In response to the challenge posted by climate change, Project SARAI, funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was launched in November 2013. SARAI which stands for Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry (SARAI) consists of five component projects. One of the main components of the Project SARAI is Project 1. Model Development and Crop Forecasting , is based at INSTAT, with Dr. Felino P. Lansigan as Project Leader. The project aims to construct crop models using processed based and/or empirical models for six major crops namely: rice, corn, coconut, banana and coffee/cacao. These models will be used to provide timely crop advisories to farmers and other agricultural stakeholders. INSTAT Director Dr. CE Reaño serves as Commodity Leader for Coconut in Projects 1 and 2 of SARAI.
Launched last 29 August 2014 in Diliman, Quezon City, the book “Changing Philippine Climate: Impacts on Agriculture and Natural Resources” bagged the 2015 Outstanding Book Award given by the Department of Science and Technology- National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST).
The Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) held its annual BS Statistics Curriculum and GE Orientation for freshmen students last September 29, 2015 at the INSTAT Lecture Hall, organized by the instruction committee headed by Prof. James Roldan S. Reyes. The goal of the said activity was to familiarize new freshmen students to their BS Statistics curriculum and to advise them on how to graduate with minimal amount of time. The activity included discussions of BS STAT curriculum, RGEP courses and Systemone.
Last 17 February 2015, the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) faculty and staff submitted a letter to the Office of the Chancellor expressing their intent to conduct an internal search or self-determination process in choosing the new INSTAT director.