DA-Bicol Region personnel train in research proposal preparations

To enhance the capacities of research personnel of DA-Bicol Region in packaging research for development (R4D) proposals responsive to the needs of the agriculture and fisheries sector, a training was conducted on 31 May to 2 June 2022 in Tabaco City, Albay. 

The activity was a collaborative effort of the DA-Bicol region’s Research Division, Field Operation Division, and Integrated Laboratory Division under the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture Program. DA-Bicol Region Research Division chief Corazon Orbon expects participants to produce viable proposals addressing the different issues across the value chain. 

Partido State University president Dr. Raul Bradecina and DA-BAR technical staff Alvin Fontanil, Ethcel Princess Libang, and Glenn Dimayuga served as resource speakers. 

The bureau’s staff discussed the RDE Grant System and Guidelines, process flow of research proposal for DA-BAR funding , research proposal preparation on title identification, rationale and objectives crafting, and related literature scanning, budget guidelines and worksheet preparations such as logical framework, and workplan schedule. 

Also, the Call for 2023 R4D Proposals was shared with the participants.  In line with the DA’s refocused and revitalized initiatives in support to the OneDA Reform Agenda, DA-BAR encourages implementing agencies (eg. national agencies, regional field offices, state universities and colleges, farmer cooperatives and associations) to submit proposals on food security with added focus on climate resiliency and sustainability using precision, digital, and green agriculture. 

Priority areas include rice, high value crops (eg. mango, banana, pineapple, cacao, coffee, rubber and vegetables, and regional priorities), livestock and poultry, fisheries and aquaculture,corn, cassava, and soybean, support to technology commercialization, and upgrading of R4D facilities. 

President Bradecina shared his knowledge on statistical design, analysis, and interpretation. Orbon also discussed the Regional Integrated Research and Development Agenda and Programs which serves as a reference document of DA in identifying programs, activities, and projects in the medium term. 

DA-Bicol Region has implemented a total of 77 projects of which 72 are completed.

Projects covered commercialization of technologies, institutional development, and applied research for high value crops, rice, corn, adlay, and organic agriculture.. (### Alvin L. Fontanil)