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Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, Dean of College of Agriculture and Food Science was grateful to the over-whelming 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.

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The College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy in the Philippines, the Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, and the College of Economics and Management, conducted an agri-food lecture titled “Innovation for sustainability: What can the Philippine-Netherlands partnership contribute?”, last March 10 at the SEARCA DL Umali Auditorium.

CAFS Dean Enrico P. Supangco, who formally opened the day’s program, pointed out that the lecture was a timely event as it coincided with the celebration of the 108th Foundation Day anniversary of CAFS to which he said that if it were a human being, he can be called a “super senior citizen” with all the awards that have been bestowed on him.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., who formally welcomed the guests, speakers and participants, said that UPLB has been mandated in setting innovation in agriculture and to commence and sustain public service endeavor that will not only benefit our fellow Filipinos, but also promote and advance the inclusive growth in the Philippines. He added that agriculture is integral for our national development and it affects our country’s role position in global relations. Moreover, he said that agriculture is intimately related to problems such as hunger, poverty, malnutrition, livelihood and food security. But amidst all challenges that our country’s agriculture sector faces, we are optimistic in finding solutions to these challenges. He pointed out that these solutions must be efficient, innovative and inspiring. He also expressed hope that the lecture will allow everyone to re-examine our methods and ways of thinking.

Marion Derckx, The Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines, stressed in her keynote message the need to strengthen agriculture by modifying our technologies and providing infrastructure facilities that will help reduce poverty, solve malnutrition and eventually help improve the lives of the Filipinos. She also mentioned the need to make agriculture “sexy” by making innovations that will be appealing to young people. She also expressed her country’s willingness to continue with the partnership by helping the Philippines modernize agriculture through sharing of knowledge and technology.

Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc, general manager of East West Seed-Philippines and one of the plenary lecturers, talked about the potential of vegetables which she considers as the forgotten crop in the Philippines. She presented the importance of vegetables as source of nutrients and income. She also presented challenges in the vegetable industry; but behind these challenges are success stories of farmer heroes who have transitioned from smallholder farmers to commercial farmers. Concluding her presentation, she said that development of the agricultural sector requires the concerted effort of stakeholders in government, farmers, food suppliers, extension workers, academe, and value chain actors. She stressed the need for a more active public-private partnership and inclusive business model.

Dr. Gerth HJ Kema, a plant pathology professor from The Netherlands Wageningen University, discussed how The Netherlands made the agricultural sector attractive to young people by applying science and technology to the field and how the use of advance technology guarantees stable and relatively high profit for farmers.

Dr. Fenton D. Beed, regional director for East and Southeast Asia Operations of World Vegetable Center, presented the whole picture of agriculture from production to consumption and how to prevent or minimize postharvest losses.

The agri-food lecture was also attended by Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, vice-chancellor for research and extension; college deans namely: Dr. Felino P. Lansigan (Arts and Sciences), Dr. Isabelita M. Pabuayon (Economics and Management), Dr. Willie P. Abasolo (Forestry and Natural Resources), Dr. Raden G. Piadozo (Human Ecology) and Dr. Jose V. Camacho (Graduate School); faculty, alumni and students. (Imelda M. Gesmundo, photo courtesy of OPR)

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The BS Agriculture (BSA) Program of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) has finally received its ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) assessment report on 16 March 2017.

BSA received better than adequate rating based on the 11-point criteria set by the network. The assessment was conducted last 23-25 January with assessors Associate Professor Dr. Le Quang Minh of Vietnam National University and Dr. Agus Setiabudi, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia together with AUN Deputy Director Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti and AUN Programme Officer Wilansinee Sittisomboon gracing the event. Also, present in the said event to support the college were deans of the different colleges, former deans, retired professors, professor emeritus and national scientists of CAFS.

BS Forestry of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) simultaneously also went through the assessment. The result was released two months from the actual assessment. (Written by CELee)

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The UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), through its institutes and centers, put up a four-day exhibit at the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) as part of the week-long celebration of the 108th CAFS Foundation Day.

The exhibit was formally opened last March 7 through a cutting of the ribbon by Atty. Cristela Wednesday N. Padua, consultant for Legal Affairs of the office of Sen. Cynthia A. Villar. She was assisted by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and Dean Enrico P. Supangco. Also present in the said activity were representatives from various UPLB units, government agencies and private companies/individuals.

With its theme, “Strengthening Academe Industry Partnership Towards Inclusive Growth in Agriculture”, the exhibit showcased different products, technologies and services of CAFS. At the entrance of the exhibit area, displayed as a backdrop is a photo paper visual about the newly restructured College of Agriculture and Food Science with its five degree granting institutes and four research, development and extension (RDE) institutes and centers. A display of information, education and communication materials being produced by the CAFS Publications Section, including price list of books available at CAFS Bookstore, were provided for visitors to see. Likewise, recent issues of the Philippine Agricultural Scientist Journal were also made available.

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At the Institute of Plant Breeding booth came a wide array of vegetable seeds, legume seeds, fruit crops, soil-less production of vegetables through SNAP Hydroponics, sinta papaya seedlings, hibiscus hybrids, different accessions of taro (Colocasia esculenta), corn grits with its corn sinukmani which was introduced to the public through a taste test. The Institute of Crop Science (ICropS) booth has a display of its edible landscaping model, tissue cultured bananas and orchids. The Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC) had displayed tarpaulins including some samples showing how to extend the storage life of horticultural crops, various methods of increasing the shelf life of perishable crops and innovative ways throughout the handling chain. For the Agricultural Systems Institute (ASI) booth, displayed as backdrop were tarpaulin posters of its RDE programs and a display of its soil test kit. The National Crop Protection Cluster (NCPC) and the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (IWEP) showcased their respective crop protection test kits and bio-pesticides. The Institute of Food Science and (IFST), the Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI) and Institute of Animal Science (IAS) had their display of their fruit wine, ube powder, dairy products and processed meat products, respectively.

