๐ƒ๐ซ. ๐€๐ณ๐š๐ง๐ณ๐š ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐š๐œ๐š ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ญ ๐‚๐š๐ญ๐’๐”, ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ ๐†๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ, ๐”๐๐‹๐*

Category : Extension | Sub Category : Partnership and Linkages Posted on 2022-02-17 16:09:30


๐ƒ๐ซ. ๐€๐ณ๐š๐ง๐ณ๐š ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐š๐œ๐š ๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ญ ๐‚๐š๐ญ๐’๐”, ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ ๐†๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ, ๐”๐๐‹๐*

In an unprecedented move in making good of his pledge to abaca farming sector, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, SUC President-III of the Catanduanes State University (CatSU) got the nod of two topmost agencies that will help chart abaca development program in Catanduanes through CatSU initiatives.  In his Facebook post, the President revealed that he clinched funding grant of Php5 Million this early for the Universityโ€™s Biolnnova Project.  Dr. Azanza himself has advocated for giving a boost to abaca industry in the province, a plan which forms part of his development agenda in his incumbency.

 

Dr. Antonio Lalusin of the Philippine Genome Center and those from the Institute of Plant Breeding at the University of the Philippines โ€“Los Banos (UPLB) met with the President at CatSU, February 17, 2022 together with their in-house counterpart in the University, Prof. Robert Barba. Aside from them, Dr. Azanza sourced โ€“out support from National Scientist, Dr. Emil Q. Javier, as the University charts a new abaca development roadmap in the province. โ€œThey are the best people to guide CatSU,โ€ the President said while holding on to the islandโ€™s future as an โ€˜abaca capital of the world.โ€™   

 

 โ€œWe want to further study the DNA of abaca species endemic to the island,โ€ the President said, โ€œand see how we could develop a more resilient species against bunchy top and other abaca diseases without affecting the quality of the fiber.โ€ Abaca disease has become a threat to the provinceโ€™s abaca farming sector, posing risks to their economic livelihood as well. Sensing this problem, Dr. Azanza in his term, offers support initiatives to avert pressing issues affecting abaca production in the province.

 

In his Facebook post during the said meeting, the President was quoted saying that he intends to pursue a science-based approach to solving the problem, referring that of the current abaca issues confronting the industry in the province. โ€œWe intend to modernize the research and laboratory facilities of CatSU so we can do molecular biology and biotechnology, โ€œDr. Azanza added.

 

The President was firm in his stand for abaca development in Catanduanes. โ€œWe want to re-assert our status as โ€˜Abaca Capital of the Worldโ€™ and make sure that the future of our abaca farmers in the Happy Island remains bright,โ€ Dr. Azanza said.

 

Meanwhile, the President directed other technical experts in the University to help in this initiative. Alongside Prof. Barba, the President directed Dr. Jimmy T. Masagca, PIPERS Head and formerly Research Director, Dean Jugie Ramos of the College of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) in the acquisition of laboratory equipment, and the Abaca Technology and Innovation Center (ATIC) led by Prof. Abelissa D. Evangelista for the research component of said program. On top of this, Dr. Azanza added that he intends to prioritize also the putting up of Abaca Museum in the University as this will be part of the Edu-Tourism Project of the institution. #ESV

 

*(With Reports Taken from FB Post of Dr. Azanza 02/17/2022)

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