SEARCA in the News

The Binhi Inc. & OMG Farm in Los Baños, Laguna, headed by Dr. Glen Gregorio, is leading the charge in agricultural innovation with the use of drone technology for better crop yields. During the recent "Banana Harvest and Planting Festival," media representatives were given a tour of the expansive farm. Dr. Gregorio highlighted the cultivation of banana seedlings in Los Baños and Bai, Laguna, using advanced techniques including tissue culture and drone-assisted plantation management. The farm specializes in Lakatan and Cadabra banana varieties, ensuring high-quality produce for both local consumption and export. At OMG Farm, seedlings undergo meticulous nurturing in… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna: Focusing on insects in agriculture, the "Youth in Agri Talk Show" is returning for its second episode on the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Facebook page on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at 7 p.m. SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said the episode titled "Winged Warriors: The Unsung Heroes of Agri-Land" will dive into the fascinating world of insects and explore their crucial role in agriculture and the ecosystem. He said the SEARCA "Youth in Agri Talk Show" aims to promote agriculture and its importance to Southeast Asian youth, particularly those in… Read more
SIXTEEN Taiwanese and Filipino Project Lakbay fellows delve into the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture's (SEARCA) education, research and innovation initiatives during their visit to SEARCA headquarters in the University of the Philippine Los Bañõs (UPLB) campus on Jan. 17, 2024. Together with the UP Open University (UPOU and Edu-Connect Southeast Asia Association (ECSAA) staff, the visitors were accompanied by Dr. Eing Ming Wu, ECSAA-Taiwan managing adviser, UP Diliman National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) visiting professor and SEARCA senior fellow. Project Lakbay, which stands for Learning Actively through Knowledge-Based Appreciation for… Read more
THE University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture's (SEARCA) Education and Collective Learning Department (ECLD) conducted an online training on research methodology and data analysis for its scholars on Jan. 22 to 26, 2024. SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said this initiative is a component of SEARCA's annual customized capacity-building programs that serve as tools for scholars to complete their academic requirements. Dr. Nur Azura Binti Adam, SEARCA deputy director for programs, commended the participants for their commitment to skill enhancement despite their heavy academic load. Nur said it is… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna: The Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has marked the completion of one of its Institutional Development Assistance (IDA) projects. SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said the project Leveling-up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources was funded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). Spanning from 2021 to 2013, the project was under CHEd's International Continuing Professional Education, or ICPE program. Gregorio said the project included short-term training programs, mobility exchanges, summer schools, faculty-graduate forums, cross-visits and active participation in the Southeast Asian University Consortium for… Read more
SEARCA, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, and Spain's FPEmpresa, a nonprofit association of vocational education and training (VET) centers, have joined forces in a five-year partnership. The collaboration aims to enhance vocational education and training in Southeast Asia. In a virtual signing ceremony on January 24, 2024, SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio and FPEmpresa President Luis García Domínguez formalized the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This collaboration represents a step towards SEARCA's vision of expanding its network and fostering sustainable development. Under the MOU, SEARCA and FPEmpresa will collaborate on capacity development programs, including mobility… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), hosted by the Philippine government, and Spain's Asociación de Centros de Formación Profesional (FPEmpresa), have signed a five-year collaboration agreement for vocational education and training (VET) in a virtual ceremony. FPEmpresa is a nonprofit association representing Spain's public, semi-private, and private VET centers. Meanwhile, SEARCA, established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), serves as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing graduate education and coordinating research in agriculture. Spain is an associate member country of SEAMEO, which is SEARCA's parent organization. "This collaboration aligns with… Read more
The Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Spain's Asociación de Centros de Formación Profesional (FPEmpresa) inked a five-year agreement for collaboration in vocational education and training (VET) in a virtual signing ceremony on January 24, 2024. FPEmpresa is a nonprofit association of Spain's public, semi-private and private VET centers. On the other hand, SEARCA is a nonprofit organization by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) to provide graduate education as well as promote, undertake, and coordinate research in agriculture. Spain is an associate member country of SEAMEO, SEARCA's mother… Read more
THE University of the Philippines Los Baños-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Spain-based Asociación de Centros de Formación Profesional (FPEmpresa) have signed an agreement to cooperate in areas of common interest, such as education, training and research, primarily on vocational education and training (VET). FPEmpresa, a nonprofit association of Spain's public, semi-private and private VET centers, and SEARCA forged a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a virtual signing ceremony on Jan. 24, 2024. The five-year MoU was signed by SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio and FPEmpresa President and board member Luis García Domínguez… Read more
After a 5-year lull due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government of Bohol is hosting the resumption of the Philippine Farm Tourism Conference set at The Bellevue Resort in Panglao from February 26 to 28. Now on its 7th edition, the international event is organized by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) and supported by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) based in Los Baños, Laguna. Themed, "Farm Tourism: Consciousness for Healthy Living and New Experiences," the conference will showcase lessons from the pandemic, and share best practices which seeks to… Read more
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