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Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad announced that beginning 2013, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will begin phasing out Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) and Agency Budget Matrices (ABMs) in authorizing fund releases to government departments and agencies.

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Mr. Dominic L. Petilla, a businessman and unopposed candidate in the May 2013 gubernatorial race in the province of Leyte, served as the guest speaker during the 60th Collegiate Commencement Exercises of the Visayas State University (VSU) on April 5, 2013 at the VSU Gymnatorium.

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Assoc. Professor Manolo B. Loreto Jr., Dean of Students; together with Ms. Chona A. Brit, Guidance Counselor of the University Student Services Office (USSO); Ms. Gina A. Ellorimo, Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Head of VSU Villaba; Ms. Marilou B. Peñeda, OSA Head-VSU Tolosa; and Ms. Eppie N. Katangkatang, OSA Head-VSU Alangalang, attended the 18th Annual National Convention of the Philippine Association of Administrators of Student Affairs (PAASA), Inc.

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Dr. Annabella B. Tulin, a soil science and plant nutrition professor of the Visayas State University (VSU), has been awarded a Professorial Chair Grant for 2013 by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

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Experts from the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte took water and soil samples from Lake Bito in MacArthur, Leyte on April 30, 2013. This is to know the status of the lake because according to the officers and members of the Unahin Natin Lagi Ang Diyos Fisherfolk and Farmers Association (UNLAD-BLFFA), the water in Lake Bito has turned red and they are afraid that the lake is dying.

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In an interview with Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, he revealed that "There are some issues nowadays that are not captured in the ViSCA Code thus we find it difficult to make decisions. Some of its provisions are also a reflection of the Martial Law Era thus it has to be reviewed and revised the soonest possible time."

Dr. Bacusmo issued Memorandum Circular No. 33, Series of 2013 mandating Mr. Daniel M. Tudtud Jr., Dr. Lourdes B. Cano, Dr. Oscar B. Posas, Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin, Dr. Roberto C. Guarte, Dr. Othello B. Capuno, Prof. Manolo B. Loreto Jr., and Atty. Rysan C. Guinocor to constitute themselves into a committee to review and/or revise the existing ViSCA Code and come up with the final version of the VSU Code.

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Two faculty members from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr. Joanna Coleman of the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Jesse Hastings of the Geography Department (both lecturers in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies [BES] Programme of NUS), had a site visit to the Visayas State University (VSU) Main Campus on April 24-27, 2013 for a possible linkage and collaboration with the University.

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Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, together with some key officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) headed by Secretary Mario G. Montejo, visited Mexico on April 9-14, 2013. The mission visit was part of the project titled, "Reinvigorating the coconut industry through in vitro culture (somatic embryogenesis) and strengthening agricultural biotechnology laboratories using advanced and cost-cutting methods and products" which will be implemented by the Visayas State University.

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Mr. Nicanor Perlas, Smart Agriculture Program (SAP) Head, together with his staff, Ms. Shiela R. Castillo-Tiangco, conducted interviews on May 8-10, 2013 with some VSU scientists and researchers.

During the interview with Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, the VSU President clearly discussed the different research activities conducted by the University, especially in mitigating climate change. He mentioned about the Protected Vegetable Production projects jointly initiated by VSU and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) that are implemented in some communities in Leyte and Southern Leyte provinces. "We found out that this Protected Vegetable Production initiative is very effective, thus we are expanding this to some strategic places in Samar," Dr. Bacusmo said.

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