University of the Philippines Los Baños

CFNR groundbreaking


Groundbreaking ceremony. UPLBChancellor Sanchez, UP President Pascual, and DENR Usec Leones (4th, 3rd & 2nd fr right, respectively) pose at the future site of the Mechanized and Modernized Forest Nursery during the groundbreaking ceremony.  Others in the photo are (L-R) Asso. Dean Manalo, Vice Chancellor Lapitan, RED Juan, FMB Dir. Calderon, Dean Abasolo; ACB Exec. Dir. Oliva, and ERDB Dir. Adornado.(Photo by KC Cadapan)



The College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) held a combined groundbreaking and ceremonial MOA signing on June 7 at the area behind the Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC) building. The groundbreaking ceremony was for the Mechanized and Modernized Forest Nursery (MMFN) and the MOA signing was for the Integrated Research and Development Grant for High Value Forest Crops (IRDG-HVFC). Both projects were spearheaded by UPLB-CFNR in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).


The MOA was signed by UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Atty. Jonas R. Leones, DENR Undersecretary for Environment and International Environmental Affairs, on behalf of DENR Secretary Ramon Jesus P. Paje. The event was also witnessed by UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., UPLB-CFNR Dean Willie P. Abasolo, DENR Region IV-A Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado, FMB Director Rick L. Calderon, and ASEAN Center for Biodiversity Executive Director Roberto V. Oliva.


Chancellor Sanchez delivered the opening remarks, noting that the facility and the R&D grant were affirmations of UP’s commitment to making a better Philippines through science and technology, and that the University’s gains would eventually translate to gains for the country. This was followed by a short briefing by Dean Abasolo on the MMFN and the IRDG-HVFC. Abasolo explained that the facility would serve as the research branch of the National Greening Program (NGP)and would preserve and improve the forest crop planting materials, improve the quality of products derived, and promote the development of forest land and forest products through policy formulation.


After the ceremonial signing, messages were given by UP President Pascual and Usec Leones. President Pascual’s message revolved around the need for oneness and unity within and among campuses to enable UP to tackle challenges. He also expressed his hopes that the MMFN would be more focused towards research and be primarily used as a laboratory facility instead of a production factory. Atty. Leones delivered a message on behalf of Sec. Ramon Paje, and expressed his thanks for UPLB’s partnership and support in the NGP, highlighting its achievements and what they hoped to achieve more in the coming years with UPLB’s help.


            The final part of the program was the groundbreaking ceremony, with UP Pres. Pascual, UPLB officials, and DENR officials participating.