About Us

    In 2001, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research released a P 5M institutional grant to VSU. The grant was used to upgrade the facilities of the Analytical Services Laboratory (ASL) of PhilRootcrops, particularly for the purchase of vital laboratory equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometer, gas chromatograph, water analyzer, protein digestion system, and a fume hood. ASL was then converted into the Central Analytical Services Laboratory (CASL), now one of the central support services units for RD and E attached to the Office of the Director of Research and Extension Programs Office of VSU. It formally started its operation in June 2002. CASL now occupies the entire second level of the west wing of the PhilRootcrops complex. 

    CASL facilities are envisioned to provide reliable analytical services to researchers, technicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, local government units and other interested individuals of the Visayas and CARAGA regions.

    Capabilities of the Laboratory

    a. Instrumentation

    Major pieces of equipment include an atomic absorption spectrometer, gas chromatograph, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, water analyzer, balances, protein digestion system, fat extractor, centrifuge, pH meter, drying ovens, muffle furnace, steam distillation units and other assorted supporting laboratory equipment.

    b. Capability

    The laboratory is a university approved service center providing routine and special analyses for a variety of sample matrices such as soil, soil extracts, plant tissue, plant tissue extracts, water, compost, and organic materials.

    c. Quality Control

    To ensure the accuracy and precision of results, CASL follows quality control/quality assurance guidelines. Check and reference samples are used daily to maintain a quality control for soil and plant samples.

    Equipments

    Laboratory Staff

    Cynthia Dolores V. Godoy, M.S.
    Lab-in-charge/Chemist
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    Phone: (Office) - (053) 563-7229 

    Juvylyn R. Glory
    Science Research Assistant
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    Angelica C. Asoy 
    Science Research Assistant
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    About PhilRootcrops

    The Philippine Root Crop Research and Training Center (PhilRootcrops) is a government research, development and training institution for root and tuber crops: cassava, sweetpotato, taro, yam, yambean, arrowroot and other rootcrops.
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    Vision, Mission & Goal

    Vision
    Creating wealth, enhancing health, improving lives through roots and tubers
    Mission
    To provide the national leadership in formulating and implementing strategic root crop research and development programs that can reduce poverty and food insecurity
    Goal
    To generate and promote root crop innovations and information that can improve the lives of stakeholders along the root crop value chain.

    Contact Information

    DR. ERLINDA A. VASQUEZ
    Director
    PhilRootcrops, VSU,Visca, Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines 6521-A
    Tel No. | Fax No.: (+63)(053)563-7229
    Email: lindvasq@yahoo.com | philrootcrops@vsu.edu.ph
    For queries, comments, and suggestions, kindly email us.
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