RCEAID Newsletter
NWU participates in the Nat'l Cooperative Month Celebration

Simultaneous National Tree Planting for the opening of the National Cooperative Month Celebration was conducted last October 01, 2011 as part of the Cooperative Month Celebration.

The sub-theme for this year's celebration "Kooperatiba: Sama-sama sa Pagkandili ng Kalikasan" is anchored on the theme of the International Year of Cooperative (IYC) "Transformative Cooperative Advancing People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace". During the regular meeting of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) wherein NWU is a regular member last September 15,2011, Northwestern University -Integrated Agriculture Development (IAD) area in Brgy. Sta Maria, Piddig, Ilocos Norte was chosen as the site of the activity.

More than 100 participants coming from National Government Agencies (NGA), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Financial Institutions, Primary Cooperatives, Cooperative Union of Ilocos Norte (CUIN), students from MMSU taking up Cooperative Management Course and MBA, a representative from the Local Government Units (LGUs), NWU MPC and employees from NWU attended the planting activity.

After the tree planting activity, signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Northwestern University (NWU), represented by President Maria Liza S. Nicolas, the Ilocos Norte Provincial Cooperative Development Council (IN-PCDC) represented by its Chairman and at the same time Committee Chairman on Cooperatives at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Hon. Juan Conrado Respicio II; the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Forester Juan P. Delos Reyes Jr. and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) represented by the Area Supervisor for Ilocos Norte, Ms. Corazon A. Martin. The MOA specified the responsibilities of each of the agencies of the signatories which was to assure the seedlings planted will be care of and will survive. A short program followed the MOA Signing.

VP Bareng and Esguerra attended 2011 Agrilink International Agribusiness exhibition and seminars

Vice President of RCEIAD, Rudy Bareng and Fidel Esguerra, Area Manager of Piddig IAD, attended the 2011 Agrilink International Agribusiness Exhibition and Seminars held last Oct. 6-8, 2011 at the World Trade Center, Manila. The seminar was graced by dignitaries from the Philippines who have stakes in agriculture and ambassadors of embassies of foreign countries like France, Australia, Japan, some South East Asian countries and India. Proceso J. Alcala, Secretary of Department of Agriculture noticed the great interest of people not only from the agriculture sector but also from business and industry as shown by the throngs of people who attended the activity. The exhibition hall displayed an array of industries providing support to agricultural processes from production to processing of livestock, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Moreover, different pure breed livestock producers, livestock products and by-products, different farms engaged in the commercial production of seedlings of exotic and highly profitable fruiting trees from improved species of lanzones, rambutan, durian, long kong, citrus, pomelo, etc. also made quite an attraction to the participants.

It was noted that goat raising is a profitable endeavor, that pure bred Anglo-Nubian or Saanen doe costs from P30,000.00 to P40,000.00 while the bucks are a little lower. On its by-product, the Alaminos Goat Farm, which is the most established producer of goat's milk in the country, sells their product at P200.00 per liter, translating it to a gross income of P12,000.00 per goat per year. Lactating goats are productive for 5 years or more, and in the process produce around 10 kids. Since the kids will also be pure breed, they command a high price .

Increase of Honorarium for Voluntary Researches Approved

The Policy on Honorarium and Incentive for Voluntary Researchers has been proposed to be increased to entice more faculty members to engage in research. This policy is in line with the aim of Northwestern University to develop the research culture of the institution. The following are the approved changes:

1. An honorarium of P6,000.00 to P10,000.00 shall be granted to voluntary academic and non-academic researchers upon acceptance of their finished work by the University Research Council (URC, depending on the categories outlined below:

Results are usable by:

*The researcher's college or office only -P 6,000.00

*The whole university or the local community -P 7,000.00

*The region -P 8,000.00

*The nation -P 10,000.00

2. No equivalent load shall be given to voluntary researchers as the honorarium shall be sufficient incentive.

3. For institutional researchers, the same incentives can be availed as above if they finish researches over the required one (1) long research, or two (2) short researches, per year. The URC shall determine the length of time of conduct of researches during the proposal review.

