SEAFDEC scientists garner national recognition

Three scientists based at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) in Tigbauan, Iloilo were recently recognized in the national scene for their impressive track records in their fields.

Outstanding Professional of the Year

jdt award Dr. Joebert Toledo, marine fish scientist of SEAFDEC/AQD, was awarded as Outstanding Professional of the Year (Fisheries Technologist) by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last June 19 at the Manila Hotel.

A “nationally and internationally renowned consultant in aquaculture,” Dr. Toledo was cited by PRC for amply demonstrating “professional competence of the highest degree” and for his “significant contribution to the advancement of the profession by sharing his expertise and knowledge in various local and international trainings and extension activities.”

Dr. Toledo was previously recognized by the Philippine Fisheries Association as Outstanding Fisheries Professional “Gawad Pangisdaan Award” in 2003.

University of the Philippines Distinguished Alumni

primavera007 Also, Dr. Jurgenne Primavera, scientist emerita of SEAFDEC/AQD, was honored by the University of the Philippines (UP) Alumni Association as one of its Distinguished Alumni Awardee for Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development at its Annual Homecoming held last 20 June 2009 at the Bahay ng Alumni at the UP Diliman Campus.

Dr. Primavera was cited for being “one of the Heroes of the Environment by Time Magazine, a scientist, a researcher, a tireless champion of replacing unsustainable aquaculture practices with sustainable one, for which she was given international recognition.”

Also named as one of the women of science in 2008 by the Department of Science and Technology, Dr. Primavera retired from SEAFDEC in 2006 but continues to hold office there for her projects under the Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, regarded as the world’s preeminent award for marine conservation.

Diplomate of Philippine Academy of Microbiology

pakingking007 Dr. Rolando Pakingking Jr, a fish health scientist at SEAFDEC/AQD, was conferred as Diplomate of the Philippine Academy of Microbiology (PAM) during the 38th Annual convention and scientific meeting of the Philippine Society for Microbiology Inc. last May 14-15 at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Manila.

PAM diplomates are chosen for their exceptional track record in the academe or industry. They are practitioners of microbiology who are enterprising and creative in initiating and advancing microbiology-based endeavors. Included in these ranks are distinguished educators and researchers on basic and applied microbiology and related fields.

SEAFDEC is an intergovernmental treaty organization mandated to promote sustainable fisheries development in Southeast Asia. Its four departments are based in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The Aquaculture Department with its main station in Tigbauan, Iloilo is celebrating its 36th anniversary this July. More information is available in its website at

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