FOOTPRINTS, MILESTONES AND LEGACIES
The former Apiculture Training and Development Center has been abolished and instead the National Apiculture Research Training and Development Institute had been created by virtue of Republic Act 9151 which was signed by Her Excellency Gloria M. Arroyo on August 10, 2001. This was created to educate and train beekeepers and apiculturists, conduct researches and extend beekeeping technologies for the development of the Apiculture industry.
Furthermore, the first Advisory Board Meeting chaired by the, then Secretary of Agriculture, Honorable Luis P. Lorenzo was held which resulted to the approval and recommendations of the NARTDI Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), Manual of Operations, Development Plan, and the Research, Development and Extension Program. The first NARTDI Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting was also held and this was presided by the NLUC Chancellor Dr. Orlando P. Almoite.
The Institute has no regular funding, hence, the amendment of RA 9151 through House Bill 3242 and Senate Bill 2176 which had been passed at Lower and Upper House, respectively. There are detailed personnel, composed of 5 faculty and 6 staff members backed up by contract laborers, that implement research, extension and development programs to address the present and future concerns and needs of the apiculture industry in the country. In addition to this, the Institute was able to source out funding from other agencies, through project proposals, that augmented the University’s allocation for the operation of the unit and for the implementation of the different projects.
RESEARCH, EXTENSION AND DEVELOPMENT
The Research and Development program of the Institute adapted the PCARRD program planning cycle. These include program formulation (phase A) and program implementation (phase B). The prioritization of researches to be conducted at the Institute was based on the felt needs of the industry particularly the problems encountered by the beekeepers and other beekeeping supporters in the field. These immediate problems are the basis of research prioritization considering the available resources extended by the Institute. At present there are seven projects that are being implemented. This includes Bee Breeding, Bee Pasture and Development and Pollination, Hive Management, Fabrication of Beekeeping Tools and Equipment, Health Development, Bee Products Processing, Packaging and Standardization. Under these projects, ten studies are completed within this decade.
Another mandate of NARTDI, is to extend technologies to existing and potential beekeepers. In line with this, the Institute is implementing nine extension projects annually. This includes the provision of continuing education and technical assistance to beekeepers, establishment of beekeeping communities and provincial apiculture programs. There are 665 individuals who have undergone 5-day basic beekeeping training, 36 were given specialized training on queen rearing, and 35 had hands-on-training on beekeeping.
The Development Projects that were already established and still establishing are as follows:
- Honeybee Pasture Development Model. It is already started at the NLUC Campus located at the area given to NARTDI by BOR No. 160 Series 1990.
- Identified and developed research and extension priorities for National RD and E Agenda.
- Established and still establishing provincial and regional apiculture/beekeeping RD and E centers.
- Established and still establishing provincial and regional apiculture/beekeeping programs (LGU lead program in collaboration and coordination with line agencies and NGOs’.
Provincial Apiculture/beekeeping Program
- “Beekeeping and Watermelon Production Integrated Farming System” with a fund of $10,000 from Tele-food Special Fund of the Food and Agriculture Organization benefited nine farmer-beekeepers in four municipalities of La Union. An amount of 885,920 PHP from the Japan International Cooperating Agency through the National Economic Development Authority was provided for the implementation of the project of the KR2 or Productivity Enhancement Program.
The accomplishments under the research, extension and development programs of the Institute are monitored and assessed by authorities of the university and accomplishment reports are presented during the annual reviews conducted by the University Research and Extension Office for evaluation.
As a national center for the development of the apiculture industry, the Institute had been supporting stakeholders through the exchange of ideas and information on beekeeping. In this aspect, the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University through the Institute had been instrumental in the organization of beekeepers and a co-sponsor of the First Luzon Beekeepers Congress, La Union Beekeepers Conference and the annual Beekeepers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BAPI) convention.
The Institute forged linkages and partnership with government and non-government agencies, local and international, in the areas of research and development, resource generation, training and staff development.
Department of Agriculture
Department of Environment & Natural Resources
Department of Science and Technology
Department of Interior and Local Government
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Department of Trade and Industry
National Economic and Development Authority
Philippine Coconut Authority
Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency
State Universities and Colleges
La Union Beekeepers & Development Cooperative
San Luis Farmers Association
Lidlidda Farmers Association
Barlig Beekeepers Association
Food and Agriculture Organization
Canadian International Development Agency (ACCC and CESO)
PNP Provincial Award
Award of Appreciation from the Phil. Navy (Naval ForcesNorthern Luzon)
Award of Appreciation from the Provincial Government of La Union
1st Place , Poster Category “Dagdagan ang Kita Sa Mandayuhang Pag-aalaga ng Pukyutan” , 17th ILARRDEC Regional Symposium
1st Place, Development Category “Provincial Beekeeping Industry Model”, 18th ILARRDEC Regional Symposium
3rd Place, Development Category “Demonstration Apiary”, 18th ILARRDEC regional Symposium
2nd Place, Poster Category “Produksyon ng Royal Jelly Para Sa Karagdagang Kita sa Pag-aalaga ng Pukyutan” 18th ILARRDEC Regional Symposium
1st Runner up, Best Higher Education Institution (HEI) Research Program “Apiculture Research, Development, and Extension Program: A Showcase of Productivity and Accountability”
Dr. William D. Dar Award, “Apiculture Research, Development and Extension Program: A Showcase of Productivity and Accountability” 2006 PHILARM Convention
Technology Achievement of the Year Award “Apiculture Research and Development Program
1. Creation of the NATIONAL APICULTURE RESEARCH TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE by virtue of RA 9151
2. Approval of the following by the NARTDI Advisory Board
a. NARTDI Implementing Rules and Regulations
b. Manual of Operation
c. Medium Term Development Plan
d. Research, Development and Extension Program
3. Establishment of the LA UNION PROVINCIAL APICULTURE PROGRAM and other satellite centers
4. Developed the RD and E National Agenda
5. Garnered awards
The paper entitled “APICULTURE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EXTENSION PROGRAM: A SHOWCASE OF PRODUCTIVITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY” won the most coveted DR. WILLIAM D. DAR AWARD, the highest award given during the 2006 PHILARM Convention and garnered 1st Runner- up as Best Higher Education Institution (HEI) research program.