University of the Philippines Los Baños

Convo and awarding

A College that is integral to national development and a University that contributes to the growth of Mindanao – this is how Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. described the two major "harvests" of the University in his welcome remarks at UPLB's 108th Foundation Day Convocation and Awarding Ceremonies on March 6 at the Charles Fuller Baker Hall with the theme "Harvest 2017."

On the first, Chancellor Sanchez was referring to the shift in paradigm of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) from primary production to a value chain perspective that was the substantial aspect of its restructuring and renaming from the College of Agriculture to CAFS.

On the second, he was referring to the establishment of the UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE), UPLB's extension campus in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

These are two of the milestones that the Chancellor said are expected to bring the University to a wider scope of influence in the country's agriculture agenda.
The five clusters of the then CA have been restructured to nine units to support the country's thrust to modernize the agriculture sector.

The initiative to establish UP PSAE is aimed at providing a UP education within the reach of students, accelerate human capital formation, and serve as a catalyst for development in the Davao Region.

On its first five years, UP PSAE will be under the UPLB Graduate School and will offer off-campus graduate programs and short training courses starting the First Semester of Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018. Anna Floresca Firmalino, a faculty member at the College of Economics and Management shall serve as its first program director.

The creation of UP PSAE and restructuring of the CA into the CAFS were approved by the UP Board of Regents 1322ndmeeting on Nov. 24, 2016 and 1323rd meeting on Dec 16, 2016, respectively, in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

 

More harvests

Every Foundation Day celebration is an opportunity for UPLB to recognize and honor the personnel and research and extension teams that exhibited exemplary service to the University and its stakeholders.

UPLB honored 17 individuals and a research team this year. One of its exemplary alumni and now UP Regent Francis C. Laurel (BSA '69, magna cum laude) gave the keynote address during the program. In his speech, Regent Laurel talked about how he imbibed the culture of excellence.

"My grandfather planted the seed of excellence in my young mind, and it was in UPLB where the seed blossomed into reality," shared Regent Laurel. The grandfather whom Regent Laurel was referring to was Dr. Jose P. Laurel, former Philippine president. "As a young boy, my grandfather would always tell me that If I wanted to succeed in this world, I would have to do things well; to be the best in all the things I do.

Leading successful businesses for the past years, such as YKK Philippines, Inc., Toyota Batangas City, Inc., and Toyota Camarines Sur, Inc., Regent Laurel underscored the value of perseverance, dedication, and commitment to one's success.

These qualities are, in fact, the common characteristics that nominators used to describe the 17 outstanding personnel and research team, who completed UPLB's harvest this year.

This year's awardees are the following: 

teachers

OUTSTANDING TEACHERS. Flanked by Dr. Portia Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs (leftmost) and Chancellor Sanchez and Regent Laurel (1st and 2nd from right) are: (from left to right) Asst. Prof. Aldo Gavril Lim (social sciences and humanities, junior faculty); Asst. Prof. Mark Anthony Rabena (biological sciences, junior faculty); Asst. Prof. Nicolo Masakayan (social sciences and humanities, senior faculty); Dr. Editha Jose (physical sciences, senior faculty); Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo (biological sciences, senior faculty); and Ramoncito Cambel (physical sciences, junior faculty). 

researchers etc

OUTSTANDING RESEARCHERS, EXTENSIONIST, RESEARCH TEAM, AND ARTIST. With Dr. Susan May Calumpang, assistant to the vice chancellor for research and extension (leftmost) and Chancellor Sanchez and Regent Laurel (1st and 2nd from right) are: (from left to right) Dr. Edwin Alcantara (researcher, natural sciences - REPS); Guillerma Valencia (extensionist); Dr. Desiree Hautea (researcher, natural sciences - senior faculty); James Alvarez (researcher, junior category); Dr. Zenaida Sumalde (researcher, social sciences and humanities – senior faculty); Asst. Prof. Elmer Rufo (artist); Dr. Menandro Acda (researcher, natural sciences – senior faculty); and Dr. Jose Hernandez, representing the Rice Varietal improvement Program (research team).

admin

OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL. Flanked by Asst. Prof. Genaro Cuaresma and Dr. Crisanto Dorado, assistant to the vice chancellor and vice chancellor for administration, respectively (first and second from left) and Chancellor Sanchez and Regent Laurel (1st and 2nd from right) are: (from left to right) Sancho Lanao (blue collar); Nicolas Despues (technician); Paciencia Dela Peña (office personnel); and Elizabeth Casabuena (supervisor). 

Casabuena, an administrative officer at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food of the College of Human Ecology, delivered the response on behalf of all the awardees. By way of encouragement to her fellow awardees she said that the recognition is in appreciation of their work and an answer to the call of duty. "Narito tayo upang tuparin ang ating misyon: ang pagsilbihan ang unibersidad at ang ating bayan (We are here to fulfill our mission: to serve the University and the country)."

