• Our online catalog of short courses and training programs for 2015 is now available. Click on photo to check the courses.

  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension holds the first UPLB Public Service Forum at the BIOTECH Seminar Room.

  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Rex B. Demafelis with the speakers during the first UPLB Public Service Forum. (From left to right: Dr. Rita P. Laude, Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, VC Rex B. Demafelis, Prof. Maria Teresa DV Arejola, and Dr. Ma. Virginia B. Camarinta, OVCRE Extension Section Head)

  • OVCRE collaborates with UP REPSS Inc. to hold the 2nd UPLB REPS Conference. This was the most attended REPS Conference with over 300 participants.

  • Young biotechnology researchers find teamwork essential in looking for answers to man's scientific queries.

  • Professor Emeritus Macrina T. Zafaralla in-situ analyzing a water sample, one of her many research activities aimed to characterize our several freshwater lakes.

  • Agricultural engineers hold test drives of developed mini-tractors and other farm machinery for the appreciation of farmers around Laguna.

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The University of the Philippines-Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP-CIDS) is still soliciting articles for the two volumes for 2015 of its Public Policy Journal (PPJ). Contributors are free to submit papers on various topics, especially those that are relevant to policymaking and the 4Es (“Economic Emancipation, Employment, Education, and Environment”) of the Center. 


For the content aspect, contributed articles may contain the following:

1)    Identification of an issue or problem of public interest and concern;

2)    Contextual background of the public issue or concern ( such as institutional, legal, social, political, economic, or cultural context);

3)    Evidence-based and scientific methodology applied to the topic  analytics;

4)    Presentation  and effective argumentation of options and alternatives;

5)    Implications or recommendations for decision, adoption, change or any similar course of action by policymakers whether local, national, or global. 


Manuscripts, using Times New Roman or Calibri font size 12 and in single space or 1.5 spacing, must be submitted on CD, email attachment, or hard copy. Margins should be between 1” and 1.5.” Manuscripts must use 8.5 x 11 paper size and must be around 15 pages in length (around 7,500 words). Manuscripts must include abstracts and proper references with end notes kept to a minimum. References should be in Chicago format and cited in-text preferably through endnotes. But in-text citations for contributions from the natural, physical and health sciences may use the author-date system. A writing style that is comprehensible and easy to read is preferred and welcomed. Authors may submit tables, graphs, maps, illustrations and other artwork with the manuscript. 


Contributors may also submit book reviews, essay reviews, review essays, or article reviews. These articles, two to five (2-5) pages long and an average of 500 words per page, should be in the format as stated above. Authors of books reviewed by contributors can respond with articles following the same format. 


All manuscripts must be original. Authors should be prepared to rewrite their articles in accordance with the comments and suggestions of referees. The editors will not assume any responsibility for manuscripts received; materials will be returned only if a written request for these is made by the author/s. 


The second deadline of the articles’ submission would be on May 27, 2015. For any inquiries, please contact Jeff Asuncion or Rose Punay through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 981-8500 loc 4267 / 4268.


The Journal


The PPJ was established in 1996 to “examine in depth contemporary key economic, social and political issues facing the country.”  It was expected be “an authoritative journal for public policy guidance to be disseminated to other academic institutions, policy makers in government, the private business sector and non-government organizations.” The journal’s initial issue first saw print in the last quarter of 1997. PPJ then became a bi-annual publication during the 2000s.


The PPJ contains four to seven (4-7) main articles and some book reviews. The articles are mainly solicited by the Editor. The articles contain important insights into the making of public policy in the country, in the region, and the world. The articles may spring from researches which are funded by the CIDS, those previously read in national or international conferences or those which may be purposively or specifically requested by the Editor from leading academics and researchers.




Search for the New Director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


Who may nominate?

The following may submit nominations:

  •     Personnel of the unit
  •     Students and alumni
  •     Others from outside the unit
  •     An interested candidate


Nominators (individuals or groups shall submit:

  •     Duly signed letter containing the reasons or justifications for the nomination
  •     3-page summary of the nominees’ curriculum vitae
  •     Narrative statement of vision/mission & flagship projects for the institute (not more than 5 pages)


Who may be nominated?

The nominee must possess the following minimum qualifications:

1.  Commitment to academic freedom and the values and ideals of the university

2.  Distinction or outstanding academic credentials in the nominee’s chosen field of expertise which should be along the lines of the BIOTECH’S disciplines or fields

3.  Filipino citizen

4.  Leadership qualities and administrative or managerial capability

5.  Must be willing to serve as BIOTECH Director on a full-time basis and for the full term of three years

6.  Must consider resource generation an important function of the position


When and where to submit nomination papers?

