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					Narrative Accomplishment Report
1st Quarter 2011

MFO1. S&T POLICY SERVICES
PCARRD accomplished more that its targeted number of policy instruments formulated/reviewed vis-à-vis
adopted (1.1) by 9/2 in Q1 of 2011.

Operational Policies and Policies for Project Approval
        For the operational policies, accomplishments include the Rationalization Plan of PCARRD.
Specifically, policies reviewed and adopted such as the Swapping of Employees who will Retire Under EO
336 - Rationalization Program (AO No. 040, March 10, 2011) and the Confirmation of Decisions by the
Affected Staff whose Positions were Declared Co-terminus with the Incumbent (CTI) by the Department of
Budget and Management (DBM) under PCARRD-PCAMRD Merged Rationalization Plan (RP) (AO No.
037, March 9, 2011) was made this quarter. Also adopted was Implementation of Regional S&T Agenda
2011-2016 (AO No. 039, March 10, 2011), Implementation of the New Internal Organization Structure and
Strengthening of PCARRD Banner Programs and Activities (AO No. 020-A, Feb. 2, 2011), Approved
CY2011 divisional budget allocation for MOOE (AO No. 017-A, Jan. 28, 2011), Submission of Divisional
Work Programs/Activities and Individual Performance Target Worksheet (PTW) for CY 2011 (AO No. 016,
Jan. 24, 2011), Preparation of Agency Inputs to the SONA and Year-End Reports (AO No. 043, March 26,
2011; Malacañang Memo dated. March 4, 2011), Submission of Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Net
Worth (SALN) as of December 2010 (AO No. 041, March 14, 2011), and the Composition of PCARRD
RRDCC Representatives and Regional Technical Group (RTG) Members to the Regional Consortia, CY
2011 (AO No. 007, Jan. 12).
        Several guidelines adopted by PCARRD are Policy Guidelines on the Prohibition on the
Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages Among Government Officials and Employees (AO No. 033-A, March
1, 2011), Amendment of Selection Guidelines and Criteria for the Search of Most Outstanding Employee
(AO No. 033, March 1, 2011), Operational Guidelines of the PCARRD Fitness Center (AO No. 032-A, Feb.
28, 2011), Guidelines on the Availment of the Special Leave Benefits for Women under R.A. 9710 (An Act
Providing for the Magna Carta of Women) (AO No. 030, Feb. 23, 2011), Amendment to AO No. 103-A on
Economy Measures on Gasoline/Diesel (Fuel), Travel and Other Related Expenses (AO No. 026, Feb. 9,
2011), Prescribed DOST-Wide Uniform for CY 2011 (AO No. 023-A, Feb. 4, 2011), and Regular Holidays
and Special (Non-working) Holidays Declared for the Year 2011 (AO No. 010, Jan. 6, 2011).
        Policies which pertained to the approval of projects and frameworks includes the (1) R&D Program
for Organic Arabica Coffee Production in Benguet and (2) Performance Evaluation and the Impact
Assessment of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading program (SETUP) both approved by the
Governing Council on March 3, 2011. The Director’s Council has also approved the (3) Development of
LAMP Assay and Quick Test Kits for Gastro Intestinal Infections of Swine and (4) Supply Chain
Improvement for Selected Commodities in Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource (AFNR) on March
15, 2011.

Review of Policy Issues
     PCARRD submitted to the endorsing/requesting agency its consolidated comments on the following
policy issues:
     1. Draft Administrative Order (AO) Amending AO. No. 13, Series of 2003 or the Guidelines in the
         Accreditation of Certifying Bodies for Standards on Organic Agriculture.


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    2. Draft Philippine Agricultural Engineering Standards for Agricultural Production and Postharvest
       Machinery
    3. AFMech Bill
    4. Senate bills on sustainable forest management, logging, reforestation, forest management in
       cultural communities, delineation of forest limits of the public domain and greening activities
    5. Draft SB 482 (Establishing a DA-SUCs and LGU Cooperative Extension Research Services
       Providing Funds Thereof and for Other Purposes” sponsored by Sen. Estrada);
    6. SB 755 (Establishing an Integrated System of Agriculture Technology Generation and Transfer and
       Appropriating Funds Thereof also authored by Estrada)
    7. House Bill No. 3382: An Act to Establish Financial Management Reforms for Government
       Research and Development Operations and for Other Purposes introduced by Agham Partylist
       Rep. Angelo Palmones
    8. Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits
       Arising from Their Utilization

