Dr. Jose Edgardo Aban holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Remote Sensing from Chiba University, Japan, and University of the Philippines, respectively, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the latter university. He is a strong advocate of self-sufficiency through education in satellite development among ASEAN, and has initiated a number of campaigns in the Philippines for its own local satellite development and applications. Dr. Aban is a seasoned research manager, having served for many years at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines. Prior to joining UBD, he also served as Project Manager of the GIS-based project dubbed, “Communication and Information Systems for the Control of Avian Influenza (CISCAI) of the ASEAN Foundation. His research interests are quite varied ranging from land use/cover change analysis; global change analysis; ecosystems change research; applications of non-parametric methods for global change analysis and modeling (power and singular spectrum analysis of multi-temporal datasets) using satellite data (e.g. NDVI) and climatic data; development of pre-processing algorithms for noise reduction in satellite images; phenological change analysis and its relationship with changes floral and faunal populations; and climate change impacts (sea-level rise scenarios) modeling with the use of digital elevation modeling (DEM); climatic oscillations (e.g. ENSO, PDO).

Sex: Male


  • Chiba University - Japan, Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, Japan, Doctor of Philosophy in Remote Sensing, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, 2004
    University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Master of Science in Remote Sensing, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, 1997
    University of the Philippines, College of Arts and Sciences, P. Faura, Ermita, Manila, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1988

Field of Specialization

Remote Sensing, Biology, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, Global Environmental Change, Ecosystems Change Research, Watershed and Climate Change Impacts, GIS, Climatic Oscillations

Dr. Lucille V. Abad is a radiation chemist, specializing in radiation chemistry and processing of polymers. She has been a lead country and national project coordinator of IAEA regional projects on subjects related to radiation crosslinking, degradation and grafting of polymers for health, agricultural and industrial applications. She also undertakes researches on radiation processing, as program or project leader, within the country. She is a Career Scientist, currently heads the Chemistry Research Section, and the Officer-in-charge of the Atomic Research Division of the PNRI.

Sex: Female


University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Master of Science in Chemistry, 1993

Field of Specialization:

Nuclear Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Polymer Processing, Biopolymers, Plastics, Crosslinking, Polymer Technology, Natural Fibers, Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), Carbohydrate Polymers, Grafting, Bioplastics, Gelation, Thermal Properties, Biodegradable Polymers, Material Characterization, Mechanical Properties, Thin Films and Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Polymeric Materials, Polymerization, Thermal Analysis, Polymer Synthesis, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetry (TGA), Polymeric Biomaterials, Optimization in Formulation Development

One of the grantees of the Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) award for 2011 is Dr. Nathaniel C. Anasco in recognition of his important contributions in determining the presence, distribution, and effects of agricultural pesticides, ballast water treatment chemicals, spilled oil, and other marine pollutants on the coastal ecosystems which are important factors in the effective integrated management system of the Philippines coastal zones, since our country, being archipelagic in nature, and has large areas of rice paddy fields and aquaculture farms located near the sea. The said award is given to deserving young individuals not more than 40 years old (in the year of the award) who has made outstanding contributions to science and technology. Dr. Anasco research interests include marine pollution and ecotoxiclogy, water quality, marine chemistry, and fisheries biology. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College in the course B.S. Biology in 1991, Dr. Anasco obtained his M.S. in Fisheries at the UP Visayas, Miag-ao campus. He got a scholarship grant from the Japan Ministry of Education in 2004 and eventually earned degrees in M.S. in Fisheries Science and Technology and the Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries Sciences at Kagoshima University in 2007 and 2010, respectively. His studies aimed at studying the impacts of environmental pollutants to marine habitats and fishery resources in Philippine coastal waters. His technical expertise in the assessment and monitoring of water quality, extent of marine pollution, and marine productivity in the country’s important fishing grounds are significant contributions to both fisheries and environmental sciences. He performs laboratory exposure experiments involving marine bivalves. He conducts the uptake and elimination of agricultural pesticides which will be examined using water and food-borne sources to determine bioaccumulation potential of pollutants and to know their sub-lethal toxicities. He has published important papers on the biology of non-target fishery catch such as puffer fishes that can be utilized in the future as food, fish meal, and sources of industrial chemicals. Dr. Anasco works on the toxicology of biotoxins and natural products from marine organisms in the coastal waters of Western Visayas as possible sources of selective and non-persistent pesticides. He just recently initiated the establishment of the Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology (MPE) Laboratory at UP Visayas. Dr. Anasco is newly-conferred UP Diamond Jubilee Professorial Chair in Fisheries Science from the University of the Philippines. He won Best Paper Presenter award from UP Visayas (2003) and the Director’s Award from the Bureau of Agricultural Research, Department of Agriculture (2002). He is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas. He continues to participate in international and local scientific meetings to present his activities and results.

Sex: Male


University of the Philippines Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo, Master of Science in Fisheries, 1993
Kagoshima University, Japan, Master of Science in Fisheries Science and Technology, 2007
Kagoshima University, Japan, Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries Science, 2010
University of the Philippines Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1991

Field of Specialization

Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology, Marine Chemistry, Fisheries Biology, Water Quality, Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Bioaccumulation

Sex: Male


Aspects of Social Capital in the Philippines: Results from a National Survey, forthcoming as an SWS Occasional Paper (Social Weather Stations 2006) and in the Philippine Sociological Review.

Acting Lessons from Rolando and Ella, in Love of Acting, edited by Anna Valdes-Lim. 

A Short Introduction to Sociology for Filipino Students, a textbook on sociology for college students. 

(2005) The Fetish for Grades, Lessons, Makati: NOTED and Metrobank Foundation (2005).

Abad, R.G., (2004) The Asian Face of Globalization: Reconstructing Identities, Institutions, and Resources
Kuala Lumpur: IKMAS and the Nippon Foundation


  • Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Professorial Chair, Ateneo de Manila University, 2004-2005
    Frank Lynch Professorial Chair, Ateneo de Manila University, 2005-2006


Sex: Male

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (Microbial Oceanography), Universite Laval
  • Master of Science in Marine Science (Marine Biotechnology), University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (Marine Microbial Ecology), University of the Philippines Baguio

Field of Specialization
Microbial Ecology
Environmental Microbiology
Microbial Diversity
Phytoplankton Ecology
Community Structure
Applied Microbiology