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.