IAS Students’ Corner: ANSC Students Participate in Student Activities, Program

IAS Students’ Corner: ANSC Students Participate in Student Activities, Program

Photo caption: QUACK PH team is composed of Reymar Angelo L. Cabatu (Poultry Production), Arvin D. Radin (Dairy Production), Leonardo Paolo Malagar (Poultry Production), and Victor Angelo S. Mabolo (Poultry Nutrition). Photo courtesy of Reymar Angelo L. Cabatu

Putting high premium and investment on students’ wellbeing and welfare, the Institute of Animal Science (IAS) strongly supports student-led and student-centered activities as they are considered as one of the most important stakeholders in the University.

Part of the Institute’s mission is to produce highly competent graduates who will potentially contribute to the development of the country’s agricultural sector. During the past months, Animal Science major students have been participating and spearheading various activities and initiatives.

QUACK PH Wins 2nd Place in AGRI-TECH Boost Camp

Four undergraduate BSA (Animal Science) students recently won 2nd Place in the 2021 AGRI-TECH Boost Camp hosted by the Batangas State University’s Center of Technopreneurship and Innovation, September 18.

QUACK PH, a duck farmer-friendly mobile application, is a start-up mobile application technology proposal for the improvement of layer duck farming in Region IV-A CALABARZON. As a mobile app, Quack PH is set to aid duck egg farmers in the management, finances, and growth and performance monitoring of their farms.

The software package will be accessible via Google and Apple App Stores where users can download the mobile application for free. The team acknowledges that traditional record keeping methods in farm management could be troublesome, and QUACK PH is a tool that will aid duck farmers in the complexity of duck raising in consistent with specific farm management dates and values.

Through precision agriculture algorithm, QUACK PH will make farm computations easier to help users improve their farming efficiency and productivity. This will ease duck farmers in monitoring and managing their ducklings and ducks from each flock/batch. Other features such as daily reminders and notifications on upcoming farming activities will also be an option.

Additionally, the application will be capable of calculating farm performance and determining farm’s income and profit, making sure that its users will have a good farm record as they subscribe to the mobile app.

The AGRI-TECH Boost camp program aims to boost the agriculture industry by addressing existing challenges through tech-startup solutions. The program was open to teams composed of 2-5 members, aged 18 years and above, where only the Top 10 submissions entered the AGRI-TECH Pitch Proper.

The Institute of Animal Science wishes to congratulate QUACK PH team and their advisers for a groundbreaking technological solution idea.

ASSAP Aids Students in Digital Connectivity

Through the initiative of the IAS Scholarship Committee, with Dr. Maria Cynthia R. Oliveros as chair, IAS launched the Animal Science Student Assistance Program (ASSAP) for First Semester AY 2021-2022 to provide financial assistance and augment the cost of e-learning among selected students.

The Institute raised funds by requesting voluntary contributions from IAS faculty to help bona fide students secure digital connectivity. This is part of the Institute’s effort to help students and their families whose livelihood were affected by the pandemic through provision of internet connection subsidy for online learning.

IAS currently sponsors 14 student beneficiaries to the ASSAP who receives monthly internet stipend of PhP 1,000.00 each, transferred via online banking. September to November 2021 stipend has been successfully transferred to students’ accounts, and the office is now processing December 2021 release of funds.

Applications for the ASSAP were evaluated on the merits of students’ financial needs as stated in their application letter, with their Form 5 as proof or registration. The program covers the period from September to December 2021 (1st Sem 2021-2022) and will hopefully sustain until the University fully opens for face-to-face classes.

IAS is looking forward to increasing the number of student beneficiaries by tapping potential sponsors from alumni.

With information from Dr. Christine B. Adiova and Reymar Angelo L. Cabatu

Also published in AGGIE Green & Gold Vol. 22 No. 11