The National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) recognized employees, divisions, and centers for their outstanding achievements during its Year-End Assessment and Employee Recognition held on December 22, 2021.

One of the recognitions was the conferment to Scientist I rank of Dr. Casiano H. Choresca Jr. and Dr. Maria Theresa M. Mutia by the Scientific Career System. Also recognized were papers on: 1) “Efficacy of tilapia oral vaccine coupled with nanocomposite biomaterial as carrier for vaccine delivery” by Dr. Mary Nia M. Santos — outstanding poster during the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20; and 2) “Assessment of Philippines’ Seafood Products for Export using DNA Barcoding” by Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, Ms. Jennifer A. Poniente, Ms. Minerva Fatimae S. Ventolero, and Ms. Jade Tiffany S. Rey — third place during the 48th Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) Annual Convention Poster Presentations.

For the group award, the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) was given the Innovation and Creativity Award for its Interactive Atlas Web Application and the Outstanding Accomplishment Award. 

Meanwhile, the Freshwater Fisheries Research and Development Center was awarded as the Best Performing Center, and the Accounting Section was given a special award for the Unqualified Audit Opinion Rating by the Commission on Audit.

Dr. Casiano H. Choresca Jr. and his team of researchers were given the Technology Breakthrough Award for breeding of mudfish and climbing perch. In addition, the Aquaculture Research and Development Division and the three Research Stations/Centers were awarded the Fund Outsourcing Excellence Award. 

For the New Initiatives with High Impact Award, the Fisheries Postharvest Research and Development Division was recognized for the Sardinella Lemuru Project, and the Capture Fisheries Research and Development Division for the exploratory research in the West Philippine Sea. 

Moreover, Finance and Administrative Division, Planning Policy and Information Division, and Training Division were acknowledged for their support to the operations of the Institute.

The Most Active Committee Award was given to the Bids and Awards Committee and the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board.

For individual award, the Best in Flag Ceremony Attendance Award were given to Ms. Jean B. Sibongga and 

Ms. Gilda Joannah A. Calderon. Mr. Leo Christian A. Salazar was also recognized for passing the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination in October 2021.

The Model Contract of Service (COS) Employee Award was also given to the COS employee per division and center for their ability, availability, and attitude. The awardees were: 

  • Mr. John Paul A. Cayme (FAD), 
  • Mr. Edwin C. Rodriguez (PPID), 
  • Ms. Lea Mae S. Dela Cruz (TD), 
  • Ms. Irish Mae B. Siaotong (ARDD),
  • Mr. Nicko Amor L. Flores (CFRDD),  
  • Ms. Charlotte Ann M. Ramos (FPHRDD), 
  • Ms. Margielyn J. Muñez (FFRDC), 
  • Ms. Michelle Jane Anne S. Suico (BFRDC), 
  • Mr. Michael S. Gayoso (MFRDC), 
  • Ms. Azalea H. Combatir (FBC).

Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her continuous support to NFRDI in achieving its goals and targets for the benefits of fisherfolk and fishery industry through research for development; while Commission on Audit (COA) Resident Auditor Ms. Cynthia N. Nasayao and her team were recognized for their untiring support and guidance in promoting good stewardship in handling public funds. (ICAzares)

Dr. Maria Theresa Mutia is the center chief of NFRDI-FFRDC. Her research works focused on the conservation management of Sardinella Tawilis, the only freshwater sardine in the world found in Taal Lake. Dr. Mutia also led the team that developed the induced breeding protocol of Caranx Ignobilis, commonly known as Maliputo.
Dr. Casiano Choresca, Jr. is a Senior Science Research Specialist of NFRDI and an advocate of promoting aquaculture and fisheries biotechnology. His major works include the molecular detection of the emerging aquatic viruses, specifically on the Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) and other emerging bacterial pathogens in Tilapia and other freshwater and marine fish in the Philippines.