SEARCA News

Seventeen bio-business students from the Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI), Japan visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 29 August 2023 for a briefing on the Center's programs and activities related to agribusiness development. They were accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nina Nocon-Shimoguchi of Tokyo NODAI, as well as Asst. Prof. Dia Noelle Velasco and Asst. Prof. Eliza Aquino, faculty members of the Department of Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship, College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños. In the briefing, the students were given a concise presentation of… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Science Communicators Philippines, Inc. (SciCommPH) came together in a virtual event held via Zoom on 4 September 2023 to formalize their partnership to enhance public understanding of science and technology (S&T) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signatories to the five-year MOU are SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn Gregorio and SciCommPH Chairman Angelo Palmones, who is a DZRH producer and former Agham Party-list representative. Launched on 10 March 2023, SciCommPH is a duly registered nonstock, nonprofit organization composed of scientists, science journalists and broadcasters, and… Read more
Dr. Glenn Gregorio, director, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), served as the guest of honor and speaker during the 112th Commencement Exercises of the Cavite State University (CvSU)-College of Arts and Sciences held on 23 August 2023 at the CvSU International Convention Center. In his speech, Dr. Gregorio emphasized the crucial role of agriculture in sustainable development and how it interlaced with diverse fields and helped shape economies, innovations, and society. "As university graduates, embracing the relevance of agriculture in your fields can lead to holistic solutions that address global challenges and create… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), University of the Philippines Los Baños- School of Environmental Science and Management (UPLB-SESAM), and Elsevier have collaborated to hold the 1st Science and Technology Impact Assessment Conference on 24-25 August 2023 at Hilton Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. The event was also livestreamed via Facebook. During the opening program, SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio remarked that "with… Read more
Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, president and chief executive officer; Dr. Jonathan Salvacion, dean, School of Graduate Studies; Dr. Aldrin Calderon, dean, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering; and Engr. Febus Reidj Cruz, faculty member, School of Electrical Electronics and Computer Engineering, all of Mapúa University, visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 22 August 2023 to discuss possible areas for collaboration on agricultural research and innovation. During the meeting, the visitors were given an overview of SEARCA's mandate and its 11th Five-Year Plan. They were also introduced to the Center's core programs, primarily… Read more
Rounding up this year's Biotech Outreach Series, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with the United States Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) Manila, and the International Service the Acquisition for Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Inc. held a forum on Breeding Innovations for Increasing Productivity and Climate Resilience in Crops and Livestock on 15 August 2023 at the SEARCA headquarters. The hybrid event is part of the SEARCA Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS). It was livestreamed and may be reviewed through SEARCA's Facebook Page. SEARCA's Deputy Director for Programs, Dr. Nur Azura… Read more
Steadfast in its commitment to provide an enabling environment for the acceleration of modern biotechnology, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with the United States Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) Manila, and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Inc. engaged Filipino legislators and legislative staff at the House of Representatives for the forum on Breeding Innovations for Increasing Productivity and Climate Resilience in Crops and Livestock on 8 August 2023. In her opening message, SEARCA Deputy Director for Programs, Dr. Nur Azura Binti Adam acknowledged the dedication… Read more
Educators and officers from 11 schools and the division office of the Philippine Department of Education-Rizal have completed the Training on School Edible Landscaping for Entrepreneurship (SEL4E) held via Zoom and onsite at Los Baños, Laguna and Pililla, Rizal in the Philippines on 7–11 August 2023. The SEL4E training aimed to build the capacities of the 36 participants as channels of knowledge and values formation in schools and their communities. Led by SEARCA's Training for Development Unit under the Education and Collective Learning Department, the training conducted online sessions that cover the concepts and intersections of school gardens in nutrition… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES – The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Centers will convene at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) headquarters for the 2nd SEAMEO Knowledge Management (KM) Learning and Sharing Forum on 22–23 August 2023. The KM Forum will have over 30 participants composed of Center directors, deputy directors, and knowledge workers in communication, partnership, program, public relations, and information technology, as well as administrative officers from 17 SEAMEO Centers. Co-hosted by the SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES) and SEARCA, this learning event is taking off from SEAMES' initiative on… Read more
Ms. Nikole Kazemi, founder of the Kalipayan Farm; Chairperson Len Maraan Reyes and board members Ms. Florinda Martal and Ms. Arceli Del Mundo, all of Alfonso Women's Council; and Ms. Deinielle Ramos, an intern at the Kalipayan Farm, visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 11 August 2023 to explore possible partnership on their joint initiative Tanim Farm program. Also with them was Dr. Andrew Gasmen of the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Agriculture and Food Science-Agricultural Systems Institute, also a prospective partner. Kalipayan Farm is a social enterprise… Read more
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