Japanese Government Awards Filipina Researcher with Japan International Award 2009 for Young Agricultural Researchers

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The Philippine Embassy congratulates Dr. Ma. Junemie Hazel Leonida Lebata-Ramos, a researcher for the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) located at Tigbanua, Iloilo, Philippines, as one of the awardees of the Japan International Award 2009 for Young Agricultural Researchers, given on 4 November 2009 by the Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).

Dr. Leonida-Ramos was conferred this Commendation Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development of technologies for the mitigation of food and environmental problems through her research work entitled, “Stock Enhancement of commercially important and threatened marine invertebrates in tropical areas”.

Minister Jamoralin of the Embassy, who represented Ambassador Siazon during the award ceremony, noted that “the award bestowed on Dr. Lebata-Ramos is a reaffirmation of her achievement in fisheries and marine research that serves to promote food productivity, food security and environmental and marine conservation. Her winning this prestigious award will help inspire more researchers to follow her path.”

Dr. Lebata-Ramos is currently the Program Leader in the Aquatic Ecology Program at SEAFDEC. The organization provides sustainable fisheries development in the region on various activities such as fisheries and aquaculture technologies and practices, post-harvest technology, international and intra-regional fish trade, fisheries management concepts and approaches, policy and advisory services, and addressing international fisheries issues.

The Award is given annually to deserving Agricultural Researchers by the Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).