Building Blocks of a Science City
Why this city is called the Science City of Muñoz? A question most individual often ask after looking in the Philippine map and see the only science city in the country. This documentary is a proof that this title is rightfully to be given to Science City of Muñoz.
The Science City of Muñoz is located 147 kms. north of Manila and 30 kms. away from Cabanatuan city. A promising city of minds and resources responsible for world-class excellence in advancements in the field of agriculture, aquaculture, education and governance.The city comprises atotal land area of 16,305 hectares, composed of 37 barangays. Majority of the city is used as farmland.
December 9,2000 marks the birth of the only science city in the country from a science community it is then converted to Science City of Muñoz upon R.A.8977 through the effort of Hon. Efren L. Alvarez, its founder. The city then started growing as a city of promising modernizations in science and technology.
The Science City of Muñoz is now headed by our beloved hardworking Hon. Nestor L. Alvarez, Ph.D., the municipal mayor and TekiladV Alvarez, vice mayor. A government excellent and supportive in endeavors pertaining to the growth of the municipality’s major industries aided with science and technologyas well as improving education to meet competitiveness in global demands. Different institutions are responsible for strengthening this legacy, proving the world that we are the only science city in the country and we are Science City of Muñoz.
Science City of Muñoz is a municipality favorable for different institutions who are advocates of science and technology, an avenue of innovations and advancements towards the goal of producing competent individuals and discovering new machineries that would aid Filipinos in different fields related to science and technology applicable to the citizenry.
The Central Luzon State University, a center of excellence in education is one of the prestigious institutions found in Science City of Muñoz. CLSU is regarded not just an institution but rather a little community committed in developing socially responsible and empowered human resources and knowledge for poverty alleviation, environment protection and global competitiveness towards sustainable development. (clsu.edu.ph.)
CLSU is currently on its 106th year and still proud as one of the more renowned and prestigious higher education institution in the country dedicated in providing well-trained people and providing services with an inedible mark of excellence with the aid of remarkable and trusted professionals. (clsu.edu.ph)
Situated in Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija is a government controlled corporation major in rice research, the Philippine Rice Research Institute or PhilRice. Rice being the staple food of Filipinos, Philrice was created in order to develop national rice research programs to sustain and improve the gains of rice production. The institution aims to improve the income and economic condition of the Filipino farmers, expand employment opportunities in the rural countryside and promote the welfare of the Filipino through self-sufficiency in rice production. (www.philrice.gov.ph.)
This institution continuously seeks solutions in emerging problems and demands pertaining in rice production in the country.
Another institution found in the city is the Philippine CarabaoCenter or PCC. PCC operates as an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture which aims to improve the general well-being and competitiveness of the livestock industry stakeholders. PCC’s main concerns are on the genetic improvement, enterprise development, research and development to improve the carabao industry. (www.pcc.gov.ph)
The MilkaCrem, a new franchise of the Philippine Carabao Center which offers processed commodities from carabaos such as fresh milk, ice creams, yogurts, chocolate drinks, pastillas and more. It is a one stop shop beside PCC, a clean and ambient place for dining and shopping best-loved dairy products. A proof of how creative Filipinos can be to promote our own products.
PhilMech stands for Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization formerly known as BPRE is located along CLSU Compound, Science City of Muñoz, NuevaEcija. An institution that empowers the agriculture and fishery sector of the country by increasing resource-use efficiency and productivity, reducing losses and adding value to the produce through research, development and extension. Their mandate is to generate, extend and commercialize appropriate and problem-oriented agriculture and fishery postharvest and mechanization technologies.
The task of introducing and encouraging Filipino farmers to venture on new machineries and equipment in farming and fishery is main focus of this sector. Philmech, a place very conducive for research to generate improvements and developments in science and technology.
The Nueva Ecija Fruits and Vegetables Seed Center is situated in front on the Philippine Carabao Center and has a total land area of 10 hectares. This establishmentfocuses on upgrading and innovating fruit bearing trees and vegetable seeds endemic in the region to meet the demands of the country. It is a center of producing viable seeds that will withstand uncontrollable factors. Truly a symbol of excellence in fruit trees and vegetables seed production.
A partnership between two distant nations in order to attain excellence in the field of agriculture is the formation of the Philippine-Israel Center for Agricultural Training. An institution that would cater trainings and demonstrations to aid the Philippines with advancement in farming in Israel applicable to our country.
