Much of Vietnam’s success story in rice production has been mainly attributed to hybrid rice varieties and increase in production area. But in the Mekong River Delta, the country’s largest granary, agricultural mechanization is also perceived as a key. Amidst all these is Dr. Phan Hieu Hien and his team of dedicated engineers from Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Regional Director for Asia of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Head of Cooperation of the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines were briefed on collaborative projects of IDRC and other Canadian institutions with SEARCA during their visit to SEARCA on 10 August 2016.
JOB SUMMARY: Handles front desk operations, oversees housekeeping and food service operations, monitors daily repairs and preventive maintenance of all facilities and equipment of SEARCA Residence Hotel and /or Guest House.
QUALIFICATIONS: College graduate in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hospitality/Tourism Management or equivalent; with at least 2 years relevant experience in hospitality or hotel industry or similar set-up.
ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS: Good customer relations, client orientation, and housekeeping skills; menu planning and food service operations skills; proficient in front desk operations (reservations, reception, billing and collection); knowledgeable in property and supplies inventory and data/records management; good clerical skills; good oral and written English communications; with pleasing personality; can work with minimum supervision and willing to work on shifting schedule; applicants must be willing to work in Los Baños, Laguna.
Interested applicants may send an e-mail (application letter, comprehensive resumé with details of work experience, academic records, recent 1x1 photo, and references (at least three with full contact details) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.
Applications will be received not later than 26 August 2016 or until a suitable candidate is accepted/hired.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – Three volunteers from the International Business Machine (IBM) encouraged and coached the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to exploit social media more fully in nurturing and reaching out better to its publics.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – Eighteen (18) participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam levelled up their knowhow and skills on Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) for Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) at SEARCA on 15-19 August 2016.
In 1973, when Dr. Chya Suthiwanith was offered to set up a Faculty of Natural Resources for the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) at the southern part of Thailand, he felt he was not ready. He had just finished his PhD in Agricultural Education at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1972 through a SEARCA scholarship, so he asked a more senior “Ajahn” or professor to take on the task. However, this senior professor had confidence in Dr. Chya’s capabilities and encouraged him to accept the challenge.
VICTORIA, ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – A courtesy call was made with newly elected Mayor Joselito Malabanan on 3 August 2016 to brief him about SEARCA and the ISARD Piloting project in this municipality. Prof. Rolando Bello, the Overall Coordinator to the ISARD Program, together with the Municipal Agriculturist, Mr. Elmer Cobarrubias, introduced SEARCA as a partner of the LGU and the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) in the Calamansi Rehabilitation Project in Victoria. After walking him through the previous activities and the status of the project, the mayor assured the commitment of the municipality by extending all the assistance that he can offer to the project.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA - Three staff members of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) explored in a learning event for a national high school some protocols and potentials of the internet, courtesy of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and partners.
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“Agritourism is not for everyone, it’s a niche product but it has a lot of potential”, asserted Prof. Eli Paolo Fresnoza, Assistant Professor at UP’s Asian Institute of Tourism during SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 5 July 2011 at the Drilon Hall.
As a hybrid concept fusing together the elements of the tourism and agriculture industries, agritourism can be harnessed as a form of special interest tourism focusing on the unique travel experiences and activities that people can have in agricultural settings. When people travel, it is the attraction or experience that people go for; if food and beverage, accommodation and transportation are included in the package, even a farm can be a tourist destination. Prof. Fresnoza explained that agritourism is sustainable tourism as it marries the concept of enjoyment with resource management, community empowerment, cooperation, fair trade and diversification. Moreover, agritourism does not need large capital investment outlay because many existing farm sites just need to be enhanced.
In 2002, with the vision of the Philippines becoming the premier agritourism destination in Asia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) worked with the UP Asian Institute of Tourism on a manual that identified initial agritourism sites all over the country such as the C & B Orchid Farm in San Rafael, Bulacan, Sonya’s Secret Garden in Alfonso, Cavite, Oroverde in Guimaras, and Del Monte Plantation in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. In recent years, more agritourism sites have been developed including Bohol Bee Farm in Dauis, Bohol, Dragon Fruit Farm in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and The Farm at San Benito, Batangas.
As the agritourism sector is still largely private-sector-driven, a few challenges to meeting agritourism’s potential in the Philippines include confusion on which government agency will lead the potential (Is it DOT or DA?), and limited standardization and accreditation. Prof. Fresnoza put forward a few specific recommendations to meet these challenges. These include: education and curriculum development in secondary and post-secondary schools, improvement of access to capital, technical training and accreditation and certification, setting up of an agritourism center for research, development and innovation as well as an agritourism destination marketing bureau.
“Harnessing agritourism opportunities is key to regional development”, Prof. Fresnoza reiterated. This can be done in two ways. One is the bottom-up approach, where established farms approach DOT and DA to help them market and promote the experiences they offer. The other is the top-down approach, where through training and financial grants, the two departments help farms that have potential but lack the capability to market their destinations.
DISCLAIMER: The point of view taken by this article is entirely that of the presenter's and does not reflect in any way, SEARCA’s position.