SEARCA in the News

A FORUM organized by the Southeast Asian Regional for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) commemorated 20 years of the commercial planting of biotech or Bt corn in the Philippines. The forum was titled "20 Years and Onward: Advancing the Future of Philippine Yellow Corn" and held earlier this month with the cooperation of Bayer Crop Science in the Philippines. Attended by individuals from the academe, industry, business chambers, farmer groups, nongovernment organizations and the government, the forum looked back at key enabling policies as well as the situation of yellow corn across the country's value chain for the… Read more
Muntinlupa City - In a concerted effort to propel sustainable agricultural practices and explore cleaner energy alternatives, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB), and Straw Innovations, Ltd. came together to orchestrate a transformative Training on Biogas Production from Agricultural Wastes. The event unfolded at the Material Recovery Facility in Pacwood, Tunasan, showcasing a commitment to fostering environmental stewardship and technological innovation. The primary objective of the training was to advocate for the adoption of alternative rice straw management methods. A key focus was on… Read more
The Department of Education (DepEd) recognized the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as one of its dedicated partners during the Partners' Appreciation and Recognition held at the Government Service Insurance System Financial Center last February 20. SEARCA was cited for its steadfast support and significant contribution to DepEd's mission of providing quality basic education to Filipino learn. This recognition stemmed from SEARCA's implementation of the School-Plus-Home Gardens Program (S+HGP), which not only enhanced schools' feeding programs but also integrated climate-smart agriculture concepts into the lesson plans of Grade 4 and 7 teachers. These… Read more
THE Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division of Rizal in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has empowered Rizal province through sustainable food production for schools and communities. A groundbreaking initiative conducted under the School Edible Landscaping for Entrepreneurship (SEL4E) in Rizal, the training was held at Tomas Claudio Memorial Elementary School and Morong National High School in Morong, Rizal. SEARCA director Glenn Gregorio said the training aims to establish home gardening as a cornerstone for improving the food and nutrition security of schoolchildren and their families in the province. At… Read more
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
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