BSA students clinch victory in organic agri quiz bee

Two (2) Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) students of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) Tagum-Mabini Campus, Mabini Unit, clinched victory in the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Davao Region Kabataang Organic Agriculture (OA) Quiz Bee 2023.

With the guidance of Ms. Lira May Sibongga as their coach, Irish Ale Pregua emerged as the champion and Kent Harvey Burlas secured a stellar second place in the competition. Pregua is a second-year student while Burlas is a third-year student majoring in Soil Science.

The Kabatang OA Quiz Bee, hosted by ATI- Research Training Center (RTC) XI during its launching of the first “Kalambuan sa Kaumahan: An ATI Davao Region Expo” on November 24-25, 2023, at Ayala Malls Abreeza, Davao City, generally aims to create awareness of the youth on organic agriculture and boost enrollment in agriculture and agriculture-related courses in the region.

Twelve (12) college students taking agriculture or agriculture-related courses from six (6) State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Davao region participated in the said quiz bee. The event presented a rigorous test of the participants’ knowledge across various facets of organic agriculture, which include Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, Basic Principles of Agriculture, Latest Philippine National Standards on OA, Concoctions, Extracts and Fertilizer Production, Crop Production, Participator Guarantee Systems, and Current Events on OA.

Pregua received a cash prize of PhP 5,000.00, while Mr. Burlas received PhP 3,000. Both were also given a medal, certificate, and five (5) kg of brown rice.