The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) welcomes its new Director, Dr. Salvador P. Catelo, a professor from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (DAAE). Led by CEM Dean and former ICOPED Director Isabelita M. Pabuayon, a turnover and welcome ceremony was held on September 4, 2017 at the ICOPED Buidling. Gracing the occasion were former Director Zenaida M. Sumalde, all faculty and staff, a number of retirees and graduate students of the Institute.
Dr. Catelo has a doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from Kyoto University and MS and BS degrees in Agricultural Economics from UPLB. His fields of specialization and research interests include policy and development, global food systems and value chains, and impact analysis of agricultural projects. For 35 years, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in agricultural economics which include Economic Analysis and Planning of Agricultural Projects, Agriculture and Economic Development, Agricultural Policy, Farm Management, and Production Economics, among others.
Prior to being ICOPED's Director, Dr. Catelo occupied a number of key positions. He was a former dean of CEM and chair of DAAE and a visiting professor at the Faculty of International Agriculture and Food Studies of Tokyo University of Agriculture and at the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University. At present, he serves as Chair of the Technical Committee on Policy Research of the Department of Agriculture’s Biotech Program.
Director Catelo envisions ICOPED to continuously serve the cooperatives, associations and other organizations in bio-enterprise development through relevant and responsive curriculum, training programs and researches. He also hopes for ICOPED to establish strong linkages in both local and international arenas. AM Quilloy