Team

Meet the Team

DR. ROLANDO T. DY has been an observer of international agriculture development for over 30 years. He started as an economist at the World Bank and worked on agriculture projects in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand. He has done consulting work for the Asian Development Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Japan Bank for International Cooperation, World Bank, industry associations, private corporations, and government agencies.

Dr. Dy completed a BS in Engineering degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, an MS in Industrial Economics from the Center for Research and Communication, and a Ph.D in Development Management from the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for a course on Economies of Pacific Asia, and the Australian APEC Study Centre for a course on Policy Reforms and Structural Adjustments in Agriculture. He is an alumnus of the IESE Business School International Faculty Program in Spain.

Dr. Dy is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Food and Agri Business (CFA) of the UA&P. He was former Dean of the UA&P’s School of Management for six years. He is currently Vice President of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food, Inc. (PCAFI) and a member of the Management Association of the Philippines. He is Commercial Crops Coordinator of Agriculture-Fisheries 2025.  He was visiting lecturer in agribusiness at PAD Business School in Peru. He is the author of the books Agribusiness and Rural Progress: Actions for Poverty Reduction (2017)Agribusiness and Inclusive Growth: An Expert’s Advocacy (2015), and Food for Thought: How Agribusiness is Feeding the World (2009), and co-author of The Business of Agribusiness: From the Roots to the Fruits (2011), and The Road Less Traveled: Project Development by LGUs for LGUs (2010).

Marie Annete Galvez-Dacul is an Agribusiness Specialist at the UA&P. She conducts research on food and agribusiness and teaches Business Statistics to undergraduate students. Among her consultancies are those with the ASEAN Secretariat, Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program/USAID, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)-Manila, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)-Manila, Shell Philippines Exploration, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), World Bank, Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Sugar Alliance, Sikap /Strive Foundation, and Tuna Canners Association of the Philippines. Prior to joining the UA&P in 1999, she was a research assistant at the College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).  She was also on the faculty of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, UP Visayas. She obtained her MS in Agricultural Economics and BS in Statistics from UPLB and currently finishing her doctorate at the De La Salle University.

Ditas R. Macabasco is an Agribusiness Specialist at the UA&P. She is involved in various research projects in food and agribusiness. Her previous project engagements include those for the USDA, JETRO – Manila, the Italian Trade Commission, GTZ-Manila, USAIDMOST, DA, PCAFI-Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), IBS Consulting, CRC Foundation and SIKAP/STRIVE Foundation. She is a graduate of BS Agricultural Business and MS Agricultural Economics from the UPLB. She is a former instructor at the UPLB’s Department of Agricultural Economics. She worked for projects under USAID Winrock International and UNDP-DENR prior to her stint at the UA&P.

Senen U. Reyes is currently with the UA&P-CFA as a Senior Management Specialist. He has been involved in several research projects for various institutions like the World Bank, USDA-Manila, Italian Trade Commission-Manila, GTZ-Manila, JETRO-Manila, Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF) [Japan], DFAT-Australia, USAIDMOST, Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company, Department of Agriculture, CRC Foundation, SIKAP/STRIVE Foundation, Philippine Sugar Alliance, PCAFI- TESDA, and IBS Consulting.  His fields of experience include project/market analysis, industry/cluster analysis, agri-food business, and supply/value chain. He has written several articles in the Food and Agri Business Monitor and also lectures in public seminars and post-graduate programs. Prior to his stint at the UA&P, he was connected with the National Food Authority (NFA) and occupied various positions such as management and audit analyst, internal auditor, senior management specialist, and information systems analyst. He finished his BS in Agricultural Engineering at UPLB.  While still with the NFA, he was awarded a scholarship under the first batch of the Civil Service Commission-Local Scholarship Program where he earned his Master in Business Administration degree from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Florence Mojica-Sevilla is a Senior Agribusiness Specialist of the UA&P-CFA. She also works as consultant of various projects in her fields of expertise, namely, project/financial analysis, industry/cluster analysis, agri-food business, and supply chain. She has been involved in several research projects for various institutions like the World Bank, FAO, USDA-Manila, Italian Trade Commission-Manila, GTZ-Manila, JETRO-Manila, OECF (Japan), GEM Program/USAID, DFAT (Australia), USAIDMOST, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Sugar Alliance, PCAFI-TESDA, CRC Foundation, SIKAP/STRIVE Foundation, and other private consulting firms. She is a regular contributor to the Food and Agri Business Monitor and also lectures in public seminars and master’s programs in the UA&P.  Ms. Sevilla is currently the Program Director of the Agribusiness Executives’ Program of the UA&P-CFA.  She finished her BS in Agriculture at the Don Severino Agricultural College and her Master’s in Management at UPLB.

Rosalie Bernardino-Miranda is a Senior Researcher at the UA&P-CFA.  She obtained her Master’s degree in Applied Business Economics Major in Food Systems Management from UA&P.

Joy Kristel L. Orzales is a Research Assistant at the UA&P-CFA.  She is the Managing Editor of the Food and Agri Business Monitor, a monthly magazine of CFA-UA&P.  She assists the senior staff in data gathering, analysis, and report writing.  She spearheads the planning and marketing of publication, briefings and seminars of the unit.  She obtained her BS in Social Sciences (Major in Economics) from UP Baguio.  She is currently taking her Masters at the Central Luzon State University.

Tricia Joy F. Arroyo is a Research Assistant at the UA&P-CFA.  She assists the senior staff in data gathering and report writing of reports.  She also assists in the marketing of publication, briefings, and seminars.  She obtained her BA in Economics from UA&P.

Natacia Ann I. Esguerra is an Administrative Assistant in UA&P-CFA.  Ms. Esguerra assists the Executive Director and other senior staff with their administrative needs.  She also assists in marketing and planning of conferences.  She obtained her AB in Mass Communications from St. Joseph College of Quezon City.