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UPLB has new Graduate School secretary

Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda takes-over as secretary of UPLB Graduate School effective March 4, 2015.

He succeeds Dr. Willie P. Abasolo who was appointed by the UP Board of Regents as the new dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources on March 3, 2015.

Dr. Arboleda is assistant professor at the School of Enviromental Science and Management (SESAM) where he teaches aquatic ecology, issues in aquatic environment, ecosystem dynamics, current issues in environment and water quality assessment.  Most of his extension work, research and publication has centered on bioremediation, coastal resource management, aquatic biodiversity and conservation, climate change in the aquatic environment, marine biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology. He previously taught at University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) and Ateneo de Manila University. He also held appointments as scientist and researcher at the UP Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and UP Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI) in Diliman.

Dr. Arboleda holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. He obtained his PhD and Master of Science degrees in microbiology with minor in molecular biology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He attended several specialized trainings abroad which include UNESCO training courses in microbiology in University of Nottingham, UK in 1995 and in Osaka, Japan in 1993-1994.


The new GS secretary has written a number of international peer-reviewed articles. His well-cited article entitled “Vibrio sp.causing Porites ulcerative white spot disease” (co-written with Dr. Wolfgang Reichardt was published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, an international peer-reviewed journal. His other article “Epizoic Communities of Prokaryotes on Healthy and Diseased Scleractinian Corals in Lingayen Gulf, Philippines” also co-authored with Dr. Reichardt, was published in Microbial Ecology, a high-impact factor international scientific journal.

THE ESSENCE OF ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP.   UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. (second from left) is flanked by Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., Dean, UPLB Graduate School, Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, new GS secretary and Dr. Willie P. Abasolo (extreme right), newly appointed dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) during the University of the Philippines System academic leadership conference held in Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City on March 9-11, 2015.



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The UPLB Graduate School marked milestones with the launching of two new masters-level degree programs and the celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary on December 1.

At the Thanksgiving Dinner-Fellowship held at the Graduate School multi-purpose hall, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. led the launching of the Master of Science in Entomology, an off-campus program implemented in partnership with ANFLO Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. He also relaunched the Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (PM-TMEM), a joint program with the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI) of UP Diliman and UP Visayas.

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Article by Mark Jayson E. Gloria, UPLB website

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual enjoined the UPLB graduate education faculty to intensify the internationalization of graduate programs during the Graduate Faculty Conference on Feb. 15 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Pascual, who gave the keynote speech during the Conference, said that UP’s mandate as a research, graduate, and regional/global university are intertwined and interrelated. He also commended UPLB’s tradition of excellence as a graduate and research university, especially in agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

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Posted on March 4, 2015 by upweb_wordpress in In the News, Article by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc, photos by Abraham Arboleda

Responding to the mandates officially spelled out in Republic Act 9500 or the new UP System Charter of 2008, which elects UP to be a research and graduate university, among other roles, the UP Los Baños Graduate School convened a faculty conference to plot the path of the school to the future. The conference titled “Responding to the Challenges of a Research and Graduate University” was held on February 15 and 16, 2015 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. It was attended by around 260 participants consisting of junior and senior graduate faculty members, committee chairs of degree-granting units, college deans, institute directors, department chairs, and heads of UP campuses.

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What was once a silent and unoccupied area at the back of the Graduate School (GS) Building will soon become the site of a modern hub for graduate and international students of UPLB.

It will be called the Graduate School International Student and Cultural Center Building, as officially announced during the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 2.

UP System, UPLB, and Nagoya University bigwigs were present during the occasion, which served as one of the highlights of the School’s 43rd founding anniversary.

               UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Vice-President for Legal Affairs Hector Danny D. Uy joined UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Graduate School Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr., and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Portia G. Lapitan in the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies. read more

UP and Nagoya University (NU), through President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and NU President Seiichi Matsuo, respectively, have inked an agreement for UPLB to host the Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campus (NUASC) through the UPLB Graduate School.

This agreement makes the Philippines the eighth country to host the NUASC through which the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries will be implemented. This will enable Filipino doctoral candidates to enroll in NU doctoral programs without having to be physically present in Nagoya for the whole duration of the course.

