By Development Communication Section
Dan D. Baliao has been appointed to head the Aquaculture Department (AQD) of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) based in Tigbauan, Iloilo effective 7 September 2017 to serve a two-year term.
A former researcher and aquaculture specialist at AQD, Baliao was endorsed by the Philippine Department of Agriculture which was nominated by President Rodrigo Duterte to the SEAFDEC Council. His nomination was then approved by majority of the Council Directors consisting of representatives from SEAFDEC member countries.
Baliao, has previously headed AQD’s Technology Verification & Commercialization Division, Administrative & Finance Division, Dumangas Brackishwater Station, and the former Leganes Research Station. He has published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and authored numerous aquaculture extension manuals covering commodities such as milkfish, black tiger shrimp, white shrimp, freshwater prawn, grouper, mud crab, and tilapia.
He has also previously served as International Consultant of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and served in assignments to Myanmar, Palau, Timor Leste, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and the Philippines.
Baliao obtained his MSc in Fisheries (major in Aquaculture) from the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1978 and his BSc in Biological Sciences from UP Iloilo in 1974.
SEAFDEC is a regional treaty organization established in 1967 to promote fisheries development in Southeast Asia. Member countries include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. AQD, one of SEAFDEC’s five departments, is dedicated to aquaculture research and development.