As the University Research and Development Office (RDO) upholds the status of excellence in research and development, it continues to be the catalyst of technology development and information. The office research track has been focusing into different themes such as access to education and literacy; environmental protection & conservation; food security and poverty alleviation; health and proper nutrition; engineering and technology; preservation of arts, culture, language and literature; promotion of peace, gender equality and development; and halal.

RDO is primarily under the umbrella of the Vice-President for Research, Development and Extension, whose prime function is to monitor and supervise students’ researches, at the same time evaluate and monitor research projects conducted by full-time and faculty researchers. In addition, the office is mandated to:

  • Improve knowledge products through collaborative and interdisciplinary R & D activities that are anchored on the University’s vision/mission;
  • Do research, generate/develop new technologies and information as solutions to improve and address local, regional and national concerns and related issues;
  • Develop mechanisms to ensure that the research results are effectively and efficiently delivered and disseminated to the target clientele for appropriate utilization and commercialization; and
  • Support resource generation efforts for continuous and sustainable R & D programs that are geared toward ensuring money availability and food security, global competitiveness and socio-cultural and socio-economic responsiveness that eventually improve the quality of life of the clienteles.

OFFICE

Jasmin A. Pecho

Science Research Specialist II


Mary Grace D. Samulde

Admin Aide/Clerk


PROJECTS

EXTERNAL PROJECTS

2021

Upgrading of Cacao Post-Harvest Processing Center Facilities of USM

Harem R. Roca             

DOST-PCAARRD- March, 2021- 5,000,000.00

 

Supply Chain Analysis of Pummelo in Selected Regions of the Philippines

Joeteddy B. Bugarin and Kathleen Ivy Bolotaolo

PCAARRD-January 2, 2021-574,974.00

 

Program: Human-Macaque Interface (HUMAIN): Mitigation of Conflicts and Zoonosis in Human-Modified Habitats on Selected Tourist Areas in Leyte and Mindanao Islands

Lothy F. Casim, Cyrelle M. Besana, Leanne Jay S. Manceras 

NCRP-January 2, 2021-3,455,870.36
  • Project: Prevalence and Molecular Characterization of Gastrointestinal Parasites in Human-Macaque Interface: The Case of Handling, Leyte and New Israel, Makilala, North Cotabato
    • Study 1: Identification of Parasitic Fauna in Long-Tailed Macaques, Humans and Environmental Samples in Hindang, Leyte and New Israel, Makilala, North Cotabato
    • Study 2: Prevalence and Intensity of Parasitic Helminthes and Protozoans in Long-tailed Macaques, Humans and Environmental Samples
    • Study 3: Molecular Characterization of Gastrointestinal Parasites of Macaques, Human and Their Environment in Hindang Leyte and New Israel, Makilala, North Cotabato

Upgrading of High Value Crops Food Processing Laboratory at University of Southern Mindanao

Sandra Joy P. Pahm and Harem R. Roca     

DA-ACEF-January, 2021- 5,000,000.00

 

Upgrading of Tissue Cultures Facility in University of Southern Mindanao

Mark Al-Jamie J. Mutullani, Harem R. Roca, and Edward A. Barlaan

DA-ACEF-January, 2021-5,000,000.00

 

Production of Tissue-Cultured Banana (Saba/Cardava) Planting Materials

Harem R. Roca and Jane B. Ranis

DA-ACEF- January, 2021- 5,000,000.00

 

Harnessing Smart and Digital Agriculture Technologies for High Value Crops at the University of Southern Mindanao

Adeflor G. Garcia, Purificacion O. Cahatian, Willie Jones B. Saliling, Rezin G. Cabantug, Melecio A. Cordero, Jerry Piamonte, AR Joseph John Cahatian, Alven G. Delson, Ardniel A. Baladjay, Janice M. Bangoy, Edward A. Barlaan

DA-BAR- January, 2021- 25,000,000.00
  • Project 1: SMART Irrigation System for Plantation Crops through Hydro meteorological Monitoring
  • Project 2: SMART Soil and Nutrient management using Developed sensor technologies on cacao, coffee, cardava-banana, longkong lanzones, rubber and pummelo
  • Project 3: Development of weather-based forecasting as early warning system for integrated pest management for high value crops
  • Project 4: Identification of the strengths and limitations of potential areas for some high value crops (cacao, coffee, cardava-banana, longkong lanzones, rubber, and pummelo) in Southern Mindanao
  • Project 5: Development of Data Hub for SMART Agriculture Technologies
  • Project 6: SMART EcoPark Greenhouse: a demonstration of urban gardening
  • Project 7: SMART Technology Transfer for High Value Crop Stakeholders
  • Project 8: Geospatial Database and Information Systems for Cacao and Coffee in Regions 11 and 12
2020