The agreement was formalized at the Executive Conference Room in BM Gonzalez Hall, UPLB on Dec. 2. Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean, Graduate School and Dr. Fumio Isoda, director, Nagoya University Asian Satellite Campuses Institute, served as witnesses of the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA). read more

UPLB and Nagoya University (NU) formally opened the NU satellite campus in the Philippines and held the International Symposium on the Internationalization of Graduate Education at Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on March 8.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.  said in his message during the opening program that to be a globally competitive research and graduate university, UPLB must pursue joint programs and collaborative activities with international academic and research institutions. He cited as an example the Philippines Transnational Ph.D. Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries being implemented by UPLB and NU.  

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual added that the program takes the University to a higher level and a step closer to being a globalized institution in terms of research and graduate education.  It will also allow experts to build lifelong partnerships with NU without leaving the country. He issued a challenge for UPLB to become a leader in global intellectual conversations of tomorrow. read more

The Graduate School (GS) and the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), together with UP Mindanao, launched the Mindanao Development Studies Seminars (MDSS) on May 13-14 at UP Mindanao, Davao City. 

The MDSS aims to stimulate critical discussion about contemporary issues and challenges affecting the development of Mindanao. 

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs who delivered a speech on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. reiterated the importance of Mindanao in the development of the country. She expressed her hopes that through the MDSS, participants would gain a more thorough insight of the issues affecting Mindanao.

“It is also my hope that this seminar would pave the way for scholars to engage in further discourse about Mindanao’s key concerns and strive to influence national policies that would benefit the people of Mindanao,” she added. read more


The Graduate School will hold its Hooding and Recognition Ceremony on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. During this occasion, the students who will have finished their doctoral program will be conferred their degrees through a ceremony in which their academic regalia (hoods) would be put on them by their advisers and University officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr and Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of the Graduate School.

The guest of honor and keynote speaker for this year’s ceremonies is Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, president of Maejo University in Thailand. Dr. Yosraj is a UPLB alumnus, having earned both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science in 1983 and 1990, respectively. read more

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) held its 2016 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on June 24 at the DL Umali Freedom Park. Of the 279 graduates, 229 obtained master’s degrees and 50 earned doctorate degrees.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. expressed confidence that the graduates will exceed expectations around them. “UPLB has prepared you to become leaders who have the intellectual capacity and the heart to contribute to your respective communities,” he said.  He also encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge they gained from the University not only in pursuing academic and intellectual endeavors, but also in addressing social concerns. read more

“How do you thank your benefactors? How do you thank the Filipino taxpayers? How do you thank the Filipino people as a whole?” asked UP President Alfredo E. Pascual to the 2,245-strong UPLB Class of 2016 on June 25 at the DL Umali Freedom Park.

President Pascual was the keynote speaker during the 44th Commencement Exercises of UPLB that started at six o’clock in the morning, a deviation from the usual afternoon-to-evening ceremonies in the University. He was introduced by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. read more

UPLB and Kobe University (KU) in Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop academic programs and projects that will benefit both in their instruction, research and training programs.

The MOU, which covers a 5-year period, was signed by KU President Hiroshi Takeda on March 23 in KU while UPLB chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. signed it on April 21 at the BM Gonzalez Hall in UPLB. read more

UPLB, through the Graduate School (GS) and the College of Economics and Management (CEM) has launched the off-campus Master of Management program for employees of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) at the DBM headquarters in Paco, Manila on Nov. 26.

PS-DBM has provided partial scholarships to its deserving employees who will be on the MMgt program that is being implemented by UPLB for continuing organizational development in the former. According to Atty. Tomas C. Syquia, executive director of PS-DBM, “to be the best, we must be taught by the best,” referring to the choice of UPLB as the partner institution. read me

In celebration of its 37th anniversary, the International Students Association (ISA), in cooperation with the International Student Services of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), staged its annual cultural night at the DL Umali Hall on Oct. 14.

According to Dr. Nina Cadiz, OSA director, the event was “meant to promote the welfare and cooperation of foreign students in UPLB and to promote the benefits of internationalization in a University” such as UPLB.