Philippine Tech Transfer Act of 2009 Information Dissemination Campaign
         The Technical Working Committee was able to draw the strategies and approaches in conducting
the nationwide road show to promote the new law through a work plan. It was also resolved that PCARRD
thru SERD will coordinate the book writing process. The series of workshops was conducted of the
Committee to craft the Guidelines on IP Valuation, Commercialization and Information Sharing. Plans for
the National Consultation and IEC activities were also discussed.
         The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Executive Order 801: "Encouraging Local
Government Units (LGUS) to Adopt the TECHNO GABAY in their Agricultural Extension Programs and the
Concerned Government Agencies to Provide the Required Assistance for the Purpose” has been approved
by Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and still awaiting approval of the DA.

The PCARRD-Technical Advisory Committee
    The first meeting for the year of the PCARRD-TAC was conducted on March 23, 2011 at ASCOTT
Makati, Glorietta 4, Makati City. With Dr. P.S. Faylon, as Chair of TAC, PCARRD satisfactorily clarified the
issues/concerns raised by the committee members on the following agenda items:
    1. The PCARRD CorPlan 2011-2016;
    2. The S&T Agenda for AFNR;
    3. High Impact Projects for the AFNR Sector, CY 2011-2013; and,
    4. Updates on the Institutionalization of the TGP Program.

The National Industry Cluster Experts’ Pool 2011
  Appointment papers of the following chairs/leaders were issued:
  1. Dr. Ponciano A. Batugal, Coconut and Oil Palm Industry Cluster
  2. Mr. Elmer E. Enicola, Vegetables, Legumes and Rootcrops Industry Cluster
  3. Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro, Forestry Industry Cluster
  4. Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, Environment Industry Cluster
  5. Dr. Delfin C. Suminstrado, Agricultural Engineering R&D Team Leader
  6. Dr. Eduardo P. Paningbatan, Agricultural Ecosystems R&D Team Leader




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ISO Core Team
         The team prepared for the Surveillance Audit by SGS scheduled on February 4, 2011 and also
prepared a Corrective Action/Preventive Action (CAPA) Plan. The result of the surveillance audit by SGS
was very encouraging; there was only one minor non-conformance and no negative observation. There
was even a positive observation – the SGS noted that all divisions were prepared for the audit. This was
seen in the following – divisions’ opening presentation about their responsibilities and objectives, openness
of the auditees; and quick retrieval of records. There were also two opportunities for improvement noted.
After the audit, the team immediately prepared a close out plan for the NC. The close out plan was
presented to the DC for Management Review in February and was sent to the SGS after approval. Thru an
email, Ms. Glenda Villaflor of SGS said that she found the close out plan acceptable.
         A press release and photo-release of the Surveillance audit was also prepared by the secretariat
for the QID and PCARRD Portal.
         Three ISO Core Team meetings were conducted – January 13, February 8 and March 17, 2011.
During the first meeting, the plans for the surveillance audit and the CAPA plan were finalized. The
following revised QSPs were also presented: QSP 3 – IQA; QSP 30 – ICT Services; QSP 34 – PCARRD
Personnel Selection and Recruitment; QSP 36 - HRD Degree Program (secretariat) During the February
meeting, the close out plan was finalized. In March, three QSPs for revision were approved by the body
namely: QSP 1 – Control of Document; QSP 40 – Provision of General Support Services; QSP 42 - Vehicle
Dispatching and Monitoring