Program: University of Southern Mindanao-Treelife Coco Sugar Research and Development

Ma. Elena N. Tanabe, Cromwel M. Jumao-as, Adeflor G. Garcia, Tamie C. Solpot and Purificacion O. Cahatian

External (Private-Taray)- December, 2020 - 940,859.25
  • Project 1: Isolation and Characterization if Beneficial Microorganisms from Agricultural
  • Project 2: Formulation and Viability Testing of Microbial Inoculants
  • Project 3: Greenhouse and Field Testing if the Microbial Inoculants as Biofertilizer to Agricultural Crops
  • Project 4: Green and Field Testing of the Microbial Inoculants as Biocontrol for Major Pests and Diseases of Agricultural Crops
    • Study 1: Bacterial and Fungal Pathogens
    • Study 2: Insect Pests

Fruit Quality Improvement in Carabao Mango through Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) Identification for Scab and Stem-end Rot Resistance by Genotyping by Sequencing GBS and Genom-wide Association Studies (GWAS)

Edward A. Barlaan and Emma K. Sales

DOST- PCAARRD,  July 01, 2020, 2,254,997.56

 

Establishment of Geographic Information Support System Center for High Value Commodities and Indigenous Crops On SOCCSKSARGEN

Adeflor G. Garcia and Purificacion O. Cahatian

DA- BAR – July, 2020- 8,000,000

 

Study on Utilization of Marang Fruit (Artocarous odorratissumus Blanco) and Assessment of Fruit Production in Mindanao

Norma U. Gomez and Rhenalie N. Bello

NRCP- 2020- 2,000,000.00

 

Potential Anti-cancer Leads from Plants in Region XII
Proj. Screening of Plants from region XII with Potential Anti -Cancer Activity

Lydia C. Pascual, Francisco Gil N. Garcia, Loveille Jun A. Gonzaga, and Harem R. Roca      

DOST- PCHRD – January 15, 2020- 14,430,554.00

2019

Project 2. Market Analysis and Positioning of Processed Halal Chevon Food Products

Jalaloden Marohom, Lorna Valdez and Ivy Mar Cabornida
DOST- PCAARRD- January 2, 2019- 3,002,909.00

 

Performance Evaluation of Fermented Teas as Biofertilizer and Biopesticides and their Effects on Pests, Diseases and Yields of Selected Solanaceous Vegetables

Naomi G. Tangonan, Purificacion O. Cahatian, and Maria Irinea S. Candolita

DA- BAR- September, 2019- 4,999,412.00

 

“MECO-TECO” Joint Research Project: Improvement of Carabao Mango Production and Fruit Quality through Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) Identification for Scab and Stem-End Rot Resistance by Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)

Emma K. Sales and Edward A. Barlaan

DOST- PCAARRD-February, 2019-1,416,107.6

 

Development of Rubber-Based cropping system in Southern Philippines

Adeflor G. Garcia, Purificacion O. Cahatian, Joan P. Sadoral, Mel Chrisel A. Sales, Joseph R. Castillo, Romulo L. Cena, and Mary Rodelyn A. Cariaga 

ACIAR & PCAARRD- July, 2019- 15,414,962.00
  • Project 1: Effective Rubber-based cropping system in Agusal del Sur and North Cotabato
  • Project 2: Land Sustainability analysis for Rubber crops in Agusan del Sur
  • Project 3: Developing Rapid and affordable soil nutrients test fertilizer formulation
  • Project 4: Development of Cost Effective Pest and Diseases Management for Rubber and Intercrops
  • Project 5: Capacity building of rubber stakeholders and role of women & children in National rubber industry in Agusan
2018

Industry Profile of Halal Commodities in Mindanao

Roy B. Gacus, Lorna G. Valdez, Ruby S. Hechanova

DA-BAR- October 01, 2018- 5,000,000.00

 

Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an industry-Phase II:SARAI – Enhanced Agricultural Monitoring System in North Cotabato

Adeflor G. Garcia, Purificacion O. Cahatian, and Romulo L. Cena

UPLB DOST- PCAARRD- August 2018- 1,333,496.00

 

Curriculum Development and Offering on Halal Science and Scholarship for SUC Faculty on Halal Science

Emma K. Sales, Francisco Gil N. Garcia, Josephine R. Migalbin, and Monaira I. Sumael

CHED- DARE TO – August 2018-  13,270,502.00

 

Phenotypic and Genotypic Analysis of Coffea canephora (Robusta) using Morphological and molecular markers

