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The College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) gave due recognition to its 288 graduates, composed of 127 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA), 92 Bachelor of Science in Food Technology (BSFT), 60 Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology (BSABT), and 9 Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Chemistry (BSAgChem) during a breakfast reception held last June 24 at the Agronomy-Soils-Horticulture (ASH Lobby), Institute of Crop Science, CAFS-UPLB.

Arnel B. Villancio, Jr., a BSA graduate, major in Agricultural Systems, led this year’s batch by getting the highest general weighted average of 1.1762 (summa cum laude).Aside from receiving the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture Medal, he also received the Joaquin J. Gonzalez medal and the Dean’s Medal of Excellence.

Ma. Cristina R. Ilano, a BSFT- magna cum laude, received the Julian A. Banzon medal and the Dean’s Medal of Excellence

Other honor graduates who also received the Dean’s Medal of Excellence are Gio Ferson M. Bautista (BSAgChem, magna cum laude), Jhon Mark O. Trinidad (BSA- Horticulture, magna cum laude), Maria Sandra Renee C. Tapia (BSFT, magna cum laude), Nadine B. Coronado (BSA- Agronomy, magna cum laude), Gerieka R. Anapi (BSFT, cum laude),  Zyla N. Capiz (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Benjamin Christian J. Esguerra (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Elson Ian Nyl E. Galang (BSA- Landscape Agroforestry, cum laude), Jan Michael A. Salgado (BSFT, cum laude), Rex Joseph DJ. Enabore (BSA-Entomology, cum laude), Niña Kate C. Jingco (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Elsa Joy T. Horiondo (BSFT, cum laude), Mary Shaddeline L. Zafra (BSA-Horticulture, cum laude), Maura Mercedes L. Santos (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Maeden B. Bato (BSA-Entomology, cum laude), Maria Kenneth Lane R. Suplito (BSA- Soil Science, cum laude), Jared Lou DR. Rivera (BSFT, cum laude), Andreia Isabela P. Dita (BSFT, cum laude), Switzer Joy L. Ducos (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Bien Coleen Q. Mayuga (BSFT, cum laude), Kathlen B. Racho (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Mirah Jasmine R. Agquiz (BSFT, cum laude), Jomari C. Domingo (BSABT- Crop Biotech, cum laude), Czarina Ericka Mari A. Cruz (BSFT, cum laude), Heway, Christian A. Serra (BSA-Agronomy, cum laude), Joshua A. Crepa (BSFT, cum laude), Alden Bradley R. Lusanta (BSFT, cum laude), Adelbert Adrian A. Sendon (BSA- Plant Pathology, cum laude), Patricia Izabelle M. Lopez (BSA- Agronomy, cum laude), Rachele L. de Torres (BSA-Plant Pathology, cum laude), Alessandra Therese L. Matro (BSFT, cum laude), and Angel Mae D. Manato (BSA-Soil Science, cum laude).

A total of 34 or 12% of the graduates have honors.

On the other hand, Jomar P. Taguba, a BSFT graduate, got the UPLB Alumni Association Leadership Award Medal.

In his message to the students, Dean Enrico P. Supangco reminded the graduates that education does not end with a college diploma. There are many things to learn outside the real world. Moreover, he encouraged them to go into something that they are passionate about, and if they have the creativity and innovativeness, be entrepreneurial. Moreover, he advised the graduates not to waste their time as time is indeed limited. He urged them to be their own boss.

Ending his message, Dean Supangco quoted lines from Anonymous: ”A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others. It is only then that we could have a full, happy and contented life.” He then challenged them, “Go and be an inspiration to the Filipino people. Live up to be the Iskolar ng Bayan, Iskolar Para sa Bayan”.

Also part of the breakfast reception was the recognition of the CAFS volunteers to Ugnayan ng Pahinungod and the scholars of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research and the Sugar Regulatory Administration. They were given certificates and medals by Prof. Glenn S. Lubuguin, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar and Atty. Anna Rosario V. Paner, respectively.

Gabriel M. Salazar, BSA Class 1987 and president of STERIX Inc., served as the guest speaker .

The breakfast reception was also attended by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan, Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs Serlie B. Jamias, National Scientist Ricardo M. Lantican, former deans of CAFS, members of the CAFS Executive Committee, faculty, staff, and parents of the graduates. (Imelda M. Gesmundo)

The National Crop Protection Center (NCPC), a revitalized research center under the restructured College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) held a week-long celebration of its 41st Foundation Anniversary.

The first day of the celebration was a ribbon cutting ceremony led by UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and CAFS Dean Enrico P. Supangco. The ceremony signaled the opening of the week-long events and the NCPC showcase of mature and recent technologies that lasted for five days. During the opening day, a “happy” and “nostalgic” chancellor addressed the NCPC constituents and guests, expressing his ardent desire to rebuild NCPC as a prime research center. He advised young researchers to keep the legacy of the center and to level up to the best of their capacities as research and extension workers on pest management and crop protection. Dean Supangco also emphasized that the young generation should keep and flourish the works of the old researchers. Dr. Fernando F. Sanchez, NCPC founder and first director was also present during the event.

