note of the resource speakers’ one-to-one teaching approach and the valuable learning from the skills taught.

A number of participants also expressed their need for advanced or follow-through lessons not only on photography but also in layouting and publication.

For his part, Vice-President for Administration and Finance Aladino Leccio expressed full support for the training and similar other initiatives, even as he urged all the participants to take stock of such opportunities. Leccio particularly sought to see the outputs from in the annual reports that will be submitted.

In all, the training workshop has been fully supported by CapSU President Editha Magallanes.

Participants, resource speakers and facilitators
of the Basic Photography and Photoshop held on May 6–7, 2013
in Roxas City.

20 Jun 2013

CapSU Hymn

Words by Nenita A. Beluso
Music by Lourdes M. Guzman

O, gem of Capiz
Our province’s pride;
You make our life strong.
Our spirits high;
Your Love and care, dear
Have nurtured us;
You build us wings
So we can fly and
Fly up high!

CapSU beloved, O, Alma Mater,
Forever you will be imprinted
In our hearts;
Whatever laurels we find afar
We’ll bring them back
To wrap around your golden crown!

Nugget Catalogue Issue

CapSU March

March on, CapSUnians,
Hold on to the dream of your heart;
March on, CapSUnians,
And hold high your head
With great pride.

March on, CapSUnians,
Persevere in your quest for the truth;
Work for quality in service,
Strive for excellence;
Believe in your dreams.

Drink from the fountain of wisdom,
And partake in the banquet of knowledge.
Strengthen your wings
Spread them wide
And soar up high to the skies.

March on, CapSUnians;
And hold onto the dream of your heart;
March on, CapSUnians;
And hold onto the dream of your heart.

Words by Nenita A. Beluso
Music by Florido M. Rodel

Nugget Catalogue Issue

CapSU Techno Gabay Team tours Negros farms

By Niño Manaog
Extension Associate
Capiz State University

Kahit sa pader, puwede palang magtanim,” said Bernie Protacio, information service specialist (ISS) of the Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center based in Dumalag, Capiz.

Susan Villar (right photo, left) and Bernie Protacio examine the shredded bio wastes using  RU Farms shredder.Protacio was one of the ten participants in the recently concluded Maglagaw kag Magtuon, a study tour for the managers of the FITS Centers of the Capiz State University (CapSU) held on June 6–8, 2013 in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental and environs.

In particular, Protacio was referring to a farming practice by Ramon Peñalosa, Jr., a farmer scientist from Victorias City who uses scrap materials to grow all possible vegetables in whatever available in his farm which he now calls “edible landscape.”

Aside from learning in organic agriculture that even common plants and herbs play indispensable roles to sustain man, Protacio also learned from Peñalosa that “there is no unproductive soil, only an unproductive farmer.”

Peñalosa is the Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) or farmer scientist recognized by the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research, Development Consortium (wesvarrdec) for showcasing an integrated farming system where healthy food comes from fruits and vegetables and livestock harmoniously grown and bred for productivity and profit.

Carrying the slogan “Maglagaw kag magtuon,” (go out and learn), this recent accomplishment allowed the CapSU TG Team—led by CapSU Extension Specialist Eduardo Navarra—to visit organic and agri-tourism destinations where they saw and learned agricultural technologies firsthand from the farmers, farm managers and agri-preneurs themselves.

Six managers of FITS Centers monitored by CapSU joined the tour, namely: Leonardo Barcenas of President Roxas, Ronelyn de Tomas of Dumalag, Juanito Hecita, Jr., Susan Villar of Ivisan, Susan Dordas of Dao and Audie Belargo of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) Capiz.

For three days, the TG Team visited a number of agri-tourism sites and organic farms in the said city, now being touted as the Organic Bowl of Asia.

Day 1
The group first stopped at the Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) on Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City. Managed by the Economic Enterprise Development Department of the Province of Negros Occidental, TLDC, among other services, sells locally-made products and items and promotes the technologies and livelihood products of cooperatives and other peoples’ groups from across the province.

Then the team went to the Social Development Center (SDC) at the Bacolod City Police Compound headed by Ms. Gina F. Castro of the City’s Social Services and Development. Home to some 50 youths in conflict with the law, SDC recently worked with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) Negros Occidental to involve the said youth in cultivating an organic garden where they grow eggplants, tomatoes, squash and other vegetables. 

