Research

Aside from instruction, DPM staff also undertakes research activities in Pest Management, with strong towards biological control, use of resistant varieties and other ecologically sound means. They also engage in biotechnology researches such as the development of disease resistant varieties and other pest control methods to meet current global trends. The department establishes linkages with national and international institutions and agencies.

Extension

A. Pest Clinic

DPM established the Plant Pest Clinic in 1978. The Pest Clinic was the first of its kind among all state colleges and universities (SCUs) in the whole Philippines. It serve as the extension arm of DPM in assisting farmers, researchers, students and development workers in the identification and control of various plant pests such as insects, diseases, weeds and vertebrate pests affecting different crops. It has expanded its function and service to include pests households, work places, and warehouses, thus its more appropriate novel name in Pest Clinic.

Mission

Effective and efficient delivery of pest management services to crop growers, farmers, technicians, students and community.

Goal

An empowered clientele aware of the danger of pests and of its proper management.

Objectives

The Pest clinic aims to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. To diagnose pest problems of plants and in households, work places and warehouses and to recommend control measures against them.
  2. To provide practical training on the proper identification of pests and their effective and efficient control measures to farmers, plant protection students and other interested individuals.
  3. To appropriate farmers and other clientele on the proper use of pesticides, with emphasis on the effects on pests, non-target organisms, wildlife, marine life and the environment.
  4. To establish, strengthen linkages with a local government units and non-government organizations in order to build-up their capability in handling pest problems in the community.
Scope

The scope of activities includes:

  1. Diagnosis of pest specimens brought to the Pest clinic by technicians, researchers, farmers, crop growers and students, and recommendation of specific control measures.
  2. Field visits to assist and diagnose pest situations, and recommendation of proper control measures and/or possible solutions to the said problem.
  3. Provision of services in the control of household pests like termites, and, etc. to the VSU community and neighboring areas.
  4. Publication and distribution of Pest Clinic bulletins, pamphlets and other extension materials.
  5. Preparation of broadcast materials in cooperation with VSU radio station DYAC.
  6. Conduct training on pest identification and management, and on proper use and handling of pesticides.
Location

The Pest Clinic is strategically located in the 1st floor of the Department of Pest Management building in VSU, Visca, Baybay City.

For more information and inquiries of the Pest Clinic, please contact:

   The Coordinator
   Pest Clinic
   DPM, VSU, Visca, Baybay City
   Tel. no. (63) (053) 335-2626
   E-mail:

Consultation Fees

For consultation charges, please refer to the rates below:

The VSU Natural History Museum

DPM houses the Natural History Museum (Museo ng Kasaysayang Likas) was formally established in the mid 1970's as a Biological Museum with the aim of supporting the trilogy of function of the University, namely instruction, research and extension. As such, it is a repository of biological specimens, for teaching as well as scientific research activities. It has expanded its function and now serve as an identification library which students and professors alike interested in natural history can use.

Objectives:

As a museum of natural history, it aims to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. To document local biota, with emphasis on the environs of VSU and the Visayas and in collaboration with the botanical collections of the Department of Biological Sciences;
  2. To generate basic systematic information especially those of importance to agriculture, and allied fields;
  3. To promote awareness of the national heritage and thereby cultivate the scenes of nationhood and preservation of our natural resources for paternity, and;
  4. To develop linkages and cooperation with national and foreign museum of natural history towards achieving the above objectives.
Facilities and Collections

The museum comprises a single modern complex of two large rooms, one of which is designated to hold the research collection and the other is to hold the public education display. Special exhibits are put up annually which are added features in the public display.

The museum houses more than 800,000 biological collections of plants, animals and other biota that serve to document the biodiversity of the region as well as that of the country. The collections of the Museum consist specifically of the following:

  1. entomological collections (insects, mites, and other arthropods);
  2. aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates (corals, sponges, molluscs, crustaceans, fishes, etc.);
  3. terrestrial vertebrates and other wildlife (reptiles, birds and mammals including some rate and endangered species);
  4. botanical collections (mainly weeds, ferns, mosses, lichens, algae and seagrasses, & forest trees)
  5. mycological collections (pure culture isolates and diseased specimens)

Live specimens of some animals (reptiles, birds and fishes) are kept in the Museum not only as added attraction but also for scientific purposes.

These are other attractions which can be visited within the vicinity of the Museum like the butterfly sanctuary, and the medical and pesticidal garden.

Museum Staff

In the absence of regular staff for the Museum, some faculty of the Department of Pest Management who are also specialists on various organizations are in-charge of the different collections. The Museum staff also provides technical support to the Pest Clinic mainly by providing sample collections especially for pest diagnosis and identification. In addition, one full time staff regularly maintains the collections in the Museum.

Currently, the following are the staff involved and their area of expertise:

  1. Prof. Alejandro C. Caliente (affiliate) - Fishes
  2. Dr. Ma. Julieta C. Ceniza - Mites and other Arthropods
  3. Prof. Senona A. Cesar - (affiliate) - Molluscs
  4. Dr. Ruben M. Gapasin - Pathogens
  5. Prof. Yolanda C. Mangaoang - Fungicides
  6. Ms. Analyn M. Mazo (affiliate) - algae, Seagrasses
  7. Dr. Lualhati M. Noriel - Weeds
Support Staff:

Mr. Arnulfo M. Almeroda - Museum Technician

Museum Hours

The Museum is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday visits may be accommodated but with prior arrangement. Walk-in visitors are allowed whenever the Museum is open.

Entrance Fees

To maintain and improve the collections of the Museum, a minimal fee of P 5.00 is charged per adult on weekdays. Children below 6 years of age are free of charged. For pre-arranged group hours (minimum of 20 persons), P 2.00 per person will be charged.

Location

The VSU natural History Museum (Museo ng Kasaysayang Likas) is housed in the Department of Pest Management, VSU, Visca, Baybay City.

For more information and inquiries about the Museum, please write or call:

   The Curator
   VSU Natural History Museum (Museo ng Kasaysayang Likas)
   Department of Pest Management
   Visayas State University, Visca City 6521-A, Philippines
   Tel No.: (63) (053) 335-2626

Other Extension Activities of DPM
  1. Faculty as subject matter specialists act as resource persons in symposia and farmer's fora
  2. Short Courses:
    • Mushroom Production

      Mushroom production can be a profitable source of additional income and food in the rural communities where agricultural wastes such as rice straw and banana leaves are abundant. This 3-module training course is designed to provide the participants with the basics of mushroom production and thus, spark their interest and enhance their capability on mushroom production.

      At the end of the course, the participants shall be able to:

      • Identify the common edible mushroom and name the benefits derived from growing them.
      • Comprehend the basic principles and techniques involved in mushroom production
      • Perform the actual procedures in mushroom culture, and
      • Recognize the common problems encountered in mushroom culture/production
Participants

The course is open to all individuals interested in mushroom cultivation.

Methodology

Lecture series, demonstration and hands-on exercises are the principal methodologies of the course.

Course Fee

A participant may enroll in one module only. A minimum of six participants is required per module. A training fee of PhP 400.00 (Module 1) and PhP 600.00 (both module 2 and 3) per participant will be collected upon registration to cover the cost of culture media, substrate, handouts, other training materials and snacks. Board and lodging will be shouldered by the participants.

Schedule of Venue

Short courses will be conducted at DPM, VSU, Visca, Baybay City in April and October or upon request.

For further Inquiries, please contact:

   The Head
   DPM, VSU, Visca, Baybay City
   Tel. No.: (053) 335-2626

In , DPM Faculty also serve as lecturers/resource person in international, national, regional and local symposia and farmers fora.