June 25 marks the re-organization of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR): a Center of Excellence in forestry education. CFNR is home to distinguished UP Scientists and administrators; a producer of top-caliber graduates of BS Forestry, and top passers of the Forestry Licensure Examination. The College is made up of a scientific community promoting advanced research in forestry and related fields, provides public service to various stakeholders, and proud steward of the legendary Mount Makiling Forest Reserve. In its 23rd year of re-organization, CFNR continues to steadfastly soar high in its vision of being a world-class leader in the education, science, and responsible management of tropical forests, natural resources, and the environment.
CFNR’s 23rd year is highlighted with the new leadership under Dean Marlo D. Mendoza. New appointees include Dr. Analyn L. Codilan as Associate Dean, Dr. Rosalie C. Mendoza as College Secretary, and Dr. Tomas D. Reyes, Jr. as head of the Office of the Coordinator for Research, Extension, and Linkages (OCREL). Likewise, a line-up of unit heads includes Dr. Vida Q. Carandang, Director of the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR); Dr. Lerma S. Maldia, Chair of the Forest Biological Sciences (FBS); Dr. Rose Jane J. Peras, Chair of the Social Forestry and Forest Governance (SFFG); Dr. Aileen A. Jara, Chair of the Forest Products and Paper Sciences (FPPS); Ms. Andriette S. Valdez as the College Librarian; Dr. Jose Nestor M. Garcia, Director of the Institute of Agroforestry (IAF); Dr. Pricilla C. Dolom, Director of the Forestry Development Center (FDC); Dr. Roberto G. Visco, Director of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME); and, Dr. Dixon T. Gevana, Director of the Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES).
CFNR was re-organized on June 25, 1998, as approved by the UP Board of Regents. Such re-organization gave way for the renaming of the College of Forestry to CFNR; creation of OCREL, IRNR, TREES, and MCME; elevation of the UPLB Agroforestry Program into IAF; and the renaming of the Department of Social Forestry to SFFG and Wood Science and Technology to FPPS.