University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 10 July 2017 10:09

Pres. Concepcion assures UPLB of support to research at IPB anniv celebration


“I am a fund breeder,” quipped UP President Danilo L. Concepcion as he spoke before UPLB administrators, and scientists, researchers, and staff of the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) during a program to mark IPB’s 42nd anniversary on July 3.

The program, held at the IPB Seminar Room, was one of the last activities of the Institute’s month-long celebration that started on June 5. Its theme was “Science and seeds in the service of the Filipino nation.”

While he said it in jest, Pres. Concepcion shifted to a serious tone as he assured the Institute and the University that he is doing his best to generate research funds that will benefit UP’s research agenda, including that of IPB. He said that he has been speaking and linking with existing and potential partners, particularly in the government, to strengthen support to UP’s science research.

However, Pres. Concepcion reminded UPLB to maximize the value of its resources. First, he called for a new direction in utilizing UPLB’s land grants, the biggest there is in the UP System. As an example, he cited how the universities in England have developed self-sufficiency by profiting from their land resources.

Secondly, he urged UPLB to change its current mindset when it comes to research collaboration with private and business-oriented partners. He stressed that the University should get the value and earn from these collaborations as its partners do, given the long years of hard work, dedication, and quality of UP scientists and researchers. He also challenged IPB to come up with Nobel Prize-caliber research that would highly benefit humanity.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in his message during the occasion, acknowledged the brilliant minds and contributions of IPB’s directors, its council of elders, and the entire IPB workforce to the institute’s longevity and success. He reminded IPB of the changes in agriculture and the need to adapt to changing times. The restructuring of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), according to him, gives the impetus to reorient its focus from primary production to a value chain perspective. He also challenged IPB to help strengthen the domestic private seed agribusiness sector.
Present during the event were Dr. Pompe Sta. Cruz, IPB director; Dr. Emil Q. Javier, founding director of IPB and former UP President; Dr. Dolores Ramirez, Dr. Ramon Barba and Dr. Ricardo Lantican, National Scientists; and Dr. Evelyn Mae Mendoza and Dr. Eufemio Rasco, Academicians of the National Academy of Science and Technology.

Joining the celebration were UPLB vice chancellors: Dr. Portia Lapitan (academic affairs), Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias (community affairs), Dr. Rex Demafelis (research and extension), and Dr. Crisanto Dorado (administration); and deans of colleges: Dr. Enrico P. Supangco (agriculture and food science), Dr. Felino Lansigan (arts and sciences), Dr. Raden Piadozo (human ecology), and Dr. Decibel Eslava (environmental science and management).

Also present were Dr. Rogelio Cuyno, former chancellor of UP Mindanao, Dr. Susan May Calumpang, assistant to the vice chancellor for research and extension, and the executive committee and staff members of IPB.

The event was divided into two parts: the presentation of the most recent research contributions of IPB and a ‘town hall meeting’ where Pres. Concepcion answered questions from guests and attendees. (Kristine Araguas)