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.

He finished his elementary and secondary education as an honor student at the President Roxas Central Elementary School and President Roxas High School, respectively. Armed with a strong desire and determination to finish college and elevate his family's level of living, he took BS Agriculture major in Plant Pathology at the University of Southern Mindanao where he is involved in many school activities and attended several seminars. Neil was also an active member of the USM Plant Pathology Society.

Mark Anthony T. Ramos is a BS Agricultural Biotechnology student majoring in Crop Protection Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos. He is currently conducting his thesis entitled "Incidence and Virulence Analysis of Single and Mixed Infection of Cymbidium mosaic potexvirus (CymMV) and Odontoglossum ringspot tobamavirus (ORSV) isolates from Native Philippines Orchid Species", under the supervision of Mr. Johnny F. Balidion.