University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 24 May 2018 16:39

NCPC tasked to intensify research at 42nd anniv


The National Crop Protection Center (NCPC) has been tasked to take up the challenge of undertaking research with bigger impact to humanity as it entered its 42nd year.

During its anniversary program on May 21 at the NCPC Auditorium, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. urged NCPC to craft research that is worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, a reiteration of an earlier call made by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion’s to the UP research community. Amid this challenge, Chancellor Sanchez committed to provide the necessary resources, equipment, and other research support to the Center.

In the past decades, NCPC developed techniques to mass produce and to release in the field trichogramma parasitioids, which are used to control the population of corn, tomato, and sugarcane borers. It also introduced rat management strategies for rice fields and created rapid test kits for pesticides.

Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Science, on the other hand, encouraged the NCPC workforce to “serve from the heart.” He also urged the senior NCPC scientists and researchers to mentor the junior researchers to continue the Center’s legacy in helping solve agricultural problems and food security in the country.

Present during the program were Dr. Gil Magsino and Dr. Fernando F. Sanchez, Sr., current director and founding director of NCPC, respectively.

With the theme “Continuing excellence in crop protection for a public service-oriented and science-based pest management,” NCPC launched its 2018 anniversary celebration with a sport fest on May 17-18. It also held a strategic planning workshop on May 21-22. The celebration will conclude on May 23 with a talent show competition and the awarding and recognition of outstanding NCPC staff and retirees. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)