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)