Objectives

  1. To encourage and promote through scientific inquiry, the development of knowledge on pest control and its recognition as an important field of professional activity
  2. To promote research and the application of scientific knowledge in the field of pest control
  3. To encourage the interchange of technical information and ideas among members
  4. To cooperate with the government in all matters of national concern in the field of pest control

Declaration

WHEREAS, the need to provide more food of better quality for our people in the face of limited funds, land and other resources can be met with the help of science and technology;

WHEREAS, agriculture in order to be sustainable must be economically viable and socially acceptable and must exhibit concern for the environment and the general health of the community;

WHEREAS, Pest Management is an integral component of science-based agriculture’ way of thinking about how to scientifically farm the land with more cost-efficient method and protect its most productive results even as continuing research and discoveries guide us all to even much better, safer and more beneficial technologies;

WHEREAS, the PEST MANAGEMENT COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES (PMCP), a federation of scientific and research-based organizations and others involved in Pest Management, has taken on the responsibility for collective stewardship of this science-based discipline;

WHEREAS, recent events exhibit a widening of the gap between the scientific community and the society and public it hopes to serve;

WHEREAS, recent food infections and other challenges to the food supply chain require even more vigilance and a greater understanding of the ecological web, and an abiding trust in our scientific community;

WHEREAS, application methods to manage pest and diseases eg. ground application, fumigation, aerial spraying, etc. have recently come under attack based on feeble and unscientific documentation, threatening to limit our people’s recourse to such effective and viable methods that our people may require in the future;

WHEREAS, we find our people and society needlessly disturbed by the alarmist inclination of some sectors, distracted from more productive activities by these alarmist views, increasingly threatened by wrong or false information.

NOW THEREFORE, on unanimous accord of all present, be it:

RESOLVED, that we of the Pest Management Council of the Philippines (PMCP), implement currently available pest management options based on evidence – on real data – and scientific information.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the DA – Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA), having exercised its regulatory functions over this discipline and its applications satisfactorily, should continue to do so taking cognizance of continually developing and expanding knowledge relevant to the safe practice of agriculture and its environmental aspects;

RESOLVED FURTHER to call on Pest Management practitioners, producers and all stakeholders including growers, exporters and marketers to police their ranks and stick to Good Agricultural Practices guidelines and Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) regulations, and in so doing, “keep our house in good order.”

RESOLVED FURTHER to call on all concerned policy-makers and stakeholders to fund needed research and eschew restrictions on current agricultural technologies and inputs unless such have been shown not to conform with Good Agrucultal Practice guidelines.

RESOLVED FURTHER that the “community” should be equipped with the right information and skills to critically assess and responsibly employ the options open to them to achieve the greatest benefits for themselves, the general public and society as a whole.

RESOLVED FURTHER that we shall do our personal and individual share in educating and disseminating information among out scientific and social constituents to further the attainment of Science-based Agriculture for general public welfare.

RESOLVED FINALLY that we build partnerships leading to a movement advocating science-based agriculture that will lead to socially-responsible, sustainable growth ad development.

History

Historian: Dr. Aurora M. Baltazar

The Pest Management Council of the Philippines (PMCP) was organized in 1969 and formally launched in 1970 during its first national conference held on May 5-8, 1970 at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City. Initially called the Pest Control Council of the Philippines (PCCP) until 1991, PMCP is a federation of five societies, namely, the Weed Science Society of the Philippines (WSSP), Philippine Association of Entomologists (PAE), Philippine Phytopathological Society (PPS), Pest Control Association of the Philippines (PCAP) and the Agricultural Pesticides Institute of the Philippines (APIP). APIP later changed its name to Crop Protection Association of the Philippines (CPAP). In 2003, CropLife was the latest addition to this federation.

PMCP members are plant pathologists, entomologists, weed scientists, vertebrate pest scientists, private pest control operators, and sales and technical representatives of the pesticide industry. The change in name from PCCP to PMCP reflects the change in focus from control to management of pests, both agricultural and urban pests. The objectives of PMCP are: 1) To encourage and promote through scientific inquiry, the development of knowledge on pest management and its recognition as an important field of professional activity; 2) To promote research and the application of scientific knowledge in the field of pest management; 3) To encourage the interchange of technical information and ideas among members; and 4) To cooperate with the government in all matters of national concern in the field of pest management.

For the past 40 years, from the time PMCP was formed in 1970 up to the present, PMCP members meet in various places of the country every year in annual conferences. These conferences have served as occasions for researchers, teachers, scientists, extension workers, industry, and pest control operators to discuss the latest issues and trends in pest management research, extension, industry, and development. These meetings have since become major annual gatherings by which research results were shared, information disseminated to farmers and extension workers and cooperation, encouragement, and inspiration developed from the fellowship that resulted from these meetings. To foster closer interaction and be relevant to the needs of farmers and extension workers, PMCP meetings were held in various locations in all three islands of the country. Since 1972, the conference dates coincide with Presidential Proclamations declaring the first or second week of May as Crop Protection Week.

Now on its 40th year, PMCP members look back in retrospect to see how far we have come since 1969 and how we can meet the challenges posed to us in the 2000s. Some of the challenges facing us include crop protection and pest management issues related to biotechnology and GMO crops, climate change and global warming, invasive pests, and similar developments. As we look forward to our 50th anniversary in 10 years’ time, let us all join hands, heads and hearts, as we set the directions of PMCP and pest management in the country for the next 40 years.

