Regina Ongkiko

Seminar on the Design of the 2016 Master Sample

Dr. Isidoro P. David, Adjunct Professor of Statistics will deliver a seminar on the 2016 Master Sample Design. The seminar will be on the Design of the 2016 Master Sample that is being used by the Philippine Statistics Authority for all the surveys that they conduct – Labor Force Survey, Annual Poverty Indicator Survey, Family Income and Expenditure Survey, Functional Literacy, Demographic and Health Survey, Survey on Overseas Filipinos, Family Planning Survey. The master sample is also used by other government agencies in their surveys, like the Food and Nutrition Research Institute for the National Nutrition Survey. Dr. David headed the team that developed the 2016 master sample design.

Interested rsearchers, undergraduate and graduate students are most welcomed.

Event Details:

  • Date: -
  • Venue: INSTAT Lecture Hall, UPLB

OVCRE Memo No. 008 s. 2018 Call for Basic Research Proposals

Memorandum No. 008
Series of 2017

06 April 2017


Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension(OVCRE) is now accepting research proposals for funding under the UPLB Basic Research Program CY 2018.

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 subjected to technical and administrative review. 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.

Likewise, OVCRE will institute the Research Monitoring scheme in the implementation of the research projects. This kind of partnership will help the junior researcher's professional development as they will have the opportunity and support to refine not only their technical skills but also project management skills, networking and linkaging thru the guidance of the senior researcher. In connection with this, we encourage everyone to enjoin a senior or junior researcher in your respective teams as stated above to add merit to the approval of your proposals.

Please submit one (1) hard copy of the detailed proposal (see attached format Annex B) together with the accomplished Prior Art Search Form (Annex C) to the OVCRE-Project Development Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PDMES), OVCRE Annex Bldg, UPLB. For the researcher's guidance regarding the approval process, please see attached flowchart (Annex D).

Please take note of the following dates:
30 June 2017 - Deadline of submission
30 September 2017 - Expected date of approval
01 January 2018 - Expected starting date of implementation

Thank you very much.

(A copy of this memo can be downloaded below along with the attachments and annexes)


Second UK-Philippines Joint Health Research Call

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Medical Research Council-United Kingdom (MRC) is inviting researchers to submit concept proposals for the Second UK-Philippines Joint Health Research Call. This initiative between PCHRD and MRC aims to provide funding for high quality 3-year collaborative research projects focusing on Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases of relevance to the Philippines.

The research call is part of the UK's Newton Fund Programme, an Official Development Assistance to the Philippines aimed at developing science and innovation partnerships to promote economic development and welfare. For the Philippines, they invite concept proposals on Infectious Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)

The research call will provide financial assistance of up to ₤400K from UK, and up to ₤250K/PhP 16 Million Pesos from the Philippines per project, to support activities for up to 3 years. The research call intends to find a total of six (6) joint projects: four (4) in Infectious Diseases, and two (2) in Diabetes Mellitus. Please note that applicants are required to have one UK Principal Investigator and one Filipino Principal Investigator.

Attached are the following documents: Call Specification, Applicant Guidelines, and Concept Proposal Form. All files can also be accessed through the PCHRD website


Call for Nominations for OICA Director


The nominee must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • commitment to academic freedom and the values and ideals of the University;
  • distinction or outstanding academic credentials in the nominee’s chosen field of expertise which should be along the lines of the unit’s disciplines or fields; Filipino citizen;
  • leadership qualities and administrative or managerial capability;
  • must be willing to serve; and
  • must consider resource generation an important function of the position.

The nominee need not be a faculty member at the time of his/her nomination. Should he/she be appointed as Director, he/she must have a faculty appointment.


The following may submit nominations:

  • any UPLB personnel;
  • students and alumni;
  • others from outside the unit; or
  • an interested candidate.


Nominators (individuals or groups) shall submit:

  • duly signed letter containing the justification for the nomination; and
  • a three-page summary of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.


