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 The Bureau of Plant Industry-La Granja National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-LGNCRDPSC) conducted a training seminar on Values Orientation for Government Workers last March 14, 2017. It was participated by 28 plantilla personnel of the center, three from the National Seed Quality Control Services (NSQCS)-La Granja and two staff from the Philippine Carabao Center at La Carlota Stock Farm(PCC-LCSF)

Ms. Kristine M. Estorque, Personnel   Specialist II of the Civil Service Commission Negros Occidental Field Office clearly discussed Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees Benefits and Privileges of Government Employees. These topics are very useful and helpful to government employees. As such, the participants were very attentive and eager to raise their questions. They have learned a lot from the speaker especially the eight (8) norms of conduct that government officials and employees must have. These are: (1) Commitment to public interest; (2) Professionalism; (3) Justness and Sincerity; (4) Political Neutrality; (5) Responsiveness to the public; (6) Nationalism and patriotism; (7) Commitment to democracy; and (8) Simple living.  The speaker also emphasized the things that our clients expect from us. These are Trust, Responsiveness, Empathy, Assurance and Tangibles (TREAT).  After that, the participants were grouped into two to portray the 8 norms of conduct.

In the afternoon session, Ms. Estorque gave a lecture on the different kinds of leave that a government employee can avail.  Bureau of Plant Industry Employees Association (BPIEA) Vice President Mrs. Elalin T. Torio, Vice President discussed the history of BPIEA, Benefits and Privileges of BPI Employees and how BPIEA can provide support to its members.

The participants appreciated the activity because aside from learning new and valuable information, it was also a time to bond with each other and take a break from daily routine and schedules.   (Written by: Alona Marie A. Mandato)

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In its continuing commitment of providing technical and material assistance to farmers in the countryside, the Bureau of Plant Industry-La Granja National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center in partnership with the Negros Nine Human Development Foundation, Inc. (NNHDFI) conducted a training on Organic Production of Cereals and Field Legumes from March 16 to 17, 2017 at San Columbano Training Center, Sitio Bantolinao, Barangay Tan-awan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

 BPI-La Granja NCRDPSC technical staff gave lectures on organic practices to equip the  49 participants with knowledge and skills on best practices for organic cereals and field legumes and provide them with information on organic agriculture as well as how to become a certified organic farm.  In addition, a technology demo on soybean utilization such as making of soybean patties, soymilk, tokwa and polvoron was conducted.

Hands-on field demo was done on the second day wherein the participants planted corn, upland rice, mungbean, soybean and peanut following  the recommended practices lectured during the previous day.

 During the closing ceremony, BPI-La Granja NCRDPSC Center Chief Ms. Milagros B. Abaquita reiterated the importance of Organic Agriculture in crop production as well as in health and wellness.  Rev. Father Brian Gore, President of Negros Nine Human Development Foundation, Inc. encouraged the farmer participants to improve their farming practices especially that they have been provided with technical information and material assistance (organic corn, rice, soybean, mungbean and peanut seeds).    

This is also the start of partnership between BPI-La Granja NCRDPSC and Negros Nine Human Development Foundation, Inc. Two succeeding trainings will be conducted next quarter to further strengthen the technical know how and skills of organic farmers and increase their productivity and in time achieve food security.   (Written by: Doris Paz I. Discaya)

 

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Two media groups, one from Taiwan (Sanlih E-Television or SET TV) and GMA 7 TripPinas Program production staff visited BPI-Guimaras National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center last February 17 and 27, 2017. 

 

Their visit was purposely for the conduct of video shoot and interview of the Center’s programs and projects in support to the mango industry of the province of Guimaras.  Technology demonstration on asexual mango production through cleft grafting and Center’s facilities were among the highlights of the video shoot.

The footage taken during the technology demonstration and video shoots of facilities of the Center will form part of the film production that will be producing by the two media groups.  The film that will be produced will be aired on SET TV in Taiwan and on GMA News TV with re-airing on GMA International (GMA Pinoy TV).   The program of both TV stations aims to promote the tourism industry of the province of Guimaras and the country as well.   (by: RS Orquia)

 

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The two media groups during their visit and video shoot at BPI-Guimaras NCRDPSC.

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