De La Salle Araneta University-Agrivet Sciences Institute (DLSAU-AGSI) houses the BS Agriculture program and is located at Salikneta Farm, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The Salikneta Farm is a 64-hectare farm and about 48% is utilized for fruit and crop production and animal (hog breeding and fattening, egg production, and cattle raising). It is also home to around one hundred forty BS Agriculture students from Freshman to students into their third year of the program. Under the Newton Project, DLSAU-AGSI will be in charge of the production of struvite from waste water septage and test its efficacy as fertilizer to selected crops under field and greenhouse conditions.
The four man-team from DLSAU-AGSI are Maria Eda Apple A. Suplido as Project Manager and three project assistants namely Elma Pulgarinas, Elmer Montebon, and Emmie Marie Rosales.
Maria Eda Apple A. Suplido
Maria Eda Apple A. Suplido is currently the OIC, Executive Director of DLSAU-AGSI and a Assistant Professor. A graduate of University of the Philippines Los Baňos for both her BS Agriculture and Master’s Degree specializing in Soil Science. Her primary role is to oversee and ensure the smooth implementation of activities guided by the project time line.
Ms. Elma Pulgarinas
Ms. Elma Pulgarinas is a faculty of DLSAU and currently taking her Master’s Degree in Soil Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Under the project, she will be in-charge of struvite production and its application to crops under greenhouse condition.
Mr. Elmer Montebon
Mr. Elmer Montebon is a faculty of DLSAU and is currently taking his Master’s Degree in Horticulture with specialization on crop production at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He will evaluate the efficacy of struvite fertilizer applied crops under field conditions. Efficacy will be measured base from the physiological and agronomic traits of the chosen crops from transplanting to harvesting and if possible to post harvest.
Ms. Emmie Marie Rosales
Ms. Emmie Marie Rosales is a faculty of DLSAU and has recently finished her masters in Stakes and Challenges in Animal Production at UniLaSalle Campus de Beauvais in France. As Project Assistant, Ms. Rosales will assist in struvite production, communication with partners and facilitation on the request and procurement of materials and equipment.
Converting wastewater into nutrient-rich fertilizer for a better city of the future