Dr. Perry S. Ong
First Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ong is a UP Scientist and a professor of Wildlife Biology at University of the Philippines - Diliman (UPD) who devoted nearly four decades of his research on conservation and protection of Philippine biodiversity. He combines science, policy matters and collaborates with the widest sectors of Philippine society as well as with the international community with an end- goal to conserve and protect Philippine biodiversity of local and global significance.
Dr. Ong played a key role in the second iteration of the Philippine National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in collaboration with the Biodiversity Management Bureau - Department of Environment and Natural Resources (BMB-DENR), which led to the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Priorities and ultimately fine-tuning the country’s NBSAP.
As a result of his dedicated and constancy of hardwork, Dr. Ong has been recognized as UP Scientist III for two terms since 2012. Among his awards are the 2014 Concepcion D. Dadufalza Award for Distinguised Achievement, 2009 Natatanging Guro Gawad Chancellor, in U.P. Diliman, 2008 Centennial Outstanding Alumni for Environment Conservation and Sustainable Development, 2004 Hugh Greenwood Award for Environment Science by the National Academy for Science and Technology (NAST), 2002 Dr. Jose Rizal Award of Excellence, 2000 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Environment Conservation, 2000 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) for Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.