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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

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:, posted by Mark Jayson E. Gloria news dated 19 January 2017 and, 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

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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)

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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)

Philippine Standard Time
Sunday, 28 May 2017
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