Balik Scientist hosted by Bicol-U visits SESAM for academic and research collaborations

The Balik Scientist Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) aims to help the country by encouraging highly trained overseas Filipino scientists, professionals, and experts to return to the Philippines and share their expertise for the acceleration of the scientific, agro-industrial, and economic developments of the country. 

Last July 1, 2022, Dr. Myra Villareal, a Balik Scientist from the University of Tsukuba in Japan visited UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) and presented opportunities for academic and research collaborations between two institutions. 

The meeting revolved around the possible services SESAM can offer to Dr. Villareal and to Bicol University (BU) as Dr. Villareal’s host university for her Balik Scientist Program. With Dr. Villareal is the Dean of the College of Science of BU, Dr. Jocelyn E. Serrano, and BU Research Staff, Ms. Anna Liza T. Bongalonta, and Ms. Eliza Joyce M. Perillo. 

Dr. Villareal and the delegates from BU were welcomed by SESAM Dean Rico C. Ancog together with SESAM Faculty members, Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez and Prof. Eduardo Roquino and Researchers, For. Sofia A. Alaira, Cherry S. Padilla, and Rosemarie Laila D. Areglado. 

For academic collaboration, Dr. Villareal introduced the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant (JDS) that offers scholarships for Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Doctors in Philosophy in Environmental Studies. She also presented different programs of the University of Tsukuba and proposed to set up project proposals for collaborative research between the two countries.

SESAM Dean Rico C. Ancog emphasized the interdisciplinarity of SESAM. “The engagement of SESAM will be coming from our strength”, said Dr. Ancog. He also mentioned that SESAM is open for partnership with the Bicol University for possible joint research proposal and research implementation. 

With the mandate of the UPLB as a national university, SESAM is poised to empower and capacitate state universities and other institutions such as BU through collaborative undertakings in human resource development.  

SESAM offered short training programs that BU may avail for capacitating its human resources. Dean Ancog also mentioned the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM) that can support the needs of BU for mentoring on journal management and scientific writing. (RDAreglado)

Australia’s Commission for International Agricultural Research visits UPLB-SESAM

After a courtesy visit to UPLB Chancellor, Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) led by Dean Rico C. Ancog, held a meeting with Professor Andrew Campbell, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) last 25 July 2022 at SESAM boardroom as part of Prof. Campbell’s  visit to the Philippines. 

The delegation consisted of Professor Campbell, ACIAR Philippines Country Manager Hazel Aniceto, and ACIAR Philippines Assistant Country Manager Mara Faylon. This meeting is in line with the implementation of two projects on OneHealth/EcoHealth that ACIAR will be funding. Focused in the Philippines, the first project will analyze integrated policy options on African swine fever, avian influenza and antimicrobial resistance. On the other hand, the second project will also utilize the OneHealth approach for the identification of livestock management interventions for selected countries in the Southeast Asian region.

The SESAM cohort also included faculty member Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez and Researchers, Dr. Yusuf A. Sucol, Dr. Alma Lorelei DJ. Abejero, Enp. Jessa O. Aquino, Ms. Catherine B. Gigantone, and Mr. Robert Patrick M. Cabangbang. Ms. Jewel Cabardo of the UPLB College of Economics and Management was also present in the meeting.

ACIAR CEO Professor Andrew Campbell stated that this partnership between ACIAR and UPLB-SESAM in the implementation of research is vital in meeting sustainable development challenges in the years ahead. 

The ACIAR is the Australian Government’s specialist for agricultural research within the Australian aid program. It aims to achieve more productive and sustainable agricultural systems for the benefit of developing countries and Australia through international agricultural research partnerships. 

Before visiting the Philippines, Prof. Campbell also went to Vietnam in June 2022 and other Southeast Asian Countries in the past years to explore research opportunities with Australia. (RDAreglado)