After eating organic lunch at May’s Organic Garden, they were hosted by Mr. Sean David, an agriculture graduate of the Negros State College of Agriculture, now Central Philippine State University, who lectured on the mechanization and farming technologies developed by RU Agri Tourism Farm in Brgy. Pahanocoy, Bacolod City. It is owned by Ramon Uy, Sr. and May Uy.

They were also treated to a product demonstration by Mr. Romeo J. Borromeo of Brgy. Mansilingan who fabricates bio-chipper and shredder and plastic shredder machines.

Day 2
On the second day, the team trooped to the Peñalosa Farms in Victorias City, Negros Occidental where they were treated to a lecture tour by the WESVARRDEC MS himself. Among other practices, Peñalosa shared the concept of flavor wheel to explain the necessity of plants and the indispensability of organic agriculture in one’s own small farm. He also highlighted how the concept of farmer died and now evolved into the agri-prenuer.

Before eating their lunch of organic foods in his restaurant, the MS grouped the participants into three and asked to accomplish three tasks. One group identified the potential income-generating projects one can see in his farm; the second group identified plants and their purposes in organic farms; and the last was asked to identify the probiotic swine technologies showcased in his farms.

Then, the team went to see the bagasse and vermi composting technologies produced at the Fresh Start Organic Farms owned by Ramon Uy, Jr. & Francine Uy in Hacienda Maquina in Silay City.

They also went to Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI) in Mansilingan, Bacolod City. The winner of the 2010 BBC World Challenge, AIDFI won a “global competition aimed at finding projects from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at the grassroots level.”

According to an online article, AIDFI “introduced the ram pump to upland areas to provide clean and cheap water for homes and farms, saving people the backbreaking work of carrying water from distant sources.”

“With the help of Dutch marine engineer and Philippine resident Auke Idzenga, AIDI reinvented the centuries-old technology and made it come into its own. The technology uses the power of a river’s flow to push water uphill without any other energy input.”

“AIDFI has fabricated, installed and transferred 227 ram pumps benefiting 184 places in Negros Occidental and other provinces in the. By transferring the technology to farmers and giving them support in marketing, AIDFI has helped increase rural incomes.”

Day 3
On the last day, the team bought plants and products at the newly installed Organic Market in Brgy. Magsaysay. They also stopped at Harbest to shop for agricultural equipment and farming inputs.

After the tour, Bernie Protacio is staunch in saying: Dadalhin namin ang Ramon Peñalosa farm sa Dumalag,” to the extent referring to how their FITS Center will see to replicate the farming practices they have seen in the said farm.

Protacio also said that they will have to look for a farmer in Dumalag who can develop and replicate the practices in Peñalosa’s farm. For Protacio, who is himself an active extension worker, there is no reason not to pursue organic agriculture.

For his part, Audie Belargo of OPA Capiz was impressed by the odorless swine raising technique practiced by Peñalosa. From Peñalosa’s farm, he learned that a small area can suffice to start practicing organic farming—one does not need to go to the rural countryside to do so.

Belargo also took note of AIDFI’s hydraulic ramp pump which facilitates an electricity-free irrigation system and the health benefits of the herbs as shared by Peñalosa.

Funded by WESVARRDEC under the auspices of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) - Department of Science and technology (DOST), the tour allowed the participants to see and learn agricultural technologies in Bacolod City and environs.

The FITS Centers of CapSU based in Dao, Dumalag, Ivisan, Jamindan, Panay and President Roxas and OPA Capiz and CapSU Mambusao—are now under the management of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Region 6 based in Banga, Aklan.

Magallanes leads CapSU delegation in nat'l research summit

21st PSERE Annual Conference
By Niño Manaog
Extension Associate
Capiz State University

Dr. Editha Magallanes, president of the Capiz State University (CapSU), together with Dr. Cora Navarra, vice-president for research and extension, attended the 21st Annual Conference of the Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation, (PSERE), Inc. on May 15–17, 2013, at the Librada Avelino Auditorium of the Centro Escolar University (CEU) in Mendiola, Manila.

