Dr Patricio Faylon retired as Executive Director of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, a funding, planning and coordinating council of the Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST) effective February 1, 2015, after a long, prolific and outstanding service to PCAARRD and the Philippine NARS. During his watch at PCAARRD, a strong national banana R&D program was supported, developed and continues to be successfully implemented. His networking skills have furthered, strengthened agricultural R&D across the region. PCAARRD has actively supported R&D to mitigate the threat of important banana diseases, particularly BBTV forsmall-scale farmers and more generally banana Fusarium Wilt as it is threatening the banana industry in the Philippines and the region. Dr. Faylon has actively supported and participated in the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET) since it was launched in 2001. He has thrice hosted Annual BAPNET meetings during his stint as a member of the BAPNET Steering Committee, including the 2014 meeting in Davao, Philippines.
Dr Faylon will be sorely missed in BAPNET. We wish him a very comfortable, healthy and long enjoyable retirement and new challenges as well.
- DR. PATRICIO S. FAYLON served as the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, a planning council of the Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST) from August 1999 until January 2015, holding this position for fifteen (15) years. He rose from the ranks, having been a program specialist, director of the Livestock Research Division, and Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development of PCAARRD. As ED, he was responsible for leading the Philippine National Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Research System in the formulation of framework, thrusts and programs for the development of the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources sectors, as well as generation and allocation of funds for this purpose. His quality leadership has enabled the council to attain the ISO 9001:2008 certification and the Philippine Quality Award – Level 1. He was also recognized for having developed and maintained extensive linkages with international and local organizations, allowing the council to sustain its resource generation activities. It was under his administration that the Council’s Techno Gabay Program, an agricultural extension modality, spread and was embraced by the local government units throughout the country. Funds for PCAARRD S&T programs tremendously increased under his leadership.
He worked briefly with the Department of Agriculture in various capacities: as the Executive Director of the Livestock Development Council where he spearheaded the formulation of comprehensive policy guidelines for the development of the livestock industry; as program director of the Makamasa Livestock Program where he led in the formulation programs designed to accelerate and/or expand viable livestock projects; and as head of the Minimum Access Volume (MAV) Secretariat that implemented the policies, guidelines and procedures on MAV and recommended MMC the allocations of qualified MAV licensees, approved the MAV import certificate.
Dr. Faylon was chair, adviser, member and consultant in various committees and programs, internal and external to PCAARRD. He led the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) from 2000 to 2005. He also chaired the Regional Network on Plant Genetic Resources, based at International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Malaysia in 2001, and served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET) of Bioversity International from 2001 to 2015. He was a member of the Planning Committee tasked to update the Philippine Medium Term Development Plan in 2001. He was also a member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) from 2002 until 2011. Dr. Faylon served as technical consultant, project leader, coordinator and member to different programs and management audit committees, local and international; served as a member of various Boards of Trustees, and review team of international centers, CGIAR, regional centers of excellence and SEA national agricultural research centers (NARS).
The PCAARRD Executive Director has led researches, and presented to various international and local conferences, symposia and workshops over 80 scientific and technical papers with topics ranging from biotechnology R&D in agriculture to good agricultural practices and technology delivery program. Most of these papers were also published in scientific journals and books.
A Gawad Career Executive Service (CES) Awardee in 2010 and recipient of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) Most Distinguished Alumni Award for S&T in 2012, Dr. Faylon was also conferred with numerous scholarships/honors/awards from different institutions, associations and universities, most notably the following: Research Management Award, Crop Science Society of the Philippines (2006); Research Leadership Excellence Award, Philippine Association of Research Managers, Inc. PHILARM (2006); Pisang Raja Award from Bioversity International- Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET) (2005); Outstanding Citizen for Science and Technology, Los Banos, Laguna (2005); and Distinguished Alumnus Award for Management of R/DE Programs (2002) of UPLB.
Born on March 17, 1951, Dr. Faylon obtained his BS Agriculture degree major in Animal Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). He pursued his MS major in Ruminant Nutrition/Production Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the USA and his Ph.D in Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology/ Meat Processing also at UPLB.