University of the Philippines Los Baños

Convo and awarding

A College that is integral to national development and a University that contributes to the growth of Mindanao – this is how Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. described the two major "harvests" of the University in his welcome remarks at UPLB's 108th Foundation Day Convocation and Awarding Ceremonies on March 6 at the Charles Fuller Baker Hall with the theme "Harvest 2017."

On the first, Chancellor Sanchez was referring to the shift in paradigm of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) from primary production to a value chain perspective that was the substantial aspect of its restructuring and renaming from the College of Agriculture to CAFS.

On the second, he was referring to the establishment of the UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE), UPLB's extension campus in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

These are two of the milestones that the Chancellor said are expected to bring the University to a wider scope of influence in the country's agriculture agenda.
The five clusters of the then CA have been restructured to nine units to support the country's thrust to modernize the agriculture sector.

The initiative to establish UP PSAE is aimed at providing a UP education within the reach of students, accelerate human capital formation, and serve as a catalyst for development in the Davao Region.

On its first five years, UP PSAE will be under the UPLB Graduate School and will offer off-campus graduate programs and short training courses starting the First Semester of Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018. Anna Floresca Firmalino, a faculty member at the College of Economics and Management shall serve as its first program director.

The creation of UP PSAE and restructuring of the CA into the CAFS were approved by the UP Board of Regents 1322ndmeeting on Nov. 24, 2016 and 1323rd meeting on Dec 16, 2016, respectively, in UP Diliman, Quezon City.


More harvests

Every Foundation Day celebration is an opportunity for UPLB to recognize and honor the personnel and research and extension teams that exhibited exemplary service to the University and its stakeholders.

UPLB honored 17 individuals and a research team this year. One of its exemplary alumni and now UP Regent Francis C. Laurel (BSA '69, magna cum laude) gave the keynote address during the program. In his speech, Regent Laurel talked about how he imbibed the culture of excellence.

"My grandfather planted the seed of excellence in my young mind, and it was in UPLB where the seed blossomed into reality," shared Regent Laurel. The grandfather whom Regent Laurel was referring to was Dr. Jose P. Laurel, former Philippine president. "As a young boy, my grandfather would always tell me that If I wanted to succeed in this world, I would have to do things well; to be the best in all the things I do.

Leading successful businesses for the past years, such as YKK Philippines, Inc., Toyota Batangas City, Inc., and Toyota Camarines Sur, Inc., Regent Laurel underscored the value of perseverance, dedication, and commitment to one's success.

These qualities are, in fact, the common characteristics that nominators used to describe the 17 outstanding personnel and research team, who completed UPLB's harvest this year.

This year's awardees are the following: 


OUTSTANDING TEACHERS. Flanked by Dr. Portia Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs (leftmost) and Chancellor Sanchez and Regent Laurel (1st and 2nd from right) are: (from left to right) Asst. Prof. Aldo Gavril Lim (social sciences and humanities, junior faculty); Asst. Prof. Mark Anthony Rabena (biological sciences, junior faculty); Asst. Prof. Nicolo Masakayan (social sciences and humanities, senior faculty); Dr. Editha Jose (physical sciences, senior faculty); Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo (biological sciences, senior faculty); and Ramoncito Cambel (physical sciences, junior faculty). 

researchers etc

OUTSTANDING RESEARCHERS, EXTENSIONIST, RESEARCH TEAM, AND ARTIST. With Dr. Susan May Calumpang, assistant to the vice chancellor for research and extension (leftmost) and Chancellor Sanchez and Regent Laurel (1st and 2nd from right) are: (from left to right) Dr. Edwin Alcantara (researcher, natural sciences - REPS); Guillerma Valencia (extensionist); Dr. Desiree Hautea (researcher, natural sciences - senior faculty); James Alvarez (researcher, junior category); Dr. Zenaida Sumalde (researcher, social sciences and humanities – senior faculty); Asst. Prof. Elmer Rufo (artist); Dr. Menandro Acda (researcher, natural sciences – senior faculty); and Dr. Jose Hernandez, representing the Rice Varietal improvement Program (research team).


OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL. Flanked by Asst. Prof. Genaro Cuaresma and Dr. Crisanto Dorado, assistant to the vice chancellor and vice chancellor for administration, respectively (first and second from left) and Chancellor Sanchez and Regent Laurel (1st and 2nd from right) are: (from left to right) Sancho Lanao (blue collar); Nicolas Despues (technician); Paciencia Dela Peña (office personnel); and Elizabeth Casabuena (supervisor). 

Casabuena, an administrative officer at the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food of the College of Human Ecology, delivered the response on behalf of all the awardees. By way of encouragement to her fellow awardees she said that the recognition is in appreciation of their work and an answer to the call of duty. "Narito tayo upang tuparin ang ating misyon: ang pagsilbihan ang unibersidad at ang ating bayan (We are here to fulfill our mission: to serve the University and the country)."

Present during the ceremonies were Staff Regent Alexis Mejia; For. Leo Ballesfin, president of the UPLB Alumni Association, Inc.; members of the UPLB management and executive committees; and some of the University's professor emeriti. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria and Jessa Jael S. Arana)