About PSFS

About PSFS

The Philippine Society for Freshwater Science is an organization conceptualized during the 1st Philippine Symposium on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystems (PSFBE) held last June 7-10, 2016 at the University of Santo Tomas. The organization was then launched during the 2nd PSFBE held last December 11-14, 2018 at the Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines – Diliman.
The objectives of PSFS are the following:
  • Promotion of scientific knowledge in freshwater science or related fields through workshops, symposia, training, reports, and publications
  • Stimulation of scientific investigations and advancements in the frontiers of freshwater sciences and allied fields
  • Contribution to the development of education in Freshwater Science
  • Recognition and accreditation of members in different specialized fields of freshwater science

The logo

The water-drop-shaped logo symbolizes the importance of water itself to humanity and nature. This is outlined by the Philippine archipelago enclosed by an illustration of a flowing water (lotic) ecosystem. The two distinct dark blue-colored shapes that rest upon the base of the water drop represents groundwater and standing water (lentic) ecosystems, respectively. The light-colored line on top of these two illustrations represents available fresh water to be utilized in sustenance of life. Together, these signify the entire freshwater ecosystems in which the Filipino society must sustainably utilize and continually protect.

Interim Officers

Francis S. Magbanua, Ph.D.
Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman

Vice President
Rey Donne S. Papa, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, College of Science
University of Santo Tomas

Corresponding Secretary
Teresita R. Perez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University

Recording Secretary
John Claude Renan Salluta, M.Sc.
Ph.D. Student, University of Yamanashi, Japan

Jhaydee Ann Pascual, M.Sc.
Museum Curator I, National Museum of the Philippines

Assistant Treasurer
Justine de Leon, M.Sc.
Instructor, College of Science, University of Santo Tomas

Business Manager
Shenna Kate Torres, M.Sc.
Instructor, University of the Philippines Diliman

Ma. Vivian C. Camacho, Ph.D.
Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Public Relations Officer
Milette U. Mendoza-Pascual, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila University

Liaison Officer
Eric Zeus Rizo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas

Division Heads

Systematics and Evolution
Jonas Quilang, Ph.D.
Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman

Conservation and Management
Adelina S. Borja, M.Sc.
Chair, Southeast Asian Limnological Network (SEALNet)

Invasive Species
Adelaida Palma, DFT
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture
Ma. Lourdes C. Aralar, Ph.D.
Researcher (ret.), Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)

Physical Limnology
Augustus C. Mamaril, M.Sc.
Professor (ret.), University of the Philippines Diliman

Freshwater Ecology
Daniel Edison Husana, Ph.D.
Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Special Awardees

PSFBE 2016

Prof. Augustus C. Mamaril, M.Sc.
Freshwater Taxonomist Award (Zooplankton)

Prof. Roberto C. Pagulayan, Ph.D.
Freshwater Biology Mentor Award

Prof. Emeritus Macrina T. Zafaralla, Ph.D.
Community Engagement and Environmental Awareness Award

Adelina C. Santos-Borja, M.Sc.
Environmental Science and Management Award

Acad. Prof. Rafael D. Guerrero III, Ph.D.
Public Service Award

Prof. Ruben C. Umaly, Ph.D.
Special Award

Maria Lourdes Cuvin-Aralar, Dr.sc.agr.
Special Award

PSFBE 2018

Milagrosa R. Martinez-Goss, Ph.D
Freshwater Taxonomist Award (Phytoplankton)

Alejandro Enriquez Santiago, M.A.
Public Service Award

Teresita Ramos Perez, Ph.D.
Freshwater Biology Mentor Award

Adelaida L. Palma , D.F.T. (Ret.)
Environmental Science Management Award

Victor Salcedo Soliman, Ph.D.
Freshwater Conservation Award

PSFBE 2022

Hendrik Freitag, Dr. rer. nat.
Freshwater Taxonomist Award

Carlito Barril, Ph.D.
Freshwater Science Mentor Award

Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation, Inc. (FSLS)
Community Engagement and Environmental Awareness Award

Carmelita Hansel, Ph.D.
Environmental Science and Management Award

Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA)
Public Service Award

Samahan ng mga Kababaihan at Bangkera ng Lawa ng Pandin
Special Award

Mr. Mandy Mariño
Special Award

National Research Council of the Philippines
Special Award