- Written by Anna Lalaine L. Olivar
- Published: 08 August 2019
Photo Courtesy of Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR)
William Dollente Dar, a farmer’s son, was born in 1953 in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur. First and foremost a horticulturist, he has received his doctoral degree from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB). After his stint at the faculty of the Benguet State University (BSU) in the northern Philippines, he became the first director of the Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in 1988. This was a period when the Philippines started to invest much in building a national system of advanced agricultural research institutes, such as the Philippine Rice Research Institute ( PhilRice). He was also designated director of the Philippine Council for Agricultural Research and Rural Development in (PCAARD) in 1994.