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The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension held a forum on public service on Thursday,  12 March. The forum gathered participants from UPLB colleges and offices with the goal of defining public service in the context of UPLB extension initiatives and proposing a public service framework that would integrate UPLB’s instruction, research, and extension efforts toward fulfilling UPLB’s mandate to lead as a public service university.

Public service is one of the functions of the University. RA 9500 or the UP Charter provides that it should lead as a public service university by providing various forms of community, public and volunteer service, as well as scholarly and technical assistance to the government, the private sector, and civil society while maintaining its standards of excellence.

Chancellor Fernando Sanchez delivered an inspirational message, in which he said that the noble calling of public service must be upheld in order to achieve UPLB’s goal of becoming a globally competitive graduate and research university. “It has often been said that the noblest way to live one’s life is to live it in service to others. And as constituents of the University of the Philippines, we know this to be true and we will continue to uphold this noble calling as we strive to reach our goal of becoming instrumental in leading in the development of our country,” said Chancellor Sanchez.

He also reminded the participants that, “in planning for UPLB’s future, and in everything that you do, always keep a cool head, and a warm heart.”

The forum invited panelists to discuss and provide their inputs into the topic. The panelists are Dr. Rita P. Laude, a professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences; Dr. Virginia Cardenas, director for administration of SEARCA; Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, director of the Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship;  and Prof. Maria Teresa DV. Arejola, director of the Office of Initiatives for Culture and the Arts.

The public service forum culminated with a framework and the restructuring of proposals from the forum participants, all of which are for further study by the OVCRE. These and the Public Service initiatives of UPLB will be presented in Part II of the forum that is slated on the second week of April. (JLL Roble III)


World renowned conservation biologist  Professor Eberhard Curio to deliver lectures in IBS – CAS,  UPLB


Visiting Professor Eberhard Curio, from Ruhr University Bochum (retired), and well known for his work on preserving endangered species,  will deliver a series of lectures from 16 to 27 March 2015, on conservation biology at the Institute of  Biological Sciences,  College of Arts and Sciences,  in UPLB. 

Prof. Curio has done extensive scientific research on endangered specieis such as the hornbill Visayan writhed-billed hornbill (Aceros waldeni; local names: dulungan, kalaw) in the deep mountains of Sibaliw, Northern Panay where he spent more than 20 years doing research. He is also instrumental in discovering new species of flora and fauna such as freshwater and arboreal crabs; and a rainforest landhopper Curiotalitrus curioi.

He will deliver a series of lectures in selected biology classes on topics such as:   

Principles of population ecology;

Principles of behavioral ecology;



Optimal foraging theory;

Parental care;

Mutualism (seed dispersal, pollination and others);

Predator – prey relationships;

Sexual selection; operational sex ratio;

Female mating strategies;

Speciation (multiplication of species); and

Life history theory — principles and selected topics.

Researchers and graduate students working on their dissertations and publications could also consult with Prof. Eberhard Curio,  subject to his time availability from 16 to 27 March 2015.

For interested participants please contact  the IBS through the following: 

IBS – CAS UPLB  official email addresses: [email protected][email protected]

IBS – CAS UPLB telefax number: (049) 536-2893

For more information about the scientific work of Prof Curio, please visit the Panay Eco-Conservation website


Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. who gave the inspirational message during the 106th Foundation Day Celebration and Convocation Program enjoined the UPLB personnel to make excellence a habit. The Convocation Program was held to honor 16 UPLB personnel and an extension and a research team that were given awards for outstanding accomplishments and acts that brought honor to UPLB.

Chancellor Sanchez said that he will do all he can to create an enabling environment that will promote creativity, innovation, and a culture of excellence in the University.

Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute, the keynote speaker during the awarding ceremonies, highlighted the collaborative partnership between UPLB and IRRI since IRRI was established in 1959.

