Dr. Tereso A. Abella, director of the Freshwater Aquaculture Center, was cited as Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Fishery during the awards night highlighting the 34th year celebration of the Professional Regulation Commission at the Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Philippines Plaza, in Manila, last June 22.
Dr. Abella who was among 42 outstanding professionals honored for their valuable contributions to the advancement of their respective fields of specializations received a plaque of recognition.
An accomplished scientist and researcher in the field of fish genetics and aquaculture, Dr. Abella has contributed significantly in the generation of relevant technologies in freshwater aquaculture, specifically on genetically improved tilapia such as FAST (FAC Selected Tilapia), GIFT (Genetically Improved Farm Tilapia) and YY-Male Tilapia Technology.
He also served as dean of the College of Fisheries from 1994 to 2000 that led to the recognition of the college as a Center of Excellence on Fisheries Education in the Philippines by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED). He likewise served as chairman of the CHED Technical Committee for Fisheries.
The awards night was graced by the PRC Chairman, Leonor Tripon-Rosero and Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo D. Brion who was the guest of honor.
The event was attended by the chairman of the various professional regulatory boards, and the presidents of the Accredited Professional Organizations of the Philippines, the Federation of Professional Association, Inc., the Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Boards, Inc. and the Foundation for Outstanding Professionals, Inc.