Research Activities

A Technovation Gearing Towards EcoSmart Community

 

Research Extension Activities (2018, 2019, 2020):

 

ICT Support for Sustainable Development

  • Enhanced Production and Rist Management in Agriculture (ERPiMA)
  • AquaR - An Integrated GIS mapping and database registry and management system
  • DSWD Digitaization Project

 

 

 

PROJECT DETAILS:

 

Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture (EPRiMA)

 

The Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA) is a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ("FAO") which aims to increase resilience against multiple-threats to the agriculture sector. With its successful implementation of past projects and engagement with FAO, Caraga State University, through Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, has been tapped by FAO to implement the conceptualization, design and development of the integrated decision support system (DSS) for EPRiMA. The CSU EPRiMA team was invited to a meeting with the FAO at the DRRM Operations Center, Department of Agriculture Central Office on June 12-14, 2019. The objective of the meeting and training is to understand the DCC tool as well as produce agricultural advisory information by running the CAMDT-DCC tool. The results of the CAMDT simulations will be aggregated and displayed in the EPRiMA portal. The two developers of the CAMDT tool, namely Dr. Eunjin Han and Dr. Amor Ines of Columbia State University was invited as speakers.


 

ACTIVITIES:

1. Coordination meeting for The Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System


Date: April 25-28, 2018
Venue: Verjandel Hotel, Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman and Department of Agriculture Central Office Diliman, Quezon City.

On April 27, the CSU team also met with the EPRiMA counterparts of the FAO at the Department of Agriculture Central Office. The agenda of the coordination meeting was to update all the components of the EPRiMA project on the progress in the development of an online dynamic cropping calendar and drought monitoring system. Several key points were discussed by the CSU team with the GIS specialists of FAO, specifically the format and layout of the website and the automatic acquisition of spatial information directly from the FAO server in Rome.
 

Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, Engr. Rudolph Joshua U. Candare, James Earl D. Cubillas, and Dave Anthony Asis of the CSU team pose for a photo-op with officials and technical personnel of BFAR and UNFAO.

 

2. Project meeting on UNFAO project: "The Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System"


Date: October 23-25, 2018
Venue: DRRM Operations Center, DA Central Office, Quezon City.

The Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA) is a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ("FAO") which aims to increase resilience against multiple-threats to the agriculture sector. With its successful implementation of past projects and engagement with FAO, Caraga State University, through Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, has been tapped by FAO to implement the conceptualization, design and development of the integrated decision support system (DSS) for EPRiMA. The CSU EPRiMA team was invited to a meeting with the FAO at the DRRM Operations Center, Department of Agriculture Central Office on October 24, 2018.

The meeting started at 9:00 in the morning and ended at 4:00 in the afternoon. The meeting's agenda was to provide updates in the project's implementation, status and outputs of the EPRiMA project including the development of the online platform as well as plans for the next activities and other concerns in the upcoming beta-testing of the platform. Present during the meeting were personnel from the FAO, namely, Engr. Guia Mortel, Engr. Ariel Langcauon, Ken Aracan, as well as the CSU EPRiMA project team, Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil and Engr. Rudolph Joshua U. Candare
 

EPRiMA Project Meeting at the DRRM Operations Center, DA Central Office, Quezon City

 

3. Technical Workshop on CAMDT-Dynamic Cropping Calendar


Date: June 12-14, 2019
Venue: EPRiMA UNFAO Office, Department of Agriculture Central Office, Diliman Quezon City

The meeting/training started at 9:00 in the morning of June 12 and ended at 5:00 in the afternoon of June 14. Dr. Amor Ines gave lectures about downscaling techniques of seasonal climate forecasts to simulated weather forecasts, while Dr. Eunjin Han gave hands on exercises and activities on crop yield modeling.
 

EPRiMA Project Meeting on June 12, at the DRRM Operations Center, DA Central Office, Quezon City


 

Dr. Amor Ines and Dr. Eunjin Han giving their lectures on Statistical Downscaling Techniques for Weather Forecasting and Crop Yield Modeling.

 

4. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) EPRiMA- Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System Platform Launching.


