University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

Graduate School launches 2 MS programs on its 42nd founding anniversary

(Left to right) Dr. Mary Bernadette B. De Venecia and Dr. Laura T. David of the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI);  Dr. Willie P. Abasolo, Graduate School Secretary; Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo, Dr. Domingo E. Angeles, CA Dean, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr.; Mr. Ricardo F. Lagdameo, AMFLOCOR Vice President; Dr. Manny Uy, AUSAID-STRIDE;  Dr. J. Prospero E. de Vera, UP Vice President for Public Affairs; Dr. Marish H. Madlangbayan, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development; Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Graduate School Dean; Dr. Serlie B. Jamias, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs and the current director of the Office of Public Relations; and Ms. Miraflor P. Sanchez, UP-MSI


The UPLB Graduate School marked milestones with the launching of two new masters-level degree programs and the celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary on December 1.

At the Thanksgiving Dinner-Fellowship held at the Graduate School multi-purpose hall, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. led the launching of the Master of Science in Entomology, an off-campus program implemented in partnership with ANFLO Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. He also relaunched the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM), a joint program with the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) of UP Diliman and UP Visayas.

Chancellor Sanchez flew to Davao City with College of Agriculture Dean Domingo Angeles on November 13, 2014  to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with ANFLO Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) ANFLOCOR was represented by its senior vice president, Ricardo B. Florendo  and vice president, Ricardo F. Lagdameo. The interdisciplinary and tripartite University offering in marine science, which was approved earlier this year by the BOR, was represented by Dr. Laura David of UPD.

Chancellor Sanchez Jr. recalled that graduate instruction in UPLB started in 1913, but the UPLB Graduate School was established in 1972 to oversee all its the graduate programs. He said that even before 1972, graduate students from neighboring Southeast Asian countries have been coming to UPLB for specialized trainings and graduate studies. He lauded the GS efforts because: “With UPLB graduates occupying vital positions, both national and internal, UPLB is able to achieve its mission of providing highly trained and educated manpower that would allow the country to compete with world’s best.”

Keynote Speaker Dr. J. Propero E. de Vera, UP System Vice President for Public Affairs, affirmed that the UPLB Graduate School can enhance UP’s ranking among the top schools in Asia. Citing that only UPLB has a  GS that can coordinate experts from all colleges, the GS can more strategically address the gap in research by pursuing interdisciplinary programs and the need for internationalization by offering more graduate programs.

As Dr. de Vera explained, “Good quality and cutting-edge research is a product of a very strong graduate program, and the UPLB Graduate School has the tradition of internationalization that other constituent universities are trying to replicate.”  

Dr. Jose V. Camacho Jr., dean of the Graduate School, expressed his gratitude to the institutions and organizations that have been UPLB’s partners in furthering UPLB’s goal of becoming a world-class university. Present during the thanksgiving ceremony were representatives of the partner institutions, namely: Amabassador Antonio M. Lagdameo and Mr. Ricardo F. Lagdameo of ANFLOCOR; Dr. Gil Saguiguit of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA); Dr. Bruce Tolentino of the International Rice Research Institute; Dr. Manny Uy of the USAID-STRIDE; and representatives of the Department of Science and Technology.