With the theme “Unifying Force for Global Community,” the event featured song and dance performances of students from the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. read more

In order to modernize pedagogy and equip faculty members with technology-mediated teaching strategies, the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and Graduate School (GS) co-sponsored the workshop on Graduate Program Innovations: Hands-On Training on Blended Learning for faculty members on July 27-28, at the ILC Computer Laboratory, CAS Annex I Bldg.   

Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., GS dean, lauded the participants for attending the workshop despite the fact that they were on teacher’s leave. He said that since faculty members are in the forefront of the internalization efforts of the University and UPLB-GS has already embarked on off-campus offering, there is a need to conduct training programs on technology-mediated approaches that would help enhance the graduate programs of the University. read more

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) conducted its 2015 Hooding and Recognition Ceremonies on July 3 at the DL Umali Hall, conferring degrees on 48 Ph.D. and 212 masters candidates. It also gave recognition to its top five Ph.D. and masters candidates, and two recipients of special awards.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. advised the graduate students to actively participate in collaborative research activities that promote knowledge building and policy making, to publish their work, and serve the people. He further explained that as the ASEAN integration promotes mobility among faculty and students, it also presents UPLB an opportunity to pursue research and development policies in the region. read more

The Graduate School welcomes new staff officials to improve and strengthen its graduate services. On 15 November 2017, Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, former School Secretary since 2015, was officially appointed as Associate Dean; Dr. Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-Dupo as School Secretary; and Ms. Nanette A. Aquino as Assistant Secretary. Read more

Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo, Graduate School Secretary, was one of the 68 awardees of the UP Scientific Productivity System for CY 2017. 

The UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) aims to support the development of science and technology; and encourage and reward scientific productivity. 

The nominees are evaluated according to the following: Scientific Productivity as measured by scientific publications, significant technological output and discoveries; Scientific Standing; and professional Standing

Visit http://ovpaa.up.edu.ph/up-scientific-productivity-system-2/ for more details on the UP Scientific Productivity System.

This was hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) from 10-11 December 2020 with the theme “Resilient Food and Agricultural System for Accelerating Economic Recovery: Strategy and Implementation”. UPLB won some awards: Rodelina C. Deyto was awarded as the Best Presenter on the subtheme Sustainable Production System, and Emmanuel Flores was awarded as the Best Presenter for the subtheme on Logistic and Value Chain. Team Liwanag of UPLB also won 1st place for cultural performance. 

As part of the celebration, GS hosted a 2-day webinar and the invited speakers shared their insights on the importance of graduate education, open science, open data, interdisciplinary collaboration, mentoring, research, and leadership. In addition, graduate faculty members, staff, and students had a virtual GS Nightout party on 18 December 2020. The GS Student Council organized an outreach where school supplies were given to the children of farmers in San Pablo, Laguna.  Media snippets with greetings from GS friends can be watched via the following link: https://tinyurl.com/uplbgraduateschool



The UP Board of Regents elected Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr. as the 10th chancellor of UPLB at its 1354th meeting on Sept. 24.


Dr. Camacho, dean of the Graduate School (GS) and a professor of economics at the College of Economics and Management (CEM), will serve a three-year term that will start on Nov. 1, 2020.


For more information, visithttps://uplb.edu.ph/all-news/dr-jose-camacho-jr-is-the-10th-uplb-chancellor/ 


From 01 November 2020 until a new GS Dean has been appointed, Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante will serve as the OIC-Dean, and Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda will serve as the GS Secretary.



Graduate School Secretary, Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo is the new UP Faculty Regent. 


Dr. Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo of the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS) took her oath of office as the new UP Faculty Regent before UP President Danilo L. Concepcion on Jan. 8 at the UPCO Social Hall, UPLB.


Her two-year appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022. She succeeds Dr. Ramon Guillermo of UP Diliman.


For more information, visit: https://uplb.edu.ph/all-news/dr-dupo-takes-oath-as-up-faculty-regent/

Sharing with you the SATISFACTION SURVEY results conducted last October-November 202O among the 800+ Graduate Students of UPLB on GS services.

Thank you for your participation and the insights that you have given us. We have taken note of the good as well as the things that need improvement. We are acting on things that will make our services more efficient and maintain those that make us a relevant and responsive unit of UPLB for graduate education.

