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.

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