The papers of some VSU researchers bagged the major awards during the 26th Joint ViCARP-RRDEN Regional RDE Symposium held on March 17-18, 2015 at the VSU Convention Hall.

In the Search for the Outstanding RDE Project (Research Category), the paper of Dr. Fe M. Gabunada entitled “Supply Chain Improvement of Donkey’s Ear Abalone (Haliotis asinina) in Eastern Visayas” was declared winner among the other eight best papers that were shortlisted for the competition.  The paper of Dr. Gabunada and her colleagues: Alice Prieto-Carolino,Rowena Paz L. Gelvezon,Hanny John P. Mediodia, Ana Liza B. Recto, Fatima Roseli J. Sosmeña, and Cherry Pilapil-Añasco received a cash award of PhP10,000 and a plaque of recognition from the organizers—the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program (ViCARP) and the Regional Research, Development and Extensions Network (RRDEN).  As the regional winner, ViCARP shall endorse the paper to PCAARRD to compete in the National Symposium on Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (NSARRD).

In the Extension Category, the paper of some VSU alumni who are now working at the Southern Leyte State University (Veronica L. Reoma, Nestor O. Morales, Tamar B. Mejia, Jr., Lieza Noelle Malinao, Dewoowoogen P. Baclayon, Prose Ivy G. Yepes) entitled “University School-On-Air (USOA) as a Vehicle for Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Development” was proclaimed winner and received a cash award of PhP10,000 and a plaque of recognition.

All the best papers that were presented during the symposium were also awarded each with PhP2,000 and a certificate of recognition.

On the other hand, the top five places for the Best R&D Poster were all grabbed by the VSU researchers.  The VSU posters which won awards from among the 19 posters included: “Liquid Nutrient Formulations for High Value Vegetable Production” by Dr. Felix M. Salas and Dr. Rosario A. Salas, 1st Place (PhP5,000 plus Certificate of Recognition);

“Integrated Crop Management (ICM) to Enhance Vegetable Profitability and Food Security in the Southern Philippines” by Dr. Zenaida C. Gonzaga, Dr. Othello B. Capuno, Prof. Reny G. Gerona, Dr. Lucia M. Borines, Dr. Moises Neil V. Serenio, Mr. Hubert B. Dimabuyu, Ms. Rezel M. Sagarino, Ms. Bernardita I. Lauro, Ms. Glorybeth C. Castillo, Dr. Sandra Mcdougal and  Dr. Gordon Rogers, 2nd Place (PhP4,000 plus Certificate of Recognition);

“Value Chain Assessment of Indigenous Rootcrops Products: The Case of Binagol and Sagmani in Leyte” by Mr. Marlon M. Tambis, Dr. Julieta R. Roa, Dr. Dilberto O. Ferraren, Dr. Ladie Anne G. Palermo and Engr. Raljie S. Managbanag, 3rd Place (PhP3,000 plus Certificate of Recognition);

“Processing of Jackfruit into High Value Food Products” by Dr. Roberta D. Lauzon, Dr. Felix J. Amestoso, Dr. Lorina A. Galvez and Mr. Dennis Antonio C. Varron, 4th Place (Php2,000 and Certificate of Recognition); and

“Improved Postharvest Management of Fruit and Vegetables in the Southern Philippines and Australia” by Dr. Marilou Benitez, Dr. Eutiquio Sudaria, Dr. Analita Salabao, Mr. Aljay Valida, Mr. Michael Adonis Sudaria, Ms. Fatima Rose Rivera, Dr. Antonio Acedo, Jr. and Dr. Jenny Ekman, 5th Place (PhP1,000 plus Certificate of Recognition).

The criteria used in selecting the Outstanding RDE Paper Award ([Socio-Economics] Research Category) were as follows: Generation of new knowledge or innovativeness – 40%, Methodology (adequacy and innovativeness) – 35%, Presentation (written and oral) – 15%, and Poster presentation – 10%; while for the Best RDE Poster, the following criteria were used: Clarity of message – 40%, Results of project/service – 30%, and Visual impact – 30%.  JFMBaldos