Dr. Libertado C. Cruz, executive director Â of the Â Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), Â was cited as the 2013 lecture-honoree Â during the 50th scientific seminar and annual convention of the Philippine Society of Animal Scientists (PSAS) held on October 22-25 in Tagaytay City, Cavite.
His significant contributions to the Philippine animal industry, including his advocacy on the use of biotechnology in veterinary and animal science as well as his more than two decades of heading the PCC, made him a unanimous choice for the honors, PSAS stated. Four other PCC staff were also cited during the gathering, which coincided with the golden anniversary of PSAS.
Dr. Eufrocina Atabay, head of PCCâ€™s Reproductive Biotechnology Unit of PCC, was bestowed the PSAS Â Bounty Agro-Venture, Inc. Distinguished Researcher in Veterinary Science Award in recognition of â€śher outstanding and original studies that led to the creation of innovative technologies in the field of veterinary and animal science.â€ť
Meanwhile, Jose Canaria, senior science research specialist stationed at PCC at the University of the Philippines â€“ Los BaĂ±os (UPLB), was hailed as PSAS-Equalivet, Inc. Outstanding Professional in Â Veterinary/Animal Science Extension. As an extensionist, Canaria helped organize and assist various farmersâ€™ organizations. He also conducted numerous trainings, workshops and seminars for the benefit of farmers.
Dr. Prudencio Pedro of PCCâ€™s Repro-Biotech Unit and Catherine Dabalos of PCC at Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) were bestowed the â€śBest Paperâ€ť award for their respective researches.
Pedroâ€™s paper titled â€śBuffalo and Bovine Embryo Development from In-Vitro Matured Oocytes derived Â from Slaughterhouse through Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Techniqueâ€ť was adjudged best paper under the biotechnology category. His paper merited him the same award during the PCCâ€™s annual in house review held in May.
Dabalosâ€™ study titled â€śReducing Calf Morbidity and Mortality through Improved Housing Management and Early Introduction of Concentrates and Forage Grassesâ€ť shared the stellar award as the best paper in the applied research category.
Held annually, this yearâ€™s PSAS scientific gathering included a series of lectures and scientific seminars featuring topics that focused on developments in animal and veterinary science. It also highlighted the presentation of honors and citations to the organizationâ€™s deserving members in recognition of their outstanding contributions whether in the academe, research and extension, and in the animal industry as a whole.