Date: December 19, 2019
Venue: Novotel, Araneta, Quezon City

The Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA) is a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ("FAO") which aims to increase resilience against multiple-threats to the agriculture sector. With its successful implementation of past projects and engagement with FAO, Caraga State University, through Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, has been tapped by FAO to implement the conceptualization, design and development of the integrated decision support system (DSS) for EPRiMA.

On December 19, 2019, the UNFAO and the Department of Agriculture organized an event at the Novotel in Araneta Center, Quezon City for the "Launching of EPRiMA Products and System: Gearing up with an integrated decision support system for agriculture". The event was graced by key officials of the Department of Agriculture and UNFAO. EPRiMA project team members from Caraga State University and DA also attended the event.

 

Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil presents the functionalities developed by CSU for EPRiMA.


 

DOST-ASTI Acting Director Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr. giving his message on how to become a data-driven community, that have programs and policies that are scientific and evidence-based.


 

Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, Rudolph Joshua U. Candare, James Earl D. Cubillas, and Dave Anthony Asis of the CSU team pose for a photo-op with officials and technical personnel of the Department of Agriculture and UNFAO.


 

The EPRiMA team of the College of Computing and Information Sciences.


 

Photo-op with officials and technical personnel of the Department of Agriculture and UNFAO.

 

 

 

 

 

AquaR - An integrated GIS mapping and database registry and management system

 

1. Stakeholders meeting and workshop and coordination meeting on the UNFAO Project: Development of an integrated geographic information system (GIS) mapping and database registry and management system for both existing and potential Philippine aquaculture areas


Date: April 25-28, 2018
Venue: Verjandel Hotel, Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman and Department of Agriculture Central Office Diliman, Quezon City.

The AquaR Project will contribute to the FAO Strategic Objective of making agriculture, forestry, and fisheries more productive and sustainable specifically on increasing resource use efficiency to achieve higher productivity with reduced levels of inputs while minimizing negative externalities; and facilitating access to needed information and technologies.

With Caraga State University's involvement in the ICT component of the AquaR project, CSU is tasked with the deployment of an integrated geographic information system and a database registry and management system for aquaculture resource mapping and development planning for the Philippines on pilot areas as well as the conduct of a training of trainers for technical staff from BFAR central office and regional field offices.

The event on April 26 was opened by a talk and rationale about the AquaR project of the FAO. The opening talk was given by Mr. Paulo Caparas of FAO. Several key personnel of the BFAR central office and regional field offices attended the event. Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil of CSU then gave a talk on the progress of the team's efforts in creating a web application tool for mapping the aquatic resources in the Philippines particularly the fishponds and fish pens. Dr. Daguil explained the new tool developed by CSU can be used by BFAR personnel in monitoring the aqua farms, fishpond lease agreements (FLAs), and other aquaculture facilities.

Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil as he explains the functionalities of the newly developed tool by CSU

 

3. Training of Trainers of the AquaR portal


Date: October 8-13, 2018
Venue: Lenox Hotel, Dagupan City (Lecture) and Alaminos City Fishpond sites (Fieldwork)

The AquaR project is the development of an integrated GIS mapping and database registry and management system for both existing and potential Philippine aquaculture areas. The AquaR Project will contribute to the FAO Strategic Objective of making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable specifically on increasing resource use efficiency to achieve higher productivity with reduced levels of inputs while minimizing negative externalities; and on facilitating access to needed information and technologies. With Caraga State University's involvement in the ICT component of the AquaR project, CSU is tasked with the deployment of an integrated geographic information system and a database registry and management system for aquaculture resource mapping and development planning for the Philippines on pilot areas as well as the conduct of a training of trainers for technical staff from BFAR central office and regional field offices.

The trainers and participants arrived in Dagupan City on October 8, 2018. In the evening, software installers (QGIS and ODKCollect) as well as training data and manuals were distributed to the participants. The actual training event began on October 9 which was opened by a talk and rationale about the AquaR project of the FAO. The opening talk was given Mr. Roy C. Ortega, OIC of the Aquaculture division, BFAR Central Office. Mr. Paulo Caparas of FAO then gave a brief overview of the week long activities to be undertaken. Several key personnel of BFAR central office and regional field offices attended the event. Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil of CSU then gave a talk on the progress of the team's efforts in creating a web application tool for mapping of the aquatic resources in the Philippines particularly the fishponds and fish pens. Dr. Daguil explained the new tool developed by CSU can be used by BFAR personnel in monitoring the aqua farms, fishpond lease agreement (FLAs) and other aquaculture facilities.
 

