SEARCA in the News

THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has forged an agreement with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) as part of its advocacy to champion of excellence in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA director, said a memorandum of understating (MoU) was formally signed between SEARCA and IIRR represented by Emilita Monville-Oro, IIRR acting regional director for Asia and concurrent country director for the Philippines, in a virtual meeting last April 6. IIRR is a nonprofit organization that has been helping to empower rural communities in Southeast Asia, Eastern… Read more
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: Gov’t urged to cut agricultural insurance tax https://business.inquirer.net/320855/govt-urged-to-cut-agricultural-insurance-tax… Read more
The government should lower the tax rate, of 26-27%, on non-life insurance, including that for crop or agriculture insurance, to around the rate on life insurance, which is 2%, according to Mr Jaime Aristotle Alip, chairman emeritus and founder of the country's largest microfinance firm CARD MRI (Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development - Mutually Reinforcing Institutions). “If you want private sector participation, you must level the playing field. You should lower non-life premium tax (including tax on crop or agriculture insurance),” he said in a recent webinar hosted by the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research… Read more
The government should slash the onerous tax of 26 percent to 27 percent on nonlife and agriculture insurance premium, an agri-finance expert said, stressing that the current policy hinders the entry of cash-rich private sector investors that can significantly accelerate rural farm activity through financing. In a webinar hosted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Jaime Aristotle Alip said tax on nonlife insurance, including those for crop or agriculture insurance, should be around the rate of life insurance, which is only at a minimal 2 percent. Other nonlife insurance with high tax… Read more
Prohibitive tax on agriculture insurance premium is a disincentive for insurers, an expert said. Jaime Aristotle Alip, chairman emeritus and pioneering founder of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Inc.-Mutually Reinforcing Institutions, said tax on non-life insurance, including those for crop or agriculture insurance should be around the rate of life insurance which is only at a minimal 2 percent. At present, tax on crop insurance premiums is about the same as non-life’s, 26 to 27 percent. “If you want private sector participation, you must level the playing field. You should lower down non-life premium tax (including tax for… Read more
A Filipino scientist was appointed as one of the new Champions of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021. He is Dr. Glenn Gregorio, a plant breeder researcher and director of the Philippines-hosted inter-governmental treaty organization Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) based in this municipality. The UN Food Systems Summit is expected to be held in September this year. It aims to raise awareness on the centrality of food system to the entire sustainable development agenda and draw attention to the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in light of the coronavirus disease… Read more
SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B Gregorio, one of the new UN Food Systems Champions, featured in the Good Juan segment of CNN Philippines on 26 March 2021… Read more
DR. Glenn Gregorio, a plant breeder researcher and Director of the Philippines-hosted Los Baños-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), has been appointed as one of the new Champions of the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit 2021. Expected to be held in September this year, the UN Food Systems Summit aims to raise awareness on the centrality of food system to the entire sustainable development agenda and draw attention to the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the UN, “the Champions Network mobilizes a diverse range of people in… Read more
A Philippine-hosted intergovernmental treaty organization, in partnership with a Pasig-based startup, launched a digital agriculture exchange platform called AgriEX, which allows fair trade via a farm-to-fork system. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture’s (Searca) Emerging Innovation for Growth (EIG) department and startup APPGeese have been working to establish a pilot digital agriculture platform in Laguna and Quezon provinces, particularly in vegetable farming communities at the foot of Mount Banahaw. During the virtual launch of the project, Raymund Austria, APPGeese chief executive officer, explained that AgriEX would help farmers attain financial inclusion with the use… Read more
“The year 2021 must be a year where previous justifications are to be rendered as no longer acceptable. Instead, the touted ‘new normal’ clearly means concrete actions that are wiser, effective, and sustainable.” Those words came from the mouth of Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, a famous plant breeder researcher and current director of the Philippines-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). The good news is: Dr. Gregorio has been appointed as one of the new Champions of the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit 2021. Dr. Gregorio is honored for being appointed as such… Read more
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