College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS)

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES VISAYAS
COLLEGE OF FISHERIES AND OCEAN SCIENCES

UPV-CFOS’s algal paste receives DOST ‘Science for the People’ award

Juan Algal Paste, a microalgae paste developed by the University of the Philippines Visayas College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (UPV-CFOS), Institute of Aquaculture, received the Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the latter’s Gabi ng Parangal at Pasasalamat in celebration of its 64th anniversary held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City last June 13, 2022.

Ms. Soledad S. Garibay, chief executive officer of Algacon Aquafeeds Manufacturing (AAM), accepted the “Science for the People” award for the Technology Commercialization category from DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña. AAM is the first Research and Development Spin-off company that manufactures local algal paste.

DOST accorded Juan Algal Paste the award for “its outstanding contribution in advancing Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) in the country for the sustained economic progress of the Filipino people.”

The algal paste is an innovative and cost-effective steady supply of natural feed in hatcheries that Garibay, a researcher from the Institute of Aquaculture, UPV-CFOS, developed from different algal species.

Garibay expressed her gratitude to all those who supported their technology.

“Thank you, Lord, for this great blessing. Juan Algae is truly for the Filipino people,” Garibay stated.

The product, Juan Algae, is now available in the market.

The Science for the People Award recognizes the valuable contribution of DOST’s partners from various sectors in the advancement of science, technology, and innovation in the country. (Ms. Lenilyn Basco-Gallos; with sources from Ms. Soledad S. Garibay)

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