Romania's ambassador visits agri research center in Laguna

AMBASSADOR Răduţa Dana Matache of Romania visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) in Los Baños, Laguna for possible collaborations in the field of research and education.

The Romanian emissary to the Philippines met with Searca Director Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Deputy Director Joselito Florendo, and key Searca executives during her visit to the Los Baños-based think tank.

According to Gregorio, Matache in particular has expressed a keen interest to serve as a facilitator between Southeast Asian and Romanian research and education institutions for future collaborations.

In April, Matache was given a briefing on Searca's programs and activities, all geared towards Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation, also called the ATTAIN program, in the 11 Southeast Asian (SEA) countries.

These SEA countries include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste.


Gregorio said Searca is mandated to serve in partnership with governments, academe, other research and international development institutions, civil society, and the private sector in the SEA region and other parts of the world.

The Romanian envoy commended Searca for its development programs in Southeast Asia and expressed her support for the efforts of the Searca to partner with France, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries.