UPLB set out to war-stricken Marawi 8-10 November as part of the university's effort to assist in the national rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City.
The Office of the Chancellor, through UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Director Glenn S. Lubuguin, communicated its intent to Task Force Bangon Marawi, Local Government Unit of Marawi City and Mindanao State University for possible collaborations. The UPLB Team met with Asec. Felix J. Castro of Task Force Bangon Marawi at the Iligan Field Office to discuss the objectives of the visit and a briefing of the current situation in Marawi. The team also had the chance to meet with Ms. Johara G. Tanggote, City Information Officer of LGU-Marawi for coordination of future program of actions.
MSU Vice President for Planning and Development Rasid M. Paca also relayed MSU’s initial participation in the planning for Marawi’s restructuring, recovery and rehabilitation. Several officials and faculty members also graciously shared their stories and welcomed any contribution from UPLB.
The UPLB Team also visited a number of relocation sites for needs assessment and documentation. Dr. Jose Nestor M. Garcia and Dr. Hospicio G. Natural, both from the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, led the rapid community appraisal and will also help in the identification of prospective technical capacity-building activities. Ms. Maria Alma B. Sanchez, Head of the Cereals Breeding Section of the Institute of Plant Breeding was also present for possible introduction of corn grits. She was accompanied by Mr. Romnick Talde, University Research Associate I, also from IPB.
As part of its public service commitment, and through the Task Force, UPLB will continue to mobilize its resources in the effective and efficient implementation of activities aimed to assist in the rehabilitation Marawi.