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Dr. Sanchez, the Newly Appointed Officer-in-Charge of ASC


Dr. Pearl B. Sanchez was appointed as the
Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Agricultural Systems
Cluster (ASC) following the one year leave of
absence of Dr. Florentino C. Monsalud. The said
appointment was made effective last 15 June 2016.
Looking back, she previously served as the
Head of Soils and Agro Ecosystems Division
(SAED) from July 2005 to October 2011. Currently,
she is Professor 1 at SAED with soil chemistry and
plant nutrition as her specialization. She was a
Visiting Lecturer at Hankyong National University,
South Korea and a Visiting Scientist at CSIRO Land
and Water , Urrbrae South Australia.
Dr. Sanchez finished both her BS
Agricultural Chemistry and MS Soil Science at the
University of the Philippines Los Baos while her
Ph.D in Soil Science at University of New England
in Armidale, NSW Australia. Being an expert in her
field, she has rendered various technical and
extension consultancies as lecturer, resource
person, panelist, and facilitator in events, seminars,
and trainings. Likewise, the milestones in her

Dr. Pearl B. Sanchez, newly appointed


Officer-in-Charge of ASC

career also include various papers and


publications, participation in conferences, and
international publication awards. (Michelle
Ann M. Calubaquib/Maria Cecilia L. De
Castro, with photo courtesy of
Charles
Caramihan)

INSIDE THIS ISSUE


Dr. Sanchez, the newly appointed Officer-InCharge of ASC .

ASC Adaptive Research Project on White Corn conducts


its Year-End-Review and Workshop ..

ASC initiates Research on Biochar Production


and Utilization

ASC Organic Agriculture Program shares SAMA PO


KATAs Success .

French Sustainable Agriculture Advocate lectures in


ASC Seminar Series .

Aint No Mountain High Enough,


FSTP brings hope to Aeta Upland Farmers .

Xanthosoma Program at the 46th CSSP Conference .

ASC welcomes a Visiting Scholar from University of


California

Meeting the Project-Based Staff and URA1 in ASC.

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ASC Faculty tops CPAf Graduating Class 2016

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ASC initiates Research on Biochar Production and Utilization


There are wide interests on Biochar due
to its great potential as soil amendments. As
defined by the International Biochar Initiatives
(IBI), Biochar is a solid material obtained from
the thermochemical conversion of biomass in
an oxygen-limited environment (IBI, 2012). It is
specifically

produced

for

the

purpose

of

incorporating into the soil to improve soil


productivity, and carbon storage or filtration of
soil percolating water. It is basically classified
through its production process and its intended

Biochar from different biomass feedstocks

use.
With emerging interests on Biochar
production and utilization, the ASC research
team led by Dr. Gina Villegas-Pangga initiated a
project entitled Addressing Rural Energy and
Soil

Degradation

Problems

through

the

Production and Application of Biochars funded


by the National Research Council of the

Lacayanga and Walter Valdez from Bataan


Peninsula State University (BPSU) initiated the
design and improvement of the pyrolytic cook
stove for making the biochar. The improved
pyrolytic cook stove can be described simply as a
fuel-saving cooking stove that provides a clean
burning with less smoke while cooking and
produces biochar as soil amendment.

Philippines.
It is an on-going project which started in
June 2015 that aims to characterize different
feed stocks and evaluate its performance as
soil amendments and eventually identify all
possible applications of biochar. It also aims to
design and develop improved pyrolysis cook
stove for rural energy and biochar production.
Interestingly, cooking and development
of Biochar can be a two-in-one activity. This
was discussed by Engr. Walter G. Valdez
during the Symposium on Status and Current
Initiatives on Biochar Production and Utilization
in the Philippines held at the Galvez Hall,
Agricultural Systems Cluster (ASC), UPLB last
November 18, 2015.
Engineers Jonathan
ASC

The production and application of biochar


has its great potential in carbon sequestration,
biofuel production and improvement of soil health
and fertility. Output of this research project may
benefit several stakeholders and sectors such as:
a) households that require cooking- may improve
their crop yields by reduction in fertilizer inputs, b)
agricultural sectors-those larger and integrated
farming systems for efficiently utilizing crop
residues and local waste to produce fish from
aquaponics and fertilizer producers that uses
agricultural residues to produce energy and
biochar, c) animal industry sector-may reduce gas
emissions from manure and can be used as feed
supplement
when it is combined with wood
vinegar, d) food processing that requires energy

