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BAR Director Keynotes 3rd ICOAF

01 June 2016
Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila

Text and Photos by Ronnel P. Pasion

Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), served as keynote speaker during the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Conference on Agriculture and Forestry – 2016 (ICOAF 2016) on at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila. ICOAF 2016 is an initiative of The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Cagayan State University (CSU).

In his message, Dr. Eleazar urged the experts, researchers, scientists, and agriculturists present in the event “to commit in utilizing knowledge and technologies of agri-fishery R&D for the benefit of the Filipinos and the rest of the people around the world”. He acknowledged the initiative of TIIKM and CSU for organizing such event which served as a venue to tackle relevant issues concerning global food security and environmental stability.

Present in the event were Ms. Digna L. Sandoval, head of the Institutional Development Division (IDD) of BAR; Dr. Samih Abubaker, dean of Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Al-Balqa’ Applied University, Jodan; Mr. Isanka P. Gamage, managing director of TIIKM ; Dr. Jose D. Guzman, vice president for Research and Development, Extension and Training of CSU; Dr. Edwin F. Macaballug, president of Batanes State College; Dr. Ian Roger M. Francisco, university planning officer of CSU; Dr. Romeo C. Clemente, Gender and Development focal person of CSU, Andrews Campus; and other delegates from 15 countries including Philippines.