Dr. Antonio Payonga is a faculty of the BU College of Agriculture and Forestry with expertise on Agronomy (Crop Production and Management) and Agroforestry. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). He is currently handling research projects in coordination with DA-BAR, PCAARRD and UPLB. He also acts as a Technical Consultant to different agencies with endeavors in upland farming systems, organic farming and seed technology. His appointment as ESC Director began on April 24, 2015 under the leadership of President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas.