DA and DOST-PCAARRD project to manage emerging ‘sineguelas’ pest
A team of researchers from the Department of Agriculture (DA) gets a funding support from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) to develop strategies in controlling the sineguelas leaf beetle or SLB (Podontia quatuordecimpunctata (L.)) in Batangas City.
SLB is an emerging pest of sineguelas that devastated the fruit farms in San Miguel, Batangas City—the largest producer of sineguelas fruits in Batangas and the whole of Luzon.
Webinar addresses COVID-19 infodemic in Los Baños, Laguna
A webinar held recently aimed to dispell fear and anxiety brought about by misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 in the municipality of Los Baños in the province of Laguna.
Titled, “Addressing the COVID 19 Infodemic: Straight from the Experts,” the webinar held on March 30, 2021 was organized by the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI). It was streamed live via the Foundation’s Facebook page.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infodemic, a combination of information and epidemic, pertains to overabundance of information and the rapid spread of misleading or fabricated news, images, and videos. Like a virus, it is highly contagious and grows exponentially. It also complicates the efforts on the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore, needs to be managed.
PCAARRD conducts training on internal quality auditing and reporting
A virtual training on internal quality auditing and reporting was conducted by the Policy Coordination and Monitoring Division (PCMD) on March 4-5, 2021.
PCMD is a division of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
A total of 30 regular PCAARRD staff, who are members of the Council’s pool of internal quality auditors (PIQA) and selected staff members recommended by their respective division directors to become part of the pool, attended the training.
DICT-DOST-DTI collaboration to boost PCAARRD’s startup program
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST-PCAARRD) program to support innovative agri-aqua startups gets a welcome boost with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) - DOST - Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) signing of a Joint Administrative Order (JAO).
The JAO aims to push for the attainment of the objectives of the Innovative Startup Act or Republic Act (RA) No. 11337 to aid the growth of innovative startup companies and business ventures in the country.
These two related policies’ espousing for an innovative entrepreneurial culture will greatly benefit PCAARRD’s National Agri-Aqua Technology Business Incubation (ATBI) Program.
PCAARRD’s ATBI Program promotes innovation and technopreneurship in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sector. It supports the commercialization of mature technologies by nurturing and establishing viable agribusinesses under an ATBI system/facility, which hosts startups and provides business development services.