Other CapSU personnel who attended the research summit were: Dr. Susan Dangan, executive assistant for publication and instructional materials; Dr. Mae Dumapig, dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences of CapSU Pontevedra Campus; Dr. Guillermo Legada, the newly appointed research director of the university; and Mr. Eduardo Navarra, Techno Gabay team leader.

Anchored on the theme “Green and Quality Life through Research,” the annual conference featured lectures and research presentations ranging from climate change mitigation to green schools to biofuel energy efficiency.

One of the highlights of the summit was the presentation of Ms. Regina Paz Lopez, managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation, who shared to the participants an audio-video presentation titled “Living the Pasig River,” which recounts how the said humanitarian organization conceptualized and implemented major efforts to rescue from degradation and revive parts of the Pasig River.

Lopez’s presentation showed videos of their foundation’s efforts to rehabilitate sewers in Metro Manila. For instance, they cleaned the Estero de Paco, planted ornamentals and set up a floating foot bridge which people can use. According to Lopez, they have organized river warriors among those living along the estuaries, who see to it that people do not anymore throw their garbage in said areas.

Further, some 16 research papers on said topics were presented including completed studies from CEU, De La Salle Araneta University, St. Paul University Tuguegarao, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Imus Institute, John B. Lacson FoundationMaritime University and Rizal Technological University.

On the last day of the summit, Legada, Dangan and Dumapig joined the eco-cultural tour in Laguna and Rizal. The team visited the organic gardens in Teresa, Rizal and the waste dumping shop of one Angelito Roan in Mabitac, Laguna. They also went to the Scrapyard Inn and Resort in Angono, Rizal.

For their part, inspired by the efforts of Lopez's foundation, the Navarras personally went to see the rehabilitated areas in Estero de Paco. Last month, the rehabilitation of the 2.9-km. Estero de Paco has been hailed by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas—with more than 1,200 families relocated to safer areas as part of the government efforts to keep them out of harm’s way during typhoons.

Among the many areas revived by the Lopez Foundation was the Estero de Paco located beside Centro Escolar University in Manila

3 Jun 2013

4 CapSU studies win awards in national research congress

By Niño Manaog
Photos by Veronica Albaladejo & Rector John Latoza

Two research studies on sweet sorghum and another two on upland rice by the faculty and staff of the Capiz State University won awards in the recently concluded National Multidisciplinary Research Conference held on May 22–24, 2013 at the Vigan Convention Center in the Heritage City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING (Clockwise from top left)
Rector John Latoza; Veronica Albaladejo;
Nicolas Braña, Jr.; and Julito Albaladejo; 
All three papers, namely: Veronica Albaladejo’s “Germination and Vigor Performance of Sweet Sorghum Seeds Harvested at Various Stages of Maturity and Subjected to Various Storage Durations;” Nicolas Braña’s “Response of Sweet Sorghum Varieties to Various Plant Densities under Grown-up Coconut Palms;” and Rector John Latoza’s “Socio-economic Profile, Indigenous Cultural Management Practices and Farming Systems of Upland Rice Farmers in Capiz”—placed third in the food security, agricultural production and environment category; while Julito Albaladejo’s “Physical Attributes and Milling Characteristics of Upland Paddy Rice” placed fourth in the same category.

Organized by the University Northern Philippines (UNP)’s Research Center, the research congress gathered some 258 research studies from some 30 private and state universities and colleges across the country.

Anchored on the theme “Higher Education: Forerunner in Meeting Diverse Global Challenges,” the congress featured Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, president of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges as its keynote speaker.

In the same event, three other resource speakers led the plenary sessions on various topics. Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza, Region I Health Research Development Consortium chairperson, tackled “Enhancing Practical Solutions on Health Problems through Conventional Biotechnology in Drugs and Medicinal Plants”

Dr. Cecilia Reyes, executive director of the National Research Council of the Philippines, discussed the “Role of Higher Education Institutions in Strengthening Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future.”

Finally, Dr. Amaryllis Tiglao Torres, executive director of the Philippine Social Science Council led the session on “Reengineering Education and Social Science Researches in Meeting Global Challenges.”

Endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the research summit sought to “promote healthy exchanges of ideas from researches of different disciplines throughout the country and to broaden the understanding on the important role of higher education in coping with the many challenges of the present time.”

CapSU delegates pose at the UNP grounds at the conclusion of the congress.