USeP bags 3 regional awards

October 30, 2020

Obrero, Davao City.  - The University of  Southeastern Philippines (USeP) bagged 3 major awards during the Regional  Symposium on Research Development and Extension Highlights (RSRDEH) of the Southern Mindanao of Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMAARRDEC) held on September 29, 2020 via zoom platform. These are Best Paper for Research Category, 2nd Best Paper for Development Category, and Best Student Thesis. Dr. Val A. Quimno’s paper Development of Rosanna Banana Disease Surveillance System, a DOST-funded project, coveted the Best Paper Research Category. This project was a collaboration between the academe and the Hijo Resources Corporation (HRC), a Cavendish banana producer and exporter.  The team composed of Dr. Quimno, Dr. Gilbert A. Importante and Dr. Cecirly G. Puig developed a program in determining banana diseases in the plantation; the program was developed to provide data as bases for inputs application. Project results showed that the technology can save up to 60% cost of inputs in one cropping. The study bested 15 other papers of the different implementing member institutions of SMAARRDEC. The paper entitled Programang Agrikultura Gamit ang Teknolohiya Aron Ayuda sa Bukid para Asenso ka (PATABA) by Dr. Larry V. Aceres won 2nd place in the Best Paper Development Category. The PATABA project was an off-shoot of the DOST-funded project for Typhoon Pablo rehabilitation in Davao de Oro in 2014. Funded by USeP at P5,378,825.43, it was able to gather critical information on the status of beneficiaries who adopted technologies for the cacao commodity - the development intervention meant to improve livelihood of the typhoon victims. The paper In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Three Weed Leachates for the Postharvest Control of Collectotrichum musae Penz. Causing Banana Anthracnose of Charlestone Von B. Mainit from the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences won as Best Undergraduate Thesis. The study evaluated the efficacy of three weed leachates - solanum torvum, Amaranthus viridis and Ageratum conyzoides - in the control of anthracnose in ‘Lakatan’ banana caused by Colletotrichum musae. The winners were given certificates of recognition and cash awards. The regional symposium was conducted in commemoration of SMAARRDEC’s 33rd founding anniversary. It is a way of recognizing the efforts of the regional researchers and extensionists in quest of science and technology solutions.