Cagayan State University Gonzaga Campus Executive Officer Dr. Froilan A. Pacris Jr. was recognized by the Department of Science and Technology as one of the Best Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Partners in the Province of Cagayan today, December 1, 2021, during the virtual awarding ceremonies in celebration of the 2021 Regional Science and Technology Week.
Dr. Pacris was recognized for his contribution and support to the STI programs and advocacies of DOST through his leadership in the implementation of the DOST-Academe Technology Business Enterprise Development (DATBED) Program, the various Research and Development Projects, and the Community Empowerment Through Science and Technology (CEST) Program in CSU Gonzaga.
The awarding ceremonies is DOST’s way of recognizing and honoring individuals and organizations who contributed to STI that created impact to the community. Recipients of the same recognition from the province of Cagayan are Dr. Florante Victor M. Balatico, CEO of CSU Lallo Campus, Marine Battalion Landing Team 10, Mayor Esterlina A. Aguinaldo of LGU Sta. Praxedes, and Mayor Jefferson P. Soriano of Tuguegarao City.
CSU-Gonzaga’s extension paper entitled “TANGKIRAN HAVEN: Building Stable, Sustainable and Resilient Communities through Bamboo-Based Agroforestry Research, Development and Extension Program in Gonzaga, Cagayan (Phase 1) Program” was awarded 3rd Best Paper out of the 14 papers presented under the Development Category in the 32nd CVAARRD Virtual Regional Symposium on R&D/E Highlights with the theme: “Bridging R&D/E gaps and creating seamless communication among S&T innovators and stakeholders through digitization and continuing innovations for enhanced AANR productivity” on November 9-10, 2021.
The said extension program is one of the components of the campus niche program on Bamboo-Based Agroforestry Research, Development and Extension Program. Now on its 4th year of implementation, the program aims to develop and disseminate appropriate technologies that integrate bamboo production and processing, pineapple production and processing, mangrove conservation and other agroforest trees and crops on-farm to mitigate deforestation, rural poverty, food security and environmental instability.
This major activity of CVAARRD was participated by technology generators, researchers, communicators, extension workers, farmers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, representatives from private sectors, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), PCAARRD, other national agencies and subject matter specialists. This annual activity facilitates the dissemination of technologies to end-users by providing the venue where they can interact, keep abreast of the newly developed technologies, and be able to evaluate the potentials of emerging technologies.