MFO 2: R&D MANAGEMENT SERVICES
        PCARRD continued to perform its function on evaluating R&D proposals for possible funding and
implementation. For the first quarter, a total of 77 proposals were reviewed, 20 of which are waiting for the
approval of funding/release of funds.
        For the first quarter, the Governing Council approved three (3) during its meetings in January and
March. These are: 1) Development of Sustainable Production System for the Darag Chicken (Gallus
gallus bankiva) in Western Visayas/ Dr. Evelyn D. Tomambo, WVSU; 2) Organic Arabica Coffee-Based
Farming Systems R&D Program for Environmental Conservation and Sustainability in the CAR (4 projects)/
HARRDEC; and 3) Performance Evaluation and Impact Assessment of the Small Enterprise Technology
Upgrading Program (SET-UP).
        The R&D proposals reviewed for the quarter deal mostly on climate change, biotechnology,
vegetables, rootcrops, rice, organic agriculture, packaging technology, papaya, queen pineapple, papain
production, fuel pellets from agricultural and forestry residues, coconut genome, abaca, mangrove forest,
swine diseases, remote sensing technology, environmental adaptation technology, asian corn borer, plant
bio-stimulant and elicitor, mycorrhizal mushrooms and truffles, virus resistant tomatoes and jatropha R&D.
More proposals were referred to PCARRD for evaluation, thus accomplishing more than the targeted
number for Q1 of 2011.
        A total of 33 thesis/re-entry/Balik Scientist/Capability Development proposals for clearance and
possible funding support were also reviewed. These proposals were forwarded by the IDD to TRDs for
review and recommendation. Also, 17 proposals were reviewed and approved for funding under the degree
program funding, together with capability building proposals under Facilities Development Program Funds,
Capability building funds and S&T Awards.
        Likewise, packaging of S&T publications maintains to be a major activity. Program briefers on
Mango R&D, Giant Bamboo, Swine Health, Financial Management, and Climate Change were also
completed within the quarter. The briefer feature the potential impact, problems to be addressed, proposed
R&D and budget requirement. The Information Bulletin on "Urban Gardening Using EPP Technology" and



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the IP on Organic Fertilizer were reviewed. The posters on Endangered Orchids, Spathoglottis, and NSIC-
Approved Ornamental Plants, as well as the information bulletins on Papayang Uwak and Hoya were all
published.
          A round-table discussion on updates on the write-ups of the proposed publication on manual on
coffee production was undertaken prior to manuscript completion of the committee. Preparation for the
publication of the results of the project “Facing the Challenges: Agenda for Action for the Philippine
Agriculture Sector” is underway. The respective writers are also currently improving manuscripts of 13
policy paper series.
          Final manuscripts of the Book Series on Supply Chain Improvement of Selected Commodities in
AFNR (Phase 1); The Farm-level Impact of the Techno Gabay Program: Assessment, Evidences, and
Implications; and, the Impact Assessment Book were all submitted to ACD and were scheduled for printing
next quarter. The article entitled “The Philippine Technology Transfer Act: Creating Wealth and Services
from Public R&D” by Dr. Albert P. Aquino was published in IP Community, a publication of the Asia Pacific
Industrial Property Center and Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (APIC/JIII) based in Tokyo.
          Meetings were held to discuss updates and plan in the crafting of STA 2011-2016 during the first
quarter. During the 4th National Consortium Directors’ Meeting on February 23 at PCARRD, the group
agreed and finalized the regional commodity priorities as well as the banner programs where the consortia
will participate. The High Impact Programs of PCARRD were also presented to Secretary M.G. Montejo on
Jan. 6 at DOST. The secretary approved in principle the five programs presented.

For the first quarter of 2011 meetings attended include:
    - The Proposal Packaging on Vulnerability and Impact Assessment (VIA) of Climate Change on
         AFNR on January 21 at UPLB-SESAM;
    - National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) Food Security Cluster Meeting on February 11 at
         Air Quality Training Room, EMB-DENR The meeting called by CCC was a consultation with the
         member-agencies of the Food Security Cluster;
    - ACIAR Project Advisory Committee 1st organizational meeting and the Media conference on Etag;
    - Organic Dairy Farming held on March 16-17, 2011 at PCC, Nueva Ecija;
    - Working/Steering Committee Meeting of the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate
         Change;
    - 4th Meeting of the National Agriculture and Fishery Council (NAFC) Committee on Climate Change
         on March 4 at NAFC Apacible Conference Room, NAFC, DA Compound, QC;
    - Symposium on Biofuels and Climate Change to the Agriculture and Fishery Extension Community;
    - Regional Symposium on Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Agenda for Biodivesity and
         Ecotourism;
    - International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change;
    - Kick-off Meeting for the International Year of the Forest 2011;
    - National Greening Program Meeting;
    - Seminar on New Emerging Technologies (BANG) in the context of Biodiversity, Environment and
         Climate Change;
    - World Water Day Celebration/Walk for Water and the Rice R and D Conference; and
    - Stakeholders’ Meeting re: the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) on January 11 at
         Malacanang, Manila.

