DG Alvindia is 2015 PPS G.O. Ocfemia Awardee in Research

"Inquisitive mind plus hard work and dedication to serve the people". This is a simple recipe in life and career for our young researchers to follow, to soar high without leaving the others behind. This made our G. O. Ocfemia Outstanding Plant Pathologist Awardee a real achiever.

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Christmas in January

Celebrating Christmas does not necesarily mean that it has to be observed within the month of December. This is exactly what happened when the current PPS Board decided to defer its Christmas Get Together as a way of giving respect to Mr. Ceferino Baniqued who passed away during the second week of December 2014.

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Bunchy top is one of the most serious virus problems in abaca

Bunchy top is one of the most serious virus problems in abaca. It has existed for so many years, and still causing havoc in large abaca production areas in the country particularly in the Visayas. Through the concerted effort of a plant breeder and a plant pathologist at the Institute of Plant Breeding, Crop Science Cluster, UPLB, College , Laguna, abaca hybrids were developed which possess resistance to bunchy top and having equally good fiber yield and quality.

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Neil Pep Dave N. Sumaya and Mark Anthony T. Ramos, recipients of the G.O. Ocfemia Thesis Support Grant

Neil Pep Dave N. Sumaya, a student from the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato is the first recipient of the G.O. Ocfemia Thesis Support Grant. The grant aims to aid students majoring in Plant Pathology to finish their thesis as a requirement for their graduation. His undergraduate thesis entitled "Evaluation of five rates of marvellous premium quality (MPQ) WP as protective and eradicative drench against Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc. causing stem root rot of Robusta coffee seedlings" was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Edna M. Jover. Neil, the 4th child among 5 children of Mr. Pepe E. Sumaya and Mrs. Warlita N. Sumaya was born in Poblacion President Roxas, Cotabato.

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Tribute to CA Baniqued

From Babylinda S. Marquez, Bureau of Plant Industry, San Andres, Manila

Ka Cef was my second boss at the Bureau of Plant Industry. Though he was one of the "most feared" section chiefs because of his short temper, frank, "brutal" and "nakakainis" comments. I came to love the man. Few people know that Ka Fere (as he was also fondly called) was a genuine and caring person. To me, he was a good mentor, my second father and a true friend who gave advices on work, family and even personal matters. I also learned from him the value of time and giving one's best in whatever he does. Our friendship continued even after his retirement from government service. His sudden demise will not erase in any way my fond memories of Ka Fere until the end of time.

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