Emma K. Sales and Harem R. Roca

DA-BAR- July 2018- 3,933,600.32

 

Multilocation Trial of Ten (10) Promising Varieties of cacao in Type II and III Agro-Climatic Zones in Southern and Northern Mindanao

Cris Harvin Calvo           

DOST-PCAARRD- April 16, 2018- 18,000,000.00

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE                

Students’ Academic Performance Taught Online Using Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching Modalities

Saima M. Andil, Dialica L. Caup, Abdulnasser G. Makalugi, Remedios C. Kulidtod, Sofia G. Molao, Norjaida D. Maliga, Abdulkadir M. Abubakar

USM FUND 101 – 100,000.00

 

Development of Online Educational Contextualized and Indigenized Instructional Material Supplementing IP Quality of Education

Amme Rose L. Blonto

USM FUND 101 – 190,000.00

 

Educational Innovations in Rural and Remote Communities: A Multi-dimensional Approach

Leorence C. Tandog, Mitzi Aileen M. Alba, Shandra C. Gonzang, Joy Gloria P. Sabutan, Debbie Marie B. Verzosa, Astrofil Hyde M. Alcala, and Benedict Entera

USM FUND 101 – 191,904.00

 

My Parents, My Teachers: Continuing Education Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Marcos  F. Monderin, Vicente Delos Reyes, Mirasol O. Verona, Khristine Joy B. Garcia, Rosemarie Sison, & Roselyn Clemen

USM FUND 101 – 100,000.00

 

Design and Development of USMCEE Online Registration

Alvin C. Mibalo, Arjay S. Agbunag and Clarence Dave C. Galas

USM FUND 101 - 100,000.00
  • Sdy 1. Requirement Gathering and Analysis, and Design of System Architecture
  • Sdy 2. Development of Online USMCEE Registration
  • Sdy 3. Development of USER-Manual

Enhancing RD&E Indexing System (RDEIS) of USM: Design, Development and Evaluation

Melecio A. Cordero, Jr., Ryan Z. Gonzaga, Eugene G. Ranjo

USM FUND 101 - 100,000.00
  • Sdy 1. Requirement Gathering and Analysis, and Design of System Architecture
  • Sdy 2. Development of Online Indexing for R&D in USM
  • Sdy 3. Deployment and Transfer of Knowledge

Development of Low Cost Tilling Machine: A Farm Implements for Optimum Vegetable gardening

Joel V. Misanes and Ma. Dely P. Esberto

USM FUND 101 – 144,000.00

 

Digitalization of Faculty Workload

Hazel Ann S. Soriano, Ryan Z. Gonzaga, and Arjay S. Agbunag

USM FUND 101 - 100,000.00
  • Comp. 1. Data Consolidation for Faculty Loading
  • Comp 2. Development of Programs for Digitalization of Faculty Loading
  • Comp 3. Evaluation of Development Programs for Digitalization of Faculty Loading

Commercialization of Chayote Products

Jenny B. Mamacus, Emilie S. Estelloso, Janice E. Reynes, April Geraldin M. Quinonero, Jo-Ann D. Santos, and Ramil B. Puruganan

USM FUND 101 - 225,000.00
  • Study 1. Standardization of Formula and Processes of Chayote products: Chayote sauce/ketchup, Pickle relish, Jam, and Tea
  • Study 2. Organoleptic assessment of Chayote Products: Chayote sauce/ketchup, Pickle relish, Jam, and Tea
  • Study 3. Physico-chemical and Microbial Analysis of Chayote Products: Chayote sauce/ketchup, Pickle relish, Jam, and Tea
  • Study 4. Packaging and labelling of Chayote products: Chayote sauce/ketchup, Pickle relish, Jam, and Tea
  • Study 5. Consumer Preference, Marketability and Profitability Assessment of Chayote Products: Chayote sauce/ketchup, Pickle relish, Jam, and Tea
  • Study 6. Consumers’ Emotion Diagnosis on Chayote Products: Chayote sauce/ketchup, Pickle relish, Jam, and Tea

Project: Maguindanaon Food Products And Delicacies: Standardization, Promotion For Commercialization

Francisco Gil N. Garcia, Esmaira G. Gunsayan, Roy B. Gacus, Geraldin M. Quinonero, Merlyn A. Musali, and Leonora M. Silvano

USM FUND 101 - 225,000.00
  • Study 1. Profiling of Maguindanaon Food Products And Delicacies
  • Study 2. Documentation of the Raw Materials, Ingredients, Cooking Utensils, Equipment and Preparation
  • Study 3. Standardization of Maguindanaon Food Products and Delicacies
  • Study 4. Enterprise Budget Development for Maguindanaon Food Products and Delicacies
  • Study 5. Promotion and Development of IEC Materials and Recipe Book for Maguindanaon Food Products and Delicacies

