SEARCA in the News

Here is good news for bazaar fans, and there are lots of fancy and fun bazaars in the NCR to enjoy this season! The “queen” of all bazaars, which has been on hold, like all other bazaars, since this ongoing pandemic started in early 2020, will be back with a vengeance on Nov. 20, a Sunday, at its favorite venue, the World Trade Center. This bazaar is participated in by most countries as their ambassadors’ first ladies are all members of the International Bazaar Foundation, now chaired by Madame Pamela Louise Manalo, wife of the DFA secretary. Expectations are high… Read more
MENTORS from four higher educational institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines visited universities within the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) region to conduct research, benchmarking and capacity-building activities funded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). They are faculty members from Marinduque State College (MSC), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Romblon State University (RSU) and Western Philippines University (WPU) who also explored collaborations between their home institutions and ASEAN universities, which are members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC). Supported by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study… Read more
The University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association (UPLBAA) has conferred the Multi-Generation UPLB Alumni Award to the family of Dr. Glenn Gregorio, director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). According to the UPLBAA, this special recognition is bestowed on families who have produced three or more successive generations of exemplary UPLB alumni in their respective fields. The Gregorio family with three generations of UPLB graduates is one of the recipients of the said award.   They are the late Dr. Rizalino Gregorio (BS Agriculture in honor curriculum, 1958; MS Agricultural… Read more
The International School for Sustainable Tourism (ISST), the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), forged an agreement to collaborate in the International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM), the first-ever green travel mart and selling fair in the world organised by the Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN). The biggest ecotourism-focused fair is set to be held on March 29 to April 2, 2023 in Cavite, Philippines. This celebration of green technology and sustainable practices in the tourism industry signifies an opportunity towards a better normal and a more resilient community… Read more
The Philippines is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. However, it has also been identified as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots due to biodiversity loss. Aggravating the challenges posed on the country’s biological ecosystem are population growth, rapid urbanization, global warming and the global pandemic caused by Covid-19.   Biodiversity experts believe that maintaining a healthy ecology or strong biodiversity, is essential to human survival. Eventually, they believe it will lead to the path of sustainable growth and development   Ecosystem services Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect benefits humans obtain from nature, Executive Director Theresa… Read more
Ang ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), at International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) ay lumagda ng Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) para sa pagsasagawa ng International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM) 2023. Nangyari ang pirmahan  noong Oktubre 12 sa ACB headquarters. Ayon sa ACB, ang IETM ay ang kauna-unahang green travel mart at selling fair sa buong mundo na inoorganisa ng Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN). Layunin nitong pulungin ang iba’t-ibang mga ahensya at grupo mula sa ibang bansa upang itampok ang kanilang mga produkto at serbisyong ekotorismo, green technology, at… Read more
SCHOLARSHIP aspirants were briefed on Joint Scholarship Programs (JSP) for Academic Year 2023-2024 offered by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), an inter-government treaty organization hosted by the Philippine government. Through the Education and Collective Learning Department (ECLD), SEARCA which is headquartered on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, presented an overview of SEARCA's graduate study program and all the joint scholarships currently available for the ongoing call for application. SEARCA director Dr. Glenn Gregorio said the ongoing call for scholarship applications opened on Sept. 1, 2022, and will… Read more
THE Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) gave a briefing on its program on food security in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia during the recent visit of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials. SEARCA director Dr. Glenn Gregorio gave a briefing particularly on the center's programs under its 11th Five-Year Plan focused on Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN) to help promote food security in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region. USAID officials led by General Development Advisor Dr. Brent Edelman visited SEARCA and they… Read more
Among the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, most reports emphasize more on carbon dioxide. But methane is equally significant. In fact, about 12 percent of global warming is attributed to increases of methane in the atmosphere. “Methane absorbs heat 21 times more than carbon dioxide and it has 9- to 15-year life time in the atmosphere over a 100-year period,” says Dr. Constancio Asis Jr., a recipient of the 2011 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Award. Methane gas is created naturally as a waste product of anaerobic bacteria (living with little or no oxygen). These… Read more

Rice Straw Biogas hub, itatayo sa Laguna

22 September 2022, Thursday
Sinimulan ng Los Baños-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) at mga organisasyong nakabase sa United Kingdom ang isang proyekto upang gawing accessible ang malinis na enerhiya sa mga malalayo at hindi naseserbisyuhan na mga komunidad sa kanayunan. Ayon kay Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Direktor ng SEARCA, ang proyektong “Rice Straw Biogas Hub” ay nabuo sa pakikipagtulungan ng UK-registered startup Straw Innovations (SI) bilang lead proponent, SEARCA, UK SME Koolmill, at UK academic partner na Aston University . Sinabi niya na ang tatlong taong proyektong nabanggit ay pinondohan ng Innovate UK sa ilalim ng… Read more
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