With its primary purpose of promoting CMU- generated technologies and other commodities, the Information and Communication Unit (ICU) of the University Extension Office has recently spearheaded the conduct of two (2) information drives in Barangays Kahaponan and Batangan in Valencia City.
Promoted during the said information drive in Barangay Kahaponan were the following CMU- generated technologies and the speakers: basic animal healthcare by Dr. Emmanuel T. Baltazar, the Director of Extension, who is also a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine; mushroom production by Dr. Guia G. Saludares and vermi composting/organic farming by Prof. Editha L. Agus. Both are faculty members from the College of Agriculture.
Among the three topics, vermi composting and organic farming had the most number of queries asked by the participants followed by mushroom production and basic animal health care.
A total of 431 participants who were mostly homemakers, farmers, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) attended the said activity which was held at the Barangay Hall last March 27, 2012.
Moreover, three (3) participants gave their impressions on the activity. Mr. Macario Loking, an Agricultural Technologist of the City Agriculture Office of Valencia, said “I am so thankful for the initiative of the CMU team and the barangay officials of Kahaponan for hosting such informative endeavor.” Likewise, he said that he is looking forward to another collaborative information drive with the DA and CMU. On the other hand, Mr. Rodenio Mollena, a farmer and Ms. Evelyn Leal, a homemaker, both expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the CMU team as well as to the barangay officials for giving them the opportunity to gain more knowledge on the new technologies that could help augment their incomes.
For his part, Punong Barangay Alexander J. Dao- ayan, in his closing remarks said that aside from being so thankful to the CMU team, he also stressed that the activity “is a big help to the populace of Kahaponan.”
Meanwhile, in the information drive conducted in Barangay Batangan last April, 2012, Dr. Saludares discussed mushroom culture; Prof. Agus on vermi production and organic farming; while Prof. Filipinas L. Cordero on handicraft making and Ms. Helen Panganiban discussed cash on trash. Prof. Cordero is with the Techno- Demo Services Unit (TDSU) and Ms. Panganiban is with the Capability Building Unit (CBU) of the University Extension Office
Purok leaders, BHWs, and some members of the
barangay council were the participants in that activity who will disseminate the information to their respective constituents.
Hon. Era P. Sanchez, Officer-In-Charge of the Barangay Council that day together with other council members and Mr. Marlou Tuba, also an AT from the City Agriculture Office of Valencia, facilitated the conduct of the said information drive.
Various techno-packs were also displayed for sale during those information drives. In fact, some participants bought primers on vermi culture, goat raising practices, Korean way of hog raising, medicinal plants and guide leaflets on vegetable and mushroom culture.
The conduct of such information drives is a regular activity of the ICU as part of its technology promotion activities together with the experts from the different colleges of this University. It also aimed to expose the participants to various technologies that provide them with wide range of choices for entrepreneurial activities and to sell primers and leaflets of CMU-generated technologies produced by the CMU-UEO.