Mr. Roy C. Ortega of BFAR Central Office giving the opening talk on the rationale of the AquaR project

 

The participants during the opening program of the AquaR Training of trainers

 

Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil giving the overview of the AquaR portal

 

Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil giving the tutorial on the functionalities of the portal



A lecture on basic map reading of survey plans, cadastral maps, and lot-data computation were given to the participants. After the series of lectures, several hands-on exercises on using the AquaR portal was then conducted. These hands-on exercises were facilitated by the AquaR team namely: Rudolph Joshua U. Candare, Dave Asis, and James Earl Cubillas. Continuation on the exercises on how to use the AquaR portal was done on the following day. The CSU AquaR team and the participants then conducted a field work on two FLAs in Alaminos.
 

Group picture with the AquaR team and BFAR personnel from the different regional offices

 

The team during the fieldwork in Alaminos, Pangasinan

 

4. Training of Trainers of the AquaR portal


Date: March 18-22, 2019
Venue: Metrocentre Hotel, Tagbilaran City (Lecture) and Bohol Fishpond sites (Fieldwork)

The AquaR project is the development of an integrated GIS mapping and database registry and management system for both existing and potential Philippine aquaculture areas. The AquaR Project will contribute to the FAO Strategic Objective of making agriculture, forestry, and fisheries more productive and sustainable specifically by increasing resource use efficiency to achieve higher productivity with reduced levels of inputs while minimizing negative externalities; and facilitating access to needed information and technologies. With Caraga State University's involvement in the ICT component of the AquaR project, CSU is tasked with the deployment of an integrated geographic information system and a database registry and management system for aquaculture resource mapping and development planning for the Philippines in pilot areas as well as the conduct of a training of trainers for technical staff from BFAR central office and regional field offices.

The trainers and participants arrived in Tagbilaran City on March 18, 2019. In the evening, software installers (QGIS and ODKCollect), as well as training data and manuals, were distributed to the participants. The actual training event began on March 19 which was opened by a talk and rationale about the AquaR project of the FAO. The opening talk was given Mr. Roy C. Ortega, OIC of the Aquaculture division, BFAR Central Office. Mr. Paulo Caparas of FAO then gave a brief overview of the week long activities to be undertaken. Several key personnel of the BFAR central office and regional field offices attended the event. Rudolph Joshua Candare of CSU then gave a talk on the progress of the team's efforts in creating a web application tool for mapping the aquatic resources in the Philippines particularly the fishponds and fish pens. RJ Candare explained the new tool developed by CSU can be used by BFAR personnel in monitoring the aqua farms, fishpond lease agreements (FLAs), and other aquaculture facilities.
 

Rudolph Joshua Candare giving the overview of the AquaR portal.



A lecture on basic map reading of survey plans, cadastral maps, and lot-data computation was given to the participants. After the series of lectures, several hands-on exercises on using the AquaR portal were then conducted. These hands-on exercises were facilitated by the AquaR team namely: Rudolph Joshua U. Candare, Dave Asis, and James Earl Cubillas. Continuation of the exercises on how to use the AquaR portal was done on the following day. The CSU AquaR team and the participants then conducted field work on two FLAs in Bohol.
 

The participants during the opening program of the AquaR Training of trainers.

 

The team during the fieldwork in Bohol.

