Yap is new CFOS Dean

Prof. Encarnacion Emilia Santos-Yap is taking the lead of the flagship college of UP Visayas (UPV), the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS).

The UP Board of Regents (BOR) confirmed Yap’s appointment as the 12th Dean of CFOS on January 26, 2018. Yap’s appointment as the Dean of CFOS is from Nov.10, 2017 to Nov. 9, 2020.

Prof. Yap is an administrator, a teacher, a researcher and a public servant all rolled into one. She has most recently served for six years as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) of UPV. She also held appointment as Assistant to the VCAA, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, College Secretary, Academic Affairs Coordinator, Student Relations Officer and Faculty-in-Charge of IFPT Pilot Plant and Special Projects of CFOS.

A Professor in Fisheries Science and Post Harvest Specialist of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology (IFPT), CFOS, Prof. Yap’s teaching and research interests include Fish Post-Harvest and Marketing, Molecular Biology/Fish Chemistry, Product Quality Systems and Product Development. She has conducted 16 research projects from 1989 to 2016. She authored 39 scientific/technical publications. She was the National Team Leader, National Fisheries Post-Harvest and Marketing RD&E Sub-Network, Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agricultural Research, Manila (December 1, 2003 – December 2007). She was an Exchange Scientist at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History, Kitakyushu, Japan under the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core University Program-UP Visayas-Kagoshima University (September-November 2006; October-November 2005, and October-November 2004).

Moreover, Yap was a researcher at the Centre for Fisheries and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia (January 2000-December 2001) and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Marine Fisheries Research Department, Singapore (April-July 1992).

She is currently the project leader on a research project on “Value Chain Analysis of the Sardine Fisheries in the Philippines” with funding support from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research. She attended numerous local, national, and international conventions, conferences, seminars and workshops as paper/poster presenter and participant.

She presently assumed responsibilities as an Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Fisheries Institutions Network (PhilFIN), Inc., an association of twenty one (21) educational and research institutions offering Fisheries programs and conducting fisheries re-search and development activities. She also provided technical expertise as a resource person, consultant, adviser, and specialist to government, private and non-governmental institutions.

Yap has received various awards. She was awarded the One UP Professorial Chair (January 2016 - December 2018), the Roberto S. Benedicto Asst. Professor of Fish Processing Technology (January - December 1996), and the Synergistic Consultants, Inc. Asst. Professor of Fish Processing Technology (January - December 1992). She was also a recipient of the International Publication Awards given by the UP System (December 2013 - December 2014) and the 1993 UP President’s Award for Outstanding Publication (August 1993). She has won three paper presentations and was awarded the Young Achievers Award for Education, Parangal ng Bayan 1995 - A Tribute to National Achievers (January 1995). She was also an awardee of  the TRIDENT Award for Outstanding Faculty of CFOS by the UP Fisheries Guild (February 1995).

Yap received a B.Sci. in Fisheries degree from the University of the Philippines as a recipient of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Scholarship Program (formerly Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos Scholarship Program in Fisheries). She earned her Master of Science in Food Science degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA as a Fellow of the World Bank-International Bank for Rural Development Fellowship Program. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular Biology at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia as an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholar.

Yap was the lone nominee during the search for CFOS Dean last year. Her 5-point agenda outlined in her vision paper were the following: 1.) Strengthened culture of academic excellence by providing a learning environment that allows the delivery of high quality fisheries education; 2.) Focused research, development, policy formulation, and public service programs by conducting relevant and responsive research, development, and public service activities; 3.) Enhanced administrative efficiency and effectiveness by developing a culture among the constituents of the College; 4.) Developed human capital by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth of academic and non-academic personnel of the College; and 5.) Empowered studentry be engaging the students in the participatory and consultative governance of the College.

Yap succeeded Dr. Crispino A. Saclauso, who has been CFOS Dean from October 1, 2013 to October 31, 2017.

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