James C. Silvestre has demonstrated dedication and exemplary public service for 32 years. He rose from the rank of Asst. Instructor to Professor VI and Chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, Cotabato.
As a Professor, he teaches basic, major and graduate subjects in Plant Pathology and other related fields. His teaching made some of his students as awardees of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (2005 & 2006), a placer of Licensure Examination in Agriculture, Best Poster in scientific convention of the Philippine Society for the Study of Nature (Environment category). Others are now occupying high positions in private and government agencies in Mindanao.
He identified 47 plant diseases published in Host Index of Plant Diseases in the Philippines.
Being an adviser of more than 100 hundred thesis students, results were published in scientific journals which was used as reference material by students and researchers and presented the research results in scientific meetings and conventions. He coordinated seminars/workshops conducted by USM-PPS, PPS-SMD, inside and outside of the University especially on mushroom culture, plant disease diagnosis
disease management, postharvest pathology, plant virology, and plant nematology.
He serves as a member of the Techno Caravan coordinated by the USMARC and CARRDEC, a researcher of private companies, NGOs and a consultant of DOST.
He is a recipient of the Who's Who in the World (1995-1996), Top 100 Educators (2005), Leading Educators of the World (2006), G.O Ocfemia Outstanding Plant Pathologist of the Philippines (2007), Outstanding USM Alumni (Education Category)(1994), and as Outstanding Department Chairman (2006).