CAFSD prof delivers lecture in int’l webinar

By Daniel P. Tapaoan, Jr.


An associate professor of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) delivered a lecture in an international webinar organized by the Udayana University (UNUD) in Bali, Indonesia. 


Dr. Charlie Batin, a forestry professor of the College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development (CAFSD), was one of the six speakers in the webinar on ‘The Role of Organic Agriculture in Lake Management and Conservation in the Pandemic Era’ held last September 10. 


Livestreamed thru Webex Meeting and the Udanaya TV YouTube Channel, the webinar coincided with the 54th Anniversary of the UNUD Faculty of Agriculture and 43rd Anniversary of Family Board of the Faculty of Agriculture. 


In the virtual event, Batin discussed the role of academe and government agency in the protection, conservation, and management of lake waters, citing MMSU and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as the case studies. 


According to him, the two agencies have been proactive in maintaining the famous Paoay Lake in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. The DENR conducts surveillance and patrol in the lake thru its lake guards and distributes information, education, and communication (IEC) materials; the University holds tree-planting activity around the lake and environmental awareness seminar to nearby communities; and, both regularly conduct clean-up drive in the area. 


He believes collaboration among the academe, government, and community is instrumental in ensuring the Paoay lake is protected, conserved, and managed well. 


Other speakers in the webinar were Dr. Ir. Ni Luh Kartini and Dr. Ir. Made Sudana of UNUD, Dr. Nataliya Shchegolkova of Moscow State University (MSU) in Russia, and Dr. Nguyen Thi Ha of Hanoi University of Science (HUS) in Vietnam. 


Attendees in the webinar were faculty and students from MMSU, UNUD, MSU, and HUS, as well as the community people in Bali, Indonesia. 


The said universities are also part of an international telecommunication network between the universities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Russia. Dubbed ASEAN-Russia project, the network serves as avenue for the participating universities to analyze, adapt, and implement innovative agricultural technologies in their respective communities. (StratCom)