UPLB has been recognized as the most outstanding research institution by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).
The Tanglaw Award for the Most Outstanding Research Institution was presented to UPLB Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. by PCAARRD executives led by Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora. Also present to receive the award was Dr. Nathaniel C. Bantayan, vice chancellor for research and extension.
The awarding took place during the Galing PCAARRD recognition program in celebration of the council’s 51st anniversary on Nov. 10 in Los Baños, Laguna.
In his acceptance speech, Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. expressed gratitude and attributed the award to the collective efforts of UPLB’s faculty, researchers, staff, and students.
“Winning this award is a testament to the unwavering commitment of the tireless men and women of the UPLB scientific community. Their dedication toward advancing scientific research, especially in the field of agriculture and natural resources, is why UPLB has won this prestigious award,” Chancellor Camacho said.
He called the Tanglaw Award a reflection of the unceasing passion of UPLB’s faculty, researchers, extension staff, and students who have dedicated their talents and energies toward addressing the critical issues faced by the country’s agricultural and natural resources sector.
He also quickly reminded them that the award is a reminder to continue pushing forward for the sake of the university’s vision and in the name of public service.
The Tanglaw Award includes a PhP5 million grant for station development, capability building, and upgrading of facilities, as well as a trophy.
UPLB researchers also received various awards at the Galing PCAARRD program.
Dr. Nelly S. Aggangan of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology won the Pantas Award for the Most Outstanding Researcher/Scientist. In her speech, she emphasized the importance of research impact and resilience in benefiting agriculture and the environment.
The paper “Nutritional properties and phenolic acid profile of selected Philippine pigmented maize with high antioxidant activity” authored by Dr. Tonette P. Laude, Julie Ann Mher A. Libron, Don Emanuel M. Cardona, John Marty C. Mateo, Ayn Kristina M. Beltran, and Arvin Paul P. Tuaño was given the Elvira O. Tan Award for the Outstanding Published Paper in the agriculture category.
DOST-PCAARRD also recognized UPLB researchers Nadine B. Coronado with the Academic Excellence Award and Rachele L. De Torres, John Bryan C. Rolloque, Emille Joseph A. Iranista, Froilan Jay T. Menguito, and Ian Bien M. Oloc-oloc for completing the Graduate Research and Education Assistantship for Technology (GREAT) Program.
DOST-PCAARRD scholars from UPLB under the Re-entry Program Project of GREAT Alumni 2022-2023 were also given recognition, namely: Divine Krizza B. Padua-Cruz, Engr. Juan Miguel K. Parami, Anne Frances V. Buhay, Jofil A. Mati-om, Nico Jayson C. Anastacio, John Albert M. Caraan, Rachele L. De Torres, John Bryan Rolloque, and Dr. Emil John C. Cabrera.
A team that included UPLB also won second place in the research category under The Best R&D or NSAARRD Awards that recognizes outstanding contributions from the local Filipino scientific community and showcases exceptional research and development outputs in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sector.
The team was awarded for its research “Conserving Mindanao Mountain Ecosystems: Biodiversity as Frontier for Ecotourism Development and Sustainable Ecological Protection.”
In his keynote speech at the awarding ceremony, Science and Technology Secretary Renato U. Solidum, Jr., highlighted the council’s pivotal role in addressing agricultural challenges, including funding for the ASF detection kit project, collaboration with UPLB on disease management in crops, support of the Apo Reef Natural Park, and its active involvement in high-level research, leading to evidence-based innovations and investments in the AANR sector.
Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, the executive director of DOST-PCAARRD, presented a detailed overview of the council’s significant achievements and collaborations in AANR innovation, such as the management of Grants-in-Aid projects, formation of regional consortia, international partnerships, and accomplishments in diverse fields, such as genomics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, biodiversity, and agricultural mechanization.
Galing PCAARRD aims to recognize and celebrate individuals’ and institutions’ outstanding achievements and contributions in AANR research and development. (Czerah Jade P. Maycacayan)