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Introducing the new set of GS Executives!

Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante starts his tenure as the new dean of the UPLB Graduate School effective March 1, 2021. In his team are Dr. Ronilo Jose D. Flores as associate dean, Dr. Pamela A. Custodio as school secretary and Dr. Rhea Ledesma-Gumasing as assistant school secretary. Team GS202X aims to transform GS as a bastion of excellence towards reshaping the future of graduate school education.

MYMP: Mentoring Young Menros Program

The Graduate School launched the Mentoring Young Mentors Program to orient, train and mentor up and coming graduate school advisers and committee members on GS policies and processes , graduate curriculum design, mentorship and other aspects related to becoming a good mentor to our graduate students. This activity is part of GS' aim to Reshape the future of graduate education.#GS202x

MYMP: Mentoring Young Menros Program

GSCares was launched in order to reach out to GS constituents especially during this time of the pandemic. The GS, cognizant of the need for a venue outside of the classes to unwind, learn new things, get inspired and breathe, had organised the first episode which tackled issues on stress and coping in the now normal. Ms. Lavi Penaverde of Opus Ad Lucem, Inc and Ms. Aji Villamin of the Office of Counselling and Guiadance served as resource persons.

Dean, GS Faculty awarded 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist Award

GS Dean Jomar F. Rabajante was named as one of the recipients of the very prestigious Outstanding Young Scientist Award for the year 2021 by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology. This award is conferred to Filipino scientists below the age of 40 who has contributed to science and technology in the Philippines. Congratulations!


The Official Graduate School page is https://www.facebook.com/UPLBGradSch/ . Information for the general public are usually posted there.

The Official UPLB Graduate Student's Group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/UPLBGradStudents/, a closed group for bonafide UPLB-GS Students only. Announcements and other useful information aimed for students are posted there. All GS students are encouraged to join the group.


Click here for the notice from the Office of the University Registrar.

Deadline of Preregistration COI: August 10, 2020. We cannot move it further just like the previous sems because we will also be arranging the Virtual Graduation. Well try our best to encode late submissions for the prereg, if not it will be good for the regular registration.

To Process your COI:
(1) download and accomplish COI Form: https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/img/NEW-COI-FORM.pdf
(2) Sign with your e-signature and fill-up all necessary information.
(3) Email it to the Professor in charge so that they can attach their e-signature.
(4) Submit the e-signed COI to Mr. Rivera at: jerivera2@up.edu.ph on or before August 10, 2020 for encoding with SUBJECT: COI 1st 2020-2021 BODY: Full name, Student no, SAIS ID. Use your UP Mail when submitting anything to GS.

Note: COI is NOT Enrollment. It is only a Prerequisite, GS only removes the restriction. Students still needs to do self-service enrollment via SAIS on August 18-21. 

Kindly read Updates and FAQs posted in our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UPLBGradSch before emailing us. We are experiencing heavy email traffic. Help us help you and help others through self-service information.


Click here for the GS Important Dates 1st Semester 2020-2021

Click here for the UPLB Academic Calendar

Click on the links in the PDF file to view the e-Forms. Downloadables and e-Forms are also available at https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/resources/downloads/ .  Instructions on accomplishing the forms are also embedded in the e-forms. After generating the form, e-sign and email the PDF one by one to all signatories so that they can affix their e-signatures, submit it via email at: gs.uplb@up.edu.ph. (usually when only the GS Secretary and Dean's e-signature are missing).

The UPLB Graduate School (GS) constituents (faculty, students, REPS, administrative staff, alumni) are invited to the webinar presentation of the Accomplishment Report of the Out-going Dean, Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., on 21 January 2021, Thursday, 3:00 pm. This will be followed by the presentation of the mission, vision and plans of the nominees for the New GS Dean.

Those who would like to attend this webinar on Zoom may register at this link:  


To get to know more about the nominees, please click this link:

Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante   Short CV   Full CV

Dr. Zita C. Villa Juan-Albacea   Short CV  Full CV

All Constituents (Faculty, REPS, Staff, Students) with UP Mail, submitting digital files to the Graduate School should be through the UPLB GS Online Document Submission System: https://www.odss.uplbgraduateschool.org instead of emailing them to us.

