University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 09 June 2017 16:33

IPB marks 42nd year


“It is no secret that the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) has always been at the forefront of Philippine agricultural genetic research. This year’s anniversary is a simple but powerful reminder of IPB’s roots and critical role towards developing a more climate change-resilient and future-proof Philippine agriculture.”

This is how Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., summed up IPB’s past and future contribution to agriculture in his inspirational message during the 42nd anniversary celebration of IPB on June 5 at the IPB Seminar Room.

The message was delivered on his behalf by Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs. Dr. Lapitan said, “thanks to IPB; the study of plant breeding in the Philippines has also become one of the most revered disciplines and professions in our country.”

The message also reiterated the significance of IPB-produced crop varieties that have remained beneficial to farmers and consumers and have proven to be resilient to the challenging environmental conditions.

The celebration, with the theme “Science and seeds in the service of the Filipino nation,” gathered some of the biggest names in plant breeding and university administration who all hail from IPB, namely: National Scientists Ricardo M. Lantican and Ramon C. Barba; Dr. Emil Q. Javier, former UP president; Dr. Ruben L. Villareal, former UPLB chancellor; and Dr. Fernando A. Bernardo, former dean of the then College of Agriculture and former president of the Visayas State University.

Together with other IPB pillars, they form the Institute’s Council of Elders, who continuously provides expert advice to IPB. During the program, the Council members gave words of wisdom to the IPB administrators and workforce.

The event also served as a venue to honor IPB’s notable employees. Three were named as outstanding academic staff; six as best administrative staff; and one as an outstanding research team. The Institute also recognized 25 service awardees and 12 retirees.

Present during the event were Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), who also gave an inspirational message; Dr. Pompe C. Sta. Cruz, officer–in-charge of IPB; Dr. Jocelyn D. Labios, associate dean for research and extension of CAFS; and Dr. Calixto M. Protacio, former director of the then Crop Science Cluster where IPB used to be a part of.

Also present were Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, professor emeritus and Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology; Dr. Emiliana N. Bernardo and Dr. Rita P. Laude, past vice chancellors for academic affairs; and Dr. Jocelyn E. Eusebio, director of the Crops Research Division of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development.

Other activities during the celebration were the motorcade around the campus, a thanksgiving mass, a salo-salo or shared luncheon, and the IPB Family Day. (Kristine Araguas)