The Australian Minister of Trade has reappointed Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon as a member of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research’s (ACIAR) Policy Advisory Council (PAC) on August 22.
In an official letter sent to Faylon, Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson emphasized the importance of the Philippines, through PCAARRD, as a partner of ACIAR in achieving its goals on agricultural development. He also highlighted that the collaboration benefits the PAC especially in terms of PCAARRD’s contribution in livestock research, and management of agricultural research locally and internationally.
PAC fulfills a key role in the planning and implementation of ACIAR’s programs. It is the body from which the Minister of Trade seeks advice on the agricultural challenges of developing countries like the Philippines, and on policies and programs for agricultural research aimed at effectively addressing these challenges.
Faylon’s appointment as a PAC member will be effective until 2014. It is his fourth term. As a preliminary activity, he will attend the ACIAR-PAC meeting, as well as the combined PAC-Commission meeting on September 19-20. Pia Paula P. Mateo, S&T Media Service