Dr. Zeigler’s speech took off from Chancellor Sanchez’s remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for IRRI’s Lloyd T. Evans Plant Growth Facility on Jan. 17 that IRRI is part of UPLB and UPLB is part of IRRI. Dr. Zeigler said, “this mutual identity has been equally beneficial for both institutions.” To highlight this fact, he quoted IRRI luminaries’ statements on the UPLB-IRRI collaborative partnership and named renowned personalities who led in implementing them.

In her speech to accept the awards on behalf of the 18 award recipients, Prof. Loida E. Mojica, a faculty member at the College of Economics and Management said that the awards are meant to reward performance as well as to serve as a reminder to continuously press on and strive further to hone their crafts and be of better service to UPLB and its clients.

The award recipients are the following: Outstanding Administrative Personnel – Elpidio M. Tejano, Eduardo G. Eres, Geronimo M. Reyes, Liza G. Custodio, and Engr. Romulo E. Eusebio; Outstanding Researchers – Dr. Sheryl A. Yap, Dr. Mario V. Navasero, Dulce D. Elazegui, Dr. Leni Diamante-Camacho, and Dr. Barbara L. Caoili; Outstanding Artist – Dr. Susan Aquino-Ong; Outstanding Research Team – ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project-Philippines; Outstanding Extension Team – The Cereals Section of the Institute of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture; Outstanding Teachers – Ivy Amor F. Lambio, Reginald Neil C. Recario, Dr. Liza N. Comia, Gemalyn H. Lozano, and Loida E. Mojica.




UP President Alfredo E. Pascual enjoined the UPLB graduate education faculty to intensify the internationalization of graduate programs during the Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 15 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. 

Pascual, who gave the keynote speech during the Conference, said that UP’s mandate as a research, graduate, and regional/global university are intertwined and interrelated.

He also commended UPLB’s tradition of excellence as a graduate and research university, especially in agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

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“I serve therefore I am… from UP.”

This was the catchphrase of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.’s inaugural address as the 9th Chancellor of UPLB on Mar. 6 at D.L. Umali Hall. Inspired by ubiquitous campus apparel that says “I think therefore I am…from UP,” a play on the famous quote from French philosopher Rene Descartes, Chancellor Sanchez called for the UPLB constituents to commit themselves to UP’s motto of “honor and excellence” in serving the nation.

Chancellor Sanchez enjoined everyone to work together in order to propel UPLB to become a globally competitive research university. According to Chancellor Sanchez, the realization of this vision will serve as UPLB’s contribution to national development. In his address, he articulated three guiding objectives of his administration towards achieving this goal. These are leadership in academic excellence; utilization of knowledge and technologies toward inclusive growth; and creation of enabling environment for creativity and innovation.

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual officiated the investiture of Chancellor Sanchez. In his message, President Pascual reiterated the support of the UP System to the realization of Chancellor Sanchez’s vision for UPLB. President Pascual acknowledged that UPLB is a significant contributor to UP’s quest to become a great university. He commended UPLB for its initial milestones in internationalization. He also acknowledged the foundations set by the past UPLB administrators, which Chancellor Sanchez also expressed in his speech.

The event, witnessed by UP and UPLB officials, faculty members, staff, alumni, students, and guests, also served as a venue for the formal introduction of the vice chancellors. In his message, President Pascual specified the opportunities and challenges that UPLB must respond to. These include intensified internationalization in academic affairs; scientific innovation and public service in research and extension; operational efficiency in administrative matters; multi-stakeholder dialogues in the UPLB community; and an environment-friendly principle in infrastructure development.

Also at hand to witness the investiture of Chancellor Sanchez were his parents, former UPLB professors Dr. Fernando F. Sanchez, Sr. and Dr. Priscilla Chinte-Sanchez; his wife, Dr. Patricia Ann Jaranilla-Sanchez; son Tristan Fernando; sister, Dr. Matilde Sanchez-Kam; and parents-in-law, Victor and Julie Ann Jaranilla. Dr. Rene Rafael C. Espino, professor at the College of Agriculture, delivered the formal introduction of the chancellor. (MJE Gloria)