PHILARM Training on RDE Management (Batch 2)

The Philippine Association of Research Managers Inc. (PHILARM) spearheaded the conduct of the “Research, Development and Extension Management Course for Level II Managers and Coordinators” on 22-26 October 2018. The training is part of the BAR-funded project, “Capacity Building on Managerial-Leadership for Agricultural Research and Development Managers” implemented by PHILARM.

The five-day course included a series of lectures conducted at the Obdulia F. Sison Hall (formerly CEC), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and seminar-workshop tours at selected Research and Development Institutions (RDIs) in UPLB and in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

The participants of the training were composed of superintendents of the different DA-Research Experiment Stations (RES) and selected BAR staff.

With the theme, “RES as Local Agents of Change in Agriculture,” the main goal of the course is to update and upgrade the managerial-leadership capacities of the RES superintendents leading to the improvement of the performance of their respective stations. RDE program development, research-extension linkage and modalities, principles and practices of supervision and station development were some of the topics discussed during the lecture.

Dr. Rogelio V. Cuyno, senior adviser and founder of PHILARM; Dr. Lily Ann D. Lando, former country director of The WorldFish Philippines; and Mr. Ricarte V. Castro, former president of PHILARM, served as the resource speakers during the training.

The seminar-workshop tour included presentation and discussion of the institute’s organizational profile, R&D breakthroughs, as well as, the issues and concerns encountered and the strategies to address them. From the discussions, participants were able to gain important lessons that will help them in improving their respective stations. The RDIs visited were: 1) Institute of Plant Breeding, UPLB; 2) National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, UPLB; 3) Philippine Carabao Center; 4) Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization; and 5) Philippine Rice Research Institute. ###