   PCARRD also participated in the Workshop on the Development of OA Roadmap; Luzon Consultative
Workshop on the “National Soil and Water Resources R and D Agenda 2011-2016”; Workshop on Remote
Sensing, GIS and Space Technology Application; Lecture-presentation on BSP on Space Technology


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Applications for the Philippines for Environmental Management; the Roundtable Discussion on “How
Sustainable is Organic Agriculture?”; Seminar-Workshop on Strategic Communication on Agricultural
Biotechnology Using Risk Communication Methodology on February 17-18 at SEARCA and the NCCAP
Technical Workshop on January 26-28 at Stotsenberg Convention Center, Clark, Pampanga.
    PCARRD continued to support its partners in the S&T sector. A total of 86 institutions were supported
through funding of R&D projects and other AFNR related activities, and technical monitoring of ongoing
R&D projects.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Ongoing Projects
          PCARRD continued to execute its mandate of monitoring and evaluation of R&D projects in the
AFNR sector. During the period, a total of 143 ongoing R&D projects were monitored which includes 63
projects funded by PCARRD; 37 projects funded by DOST; and 18 projects funded by NEDA, PNOC,
PSRIDFI and ACIAR.
          As part of the TRDs’ monitoring activities, field visits were conducted during the period for 11 ARM
projects, 11 crops projects, 1 livestock project, and 2 forestry and environment projects, while SERD had 7
field visits to several projects under the “Enhancing the Demand for AFNR Graduates Program”.

The following program reviews were also conducted:
   1) Pre-Program Review and 9th CFV Project Leaders’ Meeting;
   2) Mid year program review of the National Integrated Banana R&D Program (NIBRDP);
   3) Pre-terminal review of Goat farm production performance in the Philippines;
   4) Program Review of the S&T Anchor Program for Industrial Tree Plantation Species (ITPS) in
         Caraga; ITP Action Program on the Establishment of Commercial Plantation and the Efficient
         Utilization of Wood Products in Caraga and Enhancement of Malapapaya Industry in Laguna and
         Quezon.

    Meetings/workshops were also held to review ongoing projects and/or discuss matters related to the
implementation of ongoing projects such as the CFV and Organic Vegetable R&D Program/Project Leaders
Meetings; the Swine Performance Monitoring Annual Consultation Meeting; the Bamboo Industry
Development Program; a consultation meeting on “Impact Assessment of the National R&D Furniture
Program”; and several completion conference for the AFNR projects completed or about to be completed.
    Inception meetings were held four (4) newly approved projects to be implemented starting this year.
These projects are:
    1. Development of Pest Management Products and Systems for Organic Vegetable Production in
        Cagayan Valley
    2. Development of Pest Management Products and Systems for Organic Vegetable Production in
        Southern Luzon
    3. Integrated Coconut Research and Development Enhancement Program
    4. Pigeonpea Production & Utilization as goat feed

Retrieval and Monitoring of Terminal Technical Reports
    The following terminal reports are being evaluated:

    1. Impact assessment of the R&D utilization component of the S&T Anchor Program for native
       chicken (Oct. 2008-Sept. 2009)/VSU/Dr. Antonio P. Abamo
    2. IRDP on Bamboo: Generation of technical basis for the development of standards for engineered
       bamboo products (Feb. 2009-Jul. 2010)/FPRDI/ Dr. Marina A. Alipon


