USTP Balik Scientist shares experience on empowering communities by industry development

By Kindle Mae B. Arcaya, USTP Office of the University System President

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology—Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), held an online exit report presentation for Balik Scientist Dr. Norman Q. Arancon on March 13, 2024, via Zoom.

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During the exit report presentation, USTP System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II delivered his message and talked about how Dr. Arancon’s contributions have been instrumental in paving the way for innovation and progress in the agricultural sector.

“These initiatives not only promise to optimize crop yields but also hold the potential to transform the agricultural landscape of Misamis Oriental and beyond,” he added.

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Dr. Arancon holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Ohio State University, USA. At present, he is a professor of Horticulture at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Management, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii, USA.

Dr. Arancon rendered his expertise by working with the USTP, the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Naawan, and the First Community Cooperative (FICCO) as a Balik Scientist to enhance the Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (AANR) curricula of the two universities. He also developed a proposal to alleviate the poverty incidence of farmer constituents of the province by adopting S&T technologies in crop production. To address high fertilizer prices, he also worked on R&D proposals to provide farmers with improved nutrient management practices from local sources of nutrients, water, and energy-efficient technologies, and solving crop production problems with precision and smart agriculture using unmanned air vehicles (UAV) or drones.

The program progressed with an exit report presentation from another Balik Scientist Awardee, Dr. Narceo B. Bajet, who worked with Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) and Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU). Following the presentation, representatives of FICCO, USTP, TAU, MMSU, and DOST shared their impressions.


Dr. Melvin B. Carlos, the Deputy Executive Director for Administration, Resource Management and Support Services (ARMMS) and PCAARRD, concluded the program with closing remarks. He expressed his sincere appreciation for the invaluable time, expertise, and service rendered by Dr. Arancon and Dr. Bajet.

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