TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Philippine Society of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineers (PSABE) in the Cordillera held its very first regional convention in the province, which will run for two days starting today, March 23 to 24, 2023, at the Davidson Hotel.
The convention, which was organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Cordillera Regional Field Office in partnership with PSABE aimed to strengthen the capacities of agricultural and biosystems engineers (ABEs) in the Cordillera and was attended by a diverse group of ABE practitioners, stakeholders, professionals, provincial representatives, students from different state universities, and private sector organizations.
PSABE is a national professional organization for agricultural and biosystems engineers, founded in 1950, that specializes in applying engineering and science to address issues related to land development, irrigation, and drainage, including the construction of dams, farm roads, and bridges.
During the program, the participants were welcomed by the City Mayor’s representative, Arnold Tenedero, and the President of Kalinga State University, Eduardo Bagtang, Ph.D., while Kalinga Governor James Edduba gave an inspirational message, highlighting the efforts of agriculture and biosystems engineers in the field of agriculture.
The keynote speaker, Hon. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, represented by Dr. Caroline Agyao, acknowledged the participants’ contributions to the agricultural sector and offered his sponsorship for any assistance that PSABE may need in making structural amendments that would make their organization more effective.
Among the topics discussed in the convention are green infrastructure and green economy with the ABE road map from 2023–2028, special provisions and policy guidelines relative to ABE’s role in the AFMech Law, ABE strengthening with the Mandanas Ruling, and the Constructor Performance Evaluation System (CPES).
Other activities later tonight will be the awarding of the Most Outstanding ABEs, the Best in Cultural Presentation, and the Search for Lakambining Inhinyera. By Ian Addatu, Ruth Cupang & Freeche Lacson