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

20 February 2017

MEMORANDUM NO. 005
Series of 2017

TO: All Deans and Directors

FROM: REX B. DEMAFELIS, PhD
             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.

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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.
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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.

TOPICS/SUB-THEMES FOR PAPER AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • 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

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER FOR THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE AND DISASTER RISKS MANAGEMENT 2017

  • 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

CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
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/

GUIDELINES ON ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

  • 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.

REGISTRATION FEES

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.

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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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Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) Call for Proposals: Concept Papers for Innovative Projects and Proposals

SRA is calling for proposals for the Sugarcane Research, Development and Extension (RDE) for 2017 and 2018. Funding for the projects comes through the Sugarcane Industry Development Act (RA #10659). The SIDA aims to promote and support the competitiveness of the sugarcane industry, maximize utilization of sugarcane resources, and improve income of farmers and farm workers. This Calls will primarily focus on the following RD and E Agenda:

  1. Improve production systems to increase efficiency and profitability for farmers.
    1. Varieties with higher sugar content, potential for prolonged ratooning, water/stress tolerant and site- specific.
    2. Crop management and cultural practices that are cost-effective, such as:
      1. Soil, nutrient and water management
      2. Pest, disease and weed management
      3. Adoption of Precision agriculture for sugarcane
    3. Mechanization of the production and post-production activities to reduce the labor cost.
      1. Design and development of prototype and test farm machineries and equipment adaptable to local industry needs and make them accessible and affordable to farmers.
      2. Design and development of small equipment and machineries suitable for small farms to lessen farm work.
  2. Sugar milling process and waste utilization
    1. Development of tool in performance assessment and improving the efficiency of the sugar factories.
    2. Economics of sugar mill waste management.
    3. Study on Effluents and other mill waste materials, the potential environmental, health, and economic consequences of an excessive utilization to the industry.
    4. Development and production of high value products from sugarcane and its by-products.
  3. Suitable mitigating and adaptation technologies for climate change.
    1. Crop damage forecasting and validation assessment protocol (Estimation of Loss in Sugarcane Production Due to Climate Change).
    2. Development of climate-resilient farming systems e.g., smart farming approaches (integrated farming, ICT application, etc.) and other climate-resilient agricultural production technologies.
    3. Various studies on greenhouse gases (ghg) emissions in the sugarcane industry.
  4. Enhancing delivery of R&D, adoption and practice change through:
    1. Building or strengthening the capacity of the different stakeholders in the mill districts e.g., MDDCs, planters’ assn./coops to deliver products and services to the target audience.
    2. Funding of RDE units in SUCs.
  5. Capacitate the SRA’s Research and Extension Centers, different mill district offices, and different actors in the industry to improve the delivery of services.
    1. Equipping of research and training facilities and acquisition, construction and equipping of mill district offices nationwide.
    2. Capacity-building of sugarcane farmers, farm workers, mill workers and researchers/agriculturists of SRA.
    3. Sugarcane Academy and/or Training Centers – This is where farmers/planters and technicians will be taught the science of sugarcane production. Trained in production with demo machines. Thus, will be oriented in production and processing of sugarcane/sugar technology.
  6. Development of database for socio-economic, policy formulation and research direction.
    1. Study on small farms (block farms), operational constraints, and required adjustments and interventions in farm management practices, technology adoption and input utilization.
    2. Study on the establishment of sugar mill agro-industrial economic zones as regional economic hubs.
    3. Revisiting the extension delivery system in the sugarcane industry.
    4. Development and Implementation of Multimedia Communication Services for the Sugarcane Industry: A Participatory and Blended Learning, Knowledge Sharing, and Networking Platform among Stakeholders in the Philippines

The criteria for SIDA RDE Priorities are as follows: 1) Scientific merit; 2) Benefits to sugarcane farmers and stakeholders; 3) Building human resource capacity and infrastructure in areas relevant to the strategy; 4) Opportunities for collaboration on human resources, infrastructure and research governance; and 5) Avoiding duplication while enhancing collaboration.

How to Apply and the Procedures to Follow

This Call for Proposals takes a phased-approach. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper first, which will be reviewed by the SIDA RDE TWG for completeness and then the SIDA RDE Committee members as to the quality of the concept papers, value for money, and of the capacity of the applicant/organization. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted with an invitation to submit a full project proposal, a format for which will be sent to the applicant. The rationale outlined in the concept paper cannot be changed by the applicant in the full project proposal, and the estimated total costs should not deviate more than 10% of those proposed in the concept.

