UPLB signs deals with TAU, 4 other PHEIs

Article by Mr. Jerome L. Duque (External Linkages and International Affairs)

Photos by Ms. Mileatte P. Omaney (College of Agriculture and Forestry)

The University of the Philippine - Los Baños (UPLB), national leader in agricultural instruction, research, and extension, inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), De La Salle University - Dasmariñas, Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Pampanga State Agricultural University, and Batanes State College on 14 June.

Established primarily to accelerate bamboo products development including identifying opportunities for cost reduction, initiating process improvement, and seeking competitive advantage, said MOU also focuses on promoting academic policies on faculty and student exchange, joint hosting of curricular events, and knowledge sharing.

Dr. Jose V. Camacho Jr., UPLB Chancellor, and Dr. Max P. Guillermo, TAU President, together with their fellow institutional heads discussed how they can collaborate and nurture an inclusive learning and research environment. For his part, Dr. Guillermo advocated for achieving shared vision by empowering academic communities. “Through this MoU, we affirm our commitment to open dialogue, mutual respect, and the exchange of ideas,” Dr. Guillermo said in his message of commitment.

Also representing TAU were Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, Director of External Linkages and International Affairs (ELIA), Dr. Edmar N. Franquera, Dean of College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF), and Ms. Mileatte P. Omaney, Chair of the Forestry Department.

Alongside sweetpotato and free-range chicken, bamboo is one of TAU’s flagship income-generating resources. Through the five-year MOU, TAU leaders believe UPLB can help in conducting value chain analysis for bamboo commodities.