Remembering Ka Cef Baniqued

by Pat Gonzales

Looking from afar, he appeared to be very strict and have a way with words that will surely make one cringe. However, working with Ka Cef as a PPS Board Member made me see a person who was persevering and dedicated. When it comes to matters pertaining to the Society, he was always there to lend a helping hand, very hands on in fact, to ensure that everything was done as planned.

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Celebrating Christmas in January

The Philippine Phytopathological Society, Inc. (PPS) Board of Directors held its Christmas Party last January 7, 2010 at the Kamayan Restaurant in Bay, Laguna. The officers and board members together with "old" PPS members participated in various games and exchange of gifts. This fun filled activity was highlighted by the soft launching of the "R.G. Davide Undergraduate Thesis Writing Support Grant". This grant shall be given annually to deserving Plant Pathology students.

The occasion was graced by none other than Dr. Romulo G. Davide and his wife. Dr. Davide is a highly distinguished educator, researcher, and an advocate of transferring generated agricultural technologies to people especially to farmers. Among those who also attended the party were Drs. Edna Ardales, Rizaldo Bayot, Avelino Raymundo, Evelyn Gergon, Angelita Talens, Rhodora Aldemita and Mr. and Ms. Toto Faner.

Another round of “Plant Doctors on Wheels”

Members of the PPS , PAE, WSSP, and CPAP in coordination with the Provincial Agricultural Office held another round of "Plant Doctors on Wheels" in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan last September 2009. The said activity was attended by farmers and chemical distributors from different towns of Pangasinan.

PPS Board bade farewell to two colleagues

The PPS BOD for 2009-2010 had to make some adjustments with regards to reassigning of tasks. Dr. Christian Joseph "Chris" Cumagun resigned to pursue his post doctorate studies in Japan while Ms. Ariene "Yhen" Castillo requested for a leave of absence because of a new job in Singapore.

As BOD officers/members, they were very dedicated and worked hard to achieve and promote the objectives of the society. Dr. Cumagun was the editor in chief of the Journal of Tropical Plant Pathology while Ms. Castillo was the society's secretary. To acknowledge their untiring support to the society, the other officers and board members hosted a separate despedida for each of them.

PPS conducts training in seed health testing

The Philippine Phytopathological Society conducted a training course on Seed Health Testing last 1-4 September 2009 at UP Los Banos.

Topics included were objectives, importance, and detection methods of seed health testing. Ms. Patria G. Gonzales of Seed Health Unit, IRRI served as the trainor/coordinator for this training course.

A situation that calls for the application of appropriate disease management, with the proper diagnostic approach needs various plant protection resources – one of which is human resource that banks on accumulated technical knowledge, skills, and capabilities. The need to enhance the above is this year's training offering by the society.

The training course was structured to help those who had a first glimpse of the different seed health testing methods, techniques, and applications. Course content included lectures (40%) and "hands on" benchwork (60%).

Participants in this training course were researchers from Cornworld Breeding Systems, Inc., Hyrice Seed Technology, Inc., and East West Seed, Co.

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