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On April 22-25, 2019, Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, headed a three-man delegation and visited and paid courtesy calls to six organizations in the Philippines. Through the help of one of its longest country partners, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD),  Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, Information Officer Ronald Mangubat and Administrative Specialist Mr. Charles Wu stayed for four days in Los Baños and Manila to visit and meet the top officials of those six organizations.

FFTC and PCAARRD--long time partners

PCAARRD, a Council under the Department of Science and Technology formulates policies, plans and programs for science and technology based R&D in the different sectors, has been a long-time partner of FFTC since the 1970s. Dr. Lin and his delegation were first escorted to the DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center (DPITC) wherein he viewed the interactive exhibit of PCAARRD’s main activities and products. They also had a guided tour of the herbal and landscape gardens, a joint project of PCAARRD and the Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). A briefing followed at the PCAARRD boardroom where Dr. Lin was introduced to the PCAARRD Directors’ Council and a meeting ensued regarding the upcoming FFTC-PCAARRD joint training workshop on “Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management” this coming September 30-October 4 in Iloilo City, Philippines.

Agricultural linkages

FFTC also visited The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) campus. A meeting was held with Dr. Filberto Pollisco, the Centre’s Policy and Programme Development Specialist Program Development and Implementation Unit.  Director Dr. Lin, on the other hand, discussed FFTC’s projects similarly aligned to ACB’s current project, particularly the upcoming international workshop on “Implementing the Satoyama Initiative for the Benefit of Biodiversity and Human Well-being” this September 16-20 in Hualien, Taiwan.

FFTC also paid a courtesy call to the officials of UPLB, the country’s premiere agricultural university and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Dr. Fernando Sanchez, UPLB’s Chancellor, who is also the Interim Director of SEARCA, briefed the FFTC delegation and introduced the officials of both institutions. In the said meeting, the possibility of a planned renewal of the old Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UPLB and FFTC was discussed. It has been agreed upon by both sides that preparations for the signing of the MOU will be drafted soon so that this can be signed by both parties this end of September in the FFTC-PCAARRD joint training workshop in Iloilo city, Philippines.

In Manila, Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin had a luncheon meeting with the officials of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), headed by Mr. Michael P.Y. Hsu, Representative and Head of Mission, Mr. Hank H.C. Liu, Director of Political Affairs, and Ms. Yi-Nung Tsai, Assistant to the Representative, Political Division. Director Lin and the Taiwanese delegates discussed mostly agricultural tie-ups between the Philippines and Taiwan as well as other trading partners.

The next stop was the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) in Quezon City, where Director Dr. Lin met with its Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Director, Dr. Edna Samar, who is also one of FFTC’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members. Joining Dr. Samar is Dr. Gina Nilo, Chief Agriculturist and Head of its Laboratory Services Division, who verbalized her gratefulness to FFTC for being part of last year’s training program on “Proficiency Testing of Soil, Plant Tissue and Fertilizer Analysis.”  As the nationally mandated authority on soils and water management for agriculture, the core function of the strengthened DA-BSWM is to provide leadership in the pursuit of R&D function for the two vital agricultural resources and provide recommendations to the office of the DA.

Last but not the least, FFTC visited the office of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Makati where Director Dr. Lin met with Director Cesar Drilon, Attorney Arthur Abiera, Jr., Assistant Corporate Secretary and Executive Officer and Ms. Joy Flanco, Administrative and Humanitarian and Special Concerns Officer. Discussions mostly revolved around the past and present workshops and training courses that FFTC have conducted in the Philippines and other agricultural endeavors that FFTC has been doing to promote sustainable agriculture in the Asian Pacific Region.


FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and his three-team delegation meet the whole PCAARRD management at the PCAARRD main headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. FFTC and PCAARRD have a long story of partnership which dates back from 1970s when the Center was established 50 years ago.


From left to right: Dr. Filberto Pollisco, Director ASEAN for Biodiversity (ACB), FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, FFTC Information Officer  Mr. Ronald G. Mangubat, and FFTC Administrative Specialist Mr. Charles Wu.


From left to right: Dr. Filberto Pollisco, Director ASEAN for Biodiversity (ACB), FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, FFTC Information Officer  Mr. Ronald G. Mangubat, and FFTC Administrative Specialist Mr. Charles Wu.


The FFTC delegation meets with the Officers of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) where Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin meets Mr. Michael P.Y. Hsu, Representative and Head of Mission.


FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin pays a courtesy call to the Manila Economic and Cultural Office where he meets Director Cesar Drilon.