CA’s primary extension program, the National Corn-based Farmer-Scientists RDE Training Program (FSTP) was awarded the Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service last January 30 at the Executive House, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
The award, bestowed by the UP System under the leadership of President Alfredo E. Pascual, recognizes FSTP’s exemplary contribution to the fulfilment of UP’s mandate to lead as a public service university. Since its nationwide implementation in 2009 under Executive Order 710, the FSTP has already covered a total of 73 municipalities in 34 provinces from Regions 1 to 13. Approximately, there are already more than 12,000 farmer-scientists in the country who are equipped with scientific and entrepreneurial mindsets; thus, uplifting their socio-economic status.
It can be recalled that, in 2006, the FSTP bagged the Outstanding Extension Team and Program awards from both the CA and the UPLB. The highest award conferred to FSTP is the Presidential Gawad Lingkod Bayan given on September 21, 2006 by the Philippine Civil Service Commission. The program is led by Dr. Romulo G. Davide, professor emeritus of CA and Ramon Magsaysay awardee.
(Augustus Franco B. Jamias, photo c/o Office of the Public Relations (OPR), appeared in CA Monthly newsletter)