For his contribution to agricultural and rural development in the country, the University of the Philippines Los Baños-College of Economics and Management (UP-CEM) awarded Dr. Gil Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), as “Outstanding Alumnus.”
During its 35th Foundation Day, UPLB-CEM cited Saguiguit’s outstanding achievements in project and financial management and implementation, fund generation, rural development and extension, participatory community-based and multi-disciplinary research, and his noteworthy contributions to agricultural education and human resource development.
“I am grateful to the college and most honored to receive this award . . . There is something about receiving an award from one’s alma mater—somehow, it is all the more special and fulfilling and will certainly be cherished during my retirement years,” he said.
The UPLB-CEM award adds to Saguiguit’s numerous distinctions from national and foreign institutions for his exemplary work in the agriculture sector. These include the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole (Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit) bestowed by the French government for his commitment to strengthen cooperation between France and the Philippines in the areas of agricultural research, education and culture.
Early in 2013, Dr. Saguiguit was also conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Applied Economics by Maejo University in Thailand for his contribution to human resource development in the country and in Southeast Asia.
Under the second three-year term of his leadership, Searca continues to manage and develop pioneering projects attuned to the contemporary development needs of the region. The most recent is Saguiguit’s Institutional Development Assistance Program that aims to develop young and strategic agricultural universities in economic growth corridors in Southeast Asia.