Milestone

1969-1979

  • Formally organized as Pest Control Council of the Philippines, Inc. (1969)
  • Registered to the Security and Exchange Commission (1970)
  • Formally launched during its first national conference in Iloilo City (1970)
  • Membership: PAE, PPS, WSSP, Agricultural Pesticides Institute of the Philippines (APIP) and PCAP
  • Office of the President declared 2nd week of May as Crop Protection Week (1974)
  • Launched the Pest Management Award (1974)
  • Launched the awards in Entomology (Leopoldo B. Uichangco Award), Plant Pathology (Gerardo O. Ocfemia Award) and Weed Science (Marcos R. Vega Award)
  • Launched the Best Paper and Best Poster Awards (1974)
  • Presented the Outstanding Pest Operator Control Award (1989)
  • Launched the Best Undergraduate Thesis Award in Entomology (1979)
  • PAE celebrated its 10th Anniversary
  • PPS celebrated its 10th Anniversary (1973)
  • WSP celebrated its 10th Anniversary (1978)

1980-1989

  • Pest management came into focus
  • IPM declared as national crop protection policy in Philippine Agriculture (1986)
  • Started the farmers’ field school
  • Started the farmers’ fora, panel discussion with farmers
  • PAE celebrated its 20th Anniversary (1982 )
  • PPS celebrated its 20th Anniversary (1983)
  • WSSP celebrated its 20th Anniversary (1988)

1990-1999

  • Started the 5-year theme on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (1990-1994)
  • PCCP changed its name to PMCP (1991)
  • Launched the Best Farmer Award (1993)
  • Started the Best Undergraduate Thesis Award in Plant Pathology (1993) and Weed Science (1994)
  • Conducted the first PMCP Pest Clinic (1994)
  • APIP changed its name to CPAP (1994)
  • PAE celebrated its 30th Anniversary (1992)
  • PPS celebrated its 30th Anniversary (1993)
  • WSSP celebrated its 30th Anniversary (1998)

2000-2009

  • Launched the Outstanding Farmer Award sponsored by Syngenta Phils. (2001)
  • CPAP branched out to form another organization, CropLife (2003)
  • Accepted another organization, Philippines Integrated Crop Management Association, Inc. (PICMA) (2007)
  • Revived Farmers’ fora and pest clinic (2008)
  • Launched the Plant Doctors’ on Board (2008)
  • PAE celebrated its 40th Anniversary (2002)
  • PPS celebrated its 40th Anniversary (2003)
  • WSSP celebrated its 40th Anniversary (2008)

Past PMCP Presidents

Marcos R. Vega (1969-1971)
Renato M. Labadan (1971-1972)
Renato I. Capinpin (1972-1973)
Feliciano B. Calora (1973-1974, 1984-1985,1996-1997)
Dante A. Benigno (1974-1975)
Justo C. Gonzalez Jr. (1975-1976)
Surajit K. De Datta (1976-1977)
Ponciano M. Halos (1977-1978, 1986-1987)
Ceferino A. Baniqued (1978-1979, 1995-1996, 2001-2002)
Romeo L. Dizon (1979-1980)
Edwin D. Magallona (1980-1981)
Romulo G. Davide (1981-1982)
Santiago R. Obien (1982-1983)
Pascual T. Tantengco (1983-1984)
Agustin B. Molina Jr. (1985)
Bonifacio E. Lapade (1985-1986, 1997-1999)
Mateo P. Ferino (1987-1988)
Jose I. Calderon (1988-1989)
Alfredo T. Gonzalez (1989-1990, 1994-1995)
Avelino D. Raymundo (1990-1991)
Augusto C. Sumalde (1991-1992)
Enrique C. Paller (1992-1993)
Felicitos V. Palis (1993-1994)
Jose J. Cruz (1999-2000)
Fernando B. Malveda (2000-2001)
Virginia R. Ocampo (2002-2003)
Joel D. Janiya (2003-2004)
Nenita C. Angeles (2004-2005)
Rodelio F. Macatula (2005-2006, 2008-2009)
Aristeo N. Filipino (2006-2007)
Teodora O. Dizon (2007-2008)
Gil L. Magsino (2009-2010)

Past Achievement Awardees

  • Dely P. Gapasin 1988
  • Mario O. San Juan 1989
  • Benjamin P. Angeles 1990
  • Crop Productivity & Farmers’ Training Center 1991
  • CIBA Geigy Foundation Philippine Rice Research Institute 1992
  • Lydia V. Magnaye 1993
  • National Crop Protection Center, UPLB 1994
  • Ceferino A. Baniqued 1995
  • Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority 1996
  • Plant Pest Clinic, Dept of Plant Pathology, UPLB 1997
  • Jose J. Cruz 1999 Felicitos V. Palis 2000
  • Alfredo T. Gonzalez 2000
  • Fe D. Laysa 2001
  • Henry C. Dupo Sr. 2002
  • Avelino D. Raymundo 2003
  • Dely P. Gapasin 1988
  • Mario O. San Juan 1989
  • Benjamin P. Angeles 1990
  • Crop Productivity & Farmers’ Training Center 1991
  • CIBA Geigy Foundation Philippine Rice Research Institute 1992
  • Lydia V. Magnaye 1993 National Crop Protection Center, UPLB 1994
  • Ceferino A. Baniqued 1995
  • Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority 1996
  • Plant Pest Clinic, Dept of Plant Pathology, UPLB 1997
  • Jose J. Cruz 1999
  • Felicitos V. Palis 2000
  • Alfredo T. Gonzalez 2000
  • Fe D. Laysa 2001
  • Henry C. Dupo Sr. 2002
  • Avelino D. Raymundo 2003