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French Sustainable Agriculture Advocate lectures in


ASC Seminar Series
The tree of the field is mans life, an
inspiring verse from the Holy Bible shared by Dr.
Daniel Roland Garcia. Dr. Garcia, a French
consultant and expert, served as the speaker
during the ASC Learning from the Masters
Seminar Series entitled Making Nature Work for
You: Labor-Saving Techniques in Organic
Agriculture held at the Galvez Hall of ASH
building last June 7, 2016.
Dr. Garcia is a consultant in agrology and
developer
in
permaculture
design
and
sustainable living. Currently, his job as consultant
is to share his 45 years of learnings, field
expertise and experimentation to some of the
best and most productive farms and gardens
around the world. He is also the co-founder and
director of Lia Foundation in Sweden and the
Woodland Institute in Portugal. He teaches and
gives credit to a 95-hour Permaculture Design
course in French, English and Spanish.
One of the highlights of his presentation is
giving importance on how nature works,
especially the trees, in order to prevent erosion
and nutrient loss in the soil. He shared that the
key is to follow what nature is doing in the forest
which includes no burning, little to zero tilling,
soil is always covered (mulch/ crops) and the use
of biodiversity (flora/ fauna). He also shared that
the essentials to fertilize the soil are composting,
green manures, cover crops, mulch and rock
powders.

Dr. Garcia serves as the speaker in ASC Seminar

Dr. Garcia also shared about the swale


method. The swale is a water harvesting ditch
dug on even contour/elevation. Water does not
flow in a swale because the trench basin has
exactly the same elevation, thus no erosion and
encourages the water to move passively, soaking
directly into the soil to feed gardens, forests or
regenerate entire acreages and groundwater
aquifers.
He ended his presentation by inspiring the
audience with his statement as Growing your
food is like printing your own money and being
the owner of your own local supermarket. He
can be contacted through his email
ministry4health@gmail.com.
(Marianne R. De Luna)

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and where there is a waste product, e) waste management systems that need to reduce
emissions, landfill and processing costs, and f) mines/factories that have remediation issues.
The project is on its second phase, focuses primarily on the performance of the new
design and improved pyrolytic stove as it attempts to work with limited fabrication materials
available in the country and using feed stocks (biomass) of different properties such as bamboo,
mahogany receptacle, dried water lily, corncobs, rice straw and rice hull. (Gina V. Pangga/
Christine A. Antonio)
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Xanthosoma Program at the 46th CSSP Conference


Evaluation and Assessment of Genetic Diversity
of Gabing San Fernando (Xanthosoma
sagittifolium Schott & Melet) Germplasm
Collection at the National Plant Genetic
Resources Laboratory.
The poster was presented by Mr. Efren
Villavicencio on Some insect pests of Gabing
San Fernando (Xanthosoma sagittifolium Schott
& Melet) under the Crop Production and
Management category.

Xanthosoma Team during the 46th CSSP


Conference

The Xanthosoma Program Team


participated in the 46th Crop Science Society of
the Philippines Conference last June 13-18,
2016 at Phela Grande Hotel and Convention
Center, General Santos City.
Ms. Maria Lea Villavicencio, Ms. Hidelisa
de Chavez and Ms. Rhesa Miren Ignacio from
Institute of Plant Breeding, Crop Science
Cluster (IPB-CSC) and Mr. Efren Villavicencio
and Ms. Jclyn Jazel Bondad from Agricultural
Systems Cluster (ASC) were the programs
representatives in the said event. Two (2) oral
presentations and a poster were presented in
different concurrent sessions held on the 3rd day
of the conference.
Ms. De Chavez, Mr. Villavicencio and
Ms. Bondad presented the paper entitled,
Establishment
and
Performance
of
Propagation Techniques for Rapid Multiplication
of Gabing San Fernando (Xanthosoma
sagittifolium Schott & Melet) while Ms.
Villavicencio and Ms. Ignacio presented another
paper on the Morphological Characterization,

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The week-long conference started with


plenary sessions, business meeting and a
fellowship night sponsored by GenSan city local
government and ended with Agri-Entrepreneurs
Forum and Awards and Recognition Night for the
2016 Achievement Awardees and the winners of
best posters and papers. An optional post
conference tour of General Santos City was
offered to the participants on the last day of the
event. (Jclyn C. Bondad/Virgilio T. Villancio)

