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Wednesday, May 04, 2022 07:32 AM    Views : 46by:DOST Region-V

“I am very happy to know that the program for the Tamarind NICER is progressing well. You are changing not just Pampanga, but the entire country. I believe that there’s always room in science & technology for new ideas to make the lives of Filipinos better, and I believe that PSAU has so much to offer.”

 Those were the words that DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara shared when she visited Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) in Magalang, Pampanga to review the accomplishments of the DOST-funded Tamarind Niche Center in the Region for R&D (NICER) last March 10, 2022.

The NICER Program or the Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development aims to assist academic institutions with a capacity to implement multi-year R&D projects and conduct studies that addresses issues faced by a specific industry in their areas of operation.

PSAU OIC-President Dr. Anita G. David thanked the DOST for its continuous support to the university’s research and development program. The visit coincided with the inauguration of the Tamarind Research, Development, and Extension (RDE) facilities of PSAU. The facility upgrades are intended to further strengthen the Tamarind R&D Center's ability to conduct activities and projects leading to significant and relevant outputs for the Industry Strategic S&T Plan of the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) which is also assisting the project. She expressed her vision to  elevate the local tamarind industry to be at par with that of Thailand.

“I remember that I visited several universities, (…) talagang  sobrang impressed ako sa PSAU and in my heart, there’s a special place for late President Honorio M. Soriano, Jr.,”  USec. Guevara added as she voiced her hope for the continued growth of the country’s sour tamarind production.  The late PSAU President committed  100 hectares to be planted to sour tamarind of which  93.2 hectares are now planted to it. The fruits are processed into ice cream, juice, wine, vinegar, among others.

There are three NICER projects being undertaken at PSAU. These are  Project 1 – Genomic Characteristics for Improvement of Sour and Sweet Tamarind Varieties by Mr. Jacob Anderson Sanchez, Project 2 – Development of S&T-based Production Management Strategies for Tamarind by Dr. Mary Grace Gatan, and Project 3 – Value Chain Analysis and Tamarind Marketing by Mr. Al Munoz.

DOST-3 Regional Director Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, and DOST-PSTC Pampanga Director Ms. Mary Michelle M. Quiambao accompanied the Undersecretary’s party during the visit.


USEC Guevara observing varieties of Tamarind in the country, consolidated by the Project Team headed by Mr. Sanchez


USEC Guevara motivating the PSAU to explore R&D Projects on the reduction of Tamarind seed dimension


Inauguration of the Tamarind Research, Development, and Extension (RDE) facilities of PSAU spearheaded by (from right to left) USEC Guevara, RD Sicat, OIC-President David, and PD Quiambao

Source: DOST Region-III website

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