SEARCA News

In recognition of their outstanding contributions toward Accelerating Transformation through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN), SEARCA awarded four Southeast Asian academicians with the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant for AY 2022-2023. The grantees are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Khairunniza Bejo and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Helmi Zulhaidi Mohd Shafri from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sirikachorn Tangkawattana from Khon Kaen University (KKU), Thailand, and Dr. Renato G. Reyes from Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippines. They are entitled to a grant of USD 5,000.00 each. Dr. Siti Khairunniza Bejo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering… Read more
Felta Multimedia Inc., official distributor of Lego education materials and robotics in the Philippines, visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to train selected representatives from each unit and department of the organization on 7 April 2022. This is the second on-site InnovEIGhts ideation session on Lego education robotics and it was the first event held at the SEARCA Hub for Agriculture and Rural Innovation for the Next Generation (SHARING) Café. The ideation session, titled “Brewing Education and Creativity AGRI 4.0,” brought together 20 SEARCA staff and three Lego robotics trainers. The basics… Read more
Province of Quezon – For the first time in two years, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) came face to face with the Provincial Government of Quezon (PG Quezon) to discuss the progress of the collaborative action research project on the Development of Coconut Industry Growth Areas in the Province of Quezon on 7 April 2022 in Pagbilao and Lucena, Quezon. The meeting was spearheaded by Dr. Pedcris M. Orencio, Program Head; Ms. Anna Gale C. Vallez; Program Specialist; Ms. Rochella B. Lapitan, Senior Program Associate; and Ms. Ruth Jazrel M. Bandong, Project… Read more
Representatives from units and departments of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joined the hybrid online and on-site InnovEIGhts ideation session on 3D printing technology held on 29 March 2022 via Zoom and at the SEARCA Hub for Agriculture and Rural Innovation for the Next Generation (SHARING) center. The ideation session enabled 55 SEARCA staff to learn the basics of 3D printing technologies and watch a full-scale demonstration of creating 3D printed prototypes. Six of the participants were certified 3D Printing Application Specialists of the Center, equipped to coach and mentor interested learners… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joins the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in remembering the productive and vibrant life of Dr. Arturo A. Gomez, former SEARCA Director from 1988-1993 in a necrological service program held on 10 April 2022 via Zoom. Dr. Gomez also served as Professor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UPLB, SEARCA’s host institution since its inception in 1966. In his message to convey Dr. Gomez’ legacy in Southeast Asia, Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, current SEARCA Director and Professor at the UPLB College of Agriculture and… Read more
Dr. Novy R. Clores, Director of Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT)-Cawayan Campus, visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 4 April 2022 to explore areas for partnership on research, education, and innovation. She was received by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, Mr. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration, Dr. Romeo V. Labios, Operations Consultant for Partnerships, and Mr. Benedict A. Juliano, Unit Head, Applied Knowledge Resources Unit (AKRU). During the courtesy visit, Mr. Juliano presented to her SEARCA’s 15th Annual Photo… Read more
The Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is set to host a forum to transform agri-food systems through agri-innovation. To be held virtually on 19-20 April 2022, the forum will discuss inclusive and innovative financing models that can impact on the scalability of farming and agribusiness ventures, market accessibility through effective platforms, and digital technology integration in agricultural production. Experts from different sectors will be leading the two-day forum proper to gather insights from the participants on the conditions that should be in place to… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), through its Education and Collective Learning Department-Training for Development Unit (T4DU), is gearing up for two online training programs under the Levelling-Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUpHEI AFAR) funded by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The Training-Workshop on Developing Fundable Research Project Proposals for Transformational Agricultural and Rural Development for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (FundableProp4HEIs) is slated for 18 -29 April 2022 while the Training on Scientific Writing and Presentation for Higher… Read more
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN) gathered stakeholders and key industry players of the processed pork value chain through a series of online consultation workshops and meetings from 23 February until 23 March 2022. The series is part of the Project’s collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the development of the Philippine processed pork roadmap. The Philippine Roadmap Development Team (PRDT) under the ATMI-ASEAN Project, with technical support from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research… Read more
Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), presented to Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor M. Briones the Center’s progress on the SEARCA Hub for Agriculture and Rural Innovation for the Next Generation (SHARING) and the soon-to-be open SEARCA iCREATE during his courtesy visit on 29 March 2022 at the Central Office in Pasig, Philippines. As part of the 11th Five-Year Plan of Accelerating Transformation Through Agriculture Innovation (ATTAIN), SEARCA geared up its efforts to continue in providing wider access for farmers and families to innovative products… Read more
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