The full project proposals will be technically assessed by a panel of External Evaluators. Based on the results of the evaluation, the proposals recommended for funding will be presented to the appointed SIDA-RDE Committee members who will select the projects (based on importance of the addressed problem in the sugarcane industry, the impact of the proposed outcome, the generation of new information, and feasibility) for final endorsement to the Sugar Board.

Where and How to Send the Applications

The complete application form and budget must be submitted in Word and Excel or PDF.

Applications must be submitted by email to the following SIDA-RDE TWG This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Rosalina Tan), cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Lovenessa Calamba); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. marked SIDA RDE 2017 in the subject.

Applications sent by any other means (e.g. by fax or by mail) or delivered to other addresses will not be considered under this Call for Proposals.

Deadline for Submission of Applications

The deadline for the submission of applications is December 8, 2016 (midnight) as evidenced by the date of receipt of submission email. Any application submitted after the deadline will be automatically rejected.

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OC Memo No. 142 s.2016: Call for nominations to the PCAARRD Pantas and Tanglaw Awards

UPLB is enjoined to participate in the search for the 2016 PCAARRD Pantas and Tanglaw Awards for the Most Outstanding Scientist/Researcher, Most Outstanding Research Administrator, and Most Outstanding Research Institution. Cash rewards and research grants await Filipino scientists and research institutions in the field of agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources.

By virtue of Administrative Order No. 158, series of 2016, regarding the Creation of the UPLB Selection Committee for National, Development, and Extension Awards, the committee was created to screen/nominate UPLB personnel and units for national awards given by nationally-recognized institutions.

Please submit all required forms and documents to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension on or before 30 November 2016, with electronic copies of all documents sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All forms may be downloaded from the OVCRE Portal (). For further inquiries, you may call Ms. Mawen Inzon at telephone number 536-2354.

The three best candidates from the submissions shall be nominated by the University.

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OVCRE Memo No. 32 s.2016: 2nd Call for Applications: OVCRE Publication Grant Program

26 October 2016

MEMORANDUM NO. 32
Series of 2016

TO: All Faculty, REPS, and Staff

FROM: Prof. Rex B. Demafelis, PhD
             Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension

SUBJECT: 2nd Call for Applications: OVCRE Publication Grant Program


We are pleased to inform you that the OVCRE Publication Grant Program is accepting a second round of applications.

Under the DA-BAR funded project titled “Catalyzing UPLB’s Status as a Research University,” OVCRE aims to enhance the university’s publications through providing editorial and monetary assistance to quality but unpublished research.

The Publication Grant Program is open to all faculty and REPS and staff with unpublished thesis and dissertations; as well as unpublished research results from completed projects in the last five years. The Program covers writing and editorial services; journal matching service; and Publication Fee loan.

Application form and guidelines are available at the downloads section of the RDE Portal (ovcre.uplb.edu.ph). Accomplished form and attachments may be submitted on or before 30 November 2016 at the OVCRE Annex to Ms. Lot B. Pua.

Thank you very much.

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PCIEERD Call for Proposals 2017

The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) would like to extend the invitation to the 2017 Call for Proposals (CFP). The R&D proposals should be directed towards harnessing the potential of emerging technologies, expand technology development and innovation for the industry, energy and transportation sectors, and develop S&T interventions and solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction.

Proposals must be aligned with the PCIEERD Priority Thrust and should be within the Council's sectoral coverage, as follows:

  • Appropriate Technologies for Industry Competitiveness
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Sustainable Mass Transport
  • Environment, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Research proposals that will address the PCIEERD Priority Thrust may also include the following emerging technology applications:

    • Biotechnology
    • Genomics
    • Materials Science
    • Nanotechnology
    • Space Technology
    • Photonics

    For those who are interested to submit their proposals, the complete package of the Call for Proposals and Proposals Application Forms are downloadable at the PCIEERD website or the e-Proposals website. The following dates pertaining to the 2017 CFP shall be strictly observed:

    • 07 October 2016: Announcement of Call for Proposal
    • 04 November 2016: Closing Date for submission of Capsule Proposals
    • Before 16 December 2016: Notification of pre-selected capsule proposals
    • 15 January 2017: Closing Date of e-proposal submission of "Full Blown Proposal"
    • 30 March 2017: Notification of Successful Applicants Before
    • There is also a short video on this posted on PCIEERD's Facebook page.
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