YES to Golden Harvest but NO to Golden Rice!

It can be done! SIBAT farm technicians once again showed that this soon- to- be harvested Red, Black and White Rice under Varietal Adaptability Trials (VAT) could really produce a potentially golden rice harvest. This means that we don’t really need hazardous genetically engineered rice crop to provide food for our homes and communities especially rice as our staple food which we Asians can do without.

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Kalinga State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Students Start 30-Day Internship in Microhydro Communities

Excited to get a hands-on feel of real world work, five incoming fourth year students in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from Kalinga State University (KSU) College of Engineering and Information Technology in Bulanao, Tabuk City Kalinga Province in Northern Luzon got their first on-the-job training (OJT) in the microhydro prower project in Brgy Talalang, Balbalan, Kalinga Province.

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Fresh, organic, nutritious and pesticide-free vegetables from Mangarita Organic Farm – SIBAT

SIBAT’s Mangarita Organic Farm sustains production of fresh, organic, nutritious and pesticide-free vegetables. This shows producing food crops without the use of hazardous chemicals and pesticides is highly possible. Given the proper support, this production process could be replicated even in backyard spaces. Filipinos need not suffer from food scarcity much more hunger if small scale food production are promoted and fully supported.

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2021 Philippine International Seminar

What is Appropriate Technology?

– responsive  to the needs of the community

– generate real benefits, promote social justice and equitability among disadvantaged sectors and population

– based on people’s participation – objective of developing local capacities and overall technological self-reliance

– strictly observes the basic regard for environmental conservation and protection.

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SIBAT and LGUS Adopt Relay-Transport Scheme To Deliver MHP Supplies Amidst Border Closures Due to the Pandemic

With the current travel bans and border closures enforced by various LGU’s to contain the pandemic in their respective areas, SIBAT is highly constrained travelling to its project sites. Particularly challenging is delivering electrical and other supplies including personnel to implement repair and upgrading work for its numerous MHP projects in the provinces of Abra Kalinga and Apayao.

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Erecting RE-based Transmission Line GI Posts Gets Boost from Filipino “Bayanihan” Spirit

The welders take charge of welding reusable racks to the new GI posts, men of built as most do carry the transmission line posts to their designated locations. Others dig holes for the post base, while the rest of the community men and women carry bags of cement and gravel. These are the indigenous peoples of Brgy Mataragan Malibcong Abra extending their share of time and effort to replace their decaying wooden transmission posts to GI Pipes along a kilometer-long stretch where households can tap. They’ve been working on this since April.

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SIBAT and Global Giving Act As Covid-19 Reaches the Cordilleras

SIBAT and Global Giving, a crowdfunding platform and long time partner of SIBAT distributed the second batch of 250 embroidered facemasks vitamins and alcohol to the elderly, women and children coming from five barangays in Abra and Kalinga. This is definitely not enough but is just a fraction of the supply needed to help ward off the infections and preventing it from spreading to other barangays and communities. It is hoped this could at least augment government supply for the communities.

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Indigenous Communities Trained for MHP Operation and Maintenance

Sixty (60) select indigenous men and women representing 10 barangays in Abra went through an intensive two-day Microhydro Operations and Maintenance Training conducted by SIBAT last March 25-26 in Tubo Abra. The trainees were chosen by their respective communities based on their interest and willingness to do the job. Those who commit for the training should have no plan of leaving the community in the next two years. This is to equip local partners with at least the basic technical know how in operating and maintaining their michrohydro systems to lessen downtimes and breakdowns.

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