The Crop Protection Cluster (CPC) of the College of Agriculture (CA) coordinated the “Overseas Training Workshop on Plant Health for Trade Facilitation” from June 27 to July 15, 2016 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The three-week training workshop capacitated two faculty members from the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Cambodia on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues and concerns on plant health and protection. It aimed to develop the participants as the focal persons of their university on Cambodian and international SPS.
As part of the training workshop activities, resource persons from UPLB and other local agencies conducted lectures and laboratory sessions. Lectures covered plant pest diagnosis and management, quarantine system, and pest surveillance. Laboratory activities were also conducted to reinforce skills on identification and detection of pests using classical and molecular techniques. Visits to flower farm, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), Bureau of Plant Industry – Post-Entry Quarantine Service (BPI-PEQS), and Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) IV exposed the trainees to farm production, quarantine standards, and pest surveillance in the Philippines.
At the end of the training workshop, the trainees developed their SPS action plan on plant health and protection.
The training team was composed of CPC staff with Dr. Teresita U. Dalisay, CPC Director, as the coordinator. Other members of the training team were Dr. Bonifacio F. Cayabyab, Dr. Gil L. Magsino, Ms. Melissa P. Montecalvo, Mr. Gideon Aries S. Burgonio, Ms. Evangeline T. Malenab, Ms. Majella M. Magallona, and Ms. Elvie O. Cuerdo.
Concurrent specialized training workshop on Animal Health and Food Safety were also hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and College of Human Ecology (CHE) of UPLB, respectively.
This specialized training workshop was requested by the Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia.
By: Dr. Teresita U. Dalisay and Ms. Melissa P. Montecalvo