University of the Philippines Los Baños
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

CHED chair says research and higher education will promote development



Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr. (rightmost) presents a plaque of appreciation to CHED Commissioner Ruperto Sangalang,

for being the guest speaker during the GS Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on July 3 as Dr. Portia Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, looks on. 



The UPLB Graduate School (GS) conducted its 2015 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on July 3 at the DL Umali Hall, conferring degrees on 48 Ph.D. and 212 masters candidates. It also gave recognition to its top five Ph.D. and masters candidates, and two recipients of special awards.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. advised the graduate students to actively participate in collaborative research activities that promote knowledge building and policy making, to publish their work, and serve the people. He further explained that as the ASEAN integration promotes mobility among faculty and students, it also presents UPLB an opportunity to pursue research and development policies in the region.

The guest speaker during this year’s hooding and recognition ceremonies was the Commissioner for Higher Education and Development (CHED),  Hon. Ruperto S. Sangalang. Dr. Sangalang emphasized the country’s need to promote higher education, learning and research. He also urged graduate students to “give back to the country and the people” through education, research and extension.

During the ceremony, GS awarded Mr. Butch Bataller (Chemical Engineering) as the Outstanding Master’s Degree Candidate and Ms. Maria Anabelle D. Gerona (Development Communication) as the Outstanding PhD Degree Candidate. The other awardees/candidates for Ph.D. who were in the top 2-5 ranks, respectively, were Myrna G. Cacho (Community Development), Swarna Herath(Agronomy), Christine M. Bautista (Animal Science), and Felisa L. Malabayabas (Extension Education).

The masters degree candidates who took the top 2-5 ranks, respectively, were Mitchellrey M. Toledo (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), Paquito E. Relox, Jr. (Food Science), Neil Jerome A. Egarguin (Mathematics), and Patricia Marie A. Cabredo (Environmental Science).

Leonardus Tumuka, Ph.D. Community Development and Jan-Ohel M. Angeles (MS Food Science) received the Leadership Award and the Service Award, respectively. (Maribeth C. Jadina)