With NARTDI’s goal of participatory planning and smooth implementation of apiculture programs, the involvement of partner institutions such as Benguet State University, Cagayan State University, Isabela State University, Central Luzon State University, Mountain Province Polytechnic State college, Romblon State University, La Union Beekeepers Development Incorporated and agencies such as Department of Trade and Industry of Regions 1 and 2 and the Office of Agriculturist-City of San Fernando were successfully in planning the National Research Development Agenda for 2011 last December 02, 2011 at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-North La Union Campus, Bacnotan, La Union.
Salient topics discussed during the opening program were the overview of the planning which gave the direction of what to be undertaken for the workshop. Dr. Pablo Masiong, the acting Administrative Officer presented the NARTDI Policies and Guidelines for funding assistance. Dr. Jaime Dangle discussed the Apiculture R, D and E accomplishments for 2010, draft of the National RDE Plan and NARTDI Operational Plan for 2011. These were the bases for the workshop where each group worked for their own operational plan. Each output was presented and was critique by the CESO representative, Mr. Matt Navalta, NARTDI staff and Director Dr. Apolonio Sito. Indeed, it was a heavy day but with comprehensive output which will be submitted to the Technical Working Group for review and be approved by the Advisory Board of the Institute.
– By A.C. Dumaguin