NARTDI celebrates 20th Founding Anniversary

The National Apiculture Research, Training, and Development Institute celebrated its 20th Founding Anniversary on October 5-6, 2021 anchored in the theme, “Transforming Beekeeping Initiatives: NARTDI’s Commitment in Sustaining Excellence for Better Partnerships in Community Development.” The opening and closing programs were streamed live via Facebook.

Dr. Jaime I. Manuel, Jr. raises thumb with NARTDI personnel during the 20th Founding Anniversary of NARDTI on October 5-6, 2021.  Right at his back is NARDTI’s Executive Director, Dr. Gregory B. Viste. (Photo | VLBersamin)

The program kicked off in an opening prayer led by Mr. Merlito D. Tangalin immediately followed by the singing of the national anthem, recitation of DMMMSU PVMG, quality policy statement, quality objectives, core values, and NARTDI VMGO

In his opening and welcome message, Mr. Joseph A. Panas, Division Chief for Research and Development, recognized the individuals behind the transformation of the Institute.

In his message, Dr. Jaime I. Manuel, Jr., DMMMSU President, said that the theme of this year’s founding anniversary spells out the vigorous desire and intent of the Institute in engaging the active participation of all concerned government agencies, non-government organizations, state universities and colleges, and other apiculture stakeholder institutions.

“As you herald a new decade of quality service with our stakeholders, sustain our drive to go forth and deliver to our constituents our lasting passion and commitment to serve,” Dr. Manuel said.

Furthermore, Dr. Gregory B. Viste, NARTDI Executive Director, reported the Institute’s highlight of accomplishment along with research, extension, planning, and administrative services. He extended his gratitude to the men and women of NARTDI, and to President Manuel for his support in the realization of this year’s accomplishment of the Institute.

Meanwhile, two beekeepers in La Union namely Mr. Rodel F. Esperon of Bacnotan and Mr. Jose Joel G. Barbero of Rosario shared their beekeeping stories in a recorded video presentation mentioning how NARTDI helped them on their beekeeping journey, the benefits they acquire in beekeeping, and the challenges they encountered, and their coping mechanisms.

The program showcased also the major and special awardees of the Institute celebrating their unwavering dedication, meritorious commitment, and commendable service that contributed to the growth of the Institute.

The following are this year’s major and special awardees:


Researcher of the Year

Mr. Merlito D. Tangalin

Extension Worker of the Year

Prof. Carolyn A. Akilith

Office Worker of the Year

Mr. Rizalde A. Claro


Past Administrator


Division Chief, Research and Development (August 1, 2018-June 13, 2021)

Institutional Research Collaborators

Benguet State University

Quirino State University

Mountain Province State Polytechnic College-Tadian Campus

Individual Research Collaborators

Mr. Adriano E. Necesito

Dr. Kenneth A. Laruan

Mr. Patrick L. Bete

Mr. Rodel F. Esperon

Mrs. Shirley O. Lopez

Prof. Amory A. Umayat

Ptr. Jonas C. Dela Cruz

Dr. Rommel G. Peralta

The Major Awardees

On October 6, a cooking show, amazing race, and quiz bee for NARTDI personnel were conducted. What’s more, the closing program in the afternoon highlighted the awarding of winners in the poster making and dessert cooking contests.

Below are the winners:

Poster Making Contest (Elementary Category)

1st Place Aaron Jhonrick P. Facinal
Bacnotan Central School
2nd Place Kristelle Jane T. Jalop Zaragoza Elementary School
3rd Place Princess Lheewins A. Nebres
Oya-oy Elementary School


Winners in Poster Making Contest (Elementary Category)

Poster Making Contest (High School Category)

1st Place Fritz Allan R. Licudan
Bitalag Integrated School
2nd Place Jerwin Dave G. Almojuela
Stella Maris Academy
3rd Place Jenelle P. Fabros
Lord of Zion Divine School








Winners in the Dessert Cooking Contest Using Honey

Dessert Cooking Contest Using Honey

1st Place John Lord P. Cajala San Fernado City, La Union  
2nd Place Daphne Juza K. Tarnate San Gabriel, La Union  
3rd Place Marnellie V. Hufalar Bacnotan, La Union










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