Dr. Zosimo M. Battad, chancellor of the University of the East (UE), Caloocan campus, emphasized teamwork as an indispensable element in shaping institutional culture during the anniversary celebration of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), Nov. 3.
“More than ever, passion, commitment, loyalty, and teamwork is a must and must be part of culture — culture of excellence that has shaped this institution through the years,” Battad said during the SRO seminar series.
Battad, who also recognized the institute for its accomplishments in developing rice varieties and farming technologies and building good facilities, shared that UE research grants are usually conducted by team.
Two of its three grant types are intended for two or three faculty members who will conduct the research for one or two consecutive semesters and for a faculty and student tandem. Grants for regular faculty members conducting their MS or PhD program are also available.
Research scholarship recipients are bound in a contract of returning and serving the university upon completion of their studies, although in some cases the recipient may terminate the contract.
Battad was a professor and a two-term president of Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) and has authored, co-authored, and published 46 books and academic papers. Among his numerous accolades are Outstanding Young Professional in Animal Science by the Philippine Society of Animal Science in 1996; and Outstanding Alumnus of PAC in 2007 and of the UPLB College of Agriculture in 2009.
The said seminar is named after the institute’s first director, Santiago R. Obien.