The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), under the leadership of its new Chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., has committed to launch the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) Summer School on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia in July 2015. This was firmed up during the 27th UC Executive Board Meeting on 14 November 2014 at the New World Hotel, Makati City, Philippines.
Recognizing the importance of attaining food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia, the six member-universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) have agreed to implement a number of collaborative projects to address this emerging concern in the region.
MANILA, Philippines – The 62nd meeting of the Governing Board (GB) of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was held at the Holiday Inn and Suites Makati on 17-18 November 2014.
The Kingdom of Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation that borders Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Thailand. Its capital city is Phnom Penh. With a surface area of 181,035 sq. km., Cambodia is once a French colony and is now divided into 20 provinces. It has a distinct geographical personality: it is a wide basin surrounded by highlands. Its terrain consists mainly of low plains, with mountains to the southwest and north. Two dominant physical features of Cambodia are the Mekong river, which runs from north to south of the country, and the Tonlé Sap Lake. Natural resources include oil and gas, timber, gemstones, iron ore, manganese, phosphates, and hydropower potential. (http://www.tourismcambodia.org/contents/about_cambodia/)
Khmers have called their country Kampuchea (usually rendered Kambuja) since the 16th century. The name is derived from the word kambu-ja, meaning those born of Kambu (a figure of Indian mythology), which was first used to refer to the people of Cambodia in the 10th century. The Portuguese Cambodia and French Cambodge from which the English name Cambodia is derived, are adaptations of “Kampuja.”
It was the Khmer Rouge who insisted that the outside world use the name Kampuchea. Changing the country’s official English name back to Cambodia was intended as a symbolic move to distance the present government in Phnom Penh from the bitter connotations of the name Kampuchea, which the outside world associate with the murderous Khmer Rouge regime. As a result of the United Nations sponsored and enforced election in May 1993, the Kingdom of Cambodia is now safe to travel and tourism has once again become possible. Often overshadowed by the traumatic events of its recent past, Cambodia, as home of the Khmer culture remains one of the most important and exotic countries in Southeast Asia. (http://www.asiatravel.com/cambinfo.html)
Battambang, located in northwestern Cambodia, has the second most populous city in the country after Phnom Peng. The provincial capital, also Battambang, has always been a popular destination for its nearby ancient temples, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist shrines. Sitting on the Sangker River just southwest of the Tonlé Sap lake, Battambang town is the heart of Cambodia’s “rice bowl,” and it maintains an untouched, bucolic feel. The streets are filled with remarkably well-preserved French colonial buildings alongside traditional Cambodian houses. The nearby countryside harbors old pagodas, Angkorian era ruins, caves, waterfalls, and Khmer Rouge period killing fields. (http://www.tourismcambodia.org/provincial_guide/index.php?view=detail&prv=2)
The World Bank (2013) puts Cambodia’s total population at 15.14 million, with an annual growth rate of 1.8 percent. Ninety-nine percent of residents are Khmer; the rest are Cham (Khmer Muslim), Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Phnorng, Kuoy, Stieng, Tamil, etc.
Khmer is spoken by some 13 million people in Cambodia, where it is the official language. It is advanced in education with application of Indic languages Pali and Sangkrit from India. Some technical languages are borrowed from French. However, English is commonly communicated in hotels and business compounds. French and Mandarin are also frequently spoken in the country; most elderly Cambodians speak French and many people in the Khmer-Chinese population speak Mandarin.
Thearavada Buddhism is the official religion in Cambodia which is practiced by 95 percent of the population-- just like that of Thailand, Burma, and Sri Lanka. However, Christianity and Cham Muslim are being active and popular among a large number of population as well in the capital and provinces, showing a sign of growth. Daoism and Confusionism are also commonly practiced among the Chinese people.
Buddhists see the universe and all life as part of a cycle of eternal change. They follow the teaching of Buddha, an Indian prince born in the sixth century B.C. Buddhists believe that a person is continually reborn, in human or nonhuman form, depending on his or her actions in a previous life. They are released from this cycle only when they reach nirvana, which may be attained by achieving good karma through earning merit and following the Buddhist path of correct living.
Cambodia lies in a tropical zone between 10 and 14 degree of latitude north of the equator. The temperature is fairly uniform throughout the year and averages 25°C (77°F). The relative humidity is higher at night and usually in excess of 90 percent, during the day the average humidity is 80 percent.
Cambodia’s dry season runs from November to April, and the rainy season between May and October can make overland travel impossible, with some areas flooded out.
Modest dress is the rule in Cambodia, particularly for women. Although many tourists wear shorts to deal with the heat, the locals tend to cover as much skin as possible. In Cambodia, shorts are considered proper attire only for schoolchildren.
Lightweight, loose-fitting, cotton clothing is recommended for the dry season, when the weather is hot and humid. Visitors may wish to pack long pants and long-sleeved shirts for hiking, trekking, or outdoor activities. A hat and sunglasses may be useful for when walking around under the sun.
During the rainy season, visitors may want to bring a light rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased cheaply in Cambodia) or a sturdy umbrella. A light jacket or cardigan will come in handy during the months of December and January, when temperatures are at their coolest.
Men in Cambodia typically wear collared shirts and long pants. Women should not wear short skirts or show their shoulders.
Although tourism has caused this standard to lax somewhat, always dress conservatively when visiting temples, homes, or entering a public office.
Bring light cotton clothes and a hat to beat Cambodia’s heat. Sturdy shoes are well-advised for the major walking around when visiting cultural sites like temples and pagodas. Also, when visiting these sites, both sexes will be wise to wear something modest.
Cambodian food is closely related to the cuisines of neighboring Thailand and Laos, and to a lesser extent, Vietnam, but there are some distinct local dishes. Cambodian cuisine includes noodles, soups, grills, stir-fried, curries, salads, desserts, lots of vegetables, tropical fruits, and of course, rice, which is the staple food for Cambodians. Battambang region is the country’s rice bowl. Most Cambodian dishes are cooked in...
26-30 January 2015 University of Battambang, Cambodia
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Three SEARCA officials were among the recipients of University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association (UPLBAA) awarded at the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011 at the EB Copeland Gymnasium, UPLB.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (second from right) and Mr. Gil Antonio C. Saguiguit III (rightmost) accept the 3 Generation Award given by the UPLBAA during the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, together with his late father, Dr. Gil F. Saguiguit, former SEARCA founding Deputy Director, and his son, Mr. Gil Antonio C. Saguiguit III, are members of the Saguiguit family who were given the 3 Generations Award. Dr. Saguiguit, Sr. graduated from UPLB in 1947 with a BS in Agriculture (BSA), while Dr. Saguiguit, Jr. completed his BSA in 1974 and MS in Agricultural Economics in 1977. Mr. Saguiguit III obtained his BS in Agricultural Economics in 2011.
Dr. Francisco F. Peñalba. (second from right) receives the Outstanding Alumnus award conferred by the UPLBAA during the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011.
Dr. Francisco F. Peñalba (BSA 1971), Deputy Director for Administration, was named Outstanding UPLB Alumnus (Research and Community Service).
The UPLB Chancellor and Country Representative of the Philippines to and Chair of the SEARCA Governing Board, Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco (BSA 1978, MS 1982), was given the UPLB Distinguished Alumni (University Administration).
Other UPLBAA awardees were three SEARCA graduate alumni namely: Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, President, Maejo University, Thailand; and Dr. Samakkee Boonyawat, Associate Professor at the Department of Conservation, Faculty of Forestry, in Kasetsart University, Thailand; and Dr. Carmencita Kagaoan, Head, Institutional Development Division, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), Philippines (see related story). (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)