Visualizing what COVID-19 does to your body

By now, researchers and health experts have gained a better understanding of the range of symptoms caused by COVID-19, which include fever, a dry cough, and of course, the dangerous inflammation of the respiratory system.

Most of us know that COVID-19 can be much more severe than a typical flu, but lesser known are the mechanics behind how the virus causes pneumonia in its victims.

Today’s informative illustration, by scientific designer and animator Avesta Rastan, details the effects COVID-19 has on our lungs, from moderate to severe cases.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most people who contract COVID-19 only experience mild flu-like symptoms. Occasionally though, the infection can cascade into a severe case of pneumonia that can be lethal, especially for older people and those with underlying medical conditions.

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12 AgRecoletos students receive CHED TAP scholarship

The CHED Tulong Agri Program (TAP) granted scholarship to 12 students enrolled in the Agriculture Program of UNO-Recoletos.

Based on CHEDRO Memorandum No. 256, series of 2021, the students must submit the required documents to receive the “financial assistance at these times of crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic”.

The 12 BS Agri students granted with CHED TAP are: Jestine Diane Exaltado, Kimberly Jingco, Anna Mae Poblacion, Marinel Lovino, Warren Sarona, Edmie Mata, Jienybel Tiangson, Eugene Lobaton, Dave Matthew Magbanua, Jude Baylon, Vincent Dominic Ade Perocho, and RB Michael Camalon.

“In almost 100 plus students applied in this scholarship, it is an honor to to be one of the 12 students granted with CHED TAP Scholarship. I feel overwhelmed and relieved because in that way I can lessen the expenses my parents are paying every semester for my tuition. I can say that TAP is one of the aides for the many stepping stones in pursuing my course and make me to focus more on my study,” Perocho, BS Agri 2nd year students, said.

“It is extremely heartwarming, and I’m so grateful that I am blessed to be one of the scholars, especially because we don’t have a business during this pandemic. With the support of this scholarship, I am motivated to continue my college studies,” Jingco, BS Agri 1st year student, said.

AgRecoletos places 3rd in research symposium

The School of Agriculture of UNO-Recoletos placed third in the 31st Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights (RSRDH), December 10.

Recoletos Online Learning Extension (ROLEx): an e-Learning for Agriculture Education, presented by Reymund Sabay, PhD, is the research entry of AgRecoletos for the Development and Technological category.

Along with Sabay of the College of Information Technology are Ma. Corazon Acaba, DVM, MBAH, Armigenia Benedicto, PhD and Jessan Cabunsol from the School of Agriculture, and Nena Samillano, PhD from the Special Technological & Educational Programs office of UNO-Recoletos.

The 31st RSRDH, an event of Western Visayas Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVAARRDEC), showcased significant research and development (R&D) findings of their member institutions in Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resource (AANR).

“It aims to identify mature technologies for packaging toward adoption, licensing, and commercialization in social science, natural and biological science, and development and technological researches,” WESVAARRDEC posted on their FB page.

Themed as “R&D in AANR: Moving Forward Towards Relevant Innovation”, the 31st RSRDH was held via Zoom, December 9 to 10.

AgRecoletos to hold webinar on Gamefowl breeding management

To continue the learnings of the Business Agriculture Technology (BAT) students of the School of Agriculture of the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, a webinar on “Poultry (Gamefowl) Breeding Management” is set via Zoom, July 23, 2021.

BAT students are invited to embrace the webinar with Resourse Speaker Sir Rey Bimbao of UNAHCO.


Field Crop Production (FICROP23G) adviser Mario Sedonio inspected the laboratory activities of students from Northern to Southern parts of Negros Occidental last March 2021.

The FICROP23G class comprises first-year BS Agriculture and Business Agriculture Technology students of the School of Agriculture, UNO-Recoletos.

The ocular visit aims to validate the students’ field works and prepare them for their assessment for Agricultural Crop Production NC II of TESDA.

UNO-Recoletos President officiates “Misa de Gracia for AgRecoletos”

To celebrate the successes and blessings and give thanks to God, The UNO-Recoletos School of Agriculture attended the ‘Misa de Gracia for AgRecoletos” at the Earth Chapel on April 26.

Rev. Fr. Don H. Besana, OAR, University President, officiated the thanksgiving mass.

The mass is intended for the blessings and achievements received by the School of Agriculture, like the winning research papers about “PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF EGGS FROM LAYER CHICKEN FED WITH MARIGOLD (Tagetes erecta)” and “The Efficacy of Ipil-ipil pods (Leaucaena leococephala) as Anthelmintic to Native Pigs”.

Moreover, the School of Agriculture is thankful for the KAYA loan granted to six UNO-Rians by the Department of Agriculture and the birthday of the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Annabee Claur, Ph.D..

The thanksgiving was live via the Facebook page of Heart Media Production and was attended online by the students and faculty of the School of Agriculture.

Safety and health protocols were observed during the said mass. The attendees only gathered for photo-op purposes.

UNO-Rians receive KAYA grants

Six UNO-Rians from the School of Agriculture were granted Kapital Access for Young Agripreneurs (KAYA) loan to start their respective agricultural businesses.

KAYA is a project of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) available for individuals ages 18-30 years old with an “extensive business proposal”.

The KAYA grantees are Reymark Gentugao, Rommie Ravinne Gene Celebrado, Aleksan Maikro Patricio, Jessan Cabunsol, Carlos Raphael Catague, and Klint June King.

Their projects vary from livestock swine production, aquaponics farming system, and layer chicken egg production.