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   3. Enhancing the demand for AFNR graduates through S&T: Project 1.1 Human Resource Inventory
       and Environmental Scanning in Region III/ CLSU/Dr. Jocelyn L. Aveno
   4. Documentation of organic vegetables production and supply chain improvement for commercially
       grown organic vegetables in Region 3/CLSU/Dr. Fe L. Porciuncula/Sept. 16, 2009-Dec. 15, 2010
   5. Impact assessment of the projects on development and commercialization of field test kit (FTK) for
       the detection of pesticide residues in Philippine vegetables/UPLB/Ms. Elvira E. Dumayas/Sept.
       2009-Aug. 2010
   6. Supply chain improvement of bamboo for the furniture industry in Region 1 and 3/MMSU/ Dr.
       Stanley C. Malab/Oct. 2007-Sept. 2008 extended Nov. 2008/
   7. Supply chain improvement for fresh vegetables in selected areas in Luzon/BSU/Dr. Leopoldo N.
       Tagarino/Oct. 2007-Nov. 2008
   8. Ecotypic variation of the Asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis (Guenee), populations in the
       Philippines/UPLB/Dr. Merdelyn C. Lit/May 2003-Dec. 2007 (DA-BAR Funded)
   9. Impact assessment of the National Furniture R&D Program/UPLB/Dr. Marilyn M. Elauria/Nov. 4,
       2009 – Nov. 2, 2010
   10. Assessment and valuation of greenhouse gases mitigation of climate-friendly farming practices of
       lowland rice agroecosystems in Isabela/ISU/Dr. Januel P. Floresca/Jul. 2008-Dec. 2009
   11. Silvicultural management regimes for the sustained production of quality palasan (Calamus merrillii
       Becc.) in plantations/ERDB/Dr. Aida B. Lapis/Jul. 2005-Jun. 2010
   12. Supply chain improvement of locally produced bio-fertilizer in selected areas of the Philippines;
   13. Supply chain improvement for fresh vegetables in selected areas in Luzon/Region 10
   14. Supply chain improvement for the abaca industry in selected areas in the Philippines, Phase 1:
       Evaluation Research
   15. Supply chain improvement for goat in selected areas of the Philippines (Phase 1)
   16. Development of strategies for managing fusarium wilt or panama disease of banana/BPI-
       DNCRDC/Ms. Concepcion E. Soguilon/Jan. 2007-Mar. 2010
   17. Documentation of organic vegetable production in Region 1/MMSU/Prof. Beatriz S. Malab/Sept.
       16, 2009-Nov. 15, 2010
   18. Vegetative propagation and trial planting of clones of selected Philippine commercial
       timbers/DENR-Caraga/RTD Virgilio C. dela Cruz/Jun. 2005-Nov. 2010

The LBSCFI R&D Awards Committee had submitted to the LBSCFI President its accomplishment report
2010, plan of activities and budgetary requirement for 2011. Likewise, preparations for the 2011 LBSCFI
Outstanding R&D Awards were initiated during the quarter.

LBSCFI R&D Awards Committee endorsed the following papers:
    Dr. Renato S. Vega (Project Title – Analysis and Utilization of Farm Performance Data as a Tool in
       Enhancing Swine Farm Productivity and Efficiency)
    Dr. Nimfa D. Montes (Project Title – Impact Assessment of Sustainable Endoparasite Control for
       Small Ruminants)
    Ms. Genny Bandoles (Project Title – Revealed Willingness to Pay for Safe Drinking Water in
       Laguna Water District’s Service Area)
    Dr. Lope A. Calanog (Project Title – A Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment to Enhance
       Ecotourism in Barangay Kinabuhayan and Taytay in Mt. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected
       Landscape (MBSCPL)




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       Dr. Diomedes A. Raceles (Project Title – Enhancement of the Malapapaya (Polyscias nodosa)
        Industry in Laguna and Quezon, Project 3 Sustainable Harvesting, Delivery and transport Systems
        for Malapapaya in a Coconut-based Agroforestry Scheme)
       Dr. Virgilio T. Villancio (Project Title – Integrated R&D Program on Biofuels: Sub-program on
        Jatropha curcas (Tubang bakod) for biodiesel. Project 4. Development of Farming Systems
        Models Integrating J. curcas in Various Production Systems)
       Ms. Lilian F. Pateña (Project Title – Coconut Tissue Culture: Protocols for Propagation)
       Dr. Edna A. Aguilar (Project Title - Improving Production of Saba, Lakatan, and Latundan in
        Different Cropping System)

