To culminate its centennial year celebration, the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (DAAE) of the College of Economics and Management (CEM) held its grand alumni homecoming on Oct. 12 at the Baker Hall.
In a speech delivered by Dr. Portia Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, on behalf of Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr., she pointed out how DAAE has shown utmost dedication in doing economic research that translated to policy for the benefit of our nation.
“But so much more needs to be done. The nation needs economic policies that are not only efficient but rooted in compassion. UPLB is confident that DAAE will continue to help build a stronger, more sustainable, and more responsive Philippine economic policy,” she added.
The gathering, which also celebrated the more than 100 years of agricultural economics as a field of study in UPLB, saw the honoring of former DAAE faculty members and the presentation of the department’s academic excellence and outstanding alumni awards.
In his speech as the event’s guest of honor, Hon. Wilfrido Mark Enverga, discussed the importance of the agricultural economists’ role in policy development. Enverga, Quezon Province’s 1st District Representative in the 18th Philippine Congress and chair of the House of Committee on Agriculture and Food, encouraged the DAAE alumni to actively contribute and collaborate in the crafting of agricultural policies.
Dr. Antonio Jesus Quilloy, chair of DAAE, also led the launching of the department’s public service program entitled “AgEcon natin, pag-unlad natin.” The program aims to capacitate stakeholders of agriculture through knowledge transfer and by forging linkages with DAAE alumni and other groups and institutions.
Also present during the event were CEM Dean Agham Cuevas; Dr. Flordeliza Lantican, former CEM dean; and Dr. Elpidio Agbisit, Jr, dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Science. (John Glen Sarol)