Category Archives: Extension and Public Service Activities

INSTAT celebrates 29th National Statistics Month

In celebration of the 29th National Statistics Month last October, the Institute of Statistics conducted various activities in line with the theme, “Exploring Philippine Wonders in Numbers: Statistics Towards Sustainable Tourism Development”.

INSTAT kicked-off the celebration with the opening of a weeklong exhibit highlighting the tourism industry in Laguna. Three posters were exhibited. The first poster, “Laguna in a Snapshot,” focused on the demography of Laguna. The poster included interesting facts such as sex ratio, education profile, and populous municipalities and cities in the province. The second poster, “Tara! Mag-Food Trip sa Laguna,” presented the most famous food delicacies that each municipality can offer. These delicacies include: buko pie for Los Banos, puto for Binan, monay in Bay, pineapple in Calamba, “itlog na pula” or salted egg in Victoria, “kesong puti” or white cheese in Lumban, bibinka de macapuno in Sta. Cruz, and espasol in Pagsanjan. The third poster, “Biyahe Tayo sa Laguna,” focused on the tourism statistics of the province. These statistics included total tourist arrivals and total tourist establishments. It also showed that tourists from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia are the top visitors in the province. The poster also showed that the top tourists attractions: hotspring resorts in Calamba, the amusement park and international companies in Sta. Rosa City, the Seven Lakes in San Pablo City, the St. John the Baptist Church, Pasalubong Center, and Footwear Trade Fair in Liliw, and Makiling Botanic Gardens and the BSP Makiling Camp in UP Los Banos.

A Glimpse at INSTAT Research and Extension Activities for 2015

In response to the challenge posted by climate change, Project SARAI, funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was launched in November 2013. SARAI which stands for Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry (SARAI) consists of five component projects. One of the main components of the Project SARAI is Project 1. Model Development and Crop Forecasting , is based at INSTAT, with Dr. Felino P. Lansigan as Project Leader. The project aims to construct crop models using processed based and/or empirical models for six major crops namely: rice, corn, coconut, banana and coffee/cacao. These models will be used to provide timely crop advisories to farmers and other  agricultural stakeholders. INSTAT Director Dr. CE Reaño serves as Commodity Leader for Coconut in Projects 1 and 2 of SARAI.