On April 29, 2019, the Deputy Chief of Mission-Embassy of Israel in the Philippines, Ms. Yulia Rachinsky-Spivakov visited the Universidad de Manila and had a courtesy call with the University President, Atty. Ernesto P. Maceda, Jr. and met with several department heads of the university to discuss a possible tie up project involving urban hydroponics. Along with Ms. Rachinsky-Spivakov were representatives from Netaphils, Inc. who is the exclusive distributor of Netafim, Ltd., the pioneer and one of the biggest drip irrigation companies in the world.