Hun­dreds of SE Asian pro­fes­sion­als to meet in LB

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS - By RUDY FERNANDEZ

LOS BAÑOS, La­guna – Hun­dreds of sci­en­tists, aca­demics, and gov­ern­ment ex­ec­u­tives from 11 South­east Asian coun­tries will con­verge here in the fourth week of Novem­ber.

The ac­tiv­i­ties that will bring them to­gether to this “Spe­cial Science and Na­ture City” are in line with the South­east Asian Re­gional Cen­ter for Grad­u­ate Study and Re­search in Agri­cul­ture ( SEARCA)’ s 50th an­niver­sary.

SEARCA is one of the 21 re­gional cen­ters of the South­east Asian Min­is­ters of Ed­u­ca­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SEAMEO), an in­ter- gov­ern­ment treaty body founded in 1965 to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion among South­east Asian na­tions in ed­u­ca­tion, science, and cul­ture.

Es­tab­lished in 1966 and cur­rently headed by di­rec­tor Gil Sagui­guit Jr., SEARCA is man­dated to pro­vide ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing in­ter­ven­tions to pro­mote agri­cul­tural and ru­ral devel­op­ment in South­east Asia through its schol­ar­ship, re­search, knowl­edge man­age­ment and train­ing pro­grams.

Theme of the an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tion is “Celebrating the Golden Years of Ad­vanc­ing Agri­cul­tural and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment in South­east Asia Through Science and Ed­u­ca­tion.”

Dur­ing the“Grand SEARCA Alumni Home­com­ing” on Nov. 25, the cen­ter will launch the “Golden Har­vest: Lead­ers and In­no­va­tors of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment in South­east Asia.”

The “Out­stand­ing SEARCA Schol­ar­ship Award (OSSA)” will be con­ferred on 11 ex­em­plary fel­lows (grad­u­ates) from six SEAMEO coun­tries.

Five of the OSSA awardees are Filipinos: cur­rent Agri­cul­ture Un­der­sec­re­tary Segfredo Ser­rano, Naomi Tang­o­nan of the Univer­sity of South­ern Min­danao, Delfin Ganapin Jr. of the United Na­tions-Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity, Gen­eroso Oc­tavio of the Ahon sa Hi­rap Inc., and UPLB pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus Lu­cre­cio Re­bu­gio.

The other OSSA awardees are two Thais, two In­done­sians, one Malaysian, and one Viet­namese. A Cam­bo­dian and a Ti­morese will also re­ceive the Emerg­ing Lead­ers in Tran­si­tion Economies award.

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