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.
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.
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)