Maria Lea H. Villavicencio during the 46th CSSP


Conference

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ASC Faculty tops CPAf Graduating Class of 2016


Our worth in bringing about
change is wide and varied, beyond
institutional confines earning another
laurel in our academic undertaking...
should even make us more enlightened,
respectful and understanding of others
on why, where and how they are...
This was the essence of the message
delivered by Prof. Filma C. Calalo during the 17th
Annual Recognition Rites of the College of Public
Affairs and Development (CPAf) held last June
23, 2016. Prof. Calalo received a Plaque of
Recognition
for
demonstrating
academic
excellence in completing her Doctor of
Philosophy degree major in Extension Education
achieving a general weighted average of 1.16,
the highest among all the CPAf graduates for SY
2015-2016.
During her speech, she gave her profound
gratitude to those who have been involved in her
PhD journey: her Adviser, Dr. Virginia Cardenas
with whom she said her relationship has grown
beyond academics; Dr. Jose Camacho, the
facilitating Dean of the UPLB Graduate School
whose personal touch in his deanship
performance is something difficult to keep given
the enormous responsibility of his office; two
former Deans of the College of Agriculture, Dean
Domingo Angeles and Dean Cecilio Arboleda
whom she said taught her the difference between
kindness
and
being
right;
Dr.
Levy
Duhaylungsod, for her generosity of mind and
time; and Dr. Blanda Sumayao, a retired
colleague, for her never-ending spiritual guidance
which kept her focused and grateful for all the
blessings, despite the many hurdles she faced.

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Dr. Calalo during the 17th CPAf Annual


Recognition Rites

She challenged her fellow graduates as


having to be just as proud to be named as the
Class-less of 2016, because she affirmed that
this is what UP education is all about - being
Iskolar ng Bayan. It behooves all of us to
affirm this... also grateful that we have the
additional lens for enriching our understanding
of their own lots in life. Her Extension Education
degree program, she said, even made her more
attentive to her masa origin because the very
nature of the academic degree has the masa or
small farmers in particular, as its academic
program rationale.
Prof. Calalo also received the Academic
Achievement Award during the UPLB Graduate
Schools Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies
on June 24, 2016. Prof. Calalo is currently
Assistant Professor of the Agricultural Systems
Cluster and concurrent Head of the Integrated
Farming Systems and Agricultural Extension
Division (IFSAED). (Maria Cecilia L. De Castro)

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ASC Adaptive Research Project on White Corn conducts its


Year-End Review and Workshop
participatory varietal selection (PVS) approach and
technology innovation systems. This project has
three components namely: 1) on-farm PVS,
preference analysis and sensory evaluation of white
corn varieties, 2) fertilizer use and management of
white corn in PVS trial sites, and 3) seed system and
outscaling of newly developed improved white corn
varieties.

Dr. Jocelyn D. Labios facilitates the Year-End


Review and Workshop

Now on its second year, the project


titled "Considering Farmers Preferences in
the Adaptation and Dissemination of White
Corn as Staple Food" conducted its year-end
review and workshop at the Development
Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Tagaytay
City, Cavite last May 31 - June 2, 2016. The
activity was conducted to consolidate data,
evaluate project accomplishments, plan for
the remaining activities, and prepare for the
project terminal report.
The project is funded by the Bureau of
Agricultural
Research,
Department
of
Agriculture (DA-BAR) in collaboration with
Regional Field Units - Regional Integrated
Agricultural Research Centers of the DA (RFU
-RIARCS) in Regions 5, 8, 9, 11 and 12, and
provincial and municipal agriculture offices in
the selected sites in Masbate, Leyte,
Zamboanga del Norte, Agusan del Norte, and
Davao/Compostela Valley provinces. It mainly
aimed at increasing white flint corn
productivity, yield and income of farmers in
the selected project areas where white corn is
grown and is a source of staple food, utilizing
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During the workshop, consolidated data and


projects accomplishments were discussed and
evaluated. Further in the review and workshop, the
constraints and strategies were also identified to
develop options and alternatives for the adaptation,
dissemination and outscaling of improved white corn
varieties. Through a roll-over scheme designed by
the project, farmers within and from nearby
barangays were given certified seeds of the mostpreferred white corn varieties. Location-specific
(provincial and regional levels) recommendations
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L-R: Roxanne Joy D. Padua, Estela C. Cuestas, Jonathan


