The University of Southern Mindanao (USM) welcomes four visitors from the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) as they conduct Benchmarking, Business Engagement, and Linkage-Building Activities with local counterparts on November 14 to 15, 2023.
The two-day activity was facilitated by Dr. Glyn G. Magbanua, the head of the Multicultural and Indigenous Peoples’ Center for Research and Education (MIPCRED)). The group visited the corn and cacao complexes in USM Agricultural Research and Development Center (USMARDC), Philippine Carabao Center at USM (PCC at USM), High Value Crops Processing Center (HVCPC), Kundo E. Pahm Learning Resource Center (KEPLRC) and University Cultural Museum. The visitors also talked with their local counterparts namely Dr. Samsudin Panday, Vice President for Resource Generation and Entrepreneurial Services (VPRGES), Dr. Susan Martinez, Director of KEPLARC, Prof. Bryan Lloyd Bretaña, Executive Assistant for Internationalization and also paid Dr. Francisco Gil N. Garcia, The University President, a courtesy call.
As an output of the activity, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USM and CVSUA is now being reviewed by USM that is expected to take effect in 2024.
In an interview, Dr. Christopher B. Dacer, the Director for Institutional Linkages and Special Projects of CBSUA, expressed his gratitude to USM for the fulfilling experience during their visit. He also mentioned about the strength of USM in production, commercialization and linkages that he considered worth sharing to their university.
“Kudos to the university [USM], I hope you continue what you are doing for the stakeholders especially to your students.” He concluded.
Along with Dr. Dacer were Dr. Jesusa B. Taumatorgo the Director for Regional Center for Indigenous Peoples, Dr. Gladys G. Rosales, the Director for Resource Generation and Prof. Frilliane Mae N. Bicaldo, the Director for University Business Affairs.
The initiative is anchored to the objectives of CBSUA in improving its mandate through forging linkages to the different institutions in the country.