Eleven SEARCA graduate alumni were among the more than 150 participants composed of researchers, academics, policymakers and planners, development workers, and other professionals from as far as Fiji Islands, Germany, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Japan and Southeast Asia who attended the “International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security,” on 21-22 November 2012 at SEARCA in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.


altDr Sothea Pheak has been recently appointed as Director of the Department of Rural Economic Development, an office under the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Prior to this new position, he served as the Deputy Inspector and Member of Ministerial Office of the said ministry.

Dr. Pheak completed his Master’s and PhD degrees in Community Development in 2006 and 2010, respectively at the University of the Philippines Los Baños through the SEARCA scholarship program.

Based on the MRD website, the Department of Rural Economic Development, which Dr. Peak is heading, is responsible for the preparation of the Ministry’s short, medium and long-term rural economic

development plans, development of banking schemes that promotes the creation village banks, rice banks, and the likes, advocacy for the creation of small and medium enterprises, and handicraft centers in rural areas.



altThrough the establishment of farmer cooperatives in Vietnam’s Bac Giang province, lychee farmers were promoted to adopt the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP), thereby ensuring that the country’s lychee export production remains in an upward trend. According to SEARCA alumna and Hanoi University of Agriculture Lecturer, Ms. Le Thi Thanh Loan (MS Agricultural Economics, UPLB 2012), Vietnam is now considered as one of the world’s top five lychee producing countries after China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Bac Giang is the largest lychee producing province, exporting around 69,565 tons of lychee to China and other countries such as Taiwan and Russia in 2011, with the total export value of 890 billion VND ($42M),” disclosed Ms. Loan.

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Three more SEARCA Alumni are added to the continuously growing list of UP Los Baños (UPLB) graduates accorded recognition for their exceptional contribution to their respective fields of expertise and nation building. These outstanding UPLB alumni will be given tribute during the Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night on 9 October 2012, as one of the highlights of the university’s 94th foundation day.

Mr. Mac Nhu BinhMr. Mac Nhu Binh, SEARCA scholar from Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry of Vietnam published his study conducted in the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center - Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) Tigbauan, Iloilo. The article titled “Optimum Level of Fish Liver Oil as Enrichment for Artemia Fed to the Tiger Tail Seahorse Hippocampus comes for Reproduction and Juvenile Survival” appears in the international journal Aquaculture, Aquarium, Conservation& Legislation (AACL Bioflux).


Dr. Mia LustriaPublishing research in peer-reviewed journals doesn’t only contribute to the ever growing body of knowledge it is also critical to building the expertise and reputation of a researcher as well as to achieving job tenure. Conducting significant research is one thing, but getting this published in high impact refereed journals is another story.

Dr. Cardente

Spiked pepper tree (Piper aduncum), although considered an invasive species in some forest areas in Mindanao, can be economically beneficial once it is managed effectively. This was revealed by Dr. Thomas L. Cardente II in his presentation entitled “A Management System for Watersheds Dominated by Spiked Pepper (Piper aduncum) in Southern Mindanao, Philippines.” Cardente served as resource speaker for SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 18 September 2012.

Dr. BagarinaoDr. Ricardo T. Bagarinao (PhD environmental science, 2005), Associate Professor and UPOU University Registrar, was awarded as one of the Outstanding Filipino Research Leaders for 2012 by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) during World Research Festival held on 22-25 August 2012 at the Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu City. 

Apart from this accolade, Bagarinao also took the Diamond First Prize Award and Platinum 2nd Prize Award for PowerPoint Presentation and Oral Presentation for his papers “Learners’ Access Patterns and Performance in an Online Course in Science, Technology and Society” and “Geospatial Distribution of Distance Education Learners in UP Open University: Implications for Student Support,” respectively. The awardees were chosen from the more than 300 researchers who attended the international conference.

With the theme “Research that Changed the World,” the research festival was co-organized by the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE), Philippine Association of Institutions for Research and the Commission on Higher Education, and co-hosted by the Liceo de Cagayan University, Cebu Normal University, University of Cebu, and the University of San Jose Recoletos.