As the sun starts to illuminate on the 21st day of March 2018, NOMCAARRD team is on its busy walks and talks assuring that the opening program of the Kawayan and Kanding FIESTA will be on place with a smash of perfection. Celebrating on its first FIESTA, the Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) also adds noise that symbolizes preparation within the University Convention Centre of Central Mindanao University where the celebration takes place.

Different audience are starting to assemble vertically in the registration line as they are distinguished accordingly as students, farmers, visitors and guests, and the media representatives. The convention center is now starting to fill pressure in the air towards the Consortium as the months of preparation will now be witnessed in the next three hours of the opening program- with strong scent of hope to make their first FIESTA successful.

Products and services from the participating CMIs were presented mannerly, with their respective exhibitors in their delightful eyes and welcoming auras preparing for random audience who would visit, ask or avail anything from their corners.

Soon as the dignitaries arrived, the CMU Colors started to parade in the veneer of the audience firmly holding –up high the pole of the Philippine Flag and the University Banner. The CMU Music Society led the rhythm of singing the National Anthem which was followed by an invocation. Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven, the CMU President and the Regional Research and Development Council Committee (RRDCC) Chairman welcomed everyone with a warm message emphasizing her excitement for the Consortium as it celebrates its first ever FIESTA.

In response to the recognition of the strong support of the CMIs, they are given the chance to take a walk with their banners. There was also a parade of the past leaders of the Consortium. Making the FIESTA more colorful and truly festive, a folk-dance was presented by the CMU Bidlisiw Dance Troupe.

In his behalf, Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora- the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Director, was represented by Dr. Marita Carlos- the Applied Communications Division Director of PCAARRD for his message.

A new logo for the Consortium was also launched during the opening program. It was headed by Dr. Carlos and Dr. Soliven with Dr. Maria Estela B. Detalla- the Consortium Director, leading the narration why the previous logo comes to a new look. Showing the timeline of the Consortium through audio-visual, the Consortium also launched its first ever video-story to the public. The video was introduced by Dr. Lucerne M. Razalo, the Knowledge Management Cluster Coordinator.

The Kawayan ug Kanding FIESTA sa NOMCAARRD was then officially opened through a ribbon-cutting and the releasing of balloons outside the convention center. Then, it was followed by a Media Conference with the dignitaries seated with the five national and five local media representatives.

The Technology to People takes over after the Consortium has distributed lunch among its audience. Dr. Reynaldo L. Intong, a CMU Researcher and an Animal Science expert initiated the talk on “Goat Production Technology”. Dr. Intong was followed by a Farmer’s perspective on smallholder goat-raising with Mr. Nonito Cordero a farm owner.

An open forum was also conducted to allow every participant to raise their questions and be answered by the presentors.

On the other side, Mushroom Production Technology was also introduced by Dr. Guia G. Saludares a CMU Researcher. Hence, Adlay Production Technology was also discussed by Dr. Agripina R. Aradilla, a CMU Researcher too.

An open forum then follows.


March 22nd, FIESTA keeps rolling on!

The first day of FIESTA finally ended and a new day comes in with a fresher spirit. Bamboo Resource Persons are starting to assemble as today is their day. On the first line, For. Myrna S. Decipulo shared her insights on the Bamboo Production Technology. This was then followed by Mr. Antonio Dominao, a Bamboo Nursery Owner inspiring the audience with keen interest same to his business as he discussed the Village-level establishment of Bamboo Nursery. As it moves forward to the processing phase, Ms. Lilian T. Valencia of the Bamboo Technology Resource Center, MSU-IIT followed tackling on the Engineered Bamboo and its prospects.

In relevance to the scientific impact of bamboo, Dr. Rico A. Marin a CMU Researcher and the Dean of the College of Forestry extended information among the audience with regards on the Mitigating Soil Erosion through Bamboo Plantation. Entering the business industry, Ms. Famelah Racquel D. Villanueva, a Senior Trade & Industry Development Specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Malaybalay, Bukidnon- tackled the Bamboo Industry Roadmap, Programs and Services of the DTI.

Open forum continues to roll every after the presentations.

Other topics relevant to the FIESTA were “Bacteria Wilt-free Potato Seed Pieces Production” led by Dr. Berly F. Tatoy of the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office-10 and “Organic Farming: Experiences and Successes Stories” through Mr. Henry S. Binahon- a Magsasakang Siyentista & Binahon Agro-Forestry Farm Owner. To enclose all the talks with a hope for technology intervention, Dir. Virgilio M. Fuertes, of DOST-Bukidnon informed the concept of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP).

The conducted pocket events were the following; Essay Writing, Photography Contest, and Identification of Forage and Pasture.

The first FIESTA of Kawayan and Kanding of NOMCAARRD, comes to an end as the closing program arrived. Participants of the pocket events were recognized and awarded. Dr. Agnes S. Rinon, the Technology Transfer Coordinator as she gave her closing remarks (NMCConde).