With the theme, “Mainstreaming Climate Change Resilience: Strategies and Management in Agricultural and Food Systems in the New Normal,” the Aurora State College of Technology will host the National Scientific Congress of the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS)-Philippine Chapter to be held virtually on October 13-14 this year.

Aiming to help address the need to transform to more sustainable food systems, given the new normal, primarily through engaging in knowledge sharing among agricultural researchers and scientists, as well as by fostering linkages and collaboration in the domains of agricultural research and development in the Philippines, the said congress will be inviting agricultural experts and speakers who will discuss topics including climate change and food production; food sustainability and the agricultural food chain; governance and the food system; and a responsible farming system, with Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines, Los Banos.

Here is the list of the speakers together with the topics/sub-themes they will discuss at the said conference:

Dr. Nestor Gregorio






Former Associate Professor, Visayas State University


Works at University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Impacts and Mitigation of Climate Change in Securing Food Production




Dr. Roberto Acosta Business Development and Extension Services Manager


Tao Foods Company, Seeds Business

Enhancement and Sustainability of Food and Agricultural Value Chain
Dr. Jhonamie M. Omar Professor, Researcher and Extensionist, Western Philippines University Governance and Food System
Dr. Roel R. Suralta Career Scientist III, Philippine Rice Research Institute Responsible Farming System

In addition, the ISSAAS is now also open for new members, including student, regular, and life members (applicable to 56 years old and above only). For those interested, corresponding membership fees are required for each category.

For those who are interested in becoming members, they must complete the ISSAAS Membership Form that can be accessed using this link: https://rb.gy/urtped

Here is the poster showing the full details of the 2022 National Scientific Congress: