University of the Philippines Los Baños

Scientific research in UPLB – and even perhaps in the country - began with the founding of the UP College of Agriculture (UPCA) in 1909. UPCA was at the forefront of agricultural research, experimenting and generating knowledge on tropical agriculture at a time when there was virtually none. The very first UPCA dean included research in the curriculum and required all students to conduct a thesis study as a requirement for graduation.

In time, the College had become well known in scientific and academic communities. With the beginnings of forestry education in the country also originating in Los Baños, and later the formal organization of UPLB as the first autonomous campus of UP, UPLB was soon on its way to building an unparalleled reputation for scientific investigation and instruction in what was to become its traditional stronghold of agriculture and forestry. Today, building on these strengths, UPLB continues to evolve into a university with an institutional identity distinct from but firmly rooted in its origins.

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KEYNOTE MESSAGE

By Hon. MARIO G. MONTEJO
Secretary, DOST

UP Los Baños S&T Forum and Exhibition and Awarding Ceremonies for the 2014 UPLB Outstanding Personnel
06 March 2014, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

On behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, I would like to express my appreciation to be invited to the UP Los Baños Science and Technology Forum and Exhibition here at the SMX Convention Center. I also would like to take this opportunity to express my warmest congratulations to the Most Outstanding Personnel of the University for 2014.

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UPLB was at the forefront of the extensive national efforts to raise funds and in-kind donations for survivors and victims alike of super typhoon Yolanda, including students who were among those affected by the devastation wrought by the killer typhoon. The University has ably demonstrated a concerted and comprehensive approach in its various outreach and relief assistance activities.

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Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun of the University of the Philippines Los Baños was given by the DOST National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) last December 5 the 2013 Dr. Eusebio Y. Garcia Award for his exceptional researches in molecular biology and plant pathology.

Cumagun is Professor 6 at the Crop Protection Cluster, College of Agriculture and Scientist II.

He is currently the Associate Dean of the college.

As the 2013 Dr. Eusebio Y. Garcia Awardee he received a Medallion of Excellence and PhP25,000.00 prize during ceremonies at the Traders Hotel, Pasay City. The awarding was part of the NRCP's celebration of its 80th Foundation Anniversary.

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The first ever system-wide REPS conference themed “Recognizing REPS’ Roles, Achievements and Concerns in UP” was held last 12-13 November 2013 at BIOTECH, UPLB. The two-day conference provided a venue for the REPS from various constituent units of the University of the Philippines to echo their concerns and address issues related to their roles, qualifications, tenure and promotion.

The conference was also a dialogue and exchange of ideas between the sector and the UP administration, represented by the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion and Vice President for Administration Dr. Maragtas SV. Amante.

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