G. Comamao, Wilson G. Viloria II, Catalina L. Tamisin, and
Donna Bae N. Malayang
Frontmost left to right:
Resurreccion T. Esturas, Mary Jane M. Alicante, Brenda
B. Almeroda, Dr. Jocelyn D. Labios, Apolonia A. Mendoza,
Proceso H. Manguiat, Jose A. Villar II, and Anecita M.
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ASC Organic Agriculture Program shares SAMA PO KATAs


Success
The Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa
Paraang Organiko sa Kaunlaran ng Tayabas
(SAMA PO KATA), a SEC-registered organic
farmers
association
recently
won
the
CALABARZON Small Farmer Group Category of
the Department of Agriculture (DA) - National
Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP) for 2016.
SAMA PO KATA was organized and
nurtured under the Organic Agriculture Program
(OAP) of the Agricultural Systems Cluster
(ASC), CA-UPLB which was funded by the RPJapan Grant Assistance for Under Privileged
Farmers administered by the National Economic
and Development Authority (NEDA) and the DABureau of Agricultural Research for Phase 1
(2007-2010) and Phase 2 (2011-2013),
respectively. Currently, they will be competing
for the national level award.
The OAP-ASC provided them with
capability building activities such as training and
seminar series, cross farm visits, trade fairs and
exhibits. More so, members who have attended
the
Training of Farmer Trainers are now able
to teach other farmers in other barangays and
towns.
Through
participatory
community
development processes, SAMA PO KATA
members
also
learned
about
various
technologies on organic vegetable production,
organic pest management and production of
organic fertilizers and plant supplements through
vermicomposting and fermentation of plant
extracts.
Likewise, the OAP team initiated the
establishment of the Participatory Guarantee
System (PGS) in Quezon province in 2012 which
is also being promoted worldwide by the
ASC

ASC staff with SAMA PO KATA members in


Lucena Organic Market sa Parke

International Federation of Organic Agriculture


Movements (IFOAM). SAMA PO KATA was one
of the founding member associations of the
Quezon PGS. PGS is an alternative quality
assurance system for organic production that is
easier to establish among the farmer groups,
encourages stakeholder participation, requires
less complicated documentation in filling up many
forms and is less expensive compared to third
party certification. This system ensures the
organic integrity of the agricultural production.
The SAMA PO KATA members are now
able to produce year-round supply of organic
rice, vegetables, and fruits which they can sell in
three market outlets, namely; the Tayabas
Organic Products Center (open daily), the
Tayabas Trading Post (every Saturday morning)
and the Lucena Organic Market sa Parke (every
Friday morning). Due to growing demand from
loyal customers, the Office of the Provincial
Agriculturist of Quezon decided to launch a daily
selling of organic products in front of their Capitol
Grounds office. The management of this outlet is
led by SAMA PO KATA. (Blesilda M. Calub)
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Aint no mountain high enough,


FSTP brings hope to Aeta upland farmers

(A field experience report)


The National Corn-based FarmerScientists Training Program (FSTP) launched a
new site in Bamban, Tarlac last May 18, 2016.
The site is located in Sitio Gayaman, an upland
area of Brgy. Anupul which is an hour-drive
from their Municipal Hall. As it is an upland
area, the terrains are steep and rugged.
Residents are mostly engaged in farming as
their livelihood.
The bumpy ride was worth it as we were
greeted with warm smiles when we descended
from our vehicle. Among the beneficiaries in
the new site are the Aeta upland farmers or
fondly called the kulot, who resettled in the
area.

Dr. Romulo G. Davide, FSTP program leader during


their visit with Aeta upland farmers, Sitio Gayaman,
Bamban, Tarlac

that all are given a right to learn so that they can


significantly improve their lives.
Dr. Davides message pierced in the
minds of the participants. "Masaya kami dahil
nakasama kaming mga kulot sa programa" (We
are happy because we Aetas were included in
the program), said 30-year old Jocelyn L.
Tenito. She was constantly smiling during our
whole interview session. I understand where her
happiness is coming from.
Dr. Romulo G. David, FSTP Program Leader,
lectures about the background, processes and
success stories of the Program under the
mango tree

Dr. Romulo G. Davide, FSTP Program


Leader inspired the prospective participants
when he discussed about the background,
processes, and success stories of the program.
He lectured under a mango tree like a
charismatic teacher as he ever is. He imparted

