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.
Great teachers know that, more than a job, teaching is a calling. Dr. Naomi G. Tangonan knows by heart what that means. And for this, the former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) is bestowed the “Outstanding SEARCA Scholarship Alumni (OSSA)” award in the teaching category.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines -- In the advent of its golden anniversary, SEARCA confers the “Outstanding SEARCA Scholarship Alumni” title to 11 esteemed alumni who were able to champion inclusive and sustainable agriculture and rural development and inspire positive change in their community, the country, as well as in the region. While SEARCA has long considered its graduate scholarship alumni as partners in its pursuit for development in Southeast Asia, this is the first time that the Center launched such a prestigious accolade for its so-called “ambassadors” in the region.
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar -- “When we went to SEARCA for the University’s strategic planning in 2013, improving YAU’s extension program was identified as a need, and today, this four-day workshop is a giant step toward realizing that goal.”
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Kasetsart University now plays host to 28 graduate students and young faculty members from 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa for the 2016 Summer School on Climate Change and Food Security from 25 July to 11 August 2016.
MAJAYJAY, LAGUNA, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Department of Education - Division of Laguna (DepEd Laguna), and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) officially launched the garden-based education and nutrition project targeting malnourished children in five elementary schools and one high school in Laguna, Philippines.
STA. ROSA CITY, LAGUNA, Philippines – Twenty-four participants from the Regional Field Offices (RFOs), bureaus, attached agencies and corporations of the Department of Agriculture (DA), local government units (LGUs), and civil society organizations (CSOs) drew insights, identified strategies, action plans and programs that may be undertaken to address climate change and recommended policies towards building a climate resilient agriculture and fisheries sector. This took place during a One-Day Integration Workshop held on 16 June 2016 at Seda Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for institutional cooperation on 1 July 2016 to pursue the common objective of building capacities of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in biodiversity conservation, as this relates to agriculture and food.