Balik scientist Bernardo Predicala to develop no stink piggery in Ilocos
A modern swine facility without the stinky odor will soon rise at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), through the help of a Balik Scientist of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Dr. Bernardo Z. Predicala, a research scientist and swine expert from the Praire Swine Center (PSC) in Canada and concurrently an Adjunct Professor of Canada’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, assured Friday to share his expertise in animal science so that the university can cope with the advancing trend in swine production technology in the country.
Predicala has managed 45 swine development projects established by international organizations. He also developed an applied research program that focuses on addressing environmental sustainability issues, and optimized the physical environment of swine production in the university.
“I consider this project in MMSU as a big challenge, but I will render all my expertise in swine research so that MMSU could come up with a concrete output which could pave the way for the creation of a modern piggery facility in the Ilocos region,” Predicala vowed, noting that the support of MMSU researchers is needed to meet the desired output.
MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis had sought for his consultancy services and assistance in establishing a cost-effective, environment-friendly, and sustainable swine production project at MMSU.
Once established, the project will showcase the modern technologies in swine production for those aspiring to improve their output in animal-raising in the Ilocos region.
Agrupis said the university has grappled with the deteriorating and stinking swine production area which was affecting the environment and the health of the community, among others.
“We tried to resolve the problem by creating a biogas digester, but apparently it failed,” Agrupis lamented, emphasizing that “we really need the help of a reputable animal scientist to put everything in place.”
Dr. Joselito I. Rosario, Dean of the MMSU College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development (CAFSD), sai Predicala would work with select faculty members from the college, and some key personnel from the university’s research and extension directorates.
“We hope to produce tangible outputs which could lead to the establishment of a modern swine production project,” he said, expecting that the university will come up with a biological treatment approach on swine manure for commercial and backyard operations; swine waste management, modern and suitable backyard swine operation; and well-designed piggery building, housing, and farm facility.
MMSU also hopes to train its faculty and personnel, including its stakeholders, in packaging research proposals for external funding.
Through the DOST’s Balik Scientist Program (BSP), the university has already established three research and development (R&D) centers — the Climate Change Center, Air Quality Monitoring and Equipment Station, and the National Bioenergy Research and Innovation Center.
MMSU is one of the only two state universities in Region I to host the BSP program of DOST.
Last June 11, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Balik Scientist Program, which seeks to provide incentives to Filipino scientists to entice them to return to the country.
Republic Act 110351 mandates the DOST to invite Filipino scientists to return to the Philippines to fill in the gaps in scientific and technological expertise in the country. (PNA)