Development, Standardization and Packing of Nutri-foods for Emergencies

Jigzcel Divine F. Basoy, Ivy Mar B. Cabornida, Maribelle T. Piamonte, Leila S. Moscoso, & Urduja G. Nacar

USM FUND 101 - 225,000.00
  • Comp 1. Development and Standardization, Shelf-life and Packing of Coconut -based Nutri-Foods
  • Comp 2. Development and Standardization, Shelf-life and Packing of Vegetable and Fruit-based Beverages
  • Comp 3. Development and Standardization, Shelf-life and Packing of Cereal-based Nutri-Foods
  • Comp 4. Sensory Evaluation, Consumer Acceptability Testing and Label Design of Developed Nutri-Foods
  • Comp 5. Nutritional & Physico-chemical Quality Assessment & Production Cost Determination of Nutri-Foods

Productivity of Crossbred Goats and Sheep Fed with Three Varieties of Brachiaria grass

Josephine R. Migalbin and Roy C. Ricabar

USM FUND 101 - 200,000.00
  • Sdy 1. Production performance of three varieties of Brachiaria grass
  • Sdy 2. Productivity of Crossbred Goats Fed with Three Varieties of Brachiaria grass Supplemented with Spent Grain

Development of Rapid Technique for Analysis of Adulterated Wholesome Food Products: A combination of Spectroscopy and Chemometrics for Halal Food Analysis

Frederick John B. Navarro and Queennie G. Llera            

USM FUND 101 – 225,000.00

 

Development and Evaluation of Automated System for Profiling of Student Organizations in the University of Southern Mindanao

Yvonne V. Saliling, Geraldine M. Quinones, Paul John B. Ongcoy, and Ryan Z. Gonzaga

USM FUND 101 – 100,000.00

                  

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER        

Comparative Analysis of the Biochar Derived from Rice Straw, Rice Husk, Corn Stalks, Corn Cobs, and Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch on Soil Water Retention Capacity and Development and Growth of Pechay (Brassica rapa Chinensis)

Tito Jun T. Tidula and Rezin Cabantug

USM FUND 101 - 178,300.00
  • Sdy 1. Fabrication and Testing of Small-scale Retort for Biochar Production of Rice Straw
  • Sdy 2. Characterization of the Biochar Derive from Agricultural Waste Specifically Rice Straw, Rice Hulls, Corns Stalks, Corn Cobs and Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch
  • Sdy 3. Soil Water Retention Capacity as Amended by Biochar
  • Sdy 4. Effect of Biochar Derived from Rice Straw Rice Hulls, Corns Stalks, Corn Cobs and Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch on Development and Growth of Pechay (Brassica rapa subsp. Chinensis)

Etiological Studies and Management Strategies against Major Diseases of Dragon Fruit

Jasmin A. Pecho, Ardniel A. Baladjay and Samsudin S. Panday

USM FUND 101 - 175,000.00
  • Study 1. Disease Assessment of Severity Infection of Dragon in North Cotabato
  • Study 2. Identification of Major Diseases of Dragon Fruit
  • Study 3. Disease Management of Major Diseases of Dragon Fruit

Diversifying the Utilization of Corn as Food and Silage for Food Security

Efren E. Magulama, Ivy Mar N, Cabornida, Nenita E. Olero and Jurhamid C. Imlan

USM FUND 101 - 335,800.00
  • Study 1. Search of Suitable Maize Varieties for Rice Mix Using USM Corn Varieties
  • Study 2. Identifying Corn Varieties for Baby and Green Fodder Corn Production
  • Study 3. Enhanced Productivity of Potential Glutinous and Sweet Corn Varieties
  • Study 4. Screen of Corn Varieties Suitable for Forage Silage Production
  • Study 5. Seed Maintenance and Improvement of USM Released Varieties in Support to Food Security

Collection, Propagation, Evaluation and Maintenance of Cut Foliage and Flowering Pot Ornamentals at USMARC

Nancy E. Duque and Lorelyn Joy N.Turnos

USM FUND 101 - 200,000.00
  • Study 1. Collection, Propagation, Evaluation and Maintenance of Cut Foliage
  • Study 2. Collection, Propagation, Evaluation and Maintenance of Flowering Pot Ornamentals

