University of the Philippines Los Baños
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

UPLB, DA-BAR launch new horticulture facility

The new Landscape Horticulture Research and Development Facility at the Ornamental Crops Nursery that was launched on Dec. 6 added to the growing number of facilities that enable UPLB to implement programs that will help address food security issues in the country.

“This new building will be central to further research and development activities in landscape horticulture as a whole,” said Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. in his message during the launch.

Chancellor Sanchez, a professor in landscape horticulture and a licensed arborist, leads the project that was given the institutional grant that funded the construction of the facility and projects on edible landscaping.

The facility is an open-air building that also houses equipment in landscape horticulture. It will serve as a venue for instruction, research and training on crop production and management, edible landscaping, management of landscape organic wastes, and landscape management.

Digna Sandoval, head of the Institutional Development Division of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), represented DA-BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar and read a message on his behalf. Sandoval said that the activities that will be conducted in the facility will help the government enhance agricultural competitiveness and deliver research services to farmers. DA-BAR funded the construction of the said facility.

Meanwhile, Dr. Casiano S. Abrigo, Jr., executive director of the UPLB Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) that managed the institutional grant, expressed confidence that the facility will fully serve its main purpose.

Dr. Tonette Laude, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, underscored the facility’s role in promoting both the aesthetic and nutritional value of crops. Dr. Laude represented Dean Enrico Supangco. Meanwhile, Prof. Teresita Borromeo, who represented Dr. Pompe Sta. Cruz, director of the CA Crop Science Cluster, emphasized that the facility will help provide a venue for students to apply classroom lessons.

Also present were Dr. Calixto Protacio, former executive director of the Philippine Rice Research Institute; Dr. Feliciano Calora, chair of the Philippine Agriculture and Resources Research Foundation, Inc.; Dr. Simplicio Medina, director of the Office of International Linkages; Chancellor Sanchez’s parents, retired professors Drs. Fernando S. Sanchez, Sr. and Priscilla C. Sanchez; and staff of UPLB and DA-BAR. (John Albert M. Pagunsan)