A two-day workshop on Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Regional Integration and Sustainability Planning was conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources and Development (PCARRD) and the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) last November 18 and 19.
The workshop was attended by officials from Manila like the Director for the Socio-Economic Research Division of PCARRD, Dr. Albert P. Aquino; the Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development of PCARRD, Dr. Danilo C. Cardenas; AFNR National Project Leader of PCARRD, Dr. Melvin B. Carlos; and Dr. Patricio F. Faylon also of PCARRD.
The AFNR Project entitled ‘Enhancing the Demand for AFNR Graduates through Science and Technology’ has three components which are presented by the different project leaders during the workshop.
The national program is more than mid-way to its planned two-year implementation period. Project 1, the policy research component, has been completed in 2009 and majority of the second and third components are on their second year of implementation.
The first component was the ‘AFNR Human Resource Tracer Study in Region IX’ presented by Dr. Teresita A. Narvaez. This study provides a comprehensive picture of the current and potential human resource capacities of graduates in AFNR courses.
Subsequently, Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento presented the second component of the project, ‘Enhancing the Demand of Zamboanga Peninsula (ZAMPEN) State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) AFNR Graduates through Curriculum Intervention Using Modular Approach with High Science and Technology Content’.
The second component’s purpose is to implement curricular intervention and mechanism to enhance technical and entrepreneurial skills of AFNR graduates and eventually to enhance the employability of the said graduates.
Then, the third component presented by Dr. Frede G. Moreno is ‘WMSU-AFNR IGP-Student Internship Program on Entrepreneurship with High Science and Technology Content’.
The third phase focuses on enhancing institutional employability capacities of AFNR students and graduates through applications of Science and Technology and acquisition of entrepreneurial skills in production technologies, product standardization and overall management of financially viable business ventures along the regions banner commodities.
A round-table discussion was had at the latter part of the workshop. This is to outline the role of institutions in AFNR-Human Resource development in the region. (Almar E. Villanueva)