Notable individuals who visited the exhibit were no less than the Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines, Marion Derckx and UP President Danilo L. Concepcion. Students from UP Rural High School, Maquiling School Inc. and Los Baños National High School also viewed the exhibit. (Written by Imelda M. Gesmundo, photo courtesy of OPR)

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As a new era unfolds, the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) celebrated a week-long foundation anniversary last March 6-10.

Early in the morning of March 6, UPLB officials, guests and alumni trooped to the Foundation Site at Brgy. Timugan, Los Baños, Laguna to commemorate the momentous day when the college was born. The gathering is also a concrete proof that, even with the new name as CAFS, there have been tremendous collaboration, interaction and sharing of resources within the nine units that were formed out of the restructuring the college.

With a strong message of unity and collaboration emphasized by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., the CAFS constituents were determined to adhere to the goals of the college; thereby, showing support to the enhanced objectives of UPLB, including modernization and public service. The same point was stressed by Dean Enrico P. Supangco, citing the success of CAFS’ inclusion and active participation in the ASEAN University Network Quality Assessment. Dean Supangco underscored the team work that the college has to maintain in order to achieve its many objectives. In the same manner, For. Leo Ballesfin, current president of the UPLB Alumni Association, expressed support and cooperation for the continuous growth of CAFS while Los Baños Mayor Caesar P. Perez also promised continuous cooperation and collaboration with UPLB in terms of peace and security. Dr. Pio Javier, retired multi awarded researcher of the National Crop Protection Center (NCPC) and guest speaker, briefly related his challenging encounters as a researcher and gave hope to the younger researchers to face the serious task of doing more serious research works.

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As expected, the recognition and awarding ceremonies drew quite a crowd from CAFS constituents. Recognized were outstanding employees, researcher, and topnotchers in the licensure examination for agriculturists as well as 2016 retirees from different CAFS units. Student achievers were also given due recognition. Former Chancellor Ruben L. Villareal read the message of Regent Nelia T. Gonzales who traditionally grants achievement awards for faculty, REPS and administrative staff. Chancellor Sanchez and Dean Supangco led the awarding ceremony.

The formal launching of the CAFS was held at the Institute of Plant Breeding, as expressed by the exhibit displays from all units and institutes and witnessed by constituents, students, local and foreign visitors, and dignitaries. In separate exhibits at the NCPC and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, their technologies, products and services were also showcased. There was also a field demonstration of the Carrageenan technology, a collaborative effort of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development and the NCPC. Representatives from the office of Sen. Cynthia Villar expressed interest in the technologies that were displayed by these institutes/centers. Together with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, represented by Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang, the exhibits were successfully unveiled and promoted by a number of accomplished researchers in the fields of research, extension and public service.

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During the CAFS family day, Dean Supangco reiterated his call for team work among CAFS constituents to realize the goals of the college. Meanwhile, Chancellor Sanchez also promised more development and modernization in terms of infrastructures and physical facilities for different institutes and centers.

The exhibit lasted until Mar 10, wherein UP President Danilo Concepcion and his wife, Atty. Gabby Concepcion, had a pleasant view and briefing about the numerous technologies. The couple enjoyed the wines of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, the products of the Dairy Training and Research Institute, and marveled at the other technologies presented.

Prior to the exhibit viewing, Pres. Concepcion was also introduced in a formal ceremony at the DL Umali Hall where he was entertained by songs and dances from UPLB community.

The NCPC and the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (formerly Crop Protection Cluster) hosted this year's CAFS Foundation Day celebration. (Written by RG dela Cruz, with photo courtesy of OPR)

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Dr. Desiree M. Hautea, Guillerma Z. Valencia, and the Rice Variety Improvement Program won accolades during the recognition program of the 108th UPLB Foundation Day Anniversary Celebration held last March 6 at the Baker Hall, UPLB.

Dr. Hautea, research faculty of the Institute of Plant Breeding, was chosen as Outstanding Researcher in Natural Sciences (Senior Faulty). She was recognized for her pioneering study in using modern biotechnology that made eggplant resistant to fruit and shoot borer infestation. Her 15 years of research in Bacillus thuringensis (Bt) eggplant led to the crop’s economic and environmental benefits to farmers and consumers.

Guillerma Z. Valencia, university researcher of the Agricultural Systems Institute, won the Outstanding Extension Personnel Award for her passion and dedication in serving the small farmers nationwide and transforming them into “Farmer-Scientists” – the goal of the Farmer Scientist Training Program (FSTP). Valencia heads the FSTP’s Mindanao operation.

The Rice Variety Improvement Program, headed by Dr. Jose E. Hernandez of the Institute of Crop Science, was awarded as the Outstanding Research Team for introducing rice varieties that could thrive in rainfed lowland ecosystem and survive the onslaught of El Niño. These rice varieties, products of hybridization and selection, were certified by the National Seed Industry Council.

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The aforementioned personnel and team of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) also won the same awards during the CAFS Recognition Program held on the same day at the Agronomy-Soils-Horticulture lobby, UPLB. (Written by Apolinario L. Lantican, with information from UPLB Horizon, January-March 2017)

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Thursday, 30 March 2017
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