Her mother Emily Lapus, 59 years old,


relayed to me how their community sometimes
feels left out. "Ang mga kulot ay may takot
bumaba sa patag, nagpapasalamat kami na
kahit malayo ang lugar namin ay nakasama
kami", (The Aetas or the kulots are hesitant
going downhill, we are thankful that we are
included even though our area is far-flung), she
expressed.
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ASC welcomes a Visiting Scholar from University of California


Santa Cruz
The
Agricultural
Systems
Cluster
welcomed Mr. Shun-Nan Chiang, a visiting
scholar and a graduate student (Ph.D in
Sociology) from the University of California,
Santa Cruz, USA. His six-week stint at ASC
from June 9 to July 20 included gathering and
collecting secondary materials and published
documents, attending to conferences and
seminars, meeting with scholars from UPLB,
IRRI, NGOs, and visiting farms and villages.
Currently, he
is
developing his
dissertation proposal focusing on different kinds
of agricultural innovations for nutrition security,
emerging alternative food movements, and
issues concerning urbanization and rural
development.
With his proposed study, two
important concepts such as Nutrition-Sensitive
Agriculture and Alternative Food Networks
(AFN) are considered. The concept of Nutrition
-Sensitive Agriculture aims to maximize
agricultures contribution to nutrition.
Likewise, his discussions with different
scholars supported his research direction in
understanding
how
different
agricultural
innovations may influence the existing rural

Mr. Chiang during the ASC Seminar Series

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Mr. Shun-Nan Chiang doing his research work

communities and how to sustain the future of


farming and rural livelihoods with appropriate
technologies. This led him to conceptualize his
proposed study framework about EcologicalSocial Design of sustainable agroecosystems
which he presented during the ASC Seminar
Series Learning from the Masters held at Galvez
Hall, ASH building last July 19, 2016.
He also observed the emerging trend of
alternative food movement in Los Baos
including the Organic Farmer Market organized
by UPOU Organic Agriculture course alumni;
Health Walk, organized by health-conscious
restaurants; School Garden Project funded by
SEARCA; and Nu Wave Farmers organized by
youth group.
Mr. Chiangs visit was a fulfilling
experience as he expressed his gratitude to ASC
staff who have been supportive and friendly all
throughout his six-week stay, and to ASC Organic
Agriculture Program Coordinator, Dr. Blesilda M.
Calub who served as his research adviser.
(Maria Cecilia L. De Castro)
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Meeting the Project-Based Staff and URA I in ASC


Amija A. Ignacio. Amija or Amy as her colleagues call her joined
the Xanthosoma Program in December 2015. Prior to her current
engagement, she was involved in the Jatropha program in 2007 which is also
headed by Dr. Virgilio T. Villancio. As project staff, she is assigned in the
preparation, filing, and processing of administrative documents; project
budget monitoring; and procurement and distribution of supplies and
materials needed.
Catherine P. Elueso
Catherine joined the Xanthosoma Program in August 2015. Prior to
joining the Xanthosoma Program, she worked as administrative aide at the
Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB). She works as project staff assigned in
canvassing and procurement of field supplies and also assists in data
collection.
Jclyn Jazel B. Bondad
JC, as her friends call her, is a University Research Associate
under the Xanthosoma Program since July 2015. Specifically, she works
under the project headed by Dr. Jose Nestor M. Garcia titled
Development of Component Technologies for Gabing San Fernando in
Farming Systems. As research associate, she is involved in the
establishment and maintenance of field experiment, data gathering,
processing and analysis; and preparation of reports.
Rudyard Marlowe D. Cruz. Rudyard is a University Research Associate
under the Xanthosoma Program since August 2015. Specifically, he is
involved under the project headed by Dr. Mary Jean G. Bulatao titled
Development of Feed Products from Gabing San Fernando. Prior to joining ASC, he worked as Science Research Assistant in Bureau of Animal
Industry in 2013. As a DOST scholar, he recently finished his Masters
degree in Animal Science at UPLB last June 2016.

