MAKATI, Philippines - A forum jointly organized by the Philippines and France highlighted several factors that affect the integration of smallholder farmers, such as markets, standards, organization, policies, and investments. Recognizing the crucial role of smallholder farmers in sustainable food production to achieve food security and nutrition, the Department of Agriculture, together with...Read more
Bangkok, Thailand - Three administrative staff from SEARCA were welcomed by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization's Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat) at its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on 20-21 September 2017 as part of the SEAMEO Staff Exchange Program. The program aims to enhance cooperation and partnership between and among SEAMEO Centers and the SEAMEO Secretariat, as...Read more
BANGKOK, Thailand – The Government of Thailand, through the Ministry of Education (MOE), will host the 65th SEARCA Governing Board Meeting on 19-20 October 2017 at the Radisson Blu Plaza here. This is the sixteenth time the country will host such meeting since Thailand joined the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1965.
As the highest policymaking body...Read more
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Mr. Nomer C. Esmero, Senior National Coordinator, Better Rice Initiative for Asia (BRIA), GIZ, talks about the logic of rice farming, an ethnography of a farming village in Mindanao, Philippines.
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The Umbrella Program on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia is envisaged to serve as a platform for collaborative research on food security among the University Consortium members and partner universities/institutions from the other Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization (SEAMEO) member countries. It aims to align the program of work on food security of SEARCA and the...Read more
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JASC would implement the administrative arrangement and facilitate linkages between the relevant...Read more
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Ma. Cecilia Irang, PCC Information Officer, said about 200 participants from the Philippines and other Asian countries are expected to attend the event, which will be held at the...Read more
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IKM Mentorship Program successfully launches first activity
The participants with the SEARCA Project Team led by Prof. Llarena, Project Leader, and Ms. Julia A. Lapitan, Head of the DA-BAR Applied Communication Division.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), commissioned by the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), successfully launched the Orientation and 1st Face-to-Face Session under the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Mentorship Program: Communicating Agriculture and Fisheries Research for Inclusive and Sustainable Development (CAFRISD) on 12-15 September 2017 at SEARCA’s headquarters here.
Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development, welcomes the participants in behalf of Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director.A total of 14 participants, composed of the regional information and R&D officers from DA Regional Field Units, completed the four-day activity.
The first two days of the session were dedicated to the Orientation of the IKM Mentorship Program. This included the project’s overview as well as the introduction to the course and Canvas LMS navigation, the online platform used by the participants. The Capstone Project, the final integrated output of the participants, was also discussed.
On the third day, three resource persons from DA shared their knowledge about the Philippine Rural Development Projects, Community Based Participatory Action Researches, and Technical Commercialization in relation to inclusive growth and sustainable development. The resource persons were Mr. Shandy Hubilla, Director of Project Support Office-Luzon B cluster under the DA-National Project Coordination Office (NPCO); Ms. Amavel Velasco, Senior Agriculturist of the Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division; and Mr. Glenn Dimayuga, Project Development Officer IV of the Technical Commercialization Division under the DA-BAR.
The last day of the session was allotted for the overview of the remaining modules. The participants were also grouped to meet their specific mentor.
Prof. Elaine DC. Llarena, Assistant Professor, UPLB-CDC, provided the course introduction of the IKM Mentorship Program.Other than the face-to-face sessions, the IKM Mentorship Program also has online sessions, which will run throughout the six-month duration of the IKM Mentorship Program. Participants can access their online sessions through Canvas LMS. Lesson 1 of Module 1 was posted on 22 September 2017.
The IKM Mentorship Program will have two more face-to-face sessions, with the next session scheduled in the first week of December 2017.
The activity was spearheaded by the SEARCA Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS) led by Dr. Lope B. Santos III, Unit Head; Ms. Nancy M. Landicho, Program Specialist; and Ms. Imelda L. Batangantang, Program Associate. The SEARCA Project Team is composed of Assistant Professors from the University of the Philippines Los Baños-College of Development Communication (UPLB-CDC), with Prof. Elaine DC. Llarena serving as Project Leader and the overall facilitator; Prof. Pamela Joyce M. Eleazar, Mentor on Online and Publications Writing and Production; and Dr. Edmund G. Centeno, Mentor on Photography and Audio-visual Writing and Production. Also part of the team are University Extension Specialist Rikki Lee B. Mendiola also serving as online learning expert and mentor, and Ms. Amy A. Antonio and Ms. Marie Antoinette F. Bangabang, Project Assistants, providing technical and logistical assistance in the training. (MFABangabang)
DA-NPCO Project Support Office-Luzon B Cluster Director Shandy Hubilla talked about Philippine rural development projects on the third day of the Orientation and 1st Face-to-Face Session of the IKM Mentorship Program.
Ms. Amavel Velasco, Senior Agriculturist, DA-BAR Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division, discussed community based participatory action research.
Mr. Glenn Dimayuga, Project Development Officer IV of the DA-BAR Technical Commercialization Division, answered the queries of the participants regarding his talk about technical commercialization.