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UPD partners with PhilMech for RP Agri Industry advancement


(Seated from left) College of Engineering (CoE) dean Dr. Aura Matias, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Engr. Rex L. Bingabing and Ronaldo Reyes, PhilMech’s Director IV and Finance Division Chief, respectively, together with the (standing) CoE faculty and some of the students.

(October 11)— The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help develop and provide solutions to the challenges that confront the Philippines’ agricultural sector, October 9 at the College of Engineering building’s Maynilad Room.

PhilMech is a government agency attached to the Department of Agriculture and conducts research, development and extension activities to advance the country’s postharvest and agricultural mechanization industry.

The MOU was signed by UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma and PhilMech Director IV, Engr. Rex L. Bingabing with College of Engineering dean Dr. Aura Matias and PhilMech Finance Division Chief Ronaldo Reyes among the witnesses.

The MOU states that both parties agree “to pursue, promote and enter into a research and development cooperation in the field of postharvest and agricultural mechanization” for the country.

In addition, Bingabing said the collaboration aims “to encourage students to conduct researches or develop machines that will have immediate applications which could benefit the society.”

Bingabing is a BS Mechanical Engineering graduate of the university.


(Seated from left) College of Engineering (CoE) dean Dr. Aura Matias, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Engr. Rex L. Bingabing and Ronaldo Reyes, PhilMech’s Director IV and Finance Division Chief, respectively, together with the (standing) CoE faculty and some of the students.

Subject to the availability of funds, the MOU also includes prototyping and fabrication of developed postharvest and agricultural mechanization technologies and sharing of manpower and financial resources on mutually agreed projects.

Matias expressed her full support for the partnership. “We are very happy that they (PhilMech) came to UPD, particularly to our College, for our students and our faculty to use their talent pool in the service of the country particularly to the agency that is mandated to provide solutions for our farmers,” she said.

Responding on behalf of the University, Saloma said the partnership is very much in line with the mandate of UP as a National University to “serve as a research university” and “lead as a public service university.”

He said “all of us are working very hard to connect what we have discovered, what we have found, what we have invented in our research laboratories in such a way that it is brought immediately to a larger Philippine society so that they are able to benefit in the end.”

The MOU is valid for five years. —Haidee C. Pineda, images by Leonardo A. Reyes