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flowergarden 2014The Flower and Garden Show 2014 served as the opening salvo of the 90th (Nanogintennial) Founding Anniversary of the Visayas State University. It was held in the afternoon of August 1 at the VSU Social Garden.

Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, was so elated with the presence of many plant exhibitors and enthusiasts whose number keeps on increasing every year. Dr. Bacusmo also emphasized that there is always something new that the exhibitors want to show to the plant lovers and other clients that would entice them to come to VSU every time it holds its anniversary.

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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

abtulin searcaDr. Anabella B. Tulin, a Soil Scientist, disclosed during her SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Lecture on February 26, 2014 at the Training Hall of PhilRootcrops how she became interested in soil science especially on its fertility. Her first study on soils revealed a very simple secret to improve the growth, yield, and quality of root crops and vegetables.


“It’s like a miracle—that you just add a little micronutrients to the soil in addition to macronutrient fertilizers, then the yield and even the content of phytochemicals such as anthocyanin will be improved,” said Tulin.

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Official Statement from the Office of the VSU President on the death of a mechanical engineering student on July 23, 2014.

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of one of our students today.

Earlier in the afternoon of July 23, Wednesday, a mechanical engineering student died in the middle of an ultimate frisbee game. He was participating as a member of the College of Engineering (COE) Bravehearts ultimate frisbee team for the 2014 VSU Intramural Games. He suffered of cardiac arrest while playing.

Paramedics immediately rushed him to the VSU hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

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The Search for Truth, one of VSU's most prominent symbols, turns 30 today.

On April 5, 1984, ViSCA President Dr. Fernando A. Bernardo unveiled the monument to a young college community. Standing in front of the Administration Building are two gigantic nude figures of a man and a woman, emphasizing partnership in the quest for truth, knowledge, and the professions. Nakedness symbolizes boldness, impartiality and unemcumbered drive in seeking for truth in its academic pursuits.

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Full Speech of UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz, Speaker of VSU's 61st Commencement Speaker.
May 9, 2014, VSU Gymnatorium


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SOGOD, Southern Leyte, March 14 (PIA)—Nearly a hundred farmer-leaders coming from different municipalities and city of the province who were gathered at the town’s gym here Wednesday for an orientation-consultation on rootcrops production got quality sweet potato cuttings ready for planting.

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VSU President, Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, presented the University Action Plan and Project (APP) before some panelists on March 4, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Quezon City as part of the requirements of the Executive Course in Education Management and Leadership (ECEML).

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vp indiaDr. Othello B. Capuno, VSU’s Vice President for Research and Extension, together with Dr. Suzette B. Lina, a soil science faculty of the Department of Agronomy and Soil Science, participated in the Scientific Visit and Planning Workshop on Yamang Lupa Program (YLP) for Samar. Organized by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the activity was conducted on February 12-22, 2014 at the ICRISAT Headquarters in Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.


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