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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

published: 26 Nov 2008 last updated: 02 Jan 2014
General information
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.
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- Person: Ms. Merle Palacpac | BCH-CON-PH-254383-4
Person
Ms. Merle Palacpac
Post Entry Quarantine Station,Economic Garden
Los Baños, Laguna
, Philippines
Phone: +63 49 5361678,
Fax:
Website:
1958
  • Filipino
Details of current employment
Department of Agriculture (DA)
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Government agency (National/Federal)
Plant Quarantive Service, Bureau of Plant Industry
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1979-11-19-01
Government agency (National/Federal)
* 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.
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Employment history
  • Philippines
Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI)
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Plant Quarantine Service
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Government agency (National/Federal)
* 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
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Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
B. S. Biology (Zoology)
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University of the Philippines at Los Baños, College, Laguna
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1975-06-01-01
1979-10-31-01
Second Degree
M. S. Plant Pathology (Virology)
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University of the Philippines at Los Baños, College, Laguna
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1979-10-31-01
1985-04-30-01
Areas of expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Biosafety legislation and regulation
Language proficiency
  • Tagalog (Tagalog)
Language Level
English excellent
Tagalog excellent
Any other relevant information
Nomination Type
Roster of Experts Open-ended Online Expert Forum on RA&RM
Birth Place
Manila
Relevant Awards

Member and Official Alternate Representative of the Department of Agriculture to the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines
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