University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 05 February 2018 13:58

UPLB to focus on food security as overall direction of strat plan


UPLB is going to push for a concerted effort towards promoting food security in its instruction, research, and public service initiatives in the next many years. 

The UPLB Executive and Management Committees, headed by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., set this overall direction for UPLB at the UPLB-UPLBFI Strategic Planning Workshop at the Forest Lodge, Camp John Hay, in Baguio City on Jan. 24-26, 2018.

The UPLB officials participated in a series of workshops and sessions including making individual reports of their unit’s accomplishments and plans in the next two years. The workshops were facilitated by a team led by Mr. Christopher Lomboy, director for markets and enterprise of RARE Phils and UPLB alumnus, who also facilitated the strategic planning workshops of UPLB in the years 2015 and 2017.

According to Chancellor Sanchez, he would like food security to be the priority theme in the instruction, research, and public service efforts of the University. “I would like people to think UP Los Baños when they hear the phrase food security,” he added.

The Chancellor directed the ExeCom and ManCom to rally the colleges and units towards this direction, still with the goals of sustaining academic leadership and excellence, promoting the use of UPLB’s knowledge and technologies to attain inclusive growth, and creating an enabling environment for creativity and innovation.

The workshop also served to identify the key performance indicators (KPI) for these three goals. These KPIs will be streamlined and cast into clearly stated indicators by a committee that will be headed by Vice Chancellor Portia G. Lapitan before this will be cascaded to the UPLB units. (OPR press release with reports from AGT Lim)