     Under the PCARRD Human Resource Development Program (HRDP), seven ongoing scholars from
seven different institutions were monitored. At the same time, two new grantees were granted financial
support under the PCARRD Thesis/Dissertation Assistance Program both enrolled at UP Los Baños. One
graduated MS scholar from MMSU was granted the re-entry program assistance.
         One non-degree training, i.e. Training Course on Technical Report Writing for
Presentation/Publication in a Refereed Journal, was conducted for the NARRDN during the period. A total
of 17 researchers from 12 institutions participated in the training.
         The Council also provided continuous technical and administrative assistance to 201 ongoing
scholars under the DOST-SEI Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development
Program (ASTHRDP). Under the Program’s Thesis/Dissertation Assistance, another four (4) ongoing
grantees from different institutions were monitored.
         For the quarter, 27 (24 MS/3 PhD) thesis/outline proposals for funding were screened, evaluated
and recommended. Three (3) of the proposals were from ongoing scholars directly administered by DOST-
SEI.
         Under the Balik Scientist Program, PCARRD hosted the presentation of Dr. Jasper Tallada’s paper
entitled “Nea-Infrared (NIR Spectroscopy) for the Philippine Industries” on February 10 th. He conducted
seminars on NIR for scientist and researchers in UPLB, PhilRice and MMSU. Sec. Mario Montejo, Usec.
Carol Yorobe, Asec. Lourdes Orijola, PCIEERD’s Raul Sabularse and other officials from DOST and
PCARRD were present.
         In addition, the capability building proposal of the 2010 Tanglaw Awardee, the Philippine Rootcrops
was evaluated and immediately granted its one-million peso (P1,000,000.00) reward. The proposal was
entitled “Enhancing the Institutional Capability of the PhilRootcrops in RDE Implementation”. The grant will
be used to purchase an SUV vehicle and laboratory equipment.
         The NARRDN Facilities Development Program released the amount of P825,000 to Benguet State
University (BSU). The amount is intended for the upgrading of BSU’s research laboratory which will be
used in the implementation of the ongoing PCARRD-funded R&D projects namely “Value-adding of
Cordillera Pork-based Food (Etag) Delicacy for Commercialization”, and “Integrated R&D Program on
Organic Vegetables in CAR”. Another program awaiting GC approval, the R&D program on Organic
Arabica Coffee Production, will also benefit from this laboratory upgrading activity.


Grants Released

       A total of P17.6M was released to include the Q2 operations budget of the regional consortia. The
Tanglaw Cash Award was also released to Philippine Rootcrops Training Center upon evaluation and
approval of its capability development project proposal.


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MFO 3: TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION SERVICES

Weaning of TGP
          As part of the initial steps, PCARRD, together with DA-ATI and its regional counterparts, had
conducted a consultation meeting last February 24, 2011 at the Bayview Hotel Manila to convey the plans
for institutionalization. Among the strategies is to initially endorse selected Farmer’s Information and
Technology Services (FITS) centers and their components to DA-ATI for supervision and coordination,
while maintaining a number of FITS centers to PCARRD for further strengthening of their services until the
TGP is totally weaned out in CY 2012.

Evaluation and Approval of Technology Commercialization Proposals
         The project proposal entitled “Supply Chain Improvement for Selected Commodities in AFNR
(Batch 3, Phase 1)”, was approved by the Directors’ Council during its March 15, 2011 meeting. This
quarter, TOPD has appraised one proposal for funding under the TECHNICOM program. The proposal is
on BioGroe, a solid-based microbial plant growth promoter containing plant growth promoting rhizobacteria
(PGPR) and is an alternative to the chemical-based fertilizers.

Technology fora/symposia/conferences
          A total of 28 technology fora, symposia and conferences were conducted this quarter. This consists
of technology field days, and assessment of completed and progress review of on-going STBF projects. It
exceeded the initial 7 number of technology for a, symposia and/or conferences conducted in Q1 because
these activities were organized and conducted by PCARRD regional partners. Thus PCARRD is unaware
of their schedules unless leading agency invites PCARRD, resulting to the under targeted number.
Likewise, a Technology Assessment Protocol Consultative Meeting conducted at PCC was another
initiative conducted during the period.