Efren B. Villavicencio
Efren joined the Xanthosoma Program as a University Research
Associate since May 2015. Specifically, he is involved in the project headed
by Dr. Jose Nestor M. Garcia titled Development of Component
Technologies for Gabing San Fernando in Farming Systems. Before joining
ASC, he worked as research associate at the Institute of Plant Breeding for
three years.
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Donna Bae N. Malayang. Bibay, as her friends call her, works as


University Research Associate since July 2011 under the project led by Dr.
Jocelyn D. Labios and Mr. Proceso H. Manguiat. The five-year project titled
"Considering Farmers Preferences in the Adaptation and Dissemination of
White Corn as Staple Food" is funded by DA-BAR. Prior to joining ASC, she
worked in IRRI as a science research specialist.
Currently, Donna is on her last semester for her Masters studies in
Community Development under CPAf minor in Agricultural Economics. For
her, doing research is a passion as she loves working with farmers.
Maricris L. Lapitan
Maricris is one of the new University Research Associate who recently
joined ASC last January 2016. She is involved in organic agriculture project
led by Dr. Edna Luisa A. Matienzo and Myrna A. Tenorio titled
Multidimensional Approach in Assessing Farmers Barriers to and Factors
Influencing Organic Agriculture Adoption funded by DA-BAR.
Kit as her friends call her finished Bachelors degree in Agriculture
major in Horticulture in University of the Philippines Los Baos in 2015.
Joining ASC is her first venture for work after she graduated.
Vichelle D. Malabrigo
Vichelle is the newest URA I who recently joined ASC last March 2016.
She is involved in the project led by Dr. Maria Helen Dayo and Dr. Matilde V.
Maunahan titled Documentation and Assessment of Organic Rice Farming in
Selected Indigenous Communities in the Philippines: Focus on Women's
Knowledge and Practices funded by National Research Council of the
Philippines. She finished Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in
Horticulture in UPLB in 2006.
Michelle E. Omaa
Michelle works as University Research Associate under the project
titled Village-level Processing, Technology Development and Promotion of
Katmon (Dillenia philippinensis): An Underutilized Fruit in Quezon led by Dr.
Amparo M. Wagan. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
major in Horticulture in UPLB in 2009.
Prior to joining ASC, Mitch
previously worked in private companies wherein she was involved in
research works.
Christine A. Antonio
Christine joined ASC since October 2015 and currently working as
University Research Associate under the project titled Addressing Rural
Energy and Soil Degradation Problems Through the Production and
Application of Biochars led by Dr. Gina V. Pangga.
Prior to joining ASC, Christine previously worked in private companies
and she finished her Bachelors degree in Agriculture major in Animal
Science in UPLB in year 2013.
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ASC Adaptive .... from page 6


and action plans were developed based on the different participatory tools conducted during the
implementation of the project.
The researchers involved in this project are Dr. Jocelyn D. Labios (Soil Scientist), Mr.
Proceso H. Manguiat (Plant Breeder), and Ms. Donna Bae N. Malayang (University Research
Associate).
(Dr. Jocelyn D Labios and Donna Bae N Malayang)

FSTP ...from page 8


Meanwhile, 70-year old Lito de Guzman
hopes that he will learn a lot from the program and
that it can transform their lives. "Sana ay
matutunan ko ang tamang pagtatanim para
madaming anihin. Bata pa ako ay nagtatanim na
ako, (I hope I will learn the proper way of planting
so that I can harvest a lot. I have been farming
since I was young), he expressed solemnly while
clutching her granddaughter named Sowngit.

Bringing hope in the life of Aeta farmers with


Mr. Augustus Franco B. Jamias

Innocent little girl Sowngit should be happy


to know that her grandfather will eventually be an
empowered farmer-scientist because of FSTP.
FSTP's mission is to liberate the poor
farmers especially those living in the upland
communities from the bondage of poverty and
hunger by sharing and making them adopt
scientific and sustainable methods of farming.
(Article and photos by Augustus Franco B.
Jamias)

Editorial Advisers:
Dr. Pearl B. Sanchez
Dr. David D. Manalo
Dr. Virgilio T. Villancio
Managing Editors:
Dr. Edna Luisa A. Matienzo
Ms. Maria Cecilia L. De Castro
Contributor Writers:
Augustus Franco B. Jamias, Michelle Ann M.
Calubaquib, Marianne R. De Luna, Dr. Gina
V. Pangga , Christine Antonio, Dr. Blesilda
M. Calub, Dr. Jocelyn D. Labios, Donna Bae
N. Malayang and Jclyn B. Bondad

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Lay-Out Artist:

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

Maria Cecilia L. De Castro

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES LOS BAOS

Circulation Officer:

COLLEGE, LAGUNA, 4031 PHILIPPINES

Melbagaste S. Paelmo

Tel. Nos. (63) (049) 536-3229/ (63) (049) 536-2459


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