“KAYA aims to finance the capital requirements of start-up or existing farm or fishery businesses,” DA stated in an article published on their website.

DA Secretary William Dar said that the KAYA loan program encourages the youth to take part in agriculture and fisheries to “ensure affordability and availability of food supply.”

The grantees were able to apply and submit their business proposals with the guidance and help of the School of Agriculture faculty of UNO-Recoletos.

“KAYA loan program enabled me to execute what I have in mind as a future agripreneur. This gives me a tremendous opportunity to apply my scholastic learnings in the actual and practical part of agriculture which is “money-making,” said Reymark Gentagao, KAYA grantee with business on “Diversified Agri-Livestock, Feeds and Rice Dealer Shop”.

“As an aspiring young agripreneur. The KAYA program is a great opportunity to enter as young as I am into the livestock industry and run my own business to have a sustainable living”, said Rommie Ravinne Gene Celebrado, also a grantee of KAYA with business on “Livestock Swine Production”.

Dairy for Life: a Story of Agri-Inspiration

Sir Elmor Juanitas is an alumnus of the School of Agriculture of the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos. He’s from Brgy. Minuyan, Murcia.

Sir Juanitas graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Major in Agribusiness degree in 1999. After finishing his studies in UNO-R, he volunteered in Don Bosco Parish, Mambukal. With his family farm, he started practicing the theories he learned in the School of Agriculture.

In 2000, he went to Japan and was trained for the production of cut flowers.

Years later, he continued his journey in New Zealand in 2012. He first worked there as a farmworker on a dairy farm. Because of his dedication to work and passion for agriculture, he was promoted to a higher position.
Currently, Sir Elmor Juanitas is the farm manager in one of the dairy farms in New Zealand.

“Agriculture is a lifetime job,” Sir Elmor said. he believes that “Agriculture is a way of life.”

UNO-R, industry partners sign MOA to support BAT OJT

Six industry partners and the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, together with TESDA, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to support the Business Agriculture Technology (BAT) Diploma internship program, March 06.

“Together with TESDA and industry partners, UNO-R would indeed be looking forward to finding more innovative ways to support and unlock students’ capabilities,” said Rev. Fr. Jose Alden Alipin, OAR, in his welcome message during the MOA signing at the President’s Hall.

Dr. Ma. Corazon Acaba, program head of the School of Agriculture, explained that the on-the-job training (OJT) programs are a course requirement providing an opportunity to apply the theories, principles, and ideas learned in the academe under supervision.

“These training programs expose the students to the realities, which ideally hone their skills and prepare them once they get out of UNO-R,” Acaba said.

Meanwhile, University President Rev. Fr. Don Besana, OAR, said in his message that “we have to remember that we have this delicate mission of giving the best education to our students at all times, bringing with us the gospel values, and enriching our students with the gospel values.”

“I’m very happy about this partnership with TESDA,” Fr. Besana said.

Also, Fr. Besana stated in his message that the government is doing its part in bringing good programs to the people, especially for the students for nation-building.

“Without agriculture, nobody among us here would live,” he said.

On the other hand, TESDA NOPO Acting Provincial Director Romelia Nuezca said that TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña sees the need for food security.

“We are mandated to encourage schools and TVIs to offer agricultural programs. It is noted in Negros Occidental that UNO-R is one of the providers of the agricultural programs, which is the diploma in Business Agriculture Technology,” Nuezca said.

She said that “UNO-R is already a recipient of several slots of scholarship programs… So more to come for 2021.”

Nuezca explained that TESDA is distributing 30 percent of the scholarship slots to agriculture programs nationwide.

The MOA signing between UNO-R and the industry partners is the first for TESDA in Negros Occidental. “It is with industry where we can develop the skills of our trainers. It is our industry that will hire our graduates. So this is a momentous event in TESDA Negros Occidental,” she said.

UNO-R RITTC-STEP Director Nena Samillano said that “TESDA is committed to provide scholarship to our BAT students for three years. Also, UNO-R is committed to provide quality education to the TESDA scholars.”

Fr. Alipin said that “we devote ourselves to building a mutual commitment to promote and develop agriculture and agribusiness for better progress and results with the assistance of different sectors, numerous experts and industry partners.”

“Because of the guiding principles of TESDA, which is ‘Sa TESDA Abot Lahat,’ the dreams and aspirations of the selected scholars are given hope,” he said.

UNO-Recoletos extends enrollment schedule

The Office of the President of UNO-Recoletos just released an extension of the schedule of enrollment for the 2nd Semester, A.Y. 2020-2021.

In a Facebook post of the UNO-Recoletos official page, the enrollment is extended until January 16, 2021, Saturday.

Moreover, classes for the 2nd Semester will officially start on January 18, 2021.

For clarifications and queries, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at 034 4332449 local 145.


To inspect and verify the different hands-on component activities conducted in the field as required in the laboratory of Organic Agriculture (OAGRIG13G) and Soil Fertility (SOIFER23G) subjects, the second-year students of the School of Agriculture, UNO-Recoletos, were visited by their professor, December 7-11.

OAGRIG13G and SOIFER23G Adviser Armigenia Benedicto, Ph.D., led the inspection of her students’ laboratory activities.

The four-day field visit also prepares the students for their Organic Agriculture Production NC II qualification by TESDA.

Despite the long-distance and unrepaired pathways, Dr. Benedicto managed to visit her students living from Municipalities of Calatrava, Manapla, Murcia, Isabela, and Cities Bacolod and Talisay.