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BSU’s role in the development of BLISTT
by Alma D. Santiago

The Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay or the BLISTT development plan has been revived and concerned local officials and other stakeholders are working together for the realization of the concept.

To help these initiatives, Benguet State University has been doing its part in advancing the visions embodied in the BLISTT concept.

As an education institution engaged in research and extension activities, it has been performing its part in the development not only of the BLISTT area but the country as well.

As an academic institution, BSU has produced professionals who are experts in their own fields of endeavor. Its graduates can be found in the different parts of the Philippines and the world providing various skills and specialized services.

Dr. Percival Alipit, one of the educators and researchers of the university, says one of BSU’s contributions is its graduates who are employed in the different line agencies and local government units and are involved in the development of BLISTT.

But may I dwell more on the research and extension activities under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension that also facilitate development in the community.

At present, various researches, funded by BSU and other agencies, are being undertaken by researchers and faculty members of the university.

These researches focus on agriculture, which include crops, animals and farm resource systems; forestry, environment, and natural resources; socio-economics; education; health, food, and nutrition; and other researches relevant to the needs of the community and researches pertaining to other concerns or problems that require solution.

University experts are also being tapped by public and private agencies and organizations for their expertise to conduct collaborative researches. One of which is the recently conducted research of the Organization Enterprise-Needs Assessment and Design Assessment as part of the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services Program of the Department of Agrarian Reform. This aims to empower agrarian reform communities in selected areas of Cordillera.

Among the ongoing major research programs of the university include the Rootcrops R & D Program, which include potato, yam, sweet potato, taro, and cassava. One of the initiatives done under this program is the project entitled, “Evaluation of Processing and Table Potatoes in the Philippine Highlands.” This was done as a response to the need of potato-based snack food manufacturers. Researchers said this aimed to come up with table and processing-type potato varieties ideal for chips and fries, suited to local conditions, has high yield, and resistant to pests such as late blight and leaf miner.

Aside from rootcrops, BSU is also a pioneer in Highland Vegetables R & D Program. One of these is the conduct of the study entitled, “Towards a sustainable semitempe-rate vegetable production: Characterization and propagation of indigenous vegetables in the Highland Cordillera.” This sought to survey, characterize, conserve, and propagate indigenous germplasm from Cordillera for the interest of farmers and rural folks.

Worth noting too, is BSU’s National Organic Vegetables R & D Program and  Strengthening of Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center in CAR (Cordillera Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center-COARDC).

There are also the R & D Program for Organic Arabica Coffee Production in Benguet and Strawberry R & D Program. The latter dwells on the production of tissue-cultured strawberry planting materials that are distributed to farmers. This project aims to improve the yield and rid strawberry planting materials of diseases. 

In addition to these, BSU is engaged in Ornamental R & D Program, being located in an area known for its cutflower industry; Biodiversity Program; Arabica Coffee R & D Program; and Crop Improvement Program for Highland  Vegetable Crops.

The Vegetable Processing R & D Program, which helped paved the way for the production of vegetable-enriched noodles has even resulted in the awarding of BSU employees in the Honor Awards Program of the Civil Service Commission.

Still on research and development, BSU maintains the Sustainable Agriculture Livelihood Development Action Program Through Minimal Processing of Vegetables and Other Agricultural Products and Technology Diffusion of Veggie Enriched Processing.

BSU is also engaged in the Diversified Uses of Root Crop Flours, Powders, and Starches in the Food Industry R & E Program; Regional Tissue Culture Laboratory; Materials and Machine Testing and Metal Water Laboratory; and Chemical Analytical Service Laboratory.

With these researches, the university is directly and indirectly addressing issues and concerns on community development. Clients just need proper coordination with the university to avail themselves of these benefits. 

On the other hand, the completed researches are being shared to the community and other stakeholders through technology transfer.

This is done by way of seminars and trainings and other outreach activities spearheaded by the Extension Office in coordination with concerned offices of the university.

Among the seminar trainings undertaken are focused on agri-based technologies like fruit and vegetable processing, packaging and marketing; vegetable noodles, bread and cookie processing; and other technologies that address client needs.

Clients who are interested in these undertakings  may visit the Northern Philippine Root Crops Research and Training Center, the Benguet Vegetable Processing Center, and the Agri-based Technology Incubation/Innovation Center for them to be provided with processing, packaging, and marketing skills training.

Other training needs can also be provided by the different R & E centers and institutes and the college-based extension facilitators.

BSU experts also share their knowledge and skills as resource persons during seminars and trainings that are conducted by other government and non-government institutions.

Aside from providing trainings, disease-free planting materials like strawberry produced at the tissue culture laboratory can be availed of by farmers.

The R & E sector through the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Office also provides assistance to clients on IPR application registration and other concerns related to IPR. This helps technology developers, among the other sectors, be protected from becoming victims of piracy.

The conduct of research and extension activities is a collaborative effort among the different institutes and centers under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension headed by Dr. Luciana Villanueva.

The vice president, the directors, and staff members of these centers and institutes are the workforce that ensures the continuous implementation of the R & E advocacy of BSU in coordination with the academic and production sector of the university with support from the administration.

Also, BSU continues to participate in the Balili River Revitalization Program as part of its R & E activities.

There are more R & E activities that are being conducted and implemented in BSU. Despite the diversity, one thing is sure: BSU is continuously serving the BLISTT, Benguet, and the country  in terms of education and research and extension. 

BSU also serves the international community as it has established linkages with foreign organizations for academic and research and extension activities.
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