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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
100176
Status
Published
Date of creation
2008-11-26 06:54 UTC (estaciojulietafe@gmail.com)
Date of last update
2014-01-02 06:39 UTC (purisima78@yahoo.com)
Date of publication
2014-01-10 19:09 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Philippines
Profile of the Expert
Ms. Merle B. Palacpac is the Officer-in-charge (Chief) of the Philippine Plant Quarantine Service that implements the country's plant quarantine law, rules and regulations, and activities related to the implementation of phytosanitary measures. She acts as the representative of the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Science and Technology-Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC) which regulates experiment of genetically modified organisms under contained use. From 1989 to 2013, she was Chief of the Post Entry Quarantine Station of the Bureau of Plant Industry. Since then, she has been involved in formulation of policies, guidelines, and protocols related to plant quarantine and biotechnology regulation.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Ms. Merle Palacpac
Post Entry Quarantine Station,Economic Garden
Los Baños, Laguna
Philippines
Phone:+63 49 5361678
Email:merle.palacpac@gmail.com
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Filipino
Date of birth
1958-06-18
Place of birth
Manila
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture
Acronym
DA
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Plant Quarantive Service, Bureau of Plant Industry
Start date
1979-11-19
Main responsibilities
    * Responsible for the implementation of the post-entry quarantine activities i.e. post-entry quarantine inspection, evaluation, and monitoring of imported plants/planting materials in public and private laboratories, farms and nurseries' phytosanitary certification of plant materials for export; laboratory analysis of imported materials and those intended for export.

    * Involved in the formulation of policies, guidelines and protocols related to plant quarantine and biotechnology.


    * Heads the biotechnology group in monitoring the introduction, movement, and field releases of genetically modified organisms.

    * Acts as representative of the Department of Agriculture in the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP).

    * Formulates and prepares proposals and plans for quarantine activities

    * Conducts pest risk analysis (PRA) of materials to be imported.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Philippines
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Plant Industry
Acronym
DA-BPI
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
    * Phytosanitary certification of plants/plant materials/plant products  for export

    * Evaluation analysis of imported plants/plant materials/plant products

    * Recommend treatment of these materials whenever necessary

Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Plant Industry
Acronym
DA-BPI
Main areas of responsibility
    * Supervised and conducted laboratory tests (routine seed health testing, visual inspection, nematology and virus testing) of incoming and outgoing plants/plant materials

    * Conducted pest risk analysis of materials to be imported from other countries

    * Conducted inspection of containment facilities, laboratories and greenhouse required before approval of importations.

Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Plant Industry
Acronym
DA-BPI
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Conducted laboratory analysis inspection and treatment of outgoing and incoming plant/plant materials


Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B. S. Biology (Zoology) 
Name of academic institution
University of the Philippines at Los Baños,  College, Laguna
Start date
1975-06-01
Ending date
1979-10-31
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M. S. Plant Pathology (Virology) 
Name of academic institution
University of the Philippines at Los Baños,  College, Laguna
Start date
1979-10-31
Ending date
1985-04-30
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Biosafety legislation and regulation
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Member and Official Alternate Representative of the Department of Agriculture to the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Tagalog
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • Tagalog
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • Tagalog
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • Tagalog
/A
References
References
Dr. Clarito Barron
Director
Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)
692 San Andres St. Malate
Manila
Philippines
Phone:(632) 5257909; (632) 5219135
Fax:(632) 5217650
Email:buplant@yahoo.com; litobarron@yahoo.com
Key Professional References
Dr. Flerida Cariño
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Dr. Luis Rey Velasco
University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Department of Entomology
Dr. Rogelio Panlasigui