jlb saka2014Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, is the recipient of the 2013 Regional “Gawad Saka” Award (Outstanding Agricultural Scientist) for Eastern Visayas. Dr. Bacusmo received a trophy and a cash award of PhP30,000 from Regional Executive Director Bernadette F. San Juan during the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office No. 8’s (DA-RFO 8) culmination of the Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Month on May 30, 2014 at the DA-8 Multipurpose Hall in Tacloban City.

As regional winner, Dr. Bacusmo will be competing with other winners from the different regions throughout the country in the 2014 National Gawad Saka Search (Outstanding Agricultural Scientist), the most prestigious award conferred by DA to an individual who has done outstanding research work in the field directly related to agriculture and fisheries.

As a result, the Gawad Saka National Technical Committee composed of Dr. Teodoro S. Solsoloy of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and Dr. Roberto Rañola of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) visited and interviewed Dr. Bacusmo on July 7-8, 2014 for field validation of his nomination as finalist to the 2014 National Gawad Saka Search for Outstanding Agricultural Scientist. Other members of the team who were not able to come to VSU are Dr. Edralina Serrano of UPLB, and Ms. Digna L. Sandoval of DA-BAR.

The criteria used in selecting the winner for the Regional/National Gawad Saka Award (Outstanding Agricultural Scientist) are as follows: a) Quality of scientific work – 32%; b) Productivity of the scientist – 23%; c) Creativity of the scientist – 20%; and d) Impact of research project/s conducted – 25% with a total of 100%.

Gawad Saka is an annual event of DA in cooperation with other government institutions, non-government organizations and the private sector which aims to give due recognition and to pay tribute to dedicated individuals and institutions whose exemplary accomplishments in their respective fields of endeavor and contribution in the country’s agricultural development are deemed worthy of emulation. JFMBaldos