• 2014 Outstanding Administrative, Research and Extension Personnel/Program, and Faculty with Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz and Vice Pres.for Development, Prof. Elvira A. Zamora during the Convocation Program, 5 March at SMX Convention Center.

  • Our online catalog of short courses and training programs for 2013 is now available. Click on photo to check the courses.

  • Young biotechnology researchers find teamwork essential in looking for answers to man's scientific queries.

  • Professor Emeritus Macrina T. Zafaralla in-situ analyzing a water sample, one of her many research activities aimed to characterize our several freshwater lakes.

  • Agricultural engineers hold test drives of developed mini-tractors and other farm machinery for the appreciation of farmers around Laguna.

  • Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz, with Vice-Chancellor Maria Victoria Espaldon and Project Leader Dr. Enrico Supangco, prepares to cut the ribbon to formally open the UPLB TBI.

  • BIOTECH Microbial Rennet developer Dr. Susana Mercado receives the 1st Prize during the National Invention Contest from DOST Usec. Fortunato dela Peña, DOST-TAPI Director Edgar Garcia and IPO Director IV Ms. Carmen Peralta.

  • CA Associate Dean Dr. Christian Joseph Cumagun is flanked by his family after winning the 2012 NAST's Eduardo A. Quisumbing Award for Basic Research during the NSTW Opening Program at the SMX Convention Center.

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Memorandum No. 09

Series of 2014

14 July 2014

TO :               All Deans and Directors

                       Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) is now accepting capsule research proposals for funding under the UPLB Basic Research Program CY 2015.

In this regard, please be informed that all proposals shall be pre-screened in accordance to the attached criteria (Annex A) and only those that pass the initial screening will be required to submit the detailed proposals in preparation for the panel review. Likewise, priority shall be given to new MS and PhD graduates who wish to do follow-up studies on their thesis/dissertation and other research studies within their expertise.

Please submit the capsule proposal, one copy (see attached format Annex B) to the OVCRE-Project Development Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PDMES), OVCRE Annex Bldg, UPLB. Deadline of submission shall be on or before 30 September 2014.

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) is organizing a symposium on Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Its Application in Life and Environment Sciences which will be held on 28-29 August at IMSP, UPLB.

Registration fee: PhP 600 (for professionals), PhP 300 (for students)

To register, kindly email Dr. Alvin Karlo G. Tapia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .






August 11

2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Presentation of Nominees’ Vision Paper with Administrative Staff

NCAS Auditorium

August 12

9:00 AM-12:00 NN

Walk-in Consultative Discussion         with Administrative Staff

Chemical Engineering Department


2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Presentation of Nominees’ Vision  Paper with Faculty, REPS, Alumni        and Retirees

DL Umali Hall

August 13

9:00 AM- 12:00 NN

Walk-in Consultative Discussion         with REPs and Retirees

Chemical Engineering Department


2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Walk-in Consultative Discussion with REPS, Faculty, Alumni and Retirees

Chemical Engineering Department

August 14

9:00 AM-12:00 NN

Presentation of Nominees’ Vision Paper with Students

DL Umali Hall


2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Walk-in Consultative Discussion with Students

SU Maquiling Ballroom

August 15

9:00 AM-12:00NN

Walk-in Consultative Discussion with Faculty, Alumni and Retirees

Chemical Engineering Department


2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Walk-in Consultative Discussion with Faculty, Administrative Staff, Alumni and Retirees

Chemical Engineering Department

August 19


Interview with Nominees



University of the Philippines Los Baños again participated in celebrating the 2014 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) last July 24-28, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

This year’s NSTW celebration has been themed “Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges,” and highlighted the eight outcomes of the government lead by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), namely, agriculture, enterprises, industry, IT-BPM, E-governance, health, education and disaster preparedness, through fora and exhibits. Also, during the first day of the event, the DOST and the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) recognized four outstanding personnel in different categories.

Thousands of students, innovators, inventors, scientists, researchers, people from private and government agencies, non-government organizations, and other S&T enthusiasts gathered at the SMX during the 4-day event.

Award received

Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), UPLB was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Science Administrator Award. Dr. Ebora was recognized for bringing BIOTECH to the forefront of biotechnology research in the Philippines and spearheading the commercialization and technology transfer of its products and services.


Simultaneous fora were held throughout the celebrations. In one of fora anchored on “Makabagong Teknolohiya Para sa Nagbabagong Panahon,” Dr. Felino P. Lansigan of CAS-INSTAT presented several updates on program Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry (SARAI) in the Philippines. SARAI is a program funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) which aims to generate an online decision support system which will provide timely crop advisories and crop forecasts for the agricultural sector.

In another forum entitled “Niyog ni Juan, Hwag Pabayaan Nang Kasaganahan ay Makamtan” organized by the PCAARRD to discuss updates and challenges of the coconut industry, Mr. Romulo N. Arancon, Jr., Administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) presented an Operational Plan Against Coconut Scale Insect (CSI).

According to Arancon, about 2.4 million coconut trees were infested with the CSI and 16,000 farmers in 93 municipalities were affected by the outbreak. Arancon said that different agencies including UPLB have been working together to mitigate the CSI’s impact on the coconut industry. UPLB has organized a group which is member of the CSI Task Force.

In another knowledge-sharing activity, two experts from UPLB also served as resource speakers. Mr. Primitivo Jose A. Santos of the Institute of Plant Breeding, Crop Science Cluster presented a technology on Simple Nutrient Addition Program (SNAP) Hydroponics. SNAP, according to Santos, is a soil-less crop production system ideal for home-based and commercial production of vegetables and other cash crops. After the session, participants showed eagerness to adopt the SNAP technology.

Moreover, Dr. Eduardo P. Paningbatan, Jr., retired professor from the Agricultural Systems Cluster, College of Agriculture, shared his award-winning urban technology, Enriched Potting Preparation. Paningbatan explained how to grow crops in recycled containers using a nutrient-rich medium.

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