Present during the ceremonies were Staff Regent Alexis Mejia; For. Leo Ballesfin, president of the UPLB Alumni Association, Inc.; members of the UPLB management and executive committees; and some of the University's professor emeriti. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria and Jessa Jael S. Arana)

 

 

UP and the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA)  that will pave the way for the physical development of the UP Professional Schools in Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) in Agriya, Panabo, Davao del Norte. The MOA signing took place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 30 at the UP BOR Room in Quezon Hall.

The MOA formalizes the donation of 31,000 sqm of land by ANFLOCOR to UP and for the former to design, develop and construct buildings and facilities on the donated land. Its signing follows on the heels of the recent approval by the BOR of the establishment of UP PSAE in Agriya, Panabo City in Davao del Norte at its 1322nd meeting on Nov. 24.

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Ricardo Luis Mateo F. Lagdameo, vice president of Damosa Land Inc., an affiliate of ANFLOCOR,  signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.

In his message, President  Pascual shared how the formation of UP PSAE adds to the other efforts of the UP System to bring UP education to other parts of the country, with previous initiatives seeing the establishment of UP professional campuses in Cebu, Pampanga, Tacloban, and at the Bonifaco Global City in Taguig.

Lagdameo said that the project is in line with ANFLOCOR’s vision for the Davao del Norte land use master plan in which they hoped to include various components of  agriculture. According to him, UPLB was the ideal educational institution to partner with to achieve this vision and improve agriculture in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, who signed the agreement as a witness, said that with the opportunities and challenges presented by the ASEAN Integration, it is  “crucial and timely that an educational institution that specializes in agriculture be established at the heart of the center of agriculture in the Philippines.” He added that this partnership is an opportunity to bring UPLB’s expertise closer and make it more accessible not only in Panabo City, but the rest of Mindanao.

Establishment of the UP PSAE is an initiative of UPLB that is anchored on UPLB’s proven capacities in agriculture and environmental science.

The UP PSAE will progress in two phases. The first, covering five years, starts on the First Semester of Academic Year 2017-2018. UP-PSAE will offer off-campus graduate programs and short training courses under the supervision of the UPLB Graduate School through a program director.

On its Phase II,  UP PSAE will become a new school of UPLB and will have its own dean and residential graduate programs. A budget of PhP271 million shall be allocated for UP PSAE’s first 11 years.

(JJA Arana & MJE Gloria, with excerpts from the UP PSAE Proposal)

UPLB will soon have a presence down south, in the country’s banana capital.

This is through the establishment of the UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) in Anflo City, Panabo, Davao del Norte, which the UP Board of Regents (BOR) approved at its 1322nd meeting on Nov. 24.

This UPLB extension campus aims to provide UP education within the reach of students, accelerate human capital formation, and serve as a catalyst for development in the Davao Region.

“With its proven capacities in agriculture and environmental science, UPLB is positioned to contribute immensely to development efforts in the Davao Region and neighboring communities,” articulated by the document explaining the rationale of the newly approved UP PSAE.

The UP PSAE will progress in two phases.

The first phase covering its first five years will see the offering of off-campus graduate programs and short training courses starting the First Semester of Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018 ,with the formal opening of the campus the AY after. The UPLB Graduate School shall supervise the UP PSAE, through a program director, during this phase.

The second phase, on the other hand, will start on its sixth year. This would be a time when the UP PSAE shall become a new school of UPLB, with its own dean and residential graduate programs.

A budget of PhP271 million shall be allocated for UP PSAE’s first 11 years, while the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) will donate about three hectares of land and capital outlay for the infrastructure.

ANFLOCOR’s donation of land and construction of relevant structures for the future school are articulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UP and ANFLOCOR dated Nov. 20, 2014. The MOU also provides for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which shall detail the partnership between the two institutions, and which will be signed early next year. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria, with reports from the UP PSAE Proposal written by Assistant Professors Anna Floresca F. Firmalino and Arlene C. Gutierrez)

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Official announcement of Concepcion’s selection from the Office of the Secretary of the University on Facebook.

The Office of the Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents announced today, the selection of University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Danilo Lardizabal Concepcion as the new President of the University of the Philippines.

Concepcion, known in his radio program Usapang de Campanilla on DZMM as ‘Danicon’, will succeed President Alfredo E. Pascual on February 2017 for a six-year term. He was among the six nominees for the UP Presidency who presented their mission and vision for the university at The Search: A Forum for the Selection of the Next UP President.

Dean Concepcion finished Agricultural Engineering, summa cum laude, at the De La Salle Araneta-University in 1979, topping the board exam. He graduated from the UP College of Law, cum laude, in 1983, passing the Bar Examinations as a topnotcher. He later earned his Master of Laws at the University of London in 1986, as a scholar of the British government.

For a profile of Dean Concepcion from the UP College of Law, please click here.