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To boost food security, the DA is relying on new engineers.

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) welcomed 507 new agricultural and biosystems engineers, boosting food security in the Philippines.

The new engineers were among 1,392 people that passed the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) board exams in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Koronadal, Legazpi, Tacloban, and Tuguegarao in September 2021.

“Our wish is for you to realize President Rodrigo Duterte’s dream of a food-secure Philippines and to double the income of farmers and fisherfolks, which is a commendable and high-caliber approach in uplifting the morale and socioeconomic status of Filipino farmers and fisherfolks toward a modernized agriculture sector,” said Engr. Sherwin Valdez, Professional Regulatory Board for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers.

He explained to the new engineers that their services are required in a variety of fields.

“Marami tayong puwedeng pasukan dahil napaka in demand ng ating propesyon (You may work in a variety of sectors because our profession is in high demand),” he remarked.

On Friday, the board members were sworn in online by PRBABE Chair, Engr. Ariodear Rico, who is also a DA – BAFE Director.

According to PRBABE member Engr. Juana Tapel, PhD, the passing mark this year is lower than the previous board examination in 2019.

She explained that some ABE graduates choose not to take the board test since it could be postponed or canceled, as it was in 2020.

Juven Genovia Luzorata of the University of Southeastern Philippines – Tagum, who received an 83.02 percent mark, was the highest student in the 2021 class.

With an 82.65 percent score, Jan Gabriel Urriza Bernardo of Laguna State University – Siniloan came in second, while Abdullah Peralta Meriales of Central Luzon University came in third with an 82.64 percent score.

The top-performing school was the University of the Philippines – Los Baos, which had a 93.94 percent passing rate under Dean Rosanna Amongo (31 out of 33).

According to the PRC, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is a profession that requires “the application of fundamental and known engineering principles to the specific circumstances and requirements of agriculture as an industry and as a subject of research.”

It covers agricultural and biosystems engineering consultancy, valuation, investigation, and management services, as well as engineering design, plans, specifications, project studies, and estimates for agricultural and biosystems, aquaculture and fisheries, and forest product machines.

Agricultural and biosystems engineering facilities/services, systems, and technologies are also covered, as are agricultural and biosystems buildings and structures, farm electrification, and energy systems; agricultural and biosystems processing equipment, irrigation, and soil conservation systems and facilities; agricultural and biosystems waste utilization systems and facilities; and agricultural and biosystems waste utilization systems and facilities; and research and development, training and extension work, and consultancy services on agricultural and biosystems engineering facilities/services, systems, and technologies.

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