SEARCA News

As agricultural research on omics as an emerging field of scientific technology that involves the study of molecular interactions found in living organisms becomes important especially during the pandemic, Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), discussed the importance of integrating omics in crop breeding program up to commercialization in the Mindanao-Wide Webinar on Omics Research, Moving Past Pandemics: Omics in Agriculture on 9 October 2020 held via Zoom. The webinar series organized by the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao kicked off with a discussion of omics research in… Read more
The Provincial Government of Laguna (PGL) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for institutional cooperation on 15 October 2020 at the Provincial Capitol Extension in Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines. Under the MOU, SEARCA and PGL committed to partner on a number of programs and projects, including joint capacity building activities and exchange scientific materials, publications, and information. SEARCA Director Glenn B. Gregorio emphasized that SEARCA puts premium in establishing “a better, bigger, and smarter academe-industry-government relationship in line with its 11th Five-Year Plan (2020-2025)” and that… Read more
Continuing its commitment in improving access to unbiased science-based information, SEARCA teamed up with the United States Embassy Manila and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) for the virtual Webinar on the Global State of Animal Biotechnology and the Need for National Policy Support held on October 6 and 8, 2020. The activity was also organized in collaboration with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), and the Committee on Science and Technology of the Philippine House of Representatives.      Developed for members of Congress and the Judiciary, the webinars served as an… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines - The ASEAN Climate Leadership Program (ACLP) commences with its first module on 6 October 2020 via online mode. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and  the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) Project in ASEAN financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)  jointly organized this online leadership program. With the theme “The Role of Land Management for Food Security and Climate Change,”  the ACLP aims to strengthen (informal) key leadership skills in initiating and facilitating change processes… Read more
Institutional and thought leaders will convene in a Stakeholders Forum organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to strategize together for a transformative agricultural and rural development (ARD) in Southeast Asia in the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. To be held virtually on 28 October 2020, the forum will discuss the status of ARD in Southeast Asia by showcasing and highlighting strategic lessons from institutional experiences, both in the science and practice of ARD in the region, in the past five years. Dr. Paul Teng of Nanyang Technological University… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) unveiled on 14 October 2020 its Emerging Innovation for Growth Program powered by the SEARCA innovEIGhts model of open collaboration for academe-industry-government partnerships. During the virtual launch event livestreamed by Facebook and Zoom, SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said “the current situation has given us more opportunity to highlight the importance of agriculture. Moreover, technology and innovation, especially digitalization in agriculture, is more than ever crucial in the time of COVID-19.” He noted the challenging task of ushering our farmers from obsolete ways of farming, limited… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is unveiling its new program Emerging Innovation for Growth, supported by the “SEARCA innovEIGhts” model of open collaboration with academe-industry-government partnerships. Dr. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA Director, in his invitation letter to potential institutional collaborators, said that the Emerging Innovation for Growth Program, powered by SEARCA innovEIGhts Model, will be launched through the SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) platform on 14 October 2020 in a public event titled “Launching ATTAIN AGRi 4.0.” “The Emerging Innovation for Growth is our flagship program in… Read more
Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), is one of the recipients of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) Distinguished Alumni Award (Distinguished Alumnus for Rice Chemistry and Food Science Research) conferred by the University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association (UPLBAA) on 10 October 2020 during the 102nd Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming: Sustaining UPLB Alumni Alliance. The recognition is bestowed on outstanding alumni of the UPLB-CAFS who exemplify honor and excellence for the contribution of their own field to the scholarship of agriculture… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Aster growers in Los Baños, Laguna will benefit from a new community gardens project launched by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 7 October 2020. SEARCA will establish community gardens in Barangay Bayog, Los Baños, where most of the town’s aster farms are located, to enable the flower farmers  to grow good-quality food for their consumption and as an alternative source of income now that there is little demand for aster because of the COVID-19 pandemic. SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio explained that during the stricter nationwide… Read more
The Governing Board (GB) of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) convened for the first time in a virtual meeting on 28 September 2020. The GB is the highest policymaking body of SEARCA composed of representatives from the 11 member countries of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). The GB defines the general policy guidelines for the Center in matters of staff and scholar recruitment, funding and business procedures, use of the Center’s facilities, and the establishment of priorities for graduate education, training, and research. The 68th SEARCA GB Meeting was… Read more
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