PHILIPPINE INDUSTRIAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE     

Standardization Protocol for the Development of USM Food Products

Bryan Lloyd P. Bretaña, MSc, Rmicro & Prof. Harem Roca & Frederick John Navarro

USM FUND 101 - 470,000.00
  • Study 1. Protocol Standardization for Product Quality Assurance at the University of Southern Mindanao High Value Crops Food Processing Center (HVCFPC)
  • Study 2. Multifaceted Approaches on the Determination of Shelf-life of USM High-Value Crops Processing Center Food Products for Quality Control Measures
  • Study 3. Registration and Commercialization of USM Food Products

Development of Innovative Approaches for Clonal Propagation of Industrial and Fruit Crops

Sheena B. Lucena, Ferdinand A. Duldulao and Edward A. Barlaan

USM FUND 101 – 205,000.00

PHILIPPINE INDUSTRIAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE     

Development of Handbook on Good Agricultural Practices and Marketing Systems for Economically Important Crops in USM

Marry Grace S. Balbuena and Edward A. Barlaan

USM FUND 101 - 100,000.00
  • Study 1. Development of Handbook on Good Agricultural Practices and Marketing Practices (GAMPs) in High Value Industrial Crops
  • Study 2. Development of Handbook on Good Agricultural Practices and Marketing Practices (GAMPs) in High Value Fruit Crops

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT-BASED SUPPORT PROJECT         

Intermediate Teachers’ Competence and Readiness in Teaching Writing in the English Language

Marlyn A. Resurreccion, Reizelle May C. Amilbahar, Rhodora A. Melgar, Kristine Joy B. Garcia, Jerose L. Moliina, Khadiguia O. Balah, Lawrence Anthony O. Dollente       

USM FUND 101

COLLEGE RESEARCH COORDINATORS

College of Agriculture Dr. Lorelyn Joy N. Turnos
College Arts and Social Sciences Mr. Rowell N. Nitafan
College of Business Development and Economic Management Ms. Helen A. Macailing
College of Education Ms. Dyane Rhea Bana-ay
College of Human Ecology and Food Sciences Ms. Dianne M. Basillio
College of Engineering and Information Technology Engr. Marilyn S. Painagan
College of Health Sciences Ms. Marianne I. Meriales
College of Science and Mathematics Ms. Leanne Jay S. Manceras
College of Trade and Industry Prof.  Samson L. Rapuza
College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Elizabeth C. Molina
Institute of Middle East Asian Studies Ms. Saima M. Andil
Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation Mr. Ruben L. Tagare
Graduate School Dr. Debbie Marie B. Versoza
USM – KCC Ms. Vicky Grejaldo
USM –PALMA Cluster Campuses Jane B. Ranis

REVISED USM RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EXTENSION AGENDA FOR 2015-2020
AS APPROVED BY THE USM BOARD OF REGENTS THROUGH BOR RESOLUTION NO. 79, SERIES OF 2015

CHED MANDATE FOR RDE (as read)

  • Pursuant to CHED Republic Act 7722, the national government’s commitment to transformational leadership puts education as the central strategy for investing in the Filipino people, reducing poverty, and building national competitiveness shall:
  • Sec a. Promote relevant and quality higher education (i.e. higher education institutions and programs are at par with international standards and graduates and professionals are highly competent and recognized in the international arena);
  • Sec c. guarantee and protect academic freedom for continuing intellectual growth, advancement of learning and research, development of responsible and effective leadership, education of high level professionals, and enrichment of historical and cultural heritages;
  • Specifically, CHED aims to achieve that the overall societal goal is the attainment of inclusive growth and sustainable development while the higher education sub-sector goals are: the formation of high-level human resource, and generation, adaptation, and transfer of knowledge and technology for national development and global competitiveness.

As indicated in Section 5. PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, AND PROJECTS and Article 5.1.1 Aligning HEI programs with national development goals the relevant and Responsive Research, Development and Extension (RDE), CHED supports the conduct of RDE aimed at generating, adapting and transferring or applying new knowledge and technologies for improving productivity and livelihood, promoting peace, empowering women, protecting the environment, reducing disaster devastation, and alleviating poverty.

USM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND EXTENSION AGENDA 2015-2020
THEMATIC AREA UNIT CONCERNED
Access to education and literacy CED, CEIT, IMEAS, CIT, CAS
Promotion of peace, gender equality and development   CBDEM, IMEAS, CED, CAS, CA
Preservation of arts, culture, language and literature CAS, IMEAS, CIT
Environmental protection & conservation CAS, CEIT, CBDEM, CA, CIT, GS
Food security and poverty alleviation All Colleges, USMARC, PICRI
Health and proper nutrition CHEFS, CHS, ISPEAR, CAS, CVM, CA, CBDEM
Engineering and Technology CEIT, KCC-CIT, DIT

Focus Commodities in Agriculture (corn, cacao, banana, rubber, oil palm, and goat)