The nomination papers must be submitted to the Search Committee for the New Director of BIOTECH c/o Dr. Domingo E. Angeles, Office of the Dean, College of Agriculture, UPLB not later than 8 April 2015, Wednesday, 5:00pm (sharp)




1. Organizatioal meeting of the Search Committee to discuss the

proposed process and schedule 

25 March 2015
9:00 AM

CADO Conference Room

2. Notification of BIOTECH and UPLB Constituents regarding the

Search Process

25 March 2015
3. Presentation of current director of its thrusts, priorities and achievement 31 March 2015
10:00 AM to 12:00 NN
BIOTECH Conference Room
4. Period of Search Committee to accept nominations

25 March to 8 April 2015

5. Search committee to review nomination documents 9 April 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
CADO Conference Room
6. Notification of nominees 9-10 April 2015  
7. Presentation of nominee's plans and programs for BIOTECH 13 April 2015
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
BIOTECH Conference Room
8. Interview with candidates 13 April 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
BIOTECH Conference Room
9. Interview/Consultation with BIOTECH Constituents 14 April 2015
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
BIOTECH Conference Room
10. Search committee to review and consolidate results of the search process 14 April 2015
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
CADO Conference Room
11. Preparation of report 15 April 2015
12. Finalization of report by the Search Committee 16 April 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
CADO Conference Room
13. Submission of Search Committee report to the Chancellor 17-20 April 2015  


Director of BIOTECH Search Committee

(OC) AO No. 089 Series 2015 dated 17 March 2015)

Dr. Domingo E. Angeles (Chair), CA
Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang, OVCRE
Dr. Jose Wendell P. Capili, OVPA
Dr. Antonio C. Laurena, CSC-CA
Ms. Vangie G. Sarmiento, IBS-CAS
Mr. Philfred Q. Villamayor, CVM
Ms. Patricia B. de Mesa, CA Student Council
Ms. Elena C. Ros (Support staff/Secretary), CSC-CA


The UP Society of Research, Extension and Professional Staff, Inc. conducted their elections during the 2nd Annual Scientific Conference and 6th General Assembly last 26-27 March 2015 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. 

Here are the officers for the year 2015:

  • President: Nenita L. de Castro
  • Vice President: Evelyn Delfin
  • Secretary: Janett A. Dolor
  • Treasurer: Alicia R. Quicoy
  • Auditor: Leo B. Donoso
  • Press Relations Officer: Thaddeus Lawas
  • Business Manager: Erick Vernon Dy

Outgoing president Dr. Danilo Mendoza is now an ex-ofico member of the Board of Trustees.

A total of 53 REPS voted.

The University of the Philippines Society of Research, Extension and Professional Staff, Inc. (UP REPSS) held their 2nd Annual Scientific Conference and 6th General Assembly Meeting last 26-27 March 2015 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. The theme was “Promoting Interdisciplinary Partnership Towards National Development.”


The  participants gathered to listen to 12 poster presentations and paper presentations. 


The poster presentations were as follows:

  • Effectivity of Philippine Actinomycetes Against Human and Plant Pathogens by Teofila O. Zulaybar, Irene A. Papa, Vida Faith Galvez and Juliet Anarna
  • Antibacterial Activity of Actinomycetes Isolated from Mangroves and Agricultural Lands in Selected Areas in the Philippines by Irene A. Papa and Teofila O. Zulaybar
  • Stability and Efficacy of Lactobacillus plantarum (BS) as Starter Culture in Freeze –and Spray –dried Forms by Marilou R. Calapardo, Frances Lara Lleva, Jennifer Q. Pillas, Margarita A. Mercado, Susana M. Mercado, Erlinda I. Dizon, and Francisco B. Elegado
  • Transforming Communities through the Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement (BIDANI) Network Program by Lorna O. Garcia, Charina P. Maneja, Ana B. Castañeda, Pamela A. Gonzales, Belinda A. Lalap, Marcelina C. Miranda, and Arnold T. Abuyog (won Best Poster Presentation)
  • Cost and Return Analysis for Corn Production-Postproduction Systems in Selected Regions of the Philippines by Maria Victoria O. Larona, Rossana Marie C. Amongo, Victor A. Rodulfo, Jr.,  Alexis C. Del Rosario, Jose D. De Ramos, Angeli Grace M. Castalone, Marck Ferdie V. Eusebio, Adrian A. Borja, and Jan Marion C. Amongo
  • Policy Analysis of Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve Watershed Management by Corazon A. Calimag, Antonio P. Carandang, Priscilla C. Dolom, Eulalia B. Alcasid, Jean C. Nicmic, and Marissa C. Miranda
  • Comparison of Physico-chemical Qualities of Selected Organically- and Conventionally-grown Highland Vegetables in the Philippines by Dormita R. Del Carmen, Elda B. Esguerra, Grace Ann P. Alcantara, Ryan Anthony O. Lualhati and Gloria D. Masilungan
  • Genetic Diversity of Molave (Vitex parviflora Juss.) Populations from Five Seed Sources in the Philippines Detected by RAPD by Aimee G. Cagalawan, Maria Therea A. Delos Reyes, Gracetine D. Magpantay, Aida B. Lapis, and Nenita M. Calinawan
  • Selection of Polymorphic SSR Markers for the Assessment of Drought Tolerance in Eggplant by Sarah Jane B. Manaday, Aizelle Yen S. Argete, Michelle Lyka S. Valle, Alma O. Canama, Eureka Teresa M. Ocampo, Rodel G. Maghirang, and Evelyn F. Delfin
  • Putative Hybrids of “Carabao” Mango (Mangifera indica L.) Detected by Simple Sequence Repeats (SSR) Markers by Kristoffer Karel S. Rosuman, Carolyn E. Alcasid, Eureka Teresa M. Ocampo, and Lolita DC Valencia
  • Development of a PCR Assay for Rapid Meat Authentication by Kathlyn  Louise V. Manese and Joy B. Banayo 


