Center Chief Dr. Lorna Herradura, PhD warmly welcomed the employees, guests, farmers and stakeholders during the celebration of 64th anniversary of Davao National Crop Research and Production Support Center on March 30, 2016. “BPI Katuwang sa Pagtiyak sa Ligtas, Mataas na Uri at Masaganang Ani” was the event theme. A thanksgiving Mass was also offered. Guest speaker, NSQCSD Division Chief Ruel C. Gesmundo congratulated the Center for being a catalyst of change and excellence in research in crop production not only in Davao but in Mindanao as a whole. He wished the Center to continue its brilliant performance of BPI mission and mandate. Field Day was also held and planting materials and seedlings were distributed to farmers and stakeholders of Davao. During the program, the employees entertained the guests by their performance of dance hits from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000. The Anniversary displayed the bountiful produce and talents of BPI Davao Center.
The first quarterly review and assessment meeting of the National Seed Quality Control Services Division was held last March 28 – 31, 2016. Headed by NSQCS Division Chief, Ruel C. Gesmundo, Regional Center chiefs and heads of satellite laboratories attended the meeting in Samal Island, Davao del Norte. During the meeting, physical and financial accomplishments of each cluster for the 1st quarter were presented including issues and concerns. Updates on plant material certification, profiling of seed inspectors and seed growers, reporting, rationalization plan, Good Agricultural Practices, Food Safety and other matters were discussed. Section Chiefs from the Administrative Division were also invited to help address different concerns of the NSQCS centers and offices on financial matters such as allocation and obligation, disbursement and liquidation. Planning, personnel matters, procurement and other admin matters were also addressed.