Inauguration of BAR-supported R&D Facilities at UPLB and PSAU

Dr. Eleazar, Dr. Sanchez, Dr. Ramon V. Valmayor (President of PARRFI), Dr. Calora, and other stakeholders in a symbolic ribbon cutting.2 and 4 June 2015
University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna and
Pampanga State Agricultural University, Magalang, Pampanga

Text and Photos by Jacob Anderson C. Sanchez

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{vsig_c}0|01.jpg|| Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar represents Secretary Proceso J. Alcala as guest of honor and speaker during the inauguration of the “Plant Tissue Culture Facility” at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). This facility, funded by the DA-High Value Crops Development Program (DA-HVCDP), is composed of molecular- and micro- biological laboratories, training and meeting rooms, and production area for priority crops such as banana, abaca, and macapuno.

Dir. Eleazar mentions that for the country to attain food security and sustainability, investment on matured R&D technologies such as tissue culture is needed to produce quality and disease-free planting materials. In attaining these goals, he underscores the roles of the Department of Agriculture in enhancing the R&D facilities of government academic institutions, and UPLB as source of technologies and experts in agriculture.

Among the R&D facilities inaugurated that were funded through BAR-Institutional Development Grant (IDG) are: “Post Harvest Horticulture and Training Research Center” and “Biofuels Research Laboratory” at UPLB; and the “Nutraceutical Research Laboratory” at Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU).

The activity is attended by the Head of the Institutional Development Division, Ms. Digna L. Sandoval, and BAR staff Ms. Marjorie M. Mosende, Ms. Elvira S. Rapada, and Mr. Jacob Anderson C. Sanchez.

From left to right: Dr. Feliciano B. Calora Sr. (chairman, Board of Trustees, Philippine Agriculture and Resource Research Foundation Inc.), Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, CESO IV (director, DA-BAR), and Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. (chancellor, UPLB).

Dr. Calora and Dr. Sanchez expressed their gratitude to the Department of Agriculture and DA-BAR for supporting their initiatives in agriculture.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|02.jpg|| Clockwise: Dr. Rene Rafael Espino (UPLB professor); Ms. Marjorie M. Mosende and Ms. Elvira S. Rapada (BAR staff); and Ms. Digna L. Sandoval (head of Institutional Development Division, DA-BAR).

Dr. Espino is the principal proponent of the plant tissue culture lab. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|03.jpg||DA-BAR, UPLB, and other stakeholders during a group photo.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|04.jpg|| Dr. Eleazar, Dr. Sanchez, Dr. Ramon V. Valmayor (president of PARRFI), Dr. Calora, and other stakeholders in a symbolic ribbon cutting.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|05.jpg|| HVCDP Dir. Jennifer Remoquillo and PhilFida Director Clarito Barron join the stakeholders in the laboratory visit. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|07.jpg|| From left to right: Dr. Domingo A. Angeles (former dean, College of Agriculture, UPLB), Dr. Sanchez, Dr. Eleazar, Dr. Enrico P. Supangco (dean, College of Agriculture, UPLB), and Ms. Sandoval seat at the presidential table during the short program for the inauguration of the Postharvest Training and Research Center (PHTRC).{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|08.jpg||Clock-wise: Dr. Sanchez, Dir. Eleazar, Dr. Joy Agravante (head, PHTRC), Dr. Calixto M. Protacio (head, Crop Science Cluster), and Dr. Angeles.

Dr. Joy Agravante recalls that the PHTRC was conceptualized 18 years ago, until BAR funded its establishment through the IDG.

Meanwhile, Dr. Eleazar says that PHTRC is the first modern postharvest facility among SUCs.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|09.jpg||Dr. Eleazar hands the key to Dr. Sanchez as a sign of turnover.

The different stakeholders with PHTRC staff in a group photo.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|10.jpg|| Dr. Eleazar and Dr. Sanchez lead the unveiling of commemorative marker of the PHTRC. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|11.jpg|| The stakeholders with Dr. Rex Demafelis (project leader of Biofuels Research Lab) during the ceremonial cutting of ribbon.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|12.jpg|| The stakeholders with Biofuels Research lab staff pose for posterity. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|13.jpg|| Clockwise: Mr. Anthony B. Obligado (head, Technology Commercialization Division) and Ms Sandoval, and Dir. Eleazar are welcomed by Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) Vice President, Dr. Emelita C. Kempis and research staff. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|14.jpg|| Dir. Eleazar gives relevance to the Nutraceutical Research Laboratory (NRL) as an R&D facility that is needed to advance BAR’s Indigenous Plants for Health and Wellness Program.

PSAU President Dr. Honorio M. Soriano, Jr. shares his words of gratitude to Dir. Eleazar for funding the NRL. He adds that the building was completed ahead of schedule and is now fully operational. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|15.jpg|| Dir. Eleazar and Dr. Soriano lead the ribbon cutting ceremony.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|16.jpg|| The stakeholders and PSAU staff inside the NRL. The NRL is certified by the Bureau of Animal Industry as a research facility for experimental animal models. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|17.jpg|| Dir Eleazar (center) and Dr. Soriano (left) lead the unveiling of commemorative marker. They are joined by VP Kempis, Dr. Geraldine C. Sanchez (project leader, NRL), and Ms. Sandoval.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|18.jpg|| The Stakeholders and PSAU Staff in a group picture.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|19.jpg|| The Nutraceutical Research Laboratory is the first established IDG in the PSAU.{/vsig_c}