PICAT’s current state of affairs goes beyond the relationship of the two nations but rather the perception of each proponent involved in the project and their motivation to further its success. (embassies.gov.il/manila/marshav/pages/The_Philippine_Israel_Center_for_Agricultural_Training)
The National Irrigation Administration and Casecnan Multi-Purpose Irrigation and Power Project located in the corner of CLSU compound formed a joint project responsible for irrigation development and management and utilize available water resources to a much useful form, as a source of power supply.
The Casecnan Dam is a multipurpose dam providing water irrigation and hydroelectric power generation while its reservoir affords flood control. It generates 140 megawatts of power for the Luzon grid that will supply cheap electricity to millions of people of Luzon including Metro Manila.(wikipedia.org)
The National Irrigation Administration and Casecnan Multi-Purpose Irrigation and Power Project is an establishment that strengthen the available water system in the province , extending effort for helping the agricultural sector but the supply the demand for a cost-effective alternative power supply for the country, a probable reason why we are exempted from the price increase experienced in Metro Manila.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources can be found in CLSU compound, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, an institution that aims to improve fisheries productivity within ecological limits and empower stakeholders towards food security, inclusive growth, global competitiveness and climate change adaptation. Along with other regional offices of BFAR, this agency is also responsible for the development, improvement, management and conservation of the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources. (www.bfar.da.gov.ph)
Located within CLSU campus is the National Freshwater Fisheries Technology Center (NFFTC), a center established to provide non-degree and post-graduate training in aquaculture. NFFTC serves as the Philippine Germplasm Reference Collection Center for Tilapia and other freshwater species and an institution that undertakes, develop and evaluate different studies in aquaculture production system techniques. (www.bfar.da.gov.ph)
Fishes are the primary source of protein needs in the dietary intake of Filipinos as these products are readily available and are much cheaper than other protein rich foods in the market, thus the need to ensure that the supply for fishes are enough for the growing population is a must. The Science City of Muñoz is one with the country’s goal of finding ways to provide the necessary supply of fisheries and aquatic resources in every Filipino household and other parts of the world.
The Soil and Water Resources Management Center of the Science City of Muñoz operates under the Bureau of Soils and Water Management through the Department of Agriculture. This agency is responsible for advising and rendering assistance on matters relative to the utilization of soils and water as vital agricultural resources. (Wikipedia.org)
As a municipality whose major industry is on agriculture, the need to protect and ensure vital natural resources are utilized accordingly is the responsibility of everyone with proper supervision from the government. The Science City of Muñoz is an advocate of protecting these natural resources.
The National Small Ruminant Center (NSRC) is located inside the CLSU campus. It is an institution chosen as a quarantine site for goats and sheep imported from USA. They operate under the Bureau of Animal Husbandry- Department of Agriculture. This sector focuses on measures to prevent the risk of spreading incubating and on-going diseases of imported ruminants on local animals. (www.clsu.edu.ph)
In line with the goal of the national government of making in science and technology more accessible to Filipinos and encouraging participation of the citizenry, the Department of Science and Technology created several regional and provincial offices. The DOST-III office in the Science City of Muñoz cooperates with all DOST offices to pursue its declared state policy and support local scientific and technological efforts, develop local capability to achieve technological self-reliance, promote public and private sector partnership in science and technology activities, and encourage the private sector to take a greater role in research and development activities.(region3.dost.gov.ph)
Situated in CLSU Compound is the office of the DENR-CENRO. This agency along with the municipal government of the Science City of Muñoz works hand and hand in protecting and enriching our natural resources, spreading environmental awareness and encouraging citizens to act responsibly. In this regard, the city envisions living as a role model in cleanliness and order and to serve as an advocate of protecting our earth and to lessen the effects of global warming.
The Regional Science Teaching Center is a research and development center located inside CLSU campus. This institution also focuses on generating research and technologies for its clientele. This research and development center also serves as laboratories for students and as agri-tourism attraction. (www.clsu.edu.ph)
RSTC also functions as a hostel, a place accessible and favorable for stay for visitors and participants in any trainings or seminars held in the university.
Another center for research and technology is the Ramon Magsaysay Center of Agricultural Resources and Environmental Studies that can be found inside CLSU. All institutions functions with the common goal of innovating the agricultural and environmental well-being of the country through research and development studies.
These institutions are not just the features you’ll love about Science City of Muñoz because we are not just a city of science and technology but rather people of science and technology. These are several reasons why we are the only science city in the country but there’s more for everyone to discover about the Science City of Muñoz and the means to attain it is for individuals to come and see our city personally and be part of our growing innovations as a science city because we are worthy to be called Science City of Muñoz.