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The Central Analytical Services Laboratory (CASL) of BIOTECH, UPLB received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation on 1 September 2014. It is the first testing laboratory under UPLB which was awarded with kind of accreditation. CASL is a service laboratory providing chemical analysis of food and feeds, water and wastewater, and soil and fertilizer.
Prior to accreditation, CASL was renovated and upgraded under the supervision of Dr. Veronica P. Migo. This project was funded by the Department of Agriculture BIOTECH Program.
The ISO/IEC 17025 (International Organization for Standardization/ International Electrotechnical Commission) is an international standard followed by accreditation bodies to verify the competency of testing and calibration laboratories.
Information and photo submitted by BIOTECH
From left to right: Mrs. Perla Baje, Philippine Accreditation Bureau Manager,
Dr. Veronica Migo, Head of CASL; Dr. Rex Victor Cruz, UPLB Chancellor,
Dr. Ma. Victoria Espaldon, UPLB Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension,
Dr. Jessica Simbahan, BIOTECH Deputy Director,
and Mrs. Liza Custodio, BIOTECH Administrative Officer
Climate change has been a hot topic for years now. Its impacts on civilizations have been dramatic and vivid. As generations come and go, more and more factors contribute to climate change. Now, human activity influences it as well. Its possible impacts to society have made our government, specifically the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Climate Change Commission, concerned over the past years.
One of the initiatives of DOST is The Balik Scientist Program (BSP), which aims to attract foreign-based Filipino researchers to return to our country and share their expertise on topics related to national development. Four Balik-Scientists organized a workshop sponsored by DOST and hosted by UPLB. The workshop then paved the way for a team of experts from various prestigious organizations to come together to consolidate information about climate change and its major impacts.
Led by NASA Senior Scientist Josefino C. Comiso, USDA/NIFA Program Leader Catalino A. Blanche, Retired Technology Development Leader of Georgia Pacific Terry I. Sangumba, UPLB Professor Felino P. Lansigan, and our very own Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, ten authors converged to assure that the message is conveyed to the public.
From the ten authors, six were from UPLB: Professor Nestor T. Baguinon, Assistant Professor Jesusita O. Coladilla, Lecturer Rafael D. Guerrero III, College of Forestry and Natural Resources Dean Juan M. Pulhin, School of Environmental Science and Management Dean Leonardo M. Florece and our very own Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz. Four high-profile experts also joined the team. These were Roger C. Birosel, the Secretary-General of Earth Savers Movement, Rodel D. Lasco, Senior Scientist at the World Agrofrestry Centre and also Scientific Director of The OML Center, Rosa T. Perez, Senior Research Fellow at the Manila Observatory, and Lourdes V. Tibig, an Independent Climate Change Consultant and also a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts,Climate Change Commission.
As a result, a book was published through the University of the Philippines Press. “Changing Philippine Climate: Impacts on Agriculture and Natural Resources” contains comprehensive details about the changes in climate and the influence on the country’s environment, natural resources, agriculture, ecosystem, biodiversity, weather, and the quality of life of its inhabitants. Aside from these, risk management, resilience, and strategies for mitigation and effective adaptation especially in agriculture, forestry, grassland, livestock, fisheries, and health are also discussed.
Hopefully, this book will pave the way towards more collaboration related to battling the negative impacts of climate change.
The University of the Philippines Los Baños has not only proven its niche as a national and research university but also as a public university. For the past 105 years, UPLB created hundreds of technologies, which were also shared to the intended users and thus, created great impact to the lives of many Filipinos.
To collate these major extension activities of UPLB, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension held the first extension conference dubbed as ‘ConExtS’ on August 18, 2014 at CEC Auditorium, UPLB. With the theme, “Transforming Knowledge to Action, Transforming Lives,” it highlighted the outstanding extension services of UPLB through paper presentations.
Moreover, this conference convened UPLB extension service units, from colleges and supervised units to present their best extension services. Outputs of four previous outstanding programs and 12 other extension programs were presented.
Dr. Romulo G. Davide, the FSTP leader, 1998 outstanding extensionist and 2012 Ramon Magsaysay awardee served as the keynote speaker. “It would be timely in this conference to review our university’s extension policies that seem to hinder and discourage extension faculty or staff to transfer technologies and go to the mountainous areas where most of our people are still the poorest of the poor, hungry and illiterates,” he emphasized during his speech.
Another highlight of this conference was the selection of the three most outstanding extension papers: Complementation of CSC-IPB Extension Programs Towards Agricultural Development (College of Agriculture), Make It Makiling! Program (College of Forestry and Natural Resources), and Co-designing Sustainable Futures Through University and Local Government Partnerships (School of Environmental Science and Management). Dr. Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon, Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, Dr. Virginia C. Cuevas and Dr. Cleofas R. Cervancia comprised the evaluation team.
Memorandum No. 09
Series of 2014
14 July 2014
TO : All Deans and Directors
FROM : MA. VICTORIA O. ESPALDON
Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension
SUBJECT : CALL FOR BASIC RESEARCH PROPOSAL
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.