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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.

Two UCRD staff join climate change RND confab
Two staff from the University Center for Research and Development (UCRD), Dr. Elsie C. Pilar, and Engr. Rolando Javelonar, the Director and Assistant Director of UCRD respectively, attended a Climate Change Research and Development Conference held last November 29, 2011 at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Training Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

Technical papers on potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and water resources among others were presented in the conference. Dr. Raul Alamban of Philippine Council for Agriculture & Aquaculture Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) discussed the PCAARRD S&T Agenda on Climate Change. His paper emphasized that the life support systems such as agriculture, forestry and natural resources (AFNR) are highly vulnerable to climate change effects, thus an urgent need to take decisive actions to mitigate the threats and adapt to the consequences of climate change. He added that based from studies conducted, cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nathaniel Alibuyog of MMSU presented two technical papers entitled “Assessment of Climatic Variability and its Potential Impact to Agriculture and Water Resources” and “Predicting the Hydrologic Response of the Laoag River Basin to Climate Change using the SWAT Model”. The first study revealed that there is surplus water during the rainy season while deficit during the dry season and an increase runoff resulting from increase rainfall intensity or extreme events may aggravate water deficit during the season.

“Structures must be put in place to store excess rainfall and enhance infiltration and groundwater recharge to address water problem especially during the dry season”, Alibuyog said. On the other hand, his other study was on “Predicting the Hydrologic Response of the Laoag River Basin to Climate Change using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Model”.

“It is premised that understanding the different hydrologic processes within a watershed as affected by climate change is very important for assessing its future environmental conditions and for developing policy interventions and sound mitigation and adaptation mechanisms to climate change”, he added.

“Drought and dwindling water supply are major farmer’s problem worldwide”.

There were two phases of the evaluation process which consists of Field Evaluation on the “phenotypic acceptability” of the variety/lines and Cooking quality and/or taste test,” Edwin Joseph A. Franco of the Department of Agriculture Region 1 (DA 1) said as he presented a study on Participatory Variety Trials for Rainfed (Drought Tolerant) Rice Cultivar Evaluation.

The research “Knowledge and Practices among Residents in Ilocos Sur Related to Climate Change” presented by Dr. Largita Reotutar of UNP, Vigan City determined the knowledge and adaptive practices of the residents in Ilocos Sur associated with climate change. Result indicated that socio-demographic profile has a significant relation as to level of knowledge on climate change and that the print media is the most common source of information about the topic.

“Incidence of Illnesses in Relation to Global Warming” presented by Dr.Ma.Linda Dumlao of UNP determined the incidence of diarrhea, leptospirosis, dengue and malaria in Ilocos Sur & Ilocos Norte in relation to global warming for the year 2007 to 2009. It showed that most of the identified illnesses are significantly related to temperature, relative humidity and mean sea level.

Dr. Fe Domingo of the National Education and Development Authority Region 1 (NEDA 1) presented the NEDA Research Agenda for Region I. The NEDA research agenda included the following: agri-business, trade, industry and tourism, social, infrastructure, governance and environment and natural resources.

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University conducts tree-planting
A university-wide tree planting activity with the participation of the different government organization was conducted at Kurkureng Spring Watershed, Brgy. Angset, Carasi, Ilocos Norte last August 13, 2011. Four hundred sixteen mabolo, anahaw, banaba, bit-taog, pakak, palosapis,and narra seedlings were solicited from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, NWU-Integrated Agriculture Development, NWU-Eco-Tourism Park and Botanic Gardens and CEAT-Computer Engineering Department. Moreover, the Northwestern University Multi- Purpose Cooperative (NWU-MPC) donated seedling bags and peg pens for the seedlings while the transportation facilities were provided by the university and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Students and faculty alike experienced falling on the muddy traps of the slippery road, itchiness and skin irritations from tall bushes and getting cuts from sharp stones that lined the road. These experiences served as a challenge in fulfilling the objective of the activity and it shows that the Northwestern University Community is determined to be of help to the community it serves.

Tree planting is one of the components of the Environmental Management Program of the University. The program is implemented to its adopted barangay, Brgy. Estancia of Piddig, Ilocos Norte. The main source of potable water of this barangay is from Kurkureng Spring Watershed located in Barangay Angset, Carasi, Ilocos Norte supplied through the Rural Water System, thus the sustainability of potable water is one of the objectives set by the Northwestern University Community Extension Center (NWUCEC). After an initial ocular, rehabilitating the spring to sustain the supply of potable water is found to be the priority and planting trees within the periphery of the spring could be the initial action that could be done by the NWUCEC. The tree planting activity then was initiated by the Computer Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) last year.

Last August 13, 2011, realizing the significance of a sustainable supply of potable water at Barangay Estancia, a follow up tree planting activity was conducted university wide and was also participated in by national and local government agencies. There were fifty four (54) employees and students from the different colleges and units of the university who endured the one-and-a-half walk under the sun on a muddy and rocky mountainside before reaching the designated areas where the seedlings would be planted.

The highlight of the activity was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the NAMNAMA ARBs Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARBs MPC) and NWU to ensure that the seedlings would grow into robust trees. The signing of the MOA was witnessed by the representatives of the different colleges and units of NWU, DAR and Brgy. Estancia Officials.

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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.