The paper presentations were as follows:

  • Techno-Demo Rubber Production and Management Project: Lessons Learned from the Initial Implementation  by Nicasio M. Balahadia, Arturo SA Castillo, Nathaniel C. Bantayan, Leilani A. Castillo, Myranel A. Salvador, Rolly V. Breva, Analyn C. Malayba, Arnold D. Yanoria, and Aldin C. Alegre
  • Farmers’ Perception on FSTP as a Strategy in Promoting Interdisciplinary Partnership Towards Development in the Countryside by Romulo G. Davide, Reynaldo A. Comia, Simeona C. Seminiano, Guillerma Z. Valencia, Leonardo P. Faylon, Melecio G. Maghanoy, Wilma S. Velasco, Carla B. Ortega. Anecito M. Anuada, and Marcial S. Buladaco II
  • Controlling Crown Rot of Organic Balangon (Musa acuminata AAA group) Banana with Modified Atmosphere Packaging during Simulated Sea Shipment to Japan by Elda B. Esguerra, Dormita R. Del Carmen, Roxanne E. Delos Reyes, and Ryan Anthony O. Lualhati (won Best Paper Award)
  • Endophytic Bacteria (EBI) as Inoculant for Improved Yield of Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) by Virginia M. Padilla, Hener D. Masilungan, and Dean Maynard A. Roxas
  • Mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci for Salinity Tolerance at Seedling Stage in Rice Using SNP Markers by Rachel Y. Acil,  Junrey C. Amas, Mona Liza J. Baer, Andres Godwin C. Sajise, Rakesh K. Singh and Glenn B. Gregorio
  • Greenhouse Screening of In Vitro Cultured Sweet Potato (Ipomea batatas L.) for Drought Tolerance by Michelle Lyka S. Valle, Jonathan C. Descalsota, Kathryn Valen R. Ubaldo, Evelyn F. Delfin, and Olivia P. Damasco
  • Preliminary Evaluation of the Performance of Selected Bacterial Isolates/Strains for Plant Growth Promotion on Tomato in Acid Soil by Christian Allen L. Taleon, Mannix S. Pedro and Maria Lourdes Q. Sison.
  • Seed Cryopreservation of Philippine Calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa Bunge) by Olivia P. Damasco and Luzviminda C. Refuerzo.
  • Development of Mini Roller Type Corn Mill for Corn Grit Production by Balbino C. Geronimo
  • Capacity Building for Sustainable Ecosystems and Development: 30 Years of FORCE by Robert P. Cereno and Marissa D. Miranda
  • Interdisciplinary Partnership in Participatory Broadcasting for Technology Promotion in Selected Farming Communities in Laguna by Matilde V. Maunahan, Nenita L. de Castro, Myrna A. Tenorio, Simeona C. Seminiano, Ruby G. Dela Cruz, Imelda M. Gesmundo, Marife T. Ombico, Lerma L. Moran, Marilyn M. Beltran, Teodora M. de Villa, Severino Flores, Balbino C. Geronimo, and Louie D. Amongo


Aside from the poster and paper presentations, the participants also held their business meeting and the election of officers.


Dr. Matilde V. Maunahan and Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy served as the Masters of Ceremonies during the first and second day respectively, while Ms. Marilyn M. Beltran was the Emcee during the Fellowship night.


Mr. Thaddeus P. Lawas, Dr. Danilo M. Mendoza and Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy also served as moderators during the technical sessions, why Ms. Alma O. Canama, Ms. Nirvana G. Ramos and Ms. Anselma C. Manila were the rapporteurs.




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