PROF. TERESITA H. BORROMEO
Head (Former)
National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory (NPGRL)

“Ma’am Tess” to many, Professor Borromeo’s formal education is in the fields of
Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources Conservation and
Management. Her 43 years at the University – her alma mater – represent her
commitment not only to teach, but also to inspire the youth through exemplary
performance in teaching, research and development, and advocacy. Among her
many awards are: Outstanding Young Women in Rice Science (1990), Outstanding
Young Scientist in the Philippines (1994) Nelia T. Gonzales Award of Excellence
in Teaching (2017) and other research and teaching awards in different years.

She is part of the UPLB Rice Varietal Improvement Team that developed 21 rice
varieties officially released to farmers from 1992 to 2018. She is a voice in national
and international policy bodies: the Philippine Delegation to the Governing Body
of the UN International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and
Agriculture (2001-2019), the Technical Support Working Group for the
Implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food
and Agriculture, and the Rice Technical Working Group of the National Seed
Industry Council of the Philippines. In 2004, she co-authored the policy paper
“Why the Philippines should ratify the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources
for Food and Agriculture Now!!” for the Philippine Senate and the Departments of
Agriculture and Foreign Affairs.

She was witness to the opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway as
head of the Philippines’ National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory (NPGRL),
and returned 10 years later as member of the International Advisory Panel of the
Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

She achieved the highest rank of Professor 12 before she retired this year from
UPLB, but she continues to be a champion for the conservation of plant genetic
resources conservation for food and agriculture.