4. The load of voluntary faculty researchers shall not be a factor in the approval of their research proposals, as they do not get any remuneration if their research can not be finished.

UCRD establishes RCB to develop research culture in the academe

In line with the efforts of the university to develop the research culture in the academe, equipping the employees the basic and advanced trainings in research is significant that this Research Capability Building Program becomes a permanent component of the Annual Development Plan of the University Center for Research and Development.

For school year 2011-2012, UCRD proposed three activities with the goal of producing quality researches and ultimately publishing them for dissemination and utilization. Among these proposed activities, two were already held and these are the Research Proposal Presentation and Data Management and Analysis.

The RCB Program started with the RESEARCH PROPOSAL PREPARATION. This is a two–day seminar-writeshop held last September 6-7, 2011 at the Accreditation Room of Northwestern University. This was a joint project of the University Center for Research and Development (UCRD) and the Vedasto J. Samonte School of Graduate Studies (VJSSGS).

The University President, Maria Liza S. Nicolas, emphasized during the program that research should be conducted not only because it is a requirement of regulating bodies or in compliance with the requirements of accreditation but more importantly is its utilization in the improvement of the quality of life of a community.

Three resource speakers were invited to share their knowledge and rich experiences in this activity, Dr. Estrella R. Calixto, Dr. Anabell C. Felipe, and Mr. Romeo Abucay. Dr. Estrella R. Calixto, the Dean of the College of Teacher Education (CTE) and former Director of CHED Zonal Research Center for Regions I, II and CAR, respectively.

Calixto comprehensively discussed the topic on Research Agenda and The Formulation of a College Research Program .She pointed out that a research agenda emanates from a bigger or remote source like the philosophy of the Filipino people, the Philippine Constitution and the goals of national development, the needs and thrusts of the society and of line agencies, the vision/mission of the institution among others.

NWU-CEC conducts localized MDG and ProDoc awareness planning workshop

Northwestern University Community Extension Center (NWUCEC) conducted a planning-workshop, "Awareness to Localized MDG and ProDoc Cum Planning Workshop" last July 29, 2011 at the NWU Accreditation Room.

To align the Community Extension Programs of the university, Mr. Edwin Cariño, the Provincial MDG Manager, was invited to talk on the localized MDG Program of Ilocos Norte. He informed the participants, which composed of extension coordinators and the academic and non-academic staff, that the eight MDGs were localized reducing it to five by grouping together related areas. Programs and projects are being implemented in the barangays of the towns and cities of Ilocos Norte identified to be in need of assistance through the initiative of the Governor, Hon Imee R. Marcos.

"Close monitoring and periodic evaluation is done to ensure that problems met during the implementation would be immediately addressed to meet the set goals and objectives," Cariño said.

Javellonar attends 7th ERDT Conference

The 7th Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Conference with a theme: “Sustainability Through ERDT: Towards a Carbon–Neutral Economy” was attended by Engr. Rolando Javellonar, the Assistant Director of the University Research and Development Center (UCRD) This was held at the Manila Hotel, Manila on September16, 2011.

The conference is a bi-annual activity of the consortium and was attended by all ERDT scholars and faculty from the member schools, namely, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De la Salle University (DLSU), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Mapua Institute of Technology MIT), University of San Carlos and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology.

The keynote speakers for the said conference were Dr. Amelia P. Guevarra, Executive Director of Philippine Council Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and Hon. Ramon P. Paje, the Secretary of Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR).

The first plenary paper titled “Wind and Marine Renewable Energy, was presented by Dr. Giuseppe P. Caballaro a Senior Scientist of the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang, Singapore.

The second plenary paper titled “Bridging the Language Divide” was delivered by Dr. Alex Waibel a Professor of Carnegie Mellon University, USA and University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Just after the plenary presentation, open forum followed.

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