17 April 2017: Deadline for submission of nominations to the Office of the Chancellor
21 April 2017 (9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.):Presentation of End of Term Report of the Current OICA Director at the OVCRE Annex (All interested parties are free to attend.)
24 April 2017 (9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.): Presentation of the Vision, Mission, and Goals of Nominees at the OVCRE Annex (All interested parties are free to attend.)


Lecture: Drought Forecasting in the Philippines

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Emeritus Scientist, Dr. Josefino Comiso, will have his second lecture as a visiting professor for the timely topic of Drought Forecasting in the Philippines, on March 20, 4PM, at NCAS Auditorium.

Everyone is invited to join the event, and participate in the growing discussion of new research areas and methodologies using NASA’s free satellite images.

Event Details:

  • Date: -
  • Venue: New College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) Auditorium, UPLB

MATHTEX 2017: Teacher Training for Calculus

The Mathematics Division of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) is inviting you to join us as we conduct MATHTEX on its fifth year.

Event Details:

  • Date: - -
  • Venue: Math Building, University of the Philippines Los Baños

OVCRE Memo No. 005 s.2017 Call for ECWRG Proposal

20 February 2017

Series of 2017

TO: All Deans and Directors

             Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension

SUBJECT: 2017 Call for ECWRG Proposal

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) is now accepting research proposals for funding under the Enhanced Creative Works and Research Grant. The ECWRG Program aims to encourage faculty (from Instructor 4 to Professor) and REPS to undertake research that will lead to publications or exhibitions or performances of creative work or other significant output such as patents, new software, and advanced technologies. To ensure the quality of output, publication or exhibition will be required prior to the full release of the grant, depending on whether the grant is for research or creative work.

In this regard, please be informed that all proposals shall be subjected to technical and administrative review by OVCRE prior to submission to OVPAA. Specifically, technical review shall be undertaken by external evaluators (outside campus unit) as prescribed in the program guidelines. Please refer to the attached table for the minimum qualifications of applicants.

Kindly submit one (1) hard copy of the detailed proposal (see attached format) to the OVCRE-Project Development Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PDMES), OVCRE Annex Bldg, UPLB. Deadline of submission shall be on or before 15 March 2017.


NASA Scientist to Share Experiences and Expertise on Using Remote Sensing in Laguna de Bay basin Lake Water Monitoring

February 13 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Senior Scientist, Dr. Josefino Comiso, will be a visiting professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for the month of February.

He will be giving a free lecture on the Application of Remote Sensing in Monitoring Water Quality and Lake Surface Water Uses, and Land Use Change of Laguna de Bay Basin, on February 13, 4PM, at NCAS Auditorium.

Everyone is invited to join the lecture, and be updated with Dr. Comiso’s set of activities this February!

The official poster is attached.

6th International Conference on Climate and Disaster Risks Management 2017

Science holds the key to building resilience for sustainable future. An integrated science-based awareness raising, development planning, policy-making and practices strengthen government and institutional efforts for climate change adaptation and disaster management. It also strengthens the capacities of individuals, communities and societies in understanding hazards, in managing associated risks, and in preparing for potential disasters and extreme events. We look to science to seek answers to our questions about the changing climate and the changing world. This encourages collaborative and urgent investments in climate actions and disaster forums on global and local levels that are necessary to promote the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

On its sixth year, the conference further enhances the common learning ground for climate change talk and disaster dialogue among and between a diverse body of disciplines, backgrounds and expertise. It is a continuing opportunity to actively engage scientists, researchers, and technical people who provide up-to-date scientific data and study findings on climate change and disasters which can be used by the various stakeholders/sectors for an informed hazard and/or risk-based planning and decision-making processes, and management practices.


