searca alumna takes the reigns of bulacan state university


Dr. Cecilia N. Gascon (PhD Forestry, UPLB 1995-1998) was voted by the Bulacan State University (BulSU) Board of Regents as its new chief executive officer starting 1 September 2015.  The oath-taking ceremony, administered by Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Chair, took place at the Central Office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on 11 August 2015, after the BOR elections.


Starting Academic Year 2014-2015, a total of 40 Southeast Asians from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, has been given the opportunity to acquire higher education in agriculture, forestry and related sciences through SEARCA’s graduate scholarship program.

Majority of the scholars will be studying at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (28), while the rest will be at Universiti Putra Malaysia (4), Chiang Mai University (4), Kasetsart University (2), Khon Kaen University (1), and Institut Pertanian Bogor (1).

Included in the new batch of scholars are the 14 Master’s degree scholars of the Upland Agriculture and Food Security Fellowships supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The said scholarship project, which started in March 2012, aims to establish a critical mass of high-quality human resources to serve as catalysts for developing sustainable agriculture programs for upland communities that are generally vulnerable to food insecurity.

The new scholars managed by SEARCA are:

Name Nationality Gender Degree Sought Study Post
1 Deasy Fitriati Indonesian F MS in Postharvest Technology IPB
2 Anjar Ruspita Sari Indonesian F MS in Food Technology UPM
3 Veneranda A. Magpantay Filipino F PhD in Genetics UPLB
4 Jurhamid C. Imlan Filipino M PhD in Animal Production UPM
5 Douangta Bouaphavong Laotian M MS in Tropical Forestry KU
6 Somboun Xaychantha Laotian M MS in Environmental Science UPLB
7 Izzati Adilah Binti Azmir Malaysian F PhD in Aquaculture Genetics and Reproduction UPM
8 Win Htein Myanmar M PhD in Environmental Science UPLB
9 Saw Hto Lwe Htoo Myanmar M PhD in Horticulture UPLB
10 Soe Khaing Myanmar M PhD in Agricultural Economics UPLB
11 Moh Moh Aye Myanmar F PhD in Entomology UPLB
12 Ei Ei Aung Myanmar F PhD in Plant Pathology UPLB
13 Yin Yin Thant Myanmar F PhD in Soil Science UPLB
14 Pan Ei Phyu Myanmar F PhD in Agronomy UPLB
15 Su Latt Phyu Myanmar F PhD in Plant Breeding UPLB
16 Rujirat Wongchandaeng Thai F PhD in Soil Science UPLB
17 On-uma Thonglor Thai F PhD in Statistics UPLB
18 Tinnaprach Wongchittham Thai M MS in Extension Education UPLB
19 Jose Nelson Salsinha Timorese M PhD in Agricultural Education UPLB
20 Delfim Da Costa Timorese M MS in Environmental Science UPLB
21 Carlos Amaral Timorese M MS in Agricultural Economics UPLB
22 Cristovao Dos Reis Timorese M PhD in Agricultural Economics UPM
23 Guilhermino Da Cruz Timorese M PhD in Agricultural Economics UPLB
24 Nguyen Duc Truong Vietnamese M PhD in Animal Science UPLB
25 Trinh Quang Thoai Vietnamese M PhD in Agricultural Economics UPLB
26 Vu Thi Hai Vietnamese F MS in Agricultural Economics UPLB
27 Chanhmany Souphannavong Laotian F MS Animal Science CMU
28 Nouyang Laotian M Ms Agronomy UPLB
29 Vua Xiongsiyee Laotian M Ms Agronomy CMU
30 Bounthiem Bouasavanh Laotian M MS Animal Science CMU
31 Oudtanivanh Luangduangsitthideth Laotian F MS in Agricultural Systems Management CMU
32 Xayly Laotian M MS in Agricultural Economics UPLB
33 Keopaserth Sourinphoumy Laotian M MS in Irrigation Engineering KU
34 Sengsavang Sisouraj Laotian F MS in Agricultural Economics UPLB
35 Sisavanh Xayavong Laotian M MS in Agriculture KKU
36 Yoth Vanhnasin Laotian M MS in Natural Resource Conservation UPLB
37 Khim Mar Linn Myanmar F MS in Agricultural Economics UPLB
38 Zaw Zaw Htet Myanmar M MS In Agricultural Engineering UPLB
39 Khine Myat Swe Myanmar F MS In Agricultural Engineering UPLB
40 Tran Duyen Nhat Lam Vietnamese F MS Agricultural Economics UPLB

With these new scholars, SEARCA has now awarded a total of 1,510 full scholarship grants since its establishment in AY 1968/69. Many of these scholars have successfully completed their study programs and some have taken up positions of influence in their respective institutions.

To upgrade the technical capacity of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) on the areas of livestock research and application of biotechnology, PCC partners with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to offer scholarships for qualified PCC officers and staff to undertake graduate education in biotechnology, bio-informatics, genomics, breeding and other related courses.

The scholarship project will give PCC officers and regular staff the opportunity to take up graduate studies in reputable universities in the Philippines, USA, Canada, and Australia, which offers degree programs related to livestock biotechnology, animal genomics and bio-informatics. Furthermore, the graduate scholarship will also cover social science courses related to planning, policy and development studies and knowledge management. The scholarship is granted to a maximum of four semesters or two years for a Master's degree program, and six semesters  or three years for a doctoral program.

Click here for details on the PCC-SEARCA scholarship. Interested applicants may also get in touch with SEARCA's Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department through email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +63-49 5367164.

PCC is an attached agency of the Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA). Aside from spearheading the implementation of the Carabao Development Program that aims to conserve water buffaloes and maximize economic gains for buffalo-based village enterprises, it is also the lead in the national research and development efforts on livestock biotechnology.