Agham para sa Pamayanan: Muslim Business Expanders Enjoy NRCP Research-Based Videos

“Mao diay to ang hinungdan ngano maagihan nato ang mga butang sa pang adlaw-adlaw nato na kinabuhi.“ (Ohhh, those are the reasons why we are experiencing things affecting our everyday life.) The Muslim business expanders in Davao said while they were enjoying watching the research-based animated videos on various real-life problems like parasite contamination of farm produce, climate change adaptation, cattle tick resistance, and the one most close to their interest, the online business platforms. 

The National Research Council of the Philippines or NRCP has produced research-based animated videos, through its program BURDA, Bridging the Utilization of R&D results through Awareness and dissemination, to make research results easier to understand, more interesting, engaging, and culturally inclusive – i.e. Agham para sa Pamayanan. 

Last March 20-22, 2023, through NRCP BURDA videos, the members of the Association of Business Expanders and Help (ABEH) in Dahican, Davao Oriental had the first-hand experience of learning the science behind real-life problems and events affecting their lives and businesses. 

Their curiosity of what scientific solutions can specifically address their life problems was satisfied by the BURDA videos like Samgyupsagulay, May Namamahay, for the problems of parasite contamination of farm produce, Beyond the Sea, for climate change adaptation, Cattle Tick, LinTick, for the concerns on cattle tick resistance and infestation, and DALIvery, We-Men See, for the effective strategies of online business platforms.

The members of the Association of Business Expanders and Help members during BURDA video rollout in Dahican, Davao Oriental held last March 20-22, 2023 with officials and staff of the NRCP, DOST-Region XI, and PSTO of Davao Oriental.

Below are photos of the NRCP experts’ engagements with the Muslim business expanders during the annotation of the BURDA videos, (L – R): Mr. Kim Louisse Patagnan, MSc. of UPLB Institute of Biological Sciences for Samgyupsagulay, May Namamahay; Dr. Marieta Banez-Sumagaysay of the NRCP Division of Social Sciences and a Professor at UP Tacloban for DALIvery, We-Men See; Ms. Farrah Marie Separa of Mindanao State University-Iligan City for Beyond the Sea; and Dr. John Michael Bernardo of UPLB College of Veterinary Medicine for Cattle Tick, LinTick .

What makes NRCP BURDA unique is that, it deviates from the traditional “seminar” approach in upskilling the knowledge, appreciation, and application of science of Filipinos across regions, particularly those in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) where modern gadgets, internet accessibility, and interactive learning materials are nil.

It also capitalizes on the research results of NRCP funded projects whereby the scientific data are translated into easier to understand and more engaging format of presentations and along with either physical or virtual presence of renowned scientists and research practitioners in the community to explain to leaders and members, particularly heads of households and students in all levels, the possible applications of research’s technical data to their academic tasks, real-life problems, rare phenomena, and or business problems.


The animated videos presented in this BURDA Davao leg were produced based on the research data and policy recommendations of completed basic research like: Detection of Resistance to Multiple Chemical Acaricides in the Cattle Tick Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus from Northern Luzon Provinces for the video Cattle Tick, LinTick; Dimensions of Adaptive Capacity of Women-Fishers’ Households to Climate Change and Variability: Revisiting a Local Framework for the Beyond the Sea video; Food Risk and Safety Analysis in Agricultural Farms towards Improvement of Control Strategies for Food Safety (FRESH FARMS)- Parasite Contamination and Transmission in Selected Agricultural Farms in Laguna and Quezon Provinces Towards the Improvement of Control Strategies for Food Safety for the video Samgyupsagulay may namamahay, and Assessing Innovation Propensity of Entrepreneurs in the Food Service Sector in Iligan City: Challenges and Opportunities Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic for DALIvery WE-men See.

NRCP BURDA is enrolled as one of the components of the Human Resource Development and Education and Literacy of the DOST Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST).  Prior to the rollout, CEST community leaders underwent training sessions that equipped them with the essential science concepts that capacitated them to facilitate the use of knowledge products.  NRCP Associate Member who is currently teaching at the UPLB College of Development Communication, Ms. Aletheia C. Araneta spearheaded the training activities.

DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations has endorsed the roll-out of 16 NRCP BURDA videos to all community beneficiaries of DOST CEST, hence the moniker NRCP BURDA for CEST.

DOST XI Regional Director and also NRCP Associate Member, Dr. Anthony C. Sales CESO III closed the activity with the reminder of importance in communicating and understanding basic research/science concepts in the development of our everyday lives.

Written by: Regine Pustadan