The ABE Department of the College of Agriculture successfully held its 5th MSU-GSC Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Exposition (ABE Expo 2019) at Veranza Mall Activity Center last May 14-15, 2019. The objective of the two-day event is to showcase the knowledge and outputs of students in various areas of studies, as well as update them on the latest trends in research and development relevant to the practice of agricultural engineering.
The ABE Expo 2019 was officially opened on May 14, 2019. The ABE faculty members and alumni gave a series of seminars. Engr. Guillermo P. Pantuhan and Engr. Michell O. Serviñas presented two studies under the CHED-NAFES-funded project entitled “Community- Level Capacity Building for the Utilization of Renewable Energy in General Santos City.” Updates on recent developments of the biogas facilities in San Jose and Sinawal, the two barangay benificiaries of the said project.
Engr. Jane S. Malasador and Engr. Amie Grace S. Villamonte discussed the results of their internally funded project called “Spatial Analysis of Crop Suitability and Water Potability in Different Barangays of General Santos City.”
Engr. Cresinte M. Gumilao Jr., Business Counselor from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region XII, delivered his topic on “Opportunities for ABE in the MSME Sector.” On the other hand, Engr. Lilian L. Dela Cruz, Agrarian Reform Program Officer II of the Department of Agrarian Reform Sarangani, tackled “Agriculture 4.0: The DAR Initiatives” and talked about the recent programs of her office. Both speakers are both university alumni.
Dr. Edward R. Lapong, the College Dean, led the ribbon- cutting during the opening ceremony and officially opened the exhibits. ABE Expo 2019 was participated by different courses in the BSABE program and was composed of different contests including photojournalism and video-making. In the AE 128: Agricultural Structural Engineering II, participating teams put up scaled miniatures of various farmstead designs. The “Agriventure” Team won the top prize with their breathtaking livestock and corn farmstead miniature. For AE 132: Forest Products Engineering, students also laid out processing plant designs for different forest products of which the “Haribon” Team emerged as champions. Meanwhile, innovative food products were displayed for free- tasting in the AE 138: Postharvest Technology for Non-Grains exhibits. The “Soyami Balls,” meat substitute product from soybean curd residue, was declared as the Best Product. Interactive displays from AE 123: Hydraulics for Agricultural Engineering were also exhibited.
The ABE Expo 2019 was sponsored by Bounty Fresh Food, Inc., Dolefil Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (DARBC), Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures Inc. (CPAVI), Suki Trading Corp., Agri Component Corporation, and several private individuals.