UA&P and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) formalized their mutual understanding to partner in areas of common interest such as education, capacity building, and research, in a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) held last May 27. The signatories to the five-year MOU are UA&P President Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog and SEARCA Center Director Dr. Glenn Gregorio with Assoc. Prof. Joselito Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration, and Dr. Marya Svetlana Camacho, UA&P Vice President for Faculty Affairs, as witnesses.

“This partnership is a strategic milestone that promises numerous benefits not only for our respective institutions but [also] for the broader community in which both our institutions serve,” Dr. Padojinog said in his opening message.

Left to right: Dr. Marya Svetlana Camacho, Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, Dr. Glenn Gregorio and Assoc. Prof. Joselito Florendo

Left to right: Dr. Marya Svetlana Camacho, Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, Dr. Glenn Gregorio and Assoc. Prof. Joselito Florendo

Dr. Padojinog added that UA&P stands to benefit from partnering with SEARCA through enhancement of UA&P’s programs and initiatives especially in the field of agribusiness. UA&P shares with SEARCA the commitment to include sustainable development and agricultural advancement to address critical challenges in Southeast Asia agribusiness and food security.

UA&P co-founder and Research Director of the Center for Research and Communication (CRC) Dr. Bernardo Villegas graced the event and shared his insights on the four areas the SEARCA-UA&P partnership can focus on: consolidation, product diversification, industrialization, and digitalization.

Read more at the SEARCA website.