First Quarter Research Management Meeting for CY 2019.

To ensure that research and development (R&D) initiatives and activities are being complemented in line with the thrusts and priorities of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), as the lead coordinating agency for agriculture and fisheries R&D, conducted the “First Quarter Research Management Meeting" on 6-8 February 2019 in Quezon City.

Attending the meeting were Regional Technical Directors (RTDs) for research, and research managers from the different Research Divisions of DA-Regional Field Offices (RFOs) and DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Offices. Also present during the meeting were representatives from R&D implementing attached agencies and staff bureaus of DA including the Agricultural Training Institute, Bureau of Animal Industry, Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Philippine Carabao Center, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, and Philippine Rubber Research Institute.

BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar welcomed the participants and provided them with a brief rundown on some of the important activities of the bureau that transpired in the previous year. He reiterated some important points including the intensified complementation of R&D programs through initiated and organized activities with various agencies such as the harmonization meetings among state universities and colleges, ATI, and PCAARRD; revitalization of the Regional RDE Network (RRDEN) on agriculture and fisheries; and participation in an inter-agency program under Global Innovation Policy Accelerator (GIPA) Programme.

As one R&D family with a unified vision, he likewise provided some reminders for the regions and partners to work effectively in performing the tasks that hopefully will result in effectively delivering and achieving the targets of the sector for the next months.

The RM Meeting is a quarterly activity that is being conducted and organized by BAR through its Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED). ###