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Expert in Agricultural & Biosystems engineering, R&D product dev't, Rice Production & Postharvest, Hermetic storage system, Agriland development including AgroEco tourist farms, organic permaculture, etc.

Expert ID: 729044 Philippines

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Expert has current expertise in product development solar/mechanical dryers, and hermetic/organic storage technologies (no use of toxic chemicals in controlling storage insects and infestation of Expert agricultural commodities) including cocoons, super grain bags, TranSafeLiners, and others. He has more than 20 years of experience in the R&D of agricultural machinery: from design concept to development of the commercial model, testing and evaluation, extension and training. He has a total grasp of the mechanization issues including effective approaches to mechanization development, technology transfer, labor displacement, and others. In private practice of custom designing of agro-industrial machines and consultant to manufacturers.

He was Agricultural mechanization and post harvest expert at the International Rice Research Institute where he conducted basic and applied research on rice and rice-related engineering technologies, manage the installation of post harvest facilities (dryers, rice mills, grain cleaners, etc), developed biomass furnace, developed training modules and conduct training for the capacity building of local and international partners. Has total knowledge of the rice grain quality and post harvest losses: the factors affecting from the "production to consumption" continuum i.e. from seedling selection, land preparation, water management, crop protection, harvest and post harvest management including selection of appropriate machines/technologies

He is a competent Toastmaster and has acquired communications and leadership skills which he uses in facilitating planning sessions. He has in depth knowledge of extension methodologies, and the importance of participatory approaches integrating the socioeconomic aspects in technology extenion activities. He holds invention and utility model patents, and published several scientific papers.

Technical assistance to local manufacturers.Custom designing of agroindustrial machines.Postharvest expert to rice self-sufficiency programs i.e. training module development and delivery, technology demonstration, etc.Facilitation of project annual planning and round table discussions.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2008 Degree: PhD Subject: Agricultural Engineering Institution: University of the Philippines Los Baños
Year: 1989 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Farm Power and Machinery Institution: University of the Philippines Los Baños
Year: 1982 Degree: BS Subject: Agricultural Engineering Institution: University of the Philippines Los Baños

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: GrainPro Phils., Inc. Title: R&D Manager Department: Product R&D
Responsibilities:
The R&D Manager is in charge of developing the core product of GrainPro for local and global distribution.
Duties and responsibilities:
1. Train and supervise the R&D staff through coaching/mentoring towards efficiency and effectiveness in product design and development.
2. Budget allocation, monitoring and control
3. Coordinate/collaborate with other relevant department i.e. Sales/Marketing, Purchasing/Logistics, Production, etc.
4. Plan and schedule the product development time frame and launching dates in collaboration/coordination with the Sales and Marketing Team.
5. Ensure "production run" of newly developed products prior to mass production to make sure that 'bugs' are eliminated prior to mass production.
6. Plan the product positioning of the company relative to competitors.
7. Identify new needs/product for development as part of product positioning
8. Monitor and control the product development process to ensure that ISO and other applicable standards are observed.
9. Develop the product quality control inspection parameters for implementation by the QC/QA department.
10. Attend to all product issues including but not limited to customer complaints, product misuse, and others.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to 2013 Employer: International Rice Research Institute Title: Asst. Scientist/Agricultural mechanization & postharvest expert Department: Postharvest Unit/Grain Quality Division
Responsibilities:
1. Design and development of rice and rice-based engineering technologies.
2. Conduct applied and basic research in rice production and postharvest technologies.
3. Conduct collaborative research with country partners (in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Cambodia, etc).
4. Conduct capacity building training of partners.
5. Develop training modules appropriated to a given level of trainees.
6. Monitor the trends in biofuel technologies.
7. Develop "green" postharvest technologies
8. Represent IRRI in local and international networks meetings/seminars.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1982 to 1992 Employer: Agricultural Mechanization Development Program Title: Agricultural Engineer IV Department: Administration, Design and Development
Responsibilities:
Administrative officer and head:

He was in-charge of personnel recruitment, staff development, control and management. Settled disputes and conflict of interests among the staff.
Led the activities on the design, development and extension of agricultural machines, identify priority areas.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1970 to 1982 Employer: Self employed Title: Farmer Department:
Responsibilities:
Lowland and upland farming including irrigated rice production and postproduction, coconut farming with intercrops of abaca, banana, jackfruit and other fruit trees.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1982 to 1992 Agency: University of the Phils. Los Baños Role: Instruction, Research and Extension Description: His major responsibility was in the design-development and extension of agricultural mechanization systems and technologies. He also performed teaching/instruction at the university. As such he collaborated with various government and private agencies whose functions were related to agricultural mechanization technology development and extension. He also performed administrative matters pertaining to personel recruitment and development, and chaired a grievance committee.
Years: 1999 to 2012 Agency: Philippine Rice Postproduction Consortium (PRPC) Role: IRRI representative to PRPC Description: He represents IRRI in all PRPC activities, take care of IRRI's interest and commitment in PRPC rice postharvest activities, and contributes technical expertise to the consortium.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1998 Country / Region: Indonesia Summary: Represents IRRI in the collaborative research on rainfed lowland crop establishment in Central Java.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: Bangladesh Summary: He represented IRRI as the technical expert on the introduction of low cost seed dryer in collaboration with the Agricultural Engineering and Social Science Division in Bangladesh Rice Research Institute. He joined the team conducting the need analysis survey in farmers fields.
Years: 2009 to 2009 Country / Region: Cambodia Summary: He was part of the team in conducting the 'Impact Pathway Analysis' in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery in Phnom Phen.
Years: 1983 to 1983 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Attended 3 months training sponsored by ILO in Turin.
Years: 1983 to 1983 Country / Region: India Summary: One month training on agricultural mechanization in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineering;
Asian Crop Scientist Association;
Toastmasters Club International, IRRI.
Licenses / Certifications
RPAE
Professional Appointments
Journal referee: Elsevier Science, Philippine Journal of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at the University of the Philippines Los Baños
Awards / Recognition
Presidential Award: Invention category

R&D Award: National Academy of Sciences & Technology, DOST-Philippines
Publications and Patents Summary
He has publications dealing with various aspects of agricultural engineering technologies including corn sheller design and development, rice seeders, organic fertilizer applicator, zero tillage equipment, rainfed lowland crop establishment, rice postharvest research, and others. He has patented invention and utililty models.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Development and packaging of training modules for rice production management from 'seed to seed' and postharvest technologies with emphasis on socioeconomic and technical aspects, Rice postharvest operations from harvesting, drying, milling and storage with emphasis on grain quality preservation to minimize postharvest losses.
Other Relevant Experience
Custom design of agroindustrial machines/quipment, preparation of project proposal, and strategic planning.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English He is proficient in the English language which is the medium of instruction in Philippines education institutions.
Spanish Earned 12 units in Spanish subject as part of general education requirement in college.

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