University of the Philippines Los Baños


Mario Navasero, Scientist 1 at the Crop Protection Cluster of the College of Agriculture, was declared semi-finalist/regional winner in the 2015 Hero ang Public Servant Dangal ng Bayan Award of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Region IV. Navasero was presented the award in ceremonies on Oct. 20 at the CSC Region IV office in Quezon City.

This is the second award Navasero received this year, the first being the UPLB Outstanding Researcher Award given during the Foundation Day celebration of UPLB on March 4.

Navasero, along with his colleagues, Marcela M. Navasero and Dr. Bonifacio F. Cayabyab, discovered an encrytid parasitoid, a safe alternative to the use of chemicals to control coconut scale insect (CSI). The encyrtid  parasitiod, which is CSI’s main biological control agent, functions by parasitizing the adult CSI, leading to its not non-reproduction and death.

He has also contributed information on other insect pests such as Brontispa, black army worm, and Spodoptera exempta. Navasero is also involved in the study of non-target organisms for Bt-eggplant. He evaluates and analyzes the risks and attests to the safety of a technology. The information he provides is one of the regulatory requirements in the registration and commercialization of the crop.

He is currently working with one of the biggest exporters of coconut products, helping maintain the organic status of the products by providing biological control solutions to manage pests of coconut in their production sites.

Navasero is a prolific writer and has been conducting original researches that have produced significant findings. He has produced 29 journal articles, three semi-technical papers, two manuals, nine leaflets, 25 papers, 47 posters presented at scientific conventions. He has received eight UP International Publication Awards for his papers that were published in ISI and Scopus-Indexed journals. He was conferred Scientist I rank under the Civil Service Commission in 2013. The Philippine Association of Entomologists awarded him the 2014 L.B. Uichanco Memorial Award as outstanding entomologist.

With Navasero during the awarding rites was Dr. Susan Calumpang, assistant vice chancellor for research and extension, who nominated him for the award.  (Maribeth C. Jadina)