  • Climate and disaster risks management measures/strategies
  • General topics on climate change and disaster hazards/risks
  • Ecosystem-based CCA and DRRM
  • Low emissions/green technologies


  • February 28: First call for papers, posters and products
  • March: Second call and submissions
  • March 31: Deadline for the online submission of paper/poster/product abstracts
  • April: Release of notice for accepted abstracts
  • May: Submission of full papers and/or extended abstracts for accepted abstracts
  • June-July 31: Release of final program and invitations/Early registration
  • August: Final preparations and updates
  • September 27-28: Conference proper

Deadline: March 31, 2017
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Format/Template: http://ovcre.uplb.edu.ph/


  • Research/paper presentation must be an original work that has not been published or presented prior to the conference
  • Product presentation must be related to climate change adaptation/mitigation and disaster risk reduction and management
  • Writing of the abstract must follow the attached format/template which can be downloaded at http://ovcre.uplb.edu.ph.
  • Conference secretariat will acknowledge the receipt of submitted abstract and will release notice of acceptance, final program and official invitation via email
  • Email your abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For participants from the Philippines:

  • Early registration – PhP4,000 (paid on or before July 31, 2017)
  • On-site/regular registration – PhP4,500 (paid on Sept. 27, 2017 or after July 31, 2017)

For international participants:

  • Early registration – USD 100 (paid on or before July 31, 2017)
  • On-site/regular registration – USD 120 (paid on Sept. 27, 2017 or after July 31, 2017)

For other inquiries, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


UPLB takes part in the advancement of the Philippine Mango Industry

Mangoes are one of the most important fruit crops in the Philippines, along with banana and pineapple. Aside from an already established market here, it has a lot of potential in the international market. Foreigners and tourists remain to be impressed with our export variety, called the “Carabao” mango which is known all over the world.

In 2011, the Philippines had a production area of 187,073 hectares and produced 788,074 MT. That same year, mango production dropped by 5.38%. There were fewer fruits harvested in some provinces, as well as reduction of flower induction.

S & T for the mango industry

With the ASEAN integration, demand for quality mangoes is expected. Backed by scientific research on integrated crop management (ICM) and postharvest quality management (PQM), the Philippines’ mango industry is seen as a strong competitor.

ICM and PQM make use of traditional and modern techniques that complement Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for mango. ICM includes practices that help improve plant health and fruit yield through the reduction of the pests and diseases as well as through the promotion of plant growth and development. It involves cost-effective and need-based pesticide spraying programs and other interventions such as bagging, pruning, and canopy development.

Meanwhile, PQM focuses on postharvest handling practices to ensure that the mangoes are safe and fresh as they are brought to the consumers. PQM is also involved in meeting trade requirements and ensuring that buyers’ specifications are met from harvest to transport.

Because of ICM and PQM, there has been an increase in volume of harvest, quality fruits, and even income of mango stakeholders.

UPLB’s role in the upscaling of the mango industry

The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) was one of the state colleges and universities that took part in a project funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).

Seven clusters of mango growers were organized in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, VI, and XII. There were 69 members and the total area covered was 69 hectares. The members were trained on different ICM technologies like pruning, fertilizer application, fruit bagging, and postharvest practices. A team was assigned to each region for direct technical assistance and monitoring of orchard activities.

The program ended last July 2015. Of the 69 cluster members, 29% were able to reach their target yield. While the cost of production increased by 46%, the gross income also increased by 21%. Net income increased by only 8% from PhP 68,512 to PhP 74,142 per hectare though the partial budget showed a higher overall increase in net income of PhP 19,328 per hectare, indicating that adopting ICM technologies is economically viable. Before ending the program, a Mango Care Manual was developed using the 13 leaflets on the ICM technologies.

The clustering strategy has enabled experts to effectively guide the cluster members in the implementation of ICM and PQM. Because of this, the members were able to share their experiences on production and postharvest techniques.

Aside from UPLB, DOST-PCAARRD has partnered with other state universities and colleges all over the Philippines to promote the adoption of ICM and PQM to the mango farmers.

Through this program, the advancement of the Philippine mango industry is seen to reach new heights, especially now that it is backed up by science and technology.

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