PCC's research on techno-adoption bags 2017 PhilEASNet Outstanding Research Paper on Extension award

The Philippine Carabao Center’s (PCC) research paper titled “Adoption of Buffalo-Based Technologies in the Impact Zones: Implications to Philippine Carabao Center’s Extension Program” was adjudged the “2017 Philippine Extension and Advisory Services Network (PhilEASNet) Outstanding Research Paper on Extension” by PhilEASNet, Inc.

The awarding rites were held during the PhilEASNet’s 2017 National Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Natural Resources (AFFNR) symposium at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City on October 3-4, 2017.

Dr. Eric P. Palacpac, PCC’s Information Officer V, who led the team that conducted the study, was also given the “Best Paper Presentation Award in the Extension Modality Research Category”.

The other members of the research team include Erwin Valiente, Rovelyn Jacang, and Ma. Teresa M. Manito. 

Thirty-six research papers on extension were submitted for preliminary screening. The officers and members of the PhilEASNet, Inc. selected 10 papers for external panel review.  Four of these selected papers qualified for the final perusal.

“Gratefully, our paper was chosen as the winning entry,” Dr. Palacpac said.

The winning paper sought to analyze the uptake of PCC-recommended technologies on buffalo dairying by farmer-clients in the National and Regional Impact Zones using sigma scoring method for adoption.

The symposium, with the theme: “Strengthening the Philippine AFFNR Extension for Rural Transformation in a Globalized Era,” aimed to update and engage the extension professionals and practitioners in the discourse of the current issues and initiatives affecting practice of extension in the country. 

In order to generate a productive exchange of new ideas and best extension practices, the symposium showcased both plenary and four parallel sessions namely: extension governance, capacity building, extension modalities, and capacity building and extension modalities. Each parallel session has eight oral paper presentations.  

The symposium also highlighted the election of PhilEASNet’s, Inc. new set of officers wherein Dr. Palacpac was elected as a member of the Board of Directors who will serve from 2018 to 2020.

More than 1,000 participants, from across the country, attended the two-day symposium. They were composed of farmers, extension practitioners and professionals from local government units, provincial offices, State Universities and Colleges, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Agricultural Training Institute, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, among others. 

PhilEASNet, Inc. is a national organization of extension professionals and practitioners which serves as a partner advocate in creating avenues for the continuing development of a cadre of morally responsible, competent, dedicated and self-directed experts in the pursuit of advancing theory and practice of extension. 

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