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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2008-11-26 06:54 UTC (estaciojulietafe@gmail.com)
Date of last update
2014-01-02 06:26 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
Familiarity and technical knowledge on the issues concerning the social economic impacts of LMOs, in addition his vast experience in the field of biosafety, having served as the Community Representative of the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) from 2000 to 2008 and of the DOST-Biosafety Committee from 2009 to the present.
Personal Information
Dr. Leonardo Gonzales
One Tepeyac Place, Governor Luis Road, Putho-tuntungin
College, Laguna
Phone:+63 49 5366018,+63 49 536-5535,+63 917 8344802
Fax:+63 49 5366018,+63 49 536-5535
  • Male
  • Filipino
Date of birth
Place of birth
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Type of organization
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Department / Division / Unit
Policy Research on Agribusiness and Agribiotechnology
Start date
Main responsibilities
Supervises all activities of the foundation.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • United States of America
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
2023 K Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006-1002 USA
Start date
Ending date
Type of organization
  • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Main areas of responsibility
Coordinated Food Policy Researches in Southeast Asian countries
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Main areas of responsibility
Coordinated Rice Policy Projects in 5 Asian Countries
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
USAID, World Bank, UN-FAO, ADB
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.S., Education (cum laude)
Name of academic institution
St. Mary's University, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.S., Economics
Name of academic institution
Asian Social Institute, Manila, Philippines
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D., Agricultural Economics
Name of academic institution
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (Fulbright-Hays Scholar
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Agricultural and rural development
  • Biosafety legislation and regulation
  • Socio-economic considerations regarding LMOs
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Breaking New Ground: The Prospects of Enhancing the Corn Sector's Competitiveness Through Biotechnology (2000)
Food Carrying and Income Generating Capacities of the Rice Sector (2002) (Awarded Best Publication by the NAST in July 2007)
Harnessing the Benefits of Biotechnology: The Case of Bt Corn in the Philippines (2005)
List of other publications
Around 180 technical articles related to agricultural policy, feasibility studies, economics of food, agriculture, and agribusiness (file to be sent separately)
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
BS Education, cum laude, St. Mary's University Fulbright-Hays Scholar 1971-1976
Outstanding Alumnus, St. Mary's University, 1982
Outstanding Alumnus, St. Jerome's Academy, 2002
Lifetime Achievement Award, Philippine Agricultural Economics and Development Association, 2003
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society for Agriculture, 1974
Professional memberships
National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines, 1999 to present
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Tagalog
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • Tagalog
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • Tagalog
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • Tagalog
Prof. Fortunato T de la Peña
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
Department of Science and Technology
General Santos Avenue, Bicutan
Taguig City
Philippines, 1630
Phone:+632 837 2071 to 82
Fax:+632 837 2930
Key Professional References
Dr. Emil Q.Javier
National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines
DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City, Philippines
Telephone: +639155633071

Dr. Rolando T. Dy
Dean, College of Management and Executive Director of the Center for Food and Agribusiness
University of Asia and the Pacific Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center,
Pasig City, Philippines
Telephone: +639178223808
Additional Information
Additional Information
Very proactive in monitoring the transcendental effects of biotechnology in the Philippines