The second day of the celebration focused on the farmers being the major clients of the center. About 50 field workers coming from Nagcarlan, Laguna and Sariaya Quezon were present for a consultation with the different researchers on different topics. The five NCPC division heads enlightened the farmers with knowledge on Biodiversity, Pest Management, Pesticide Management, Public Service consisting of technical services on pest and disease diagnostics and other crop protection techniques. The farmers also enjoyed viewing the NCPC exhibit.

On the third and fourth days, there was an in-house sports fest, a hilarious beauty contest tagged as “Mutya ng NCPC”, awarding of winners, and a testimonial ceremony for recent retirees.

The culmination of the anniversary celebration was an Advisory Board Meeting presided by Chancellor Fernando F. Sanchez. It was attended by CAFS Dean Enrico P. Supangco, and representatives from the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), PCAARRD Crops Research Division, and a farmer representative from Sariaya, Quezon. Also present in the celebration were the NCPC division heads led by the current OIC Dr. Gil L. Magsino. The meeting that tackled NCPC accomplishments and future plans in RDE will have a sequence to seek audience from the chairman of the board, DA Sec. Emmanuel F. Piñol.

Historical background: NCPC, founded through Presidential Decree 936 on May 19, 1976 has been the center for excellence in research, training and extension for four decades, had 6 directors until 2005, wherein it was merged with the departments of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and the Weed Science Division of Agronomy. After 12 years of clustering, NCPC now stands as a revitalized research center following the approval of the Board of Regents (BOR) in December 2016, the restructuring of the College of Agriculture now known as College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS). (RG dela Cruz)

Ten graduates of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), UPLB finished in the Top 10 of the 2017 licensure examination for agriculturists.

As announced by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last May 5, the following UPLB examinees who excelled are: Allan Taniegra Si, 3rd; Ana Mikaela Buendia Maravilla, Gladys Saculles Morado and Jecel Alon Saguindan, Jr., 5th; Elson Ian Nyl Ebreo Galang, 6th; Gene Teri Gevila Casas, 7th; Nel Oliver Bautista Mateo, 8th; Jomari Badillo Delos Reyes, 9th; Kohlin Mabborang Lallabban and Ken Guiller Artieda Vicente, 10th.

A total of 28 out of 29 or 96.55% of examinees from UPLB passed the examination given by the PRC in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

Since the inception of the licensure examination in 2003, the CAFS-UPLB has consistently led in terms of passing rate, thereby affirming its status as the country’s top agricultural school. (Apolinario L. Lantican, with info from rappler.com)

The UP Board of Regents (BOR) 1322nd meeting on November 24, 2016, approved the establishment of the UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UPSAE) located in Anflo City, Panabo, Davao del Norte. It will be an extension of UP Los Baños in Mindanao.

The Anflo Management and Investment Corp. (ANFLOCOR) donated more than three hectares of land, buildings and facilities to UP. The UP PSAE will offer graduate UPLB courses and short courses. It aims to address the need for masteral and doctoral programs on agriculture and environmental science. Included in the initial implementation are Master of Science programs in Agronomy, Animal Science, Entomology, Food Science, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, and Plant Pathology.

Starting first semester of academic year 2017-2018, the school will initially offer an off-campus graduate programs and short training courses. It is expected to have its own faculty and staff to offer courses on its sixth year.

Currently, the UPLB Graduate School together with the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science are conducting an off-campus MS Entomology program at the Anflocor Corporate Center in Davao City. (LBColumbres)

Sources: http://uplb.edu.ph, posted by Mark Jayson E. Gloria news dated 19 January 2017 and http://www.up.edu.ph, posted on 27 February 2017 by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc in In the News

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The College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS)’ Green Hunters (student division) emerged as winner in the recently concluded PALARONG UPLB 2017, obtaining a total of 1,805 points from various sports events and other contests such as ballroom dancing, Filipino games and DOTA.

The College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT)’s Royal White placed second with 1,693 points. In third place was the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Yellow Raptors with 1,464 points.

Meanwhile, the Green Hunters’ faculty and staff placed second in the overall ranking, garnering a total of 1, 123 points behind the College of Arts and Sciences’ Blue Champs with 1,170 points. The Yellow Raptors (composed of the Colleges of Forestry and Natural Resources, Human Ecology, and Veterinary Medicine) was third place with 1,096 points.

The Palarong UPLB is an annual university-wide sports competition conducted by the UPLB Sports and Recreation Committee in coordination with the Department of Human Kinetics; and hosted by the different Colleges.

With this year’s theme, “Gear UP”, Palarong UPLB 2017 opened last March 27 and commenced last April 7. This was hosted and organized by CEAT and UPLB Sports and Recreation Committee. (Imelda M. Gesmundo with information from www.uplb.edu.ph)

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Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, Dean of College of Agriculture and Food Science was grateful to the overwhelming support the College has been receiving from the Alumni. “The alumni have always been supportive to our endeavors. We grow with them and they are the clear manifestation how successful we are,” said Dean Supangco. And just recently, a group of alumni led by Dr. Norberto T. Ison, President of University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Group in America (UPLBAGA) in California paid homage to the College.

“Mas maganda na kami ay tumulong kasi dati rin kaming natulungan ng University,” Dr. Ison uttered as they express continuous support to be able to help not just the institution as well as the students. (CELee)

Philippine Standard Time
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
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