21 May 2014

CapSU trains SDCA personnel on oyster mushroom production

By NiƱo Manaog
Photos by SDCA

Burias, Mambusao, Capiz—It was skills transfer at its best.

On May 19–20, 2014, Dr. Emelita Solante, director of the Extension Institute of the Capiz State University (CapSU) and training-in-charge of CapSU’s Mushroom Production project shared her expertise to four participants from the St. Dominic College of Asia (SDCA) at the Mushroom Training Center (MTC) here.

For two days, Solante taught mushroom culture to Dr. Nilda Balsicas, vice-president for academic affairs and research; Dr. Zenaida Sadiwa, community development officer; Mr. Gydion Nicolie Batuigas, OIC-program chair for nursing; and Mr. Nelson Capagngan, farm manager, all of SDCA.
According to Solante, the participants benefited much owing to their interest and enthusiasm to learn.

After lecturing on the basic concepts involved in mushroom culture, Solante taught the participants hands-on on the different stages involved in oyster mushroom production.

First, they were taught the preparation of pure mushroom culture which includes the preparation of pure culture media; preparation of grain spawn or mother spawn; and preparation of fruiting bags which covers the mixing of substrates, composting, bagging, pasteurization, inoculation and incubation.

Nelson Capagngan (left) and Gydion Nicolie Batuigas (right) sift the sawdust which will be used as substrate for the fruiting bags of the mushrooms.

 According to Solante, pasteurization kills harmful microorganisms, which usually takes six hours; inoculation allows the grain spawn to be added to the pasteurized fruiting bag. Incubation, also called spawn run, then, allows the substrate to be “colonized” by the micro-organism, which usually takes not less than 45 days.

Solante also taught them on mushroom growing practices. Among other practices, Solante stressed that the mushroom grower should practice cleanliness in each of the processes involved. From the preparation of the culture media where the mushrooms will be grown up to the fruiting stage, the grower must see to it that the entire growing area is free of possible contaminants.

As part of preparing the culture media for mushrooms, Dr. Emelita Solante (left) guides Dr. Nilda Balsicas (right) in putting the cotton plugs on the bottles containing the potato dextrose agar (PDA) for sterilization.
She also advised them to observe sanitary practices in order to ward off mushroom flies which infest mushrooms during fruiting stage.

At the end of the training, each of the four participants was required to produce three fruiting bags which will be ready for fruiting after two months. They were also awarded certificates.

The training drew favorable responses. For one, Dr. Balsicas noted the nitty-gritty of the processes involved in mushroom production, citing how trial and error in their hands-on activities made them learn it best. For her part, Dr. Sadiwa found the inoculation procedure to be very meticulous even as she recognized its importance in the production.

As per preparation of the culture media for mushrooms, Dr. Zenaida Sadiwa (foreground), community development officer of SDCA, helps prepare the potato dextrose agar (PDA), general medium for growing fungi, which was used for oyster mushroom production.

The officials said that in the coming months, SDCA will seek to replicate the technology in their own school. They added that they are also willing to transfer the skills to their own constituents in Cavite.

For trainings and reservations, interested parties can contact Dr. Emelita Solante, MTS training-in-charge, at 0917-726-5682.

8 May 2014

Collaborations with DOLE, TESDA, Capiz LGUs

CapSU MTS awards 44 welding kits; graduates 38 motorcycle skills trainees

More skilled graduates and better job prospects. 

On April 25, 2014, the Mobile Technology School (MTS) of the Capiz State University (CapSU) led by President Editha Magallanes awarded Kabuhayan (welding) kits to 44 graduates of the Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Training Course at the Dadivas Auditorium on Fuentes Drive, Roxas City.

Per CapSU’s partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Capiz, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Capiz; and the Capiz provincial government, the MTS graduates were trained from July 2012 to November 2012 by Engr. Josue Ajera of the College Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Technology of the Roxas City Main Campus.

Dr. Editha Magallanes (second from left) is joined by TESDA Capiz OIC Jose Gerry Hallares (far left) and Panay Councilor Graciano Balderama (second from right) in awarding the welding kits to the SMAW graduates from Panay, Capiz.

Each of the recipients received a welding kit composed of one unit (300 amp) welding machine; one hacksaw handle with heavy-duty blade; one 8”/10” heavy-duty vise grip; one welding rod handle; and a 15-meter 4/10 welding cable.

The awarded welding kits
In the same rites, CapSU conferred certificates of graduation to the first batch of the Motorcycle Repair and Servicing Training (MRST) conducted by Mr. Lee Bancoyo of the same college. A new addition to the list of MTS courses, MRST taught its first 38 students from March 9 to April 11, 2013.

Recipients of both SMAW and MRST represented the barangays of Tico, Bonga, Magubilan, Lomboy, Anhawon, Poblacion Ilawod, Poblacion Tabuc, Tanza, Dulunan, Libon, Agbalo, Calapawan, Calitan, Candual and Lus-onan, all of the Municipality of Panay, Capiz.
Foremost, CapSU’s Magallanes urged the graduates to take advantage of the opportunities for possible employment to utilize their learning from the MTS course.

Magallanes was supported by Dr. Pedro Gavino, CapSU’s OIC vice-president for research and extension; Dr. Emelita Solante, extension director; and Dr. Editha Alfon, CapSU Roxas City Main Campus administrator.

Also in attendance were representatives of the other partner government agencies, namely: Mr. Jose Gerry Hallera, OIC director of TESDA Capiz and Mr. William Dungog, information officer of DOLE Capiz; and Panay councillors Graciano Balderama, Joselito Baria and Jojo Mejia.

Said activities were coordinated by the Community Extension Services Office of the CapSU Roxas City Main Campus led by Ms. Gemma Angelias, extension chairperson.
Recipient couple from Panay take stock of their livelihood.