Lakbay Aral Essaytyper

THE PHILIPPINE Carabao Center in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija keeps a herd of dairy carabaos to maintain a gene pool and help preserve the country’s carabao population. WILLIE LOMIBAO

KILOMETERS 143 and 151 along the Maharlika Highway in the Science City of Muñoz are important markers for visitors on an educational trip to Nueva Ecija.

On whichever point they alight, those joining any “lakbay-aral” (educational trip) will learn new things from the member-agencies of the science community here.

This section of Muñoz was declared a “science community” by the Department of Science and Technology in 1993. In 2001, it was proclaimed as the “agrotourism site for Luzon” by the Department of Tourism and the Department of Agriculture, in coordination with the University of the Philippines’ Asian Institute of Tourism.

Although the place is without beaches, a major attraction for most tourists, visitors have said the five-hour tour here is worth the trip.

Among the institutions and agencies commonly visited are the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), Philippine Center for Postharvest and Mechanization (PhilMech), and the Tilapia Science Center and the Regional Crop Protection Center.

Also in the itinerary are the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology, Philippine–Israel Center for Agricultural Training, the office of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project, two district offices of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems, the provincial office of the Department of Science and Technology, and the South Nueva Ecija office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

‘Science city’

The City Hall is also a place of interest as visitors are briefed about how the only science city in the country operates. Muñoz was officially declared a “science city” in 2000.

“Our community here boasts of having centers of excellence in science and technology. That’s why visitors come, particularly those seeking more knowledge in these fields,” said Mayor Nestor Alvarez.

Most visited

The CLSU campus, which was set up as the government’s agricultural school in 1907, has become a “must-see” in the city.

The university has an office that guides tourists on places to visit in the 658–hectare campus.

Among the important spot for agritours at the CLSU campus are:

Agricultural Museum showcases rice and vegetable planting implements, household/indigenous utensils, personal apparel and hunting and fishing implements. They are meant to promote the cultural heritage of Filipinos, particularly those in Central Luzon, in agriculture.

Biodiversity Museum features terrestrial, freshwater, agroecosytem and forest ecosystem exhibits. It has vast collections of insects, preserved specimens of macrofungi, invertebrates, lichens and others, earth

resources and an “earth watch” nook.

Living Fish Museum houses indigenous and tropical freshwater fish collected from different provinces in Luzon. It has collections of indigenous fish, ornamental freshwater fish, reptiles, mollusks and aquatic plants.

Concrete Tank Culture of Tilapia demonstrates intensive culture of tilapia in concrete circular tanks, with provisions for continuous water exchange and aeration. Each tank is stocked with 6,000 tilapia fingerlings.

CLSU Ramon Magsaysay Center for Agricultural Resources and Environment Studies Training Center promotes organic farming culture and has services for waste assessment and ecological and solid waste planning, land crop suitability training on organic rice and vegetable production, training on organic inputs, and training on trichoderma production and utilization.

Small Ruminant Center is the lead agency in small ruminant research, development and extension under the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research. It develops and promotes the goat and sheep industry in Luzon.

Science and Technology Centrum is a one-stop information shop on research

development breakthroughs and technologies generated and promoted by CLSU. It features exhibit displays of models and live specimens organized into crop, aquaculture, agritechnology, environment and development galleries.

Also of interest to visitors are the mushroom center and the showcase of hydroponics, which also features urban and vertical gardening using soil-less culture.

‘Beast of fortune’

About a kilometer north of the CLSU main gate is the PCC national headquarters and gene pool. On its 20-ha compound are dairy carabaos used for breeding and dairying purposes, its biotech laboratories, and showcases of carabao-based enterprises.

The improved breed of carabaos has become the new wave for changing the lives of farmers and improving rural communities. It is a source of draft animal power, meat, milk and hide.

Also a major agency hosted by Muñoz is PhilRice, which develops high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies for rice production. It implements a natural rice research and development program, sustains the gains made in rice production and solves location-specific problems of the rice industry.

After the tour, visitors can rest at the Rizal Park, in which national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, is depicted as wearing a “barong Tagalog.” They may take lunch at the Lingap-Kalikasan Park and stroll along the tree-lined roads on campus.

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December 11,2014

Ang simoy ng Pasko ay ramdam ng bawa’t isa: pagmamahal, pagpapatawad, pagbibigayan ang nangingibabaw sa puso ng bawat isa sa tuwing sasapit ang kasyong inaasahan ng bawat pamilya lalo’t higit ang mga bata. Sa pangunguna ng Education Society (Edsoc) kasama ang Christian Community Development (CCD) at ang College Outreach Center (COC) kami ay nagtulong-tulong upang magbigay ng lakbay aral sa Manila Zoo, at Luneta Park sa Children’s Playground sa mga mag-aaral ng Play and Learning Community Center at ang ACCPROSCOM Community Center bilang aming munting regalo sa kanila.

