The only state university here recently received funds from various agencies to boost its scholarship and agricultural research services.
Dr. Florentina Dumlao, president of the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) said at least P1.24 million had been given by the Department of Agriculture(DA) while the party-list Alliance of Concerned Teachers(ACT) had donated P.1 million this year.
The half a million pesos assistance, Dumalo said, will be poured on the scholarship program for poor but deserving students while the P1.24 million will be utilized to fund programs and projects in developing the college’s agriculture and fishery courses.
“These funding assistance were realized through our multi-agency effort approach in order to further improve our services for the students and the community,” Dumlao said.
She said that part of the P1.24 million assistance from the DA will be used to fund their vermiculture research in support of government’s organic agriculture program. According to Dumlao, one of their visions is to transform Nueva Vizcaya into an organic farming province by spreading the advantages and proper use of the agricultural practice among the students and their parents.
“We are now integrating organic agriculture as a topic in the courses that we offer as part of our institutional development programs,” she said.
Dumlao also said that they had partnered with the local government of Sta. Fe through mayor Teodorico Padilla for the implementation of organic way of farming in its barangays. With this project, Dumlao said they have high hopes of convincing and encouraging other farmers to follow the trade of organic farming in their communities.