FITS centers maintained/Sites interconnected/ICT program services maintained
         During the quarter, PCARRD has maintained a total of 142 FITS centers. These are the newly
established centers in CY 2010 that PCARRD has decided to maintain this year to further enhance their
services through trainings and technical support, such as provision of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) equipment, connectivity and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials.
      In the first quarter, 10 FITS centers were interconnected, all under the Bicol Consortium for
Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (BCARRD). In addition, 11 more FITS centers
established in 2009 were interconnected as their previous applications were only approved this quarter, or
network providers were new in the area. These are from the Cagayan Valley Agriculture and Resources
Research and Development Consortium (CVARRD) (3), the Central Luzon Agriculture and Resources
Research and Development Consortium (CLARRDEC) (3), the Southern Tagalog Agriculture and
Resources Research and Development Consortium (STARRDEC) (1) and BCARRD (4).
      There are four information systems (ISs), namely: FITS IS, PCARRD Short Messaging Service
(SMS), Regional Profile Information System (RPIS), and the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises
database. These ISs were made accessible via the web or theough mobile telephony. To date, clients can
access 103, 257 information on farmers,; 4,575 on experts; 3,798 on contact firms; 73,394 on publications;
4,069 copies of video materials and 4,244 records on available technologies in the locals. For SMS, there
are 1,670 registered users who can send queries and get answers quickly through text message while 598
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       Along with the ISs, the 13 Commodity Information Networks (CINs) are continuously administered
and maintained to provide information on the different focus commodities of PCARRD. A total of 14
commodity information networks are being updated and maintained by the Council.
       A re-orientation seminar on RDMIS and OSEP was held on March 21 and the e National RMIS
Coordinators’ Meeting was held on March 21-24. PCARRD also participated in the Clients’ Acceptance
Workshop on the “DOST R&D Database” conducted by ASTI on March 3, where the PCARRD RDMIS is
planned to be synchronized with. Likewise, it participated during the 2nd Philippine S&T Human Resource
Information System (PSTHRIS) User Acceptance Testing Workshop on March 30-31 at ASTI, Diliman,
Quezon City by providing technical inputs to the PSTHRIS, which is in the process of development and
testing.

MS maintained
          Fifty (50) MS appointed in CY 2010 were identified this quarter as farmer-cooperators maintained
by PCARRD.
          The target number of IEC materials for dissemination is 69,553. Actual accomplishment is 64,228.
IEC materials disseminated consisted of publications (Philippines Recommends, information bulletins,
primers, book series, fact sheets, farm primers, etc), radio clips, press releases, QID articles, topics
covered over radio interviews, and technologies featured via exhibits. These were disseminated to 6,860
clients. Most of the targeted IEC under the TM-OSIS components were moved to Q2 pending the
prioritization of the review of the new STA over the old, and rewriting of the guidelines in identifying
products for TM.

Highlighted topics of the IEC materials, among other things were on:
 Crops (sweetpotato, pigeon pea, rice)
 Livestock (goat)
 Forestry (Biofuels)
 Agricultural resources management (snap hydroponics, biofertilizers, ag. machineries)
 Techno Gabay (FITS), TechnoMart
 Governance/Linkages (ISO, awards)
 Climate change

Farmers and other beneficiaries served
       A total of 124 clients were served through provision of technical information on various commodities.
This included responses to 58 e-mail inquiries; assistance to 43 walk-in visitors/clients; and assistance to
23 clients thru telephone call. Majority of the beneficiaries of the TGP this quarter were participants of the
technology field days held, totaling 1,504 farmer-beneficiaries. In addition, 200 clients were served during
technology fora/consultations/meetings, and 64 for STBF En banc evaluations conducted. Overall, clients
and beneficiaries reached 1,892 during the quarter.
       A total of 234 FITS Centers webpages have already been created and being monitored as of date.
Additional 15 webpages were developed this quarter period. The webpages provide initial the center’s
contact information, focus commodity, and resources available. The web presence provided to the FITS
centers enhances their marketing opportunities. Video tutorial was also developed to sustain the learnings
of participants in the Training on Online Submission and Evaluation of R&D Proposals conducted last
March 21st at PCARRD. The said tutorial will be uploaded at the e-learning site of PCARRD.
       In general, the total number of beneficiaries/clients served was from the following: publications and
other IEC dissemination activities, and the PCARRD Portal with 404,875 beneficiaries, and the


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beneficiaries of the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) totaling 1,504 farmer-beneficiaries. Requests for
technical assistance/inquiries received for the quarter exceeded the estimated targeted number and other
activities resulted to the increase in the actual number of clients served which is 406,767.

Grants Released
        Majority of financial grants were released this quarter to Partner-Member Agencies (PMAs) and the
regional consortia for FITS centers establishment and STBF implementation. A total of 4.15M grants were
released to various implementing agencies for the continued implementation of their projects. The amount
is an under targeted figure since financial reports are still not submitted by the Implementing Agencies,
which is one of the requirements for the release of project funds.




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