 Apatnapung mag-aaral na nasa apat hanggang walong taong gulang, kasama ang kanilang mga volunteer teacher at mga piling magulang ng muntingpaaralang bayan noong Nobyembre 28, 2014 (Biyernes) ang nandugan ng maagang pamaskong ito. Sinimulan ang programa ng lakbay aral sa pagkita-kita ng mga magiging bahagi ng proyektong ito sa Santa Scholastika noong ika-anim ng umaga. Sa tulong ng mga kasapi ng CCD at EDSOC ay sinundo ang mga bata sa Taguig kasama ang mga guro na sina Gng. Mona at Gng. Gale, upang maging gabay para sa maluwalhating paglalakbay na ito.

 Makikita mo sa mga mukha ng mga bata ang sobrang kasabikan at kagalakan sa gagawing lakbay-aral aral. Bago simulan ang lahat, nagpakilala ang bawat kinatawan ng EDSOC sa mga magulang at nagbigay ng mga paalala sa mga bata na huwag lalayo, sasama at makikipag-usap kung kanino na tanging sa mga otorisadong tao lamang lalapit. Kalapkip din ng oryentasyon ang pangako sa mga magulang na isasagawa ang ibayong pag-iingat at ibabalik nang ligtas ang kanilang mga anak. Ang bawat Ate at Kuya ay may tigdalawang batang aalagaan at babantayan. Mula sa pagsakay sa bus ay sinimulan na ang pagbuo ng ugnayan sa mga bata ng ate at kuya. Magkatabi ang bawat isa sa upuan sa kabuuan ng paglalakbay upang maging komportable ang mga bata sa kanilang tagapagbantay. Sinimulan ni Pam Goduco, miyembro ng Edsoc ang paglalakbay sa pamamagitan ng panalangin. Ang unang naging destinasyon ng lakbay aral ay sa Manila Zoo, masisilayan mo ang labis na tuwa sa mga mga bata lalo na nang makita ang mga ibat-ibang uri ng mga hayop. Ang dalawang miyembro ng CCD na sina Isaac Iglesias at Aubrey Jimenez ang naging “kuya Kim” upang ipaliwanag ang mga katangian at uri ng hayop na nakikita ng mga bata. Tuwang-tuwa ang bawat mag-aaral nang makita nila ang elepante, ang malalaking leon at, iba’t ibang uri ng sawa. Pati mga unggoy ay nakipaglaro rin sa mga bata. Sa loob din ng parke nagsalo-salo ang bawa’t isa sa munting pagkaing inihandog ng EDSOC. Hindi rin pinalagpas ng paglalakbay na ito na hindi mabisita ang Luneta Park na isa sa mga makasaysayang parke sa ating bansa. Ang bawat isa ay nagtungo sa Children’s Playground para sa isang programa na pinangunahan ng Edsoc at CCD. Iba’t ibang palaro ang isinagawa para sa mga bata at sa kanilang ate at kuya. Bawat nagwagi ay nakatanggap ng munting regalo na magagamit ng bawat bata sa kanilang pag-aaral tulad ng: kwaderno, lapis, krayola, at babasahing pambata.

Tinapos ang espesyal na araw sa pagpunta sa Santa Skolastika, upang makilala ang bawat madreng naging bahagi ng adhikaing ito. Nagmano ang mga bata bilang tanda ng pasasalamat at pagmamahal sa lahat ng nakiisa sa matagumpay na programang ito lalo’t higit kina Sr. Mary Emmanuel Espera, OSB at Sr. Celine Suplala, OSB na pinabaunan pa ang mga bata ng bottled water para pamatid-uhaw habang nasa byahe.

Ang EDSOC at ang CCD ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng sumuporta sa kanilang programa lalo na ang opisina ni Mayor Joseph Estrada na nagpahintulot upang makapasok nang libre sa Manila Zoo ang mga bata, Bb. Elizabeth H. Espino, Executive Director nang National Parks Development and Committee na nagbigay ng pagkakataon na magdaos ng programa sa Children’s Playground sa Luneta, at higit sa lahat sa College Outreach Center na nagtiwalang ipaglaloob ang proyektong ito na sa unang tingin ay malabong matupad ngunit naging posible at matagumpay dahil sa pagtutulungan ng bawa’t isa. Ang lakbay-aral na ito ay hindi lamang nagturo at nagbukas ng bagong kaalaman sa mga mag-aaral ng Play and Learning Community Center kung hindi maging sa mga nag-organisa ng makabuluhang proyektong ito. Napuno ang bawat isa ng aral na hindi malilimutan at ang pakiramdam na kaligayahang hindi masusukat ng anuman.

Ang ganitong adhikain ay sumasalamin sa tunay na katangian ng isang Kulasa na maging maalam sa kaisipan at may pusong handang magmahal, katawang kayang kumilos at iaalay ang sarili at matalinong isip para sa kapakanan ng bawat isa lalo na ang mga nangangailangan

Isinulat ni: Christine Paula Capiral

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