“Pagkaraan ng isang daan at siyam na taon (After 109 years), UPLB remains relevant to this day. In fact, hindi lang po relevant – pinaka-relevant (it is not only relevant, but most relevant). Not just because of its niche areas, but because it continues to adapt to the changing needs and demands of our people and the rest of humanity.”
This was how UP President Danilo L. Concepcion described UPLB’s role in society as the University celebrates its 109th anniversary. President Concepcion was the keynote speaker at the Foundation Day Convocation and Awarding Ceremonies on March 6 at Baker Hall.
President Concepcion recognized the wide array of products that resulted from UPLB’s research and underscored how the study of agriculture has helped provide safe, nutritious, sustainable, affordable, and abundantly available food to the people. “Hindi po natin matatawaran ang pananaliksik na ngayon ay ginagawa dito sa UPLB (We cannot discount the research that UPLB conducts today),” he said.
He acknowledged the role of UPLB’s human resources in the level of excellence that the University has achieved, and commended the 2018 awardees’ honor and excellence in their service inside and outside the University.
During the event, 14 outstanding personnel and research and extension teams of the University were honored. In the words of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. “they are members of the UPLB family who give more of themselves in fulfillment of UPLB’s mission.”
The 2018 outstanding personnel and team are the following:
OUTSTANDING TEACHERS. (2nd, 4th, and 5th from L) Dr. Michelle Grace V. Paraso (biological sciences); Dr. Benjamina Paula G. Flor (social sciences and humanities); and Asst. Prof. Katrina Joy M. Abriol-Santos (physical sciences), join President Concepcion (center) on the stage. Flanking them are Asst. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Julieta A. Delos Reyes and Chancellor Sanchez.
OUTSTANDING RESEARCHERS AND EXTENSIONIST. (2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th from L) Outstanding researchers Asst. Prof. Jason R. Albia (junior faculty, natural sciences); Eldrin DLR. Arguelles (junior REPS, natural sciences); Dr. Antonio G. Lalusin (senior faculty, natural sciences); Asst. Prof. Karen P. Quilloy (junior faculty, social sciences); and Dr. Dinah Pura T. Depositario (senior faculty, social sciences); and (3rd from L) outstanding extensionist Asst. Prof. Glenn N. Baticados, together with (1st, 4th, and 9th from L) Asst. Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Glenn S. Lubuguin, President Concepcion, and Chancellor Sanchez.
OUTSTANDING RESEARCH TEAM. The Fruit and Shoot Borer Resistant Eggplant Research Team of the Institute of Plant Breeding, led by Dr. Desiree Hautea (9th from L) join Asst. Vice Chancellor Lubuguin, President Concepcion, and Chancellor Sanchez on the stage (6th, 10th, and 11th from L, respectively), together with CAFS Dean Enrico P. Supangco (back).
OUTSTANDING EXTENSION TEAM. The National Crop Protection Center Quick Response Team, led by Dr. Bonifacio Cayabyab (5th from L), together with Asst. Vice Chancellor Lubuguin, Dean Supangco, President Concepcion, and Chancellor Sanchez (2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 11th from L, respectively).
OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. (2nd, 3rd, and 5th from L) Adora M. De Castro (technician/craftsman); Divinia B. Padua (office personnel); and Jenette Lory P. Tamayo-Estabillo (supervisor) are joined by (1st, 4th, and 6th from L) Vice Chancellor for Administration Crisanto A. Dorado, President Concepcion, and Chancellor Sanchez.
Dr. Benjamina Paula G. Flor, associate professor from the College of Development Communication and outstanding teacher in social sciences and humanities, delivered the response on behalf of the awardees. She cited the sacrifices and efforts that UPLB teachers have done to ensure that UPLB students will learn best and become successful when they graduate. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)