The Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) is a Canadian not-for-profit volunteer cooperation organization founded in 1967 and is based in Toronto, Canada. CESO’s mission is to contribute to the development by building capacity in governance and economic development through the transfer of knowledge and skills by Volunteer Advisers (VAs).
On the other hand, the National Apiculture Research, Training and Development Institute (NARTDI) based at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) created through Republic Act 9151 is mandated to educate and train beekeepers and apiculturists, conduct research and extend technologies for the development and promotion of the honeybee industry in the Philippines.
To achieve this, DMMMSU thru NARTDI partnered with CESO to provide short-term specialists, technical, professional and managerial assistances to the Institute, National, Regional and Provincial Satellite Apiculture Centers, identified beekeeping associations and individual businesses, including relevant academic institutions, as outlined in the needs assessment and gap analysis undertaken jointly by DMMMSU-NARTDI and CESO Philippines.
With the 5 – year collaboration, the following projects / activities were achieved: institutional strengthening of apiculture centers (provincial and regional), beekeeping associations and academic institutions interested in offering apiculture programs; provision of advisory services to individual businesses and clusters; and joint responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of this partnership and its results.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CESO and DMMMSU-NARTDI was signed on May 19, 2009 by then DMMMSU President, Dr. Ernesto R. Gapasin, Mr. Mateo G. Navalta, CESO In-Country Representative, with Dr. Apolonio S. Sito, NARTDI Executive Director, and Dr. Florante O. Leal, DTI I Regional Director, as witnesses.
Since then, a number of Volunteer Advisers came to visit DMMMSU-NARTDI and its Satellite Centers wherein trainings / seminars / workshops were initiated to augment the knowledge and improve the skills of Philippine beekeeping enthusiasts, to open opportunities for all interested soon-to-be apiculturists, and to serve as instruments to help the Country in speeding up its advancement and double its apiculture productivity.
With the numerous supports given by CESO to Philippine Beekeeping, it is really desired that with the end of the agreement this May 2014, another MOU for the next 5 or 10 years will be again arranged. The University led by Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula is in full support to all the endeavors of NARTDI and its Centers. Beekeeping is envisioned to become a globally competitive and highly trusted venture.