 

2. Workshop on Mapping of Fishpond Lease Agreements (FLAs) using the AquaR ICT System


Date: 29 July to 01 August 2019
Venue: Caraga State University - Ampayon Campus, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

Background and Rationale:

Following the national roll-out training held in March 2019 and the Implementation review and sustainability planning workshop on 22-23 May 2019, an FLA mapping workshop has been proposed. This is due to the observed disparity of implementation among Regional Offices. As of June 2019, around 1,900 out of 4,000 FLAs were mapped on the AquaR Portal. In view of the instructions of DA-BFAR management dated 27 November 2018, "Adoption of the ICT-based Tool for the Inventory of Aquafarms by DA-BFAR Provincial and Regional Offices" and the target to accomplish the full FLA resources mapping, this workshop has been designed to fast-track the mapping process by providing

collaborative learning sessions and on-site technical assistance at the ICT Center at Caraga State University. The regional implementors/end users were also introduced to the improvements and new functionalities of the AquaR ICT tools

Workshop Objectives:

  • To actively guide AquaR Regional Implementors/End users on mapping out their respective BFAR-RFO managed FLAs
  • To provide hands-on technical assistance to regional end-users on the implementation of the AquaR ICT tools
  • To conduct checking/validation of mapped submissions of FLAs

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Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil as he explains the functionalities of the newly developed tool by CSU

 

 

 

 

DSWD Digitization Project

 

1. DSWD Digitization Project Culmination and End-user Training Activity


Date: June 10, 2020
Venue: Navigatu, Mechatronics Building, Caraga State University.

Caraga State University had delivered the outputs as specified in the Project Memorandum of Agreement even amid the pandemic crisis to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the CSU-DSWD Digitization Project. Last June 10, 2020, a Project Culmination and End-user Training Activity were conducted at Navigatu, Mechatronics Building, Caraga State University. It was attended by various stakeholders of the project. Mr. Ramil Jamen, OIC Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, along with his salient officials and end-users of the system had graced the said activity. Also, for CSU, President Anthony M. Penaso, some key officials, the Dean of the College of Computing and Information Sciences, faculty member representatives from the different CCIS departments, and the project team led by Dr. Jaymer M. Jayoma were present.

The One-day event had started with an opening prayer and national anthem through an audiovisual presentation followed by the introduction of participants by Engr. Rudolph Joshua U. Candare, CSU-DSWD project staff. Opening remarks and rationale were given by Prof. Jaymer M. Jayoma, Project Leader/ Center Head, Center of Human-Computer Interaction. Professor Jayoma highlighted the project milestones and project deliverables. Then, Mr. Elbert S. Moyon, Programmer and an Information Systems faculty member of Caraga State University introduced the salient features of the DSWD Records Management System, the core output of the project. He stressed the functionalities and the modularities of the system and how it works.

The University President, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso had delivered his Message. He elucidated the competence and caliber of the College in the field of ICT. He also mentioned some of the CCIS research and extension developments and engagements that had impacted the community like the information systems in the University, Certification Authentication and Verification System (CAVS) of Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Sultan Kudarat State Univesity (SKSU) engagements and others. He said that partnering with the DSWD was an honor to the University and he hoped for more partnerships and engagements. A response was then given by Mr. Ramil F. Jamen, OIC DSWD Regional Director. He mentioned his trust and confidence in Caraga State University. He then delivered his acceptance message to the DSWD Records Management System. He also hoped for more engagements with CSU, especially for the College of Computing and Information Sciences. Mr. Jaymer M. Jayoma, presented the next step of the project. He mentioned that even though the project has come to its end but the college will be continuing its support and enhancements to the program and it will be under the CCIS-Extension Project.

Prof. Jaymer Jayoma delivered his opening remarks and rationale

 

Mr. Ramil Jamen, DSWD OIC Regional Director, and Anthony M. Penaso, Ph.D., CSU President graced the event

 

The two heads affixing their signatures in the Software Acceptance Agreement


The afternoon session was focused on end-user training for the DSWD office representatives. It was facilitated by the two programmers, Mr. Edsel Matt Morales and Elbert Moyon. They let the participants try the system to the different modules like scanning, uploading, searching, and other functionalities. A user's feedback was then gathered to further improve the system's functionalities that will serve as input for the program enhancements. Lastly, Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, dean of CCIS delivered his closing remarks.

The project was indeed a success. Thank you Caraga State University, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Department of Social Welfare and Development, DSWD-ICT, DSWD-Records Office, and others who extended their help and most especially to the DSWD-CSU Digitization Project team led by Prof. Jaymer M. Jayoma. Thank you so much.