Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia (CChAMSEA) Framework News


AMIA Program staff and consultants pose with President Rodrigo Duterte (front row, ninth from left), Senator Cynthia Villar (front row, eighth from left), Congressman Arthur Yap (front row, seventh from left), DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (front row, sixth from left), DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez (front row, tenth from left), DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano (front row, tenth from right), DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno (front row, ninth from right), and DA Wide Climate Change Office Director Alicia Ilaga (front row, eighth from right). SEARCA is represented by Lope B. Santos III, PDTS Program Specialist and Gabrielle Lagrimas, Project Coordinator.

MANILA, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joins the Department of Agriculture (DA) and President Rodrigo Duterte in launching the National Color-Coded Agriculture Guide (NACCAG) Maps at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on 7 March 2017.

Read more: SEARCA joins DA and President Duterte in launching national color-coded agricultural guide maps



INDANG, CAVITE – Dr. Ruel M. Mojica delivered his first Professorial Chair Lecture titled "Socio-Economic and Environmental Assessment of a Microcontroller-based Coffee Roasting Machine: Implications for Market Potential and Technology Commercialization" on 8 March 2017 at the Cavite State University. SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. delivered his inspirational message and commended Dr. Mojica for being one of the few Southeast Asian Professorial Chair grantees. Dr. Saguiguit mentioned that his grant reflects Dr. Mojica's proven track record and passion for research on coffee production. 

Read more: Agricultural Engineering Professor concludes Professorial Chair Lecture


The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Nagoya University are set to have a workshop on 16 March 2017 at the SEARCA Headquarters. The workshop aims to develop the framework of collaboration in research and development between the two institutions. 

The potential areas for joint project development include, among others, academic exchange for graduate education in agriculture and natural resources, as well as R&D activities related to agrobiodiversity, food safety and quality assurance, efficient production of dairy cattle, problem soils under climate change, waste recycling, and pest management.

The meeting will be attended by five Nagoya University Officials/Professors led by Dr. Akira Yamauchi, Director of the International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education (ICCAE) and Professor of the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences. SEARCA will be represented by its Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., Program Heads, Project Development and Technical Services Head, its Senior Fellow for Food Safety Dr. Maria Concepcion Lizada, and selected staff. (Maria Katrina R. Punto)


SEARCA and IRRI representatives meet with the project team for the presentation of the results of the comparative study of action plans for mitigation in rice in Vietnam and the Philippines.

LOS BANOS, LAGUNA – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) through Dr. Lucrecio L. Rebugio, Principal Researcher, delivered a presentation on the findings of the project "National Action Plans for Mitigation in Rice: Comparative Assessment of Institutional Setting and Possible Entry Points for Intervention in the Philippines and Vietnam" on 1 March 2017 at the SEARCA Headquarters. The project is a collaboration between SEARCA and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) aimed at increasing understanding of the institutional settings of climate change policy in agriculture, specifically mitigation in rice. 

Read more: IRRI-SEARCA study examines the dynamics of implementing climate change mitigation policy in rice...



SEARCA Professorial Chair grantee, Dr. Ahmad Zaharin Aris, conducted his lecture on the 'Impact of Climate and Land-Use Changes on Water Quality' at Bilik Sidang Utama, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on 21 February 2017. 

Read more: SEARCA Professorial Chair Grantee Delivers Study Results at UPM


SEARCA officials, project team members, presenters, and participants of the Regional Forum on State-of-the-art of Agricultural Research and Development and its Implications to ASEAN Integration held on 27-28 February 2017. In the photo are Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (first row, fourth from left), SEARCA Director; Dr. Agustin Molina, Jr. (first row, third from left), Bioversity International Honorary Research Fellow; Dr. Lope B. Santos III (first row, rightmost), SEARCA PDTS Program Specialist and Officer-in-Charge; and Dr. Prudenciano U. Gordoncillo (first row, fifth from right, Project Leader.

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), as commissioned by the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), conducted and hosted the forum titled "Regional Forum on State-of-the-Art of Agricultural Research and Development and its Implications to ASEAN Integration" held on 27-28 February 2017.

Read more: 52 R&D practitioners attend regional forum on state-of-the-art of agri R&D and its implications...


MANILA, Philippines – The National Color-Coded Agriculture Guide (NACCAG) Map, which will provide data on soil suitability and climatic conditions to Filipino farmers and fishermen, will be launched on 7 March 2017 at the Malacañan Palace. 

Read more: SEARCA joins launch of national color-coded agriculture map



Thirty-three representatives from 16 partners converged at Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 – 16 February 2017 for a workshop to finalize the training tracks, and develop a quality plan for the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC). This project is partially funded by the ERASMUS + Capacity Building in Higher Education program of the European Commission.

Read more: SEARCA, KU, and Partners Finalize New MS Program


The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) has joined the Los Baños Climate Change Council (LBCCC) to support its mission to improve the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) sector, particularly in addressing the challenges of climate change.

Read more: PCAARRD joins newly formed Los Baños Climate Change Council


Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, and Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development, will be joining representatives of other partners in a workshop to develop a Joint Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC). The workshop will be hosted by Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 – 16 February 2017.

Read more: SEARCA set to join MS FSCC workshop in Bangkok