SEARCA News

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted its 23rd SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar titled Livestock Diseases and Zoonoses: How Secure are Biosecurity Measures? on 17 February 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live. The webinar aimed to enhance public knowledge and awareness on surveillance systems, biosecurity measures, and zoonoses and emerging diseases. The presenters were Dr. Anthony Bucad, Veterinarian II and Officer-in-Charge of the Animal Disease Control Section, Bureau of Animal Industry, Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA-BAI); Dr. Tamsin Barnes, Senior Research Fellow in Veterinary… Read more
Recognizing the need to discuss a holistic approach and collaborative strategy to mitigate the effects of climate change for sustainable growth and development gave rise to the forum on “Jurisdictional Sustainability Approach for Climate Change Initiatives in the Forestry and Natural Resources Sector” held on 18 February 2021 via Zoom and Facebook. The forum was organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), Department of Environment and Natural Resources -Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB), and DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB). In his welcome remarks, SEARCA… Read more
SEARCA in collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will be holding the 1st Knowledge Sharing Workshop for the “Project on Enhancing Food Supply Chain Resilience and Food Security in ASEAN with Utilization of Digital Technologies.” The workshop will be conducted online via Zoom on 22 February 2021 (Monday), at 9:00 AM (GMT+7 Jakarta). The online workshop aims to discuss and level-off on the applications, trends, and development of digital technologies in the agricultural sector with the ASEAN Member States (AMS), and to gather their inputs and… Read more
Underscoring the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) to produce a transformative mindset that disrupted global citizenship education (GCED) and further resulted in far-reaching social and economic changes, Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), tackled the GCED’s positive effects in understanding the growing complex social concerns now and even more in the future. The Southeast Asian Ministers for Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat (SEAMES), in collaboration with the University of Tsukuba and supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japan, convened the 9th… Read more
Nobel laureate Pearl S. Buck once wrote “Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” It is in this spirit that the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has included the elderly among the beneficiaries of its community outreach activities implemented under its Community Relations Program. Municipal Mayor Antonio L. Kalaw received from SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio on behalf of the senior citizens… Read more
Local government officials of Los Baños sought the support of SEARCA for the municipality’s development, including the crafting of an updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), improving the livelihood of upland communities with interventions that complement forest and biodiversity conservation, strengthening cooperatives, and identifying alternative livelihood options for persons with disability. These were discussed during the visit of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Los Baños to SEARCA on 9 February 2021. The SB or municipal council is the local legislative branch of the municipal governments in the Philippines and is thus responsible for passing local ordinances. It is composed of… Read more
Well-functioning and inclusive financial systems coupled with recent innovations in financial technologies that can contribute and support agricultural development towards Agriculture 4.0 rationalizes the joint forum on “Unlocking the Potential of Financial Technology (FinTech) and Innovations in Advancing Agricultural Development in the Philippines” held on 29 January 2021 via Zoom and Facebook. The forum was organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and its private sector partner SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV). In its 11th Five-Year Plan focused on Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN), SEARCA has recognized the role of… Read more
“Be a scientist, you will see the world and the world will see you.” Taking it from his own experience, SEARCA Director and National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Academician Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio challenged more than 200 high school students to consider a career in in the field of agriculture during the launch of the Online Youth Engagement in Agriculture held on 23 January 2021 via Zoom and Facebook. Fully committed to this cause, SEARCA is working with the University of the Philippines Rural High School (UPRHS), UPRHS Alumni Association, Inc., and the East-West Seed Foundation in an… Read more
High schools in Malaysia and the Philippines won the top prizes of the 2020 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award for their exemplary achievements in education and sustainable development (ESD). The award is conferred by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)-Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MEXT) in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. With the theme “Addressing Plastic Problems for Transforming Communities,” the 2020 award recognized the efforts of schools in Southeast Asia to implement programs that transformed the community with impactful evidence in reducing the plastic… Read more
True to its commitment of leading the development of agriculture professionals through scholarships and graduate study programs, an agreement intended to collaborate on areas of education, research and development, the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study in Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) in a virtual ceremony held via Zoom on 2 February 2021. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, and Dr. Renee A. Lamella, DEBESMSCAT President, signed the MOU with Mr. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration, and… Read more
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