PES forum features DOST-PCAARRD projects on AANR, mango & fishing

QUEZON CITY – The 56th Annual Conference of the Philippine Economic Society (PES) held recently has featured three projects funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).

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It was conducted November 8, 2018 at the Novotel Hotel here, and featured a session sponsored by PCAARRD titled, “Socio-Economic Researches in Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources (AANR) Sector.” PCAARRD-Socio-Economic Research Division (SERD) Assistant Director Dr. Fezoil Luz C. Decena chaired the session.

The first project, “Assessing the Status and Forecasting Technical Human Resources Requirement for a Robust Fisheries and Aquaculture Development,” was presented by former WorldFish Officer-in-Charge-Country Leader and Country Communications Officer Dr. Lily Ann D. Lando.

On the other hand, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Economics and Management Associate Professor Dr. Agham Cuevas presented the results of the project titled, “An Analysis of the Effects of Transaction Costs on Technology Adoption in the Mango Industry: The Case of PCAARRD’s Recommended Practices for Production and Post-Production.”

Decena served as session chair of the PCAARRD-sponsored session on “Socio-Economic Researches in Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources (AANR) Sector.”

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Image: Delivering lectures on various topics at PES conference. (PCAARRD)

Lastly, UP Visayas Economics Professor and UP Scientist 1 Dr. Alice Joan Ferrer presented the results of the project titled, “Impact Assessment of the Closed Fishing Season Policy for Sardines in the Visayan Sea.”

The project on the assessment of the technical human resources in the fisheries and aquaculture sector and closed fishing season in the Visayan Sea were concluded in 2017, while the study on transaction cost of mango technology adoption was completed in 2016.

This is the third time that PCAARRD sponsored a session on the annual PES conference. PES is a non-stock, non-profit organization founded in August 1962. The primary purpose of the association is to foster and encourage professional relations among economists and seek to improve the standards of economic research and instruction in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, PCAARRD has a new deputy executive director in the person of Dr. Melvin B. Carlos, who was director of the agency’s Technology Transfer and Promotion Division (TTPD).

Carlos assumed his new post after DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña performed his oath-taking at the DOST Main Office on December 13.

As the deputy executive director for Administration, Resource Management and Support Services (ARMSS) Cluster, Carlos is tasked to lead in the coordination of planning, programming, monitoring, and evaluation of S&T support activities such as general administration, institution development, resource management, strategic communication, management information system, and policy.

Carlos has served as the officer-in-charge of the ARMSS Cluster since October 17, 2017 until his formal appointment as full-fledged deputy executive director for ARMSS.

PCAARRD, one of the three research councils of the DOST, is headed by Executive Director Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora. (PCAARRD).


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