Those who do not have access to UP Mail (Applicants, Alumni, etc.) may submit using the previous protocol (through email). Please do not submit documents through this system and email at the same time to avoid duplicate tracking.

Demonstration and Tutorial: https://youtu.be/b5SvOfi53i4

All Graduate Students are to follow this process. The OUR Process is more intended for undergraduate students.
This document is live and will be updated when necessary. Always check this Google Doc for updates. We will centralize all enrolment updates in this document for easy reference.

(updated 27 May 2021)
- 29 April to 5 May: Reading/Wellness Break
- 13 May: Last Day of Clearing Deficiencies
- 14 May: Last day of Online Application for Graduation (https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/applicationforgraduation)
- 14 May: Last Day of Submission of Nomination of Advisory Committee for new regular PHD (https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/generatenac_phd)
- 14 May: Last Day of Submission of Nomination of Guidance Committee and Plan of Coursework for New regular Master's
- 19 May: Deadline for Dropping of Courses
- 25 May: Last Day of Holding of Activities
- 31 May: Deadline of Filing of LOA
- 31 May: Deadline of Submission of Deferred Grade Completion (incurred during 2S 2019-2020) [deadline moved to August 7, 2021]
- 4 June: Last day of Filing Application for Final Examination (https://www.uplbgraduateschool.org/generateapp4exam)
- 11 June: Last day of classes
- 11 June: Deadline of submission of Plan of Study of New PHD Students
- 11 June: Deadline of Revision in Plan of Coursework
- 11 June: Deadline of Change in Member/Adviser in Guidance/Advisory Committee
- 18 June: Last Day to conduct Final Examinations. Note Application for Final Exam must be filed at least 2 weeks from actual exam date and not later than 4 June.
- 25 June: Last Day of Submission of Manuscripts.
- 25 June: Last Day of Submission of Grades.

For the 2nd Semester 2021-2022 Enrollment process, please go to: https://tinyurl.com/GSReg2nd2022

Please be reminded that physical enrollment transactions are not allowed at the Graduate School Office. Carefully read and reread the enrollment process document before inquiring. It is better to spend 5-10 minutes reading than to wait for our reply 3-5 days later. We will put all updates at the bottom of the document for your easier reference.

For inquiries regarding enrollment, you may submit it at

All enrollment inquiries should be through this link. Do not email any enrollment concern to any Graduate School Email and/or Staff Members. Do not email the GPMC or RegCom with concerns other than matters specified in the enrollment process document.



is in need of:

POSITION: Project Assistant III (Project-based)

SALARY: P31,262.40/month



  • Graduate of any 4-year course, with at least one year continuous work experience
  • Proficient in MS Office applications (eg. Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace Experience in project handling in UPLB or in other funding agencies is a plus
  • Willing to start immediately


  • Monitor scholarship status of scholars, and maintain and update databases;
  • Generate necessary reports and other program deliverables to DOST-SEI;
  • Organize physical and electronic scholarship-related documents, Assist scholars during registration period (tagging of scholars, generation of Form 5) and during local/international conferences/orientation;
  • Evaluate and processes payments;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Project Leader and Scholarship Head

Send your letter of intent and CV on or before February 22,2022 to scholarship.gs.uplb@up.edu.ph with the email subject UPLB-DOST_PAlll [your last name]

Payment of fees extended until 11 March.
If you still have registration issues, please attend 08 March (Tuesday) Zoom meeting, 3pm. Link can be found in the Updates page of the GS Enrollment Process Google Doc.(https://tinyurl.com/GSReg2nd2022) There will also be one last Zoom meeting for enrollment concerns on Thursday, March 10, 3PM check GS Enrollment Process Google Doc again for updates. (https://tinyurl.com/GSReg2nd2022)



Dr. Mark Dondi M. Arboleda takes-over as secretary of UPLB Graduate School effective March 4, 2015.

He succeeds Dr. Willie P. Abasolo who was appointed by the UP Board of Regents as the new dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources on March 3, 2015.

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The 43rd Commencement Exercises of UPLB will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the D.L. Umali Freedom Park in front of the D.L. Umali HAll (UPLB Auditorium).

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