DA-BAR hails R4D photo and video contest winners

DA-BAR officially announced the winners of the first Agri-fisheries R4D Photo and Video Contest on 4 August 2022 via livestream in the bureau’s official Facebook page. 

The photo entry of Jaime Miguel III of DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) titled, Eyes on Rice Machines bagged the first place, while Christopher Bobadilla of Laguna State Polytechnic University and Archival Sabado of DA-Quirino Experiment Station won the second and third place, respectively. Meanwhile, Jerian Figueroa from DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Western Visayas won as the most liked photo. 

For the video contest, Jay Torrentira from Municipal Agricultural Office of Sagbayan, Bohol ranked first. His winning video titled, Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture featured how agriculture and fisheries contributed to the improvement of their livelihood through marketing and adapting of technologies provided by the department amidst the pandemic. Placing second, Sabado received another award. Following him, Marry Joy Calpito of DA-PhilRice won third place and was the most liked video. 

Aligned with the 35th anniversary theme, Pagpapalakas ng pananaliksik sa agrikultura at pangisdaan: tugon sa hamon ng krisis sa ekonomiya at pandemya, the bureau sought photo and video entries that emphasized the importance of a strengthened R4D response to the challenges faced by the agriculture and fisheries sector. 

The contest also aimed to encourage the bureau’s partner implementing agencies to showcase their efforts in supporting and generating research for development (R4D) technologies for economic recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In his message during the awarding ceremony, DA-BAR assistant director for Programs Joell Lales emphasized the bureau’s goal to disseminate the R4D programs and technologies generated by implementing agencies. 

This was seconded by DA-BAR Knowledge Management and Information Systems Division head Salvacion Ritual as she encouraged other R4D implementing agencies to produce documentation that would increase adoption of technologies and investment in agriculture and fisheries, among other things.

“Let us reaffirm our commitment to not only generate technologies but let us collectively aim and work on how all of these will reach our intended end users,” she said. 

Received entries came from various DA implementing agencies and bureaus, and were scored by a panel of judges namely, Rita dela Cruz of DA-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute; Ma. Perpetua Ocampo of DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management; and Alan Jay Jacalan and Gian Carlo Luague of DA-Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division. (### Diwa J. Velasquez)