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

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.