Miss Hazel Villena Antonio

Master of Science in International Development Studies from Wageningen University and Research Center (Netherlands; 2009 to 2011) Specialization: Economics of Rural Development; Bachelor of Science in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines- Los Baños (Philippines; 2000-2004) Major in Development Journalism, Minor in Economics

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Hazel Antonio completed a Bachelor of Science in Development Communication with recognition at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, majoring in development journalism. After graduating in 2004, she worked as a development communication specialist at the Development Communication Division of the Philippine Rice Research Institute.

Hazel has published a number of articles and written, edited, and managed  a number of publications to help farmers improve their productivity. Because of her significant contributions in communicating rice science and technology in the country, she was given a special citation as outstanding staffer for two consecutive years. 

In 2009, Hazel then went to the Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands where she obtained a Master of Science  in International Development Studies, specialising in development economics. While studying, she was commissioned to assist in the university’s European Union project on integrated testing strategies and was chosen to be the university’s delegate to the International Conference on Civil Society, Politics, Development, and Donors Strategy in Southern Africa. These gave her additional training on environmental economics and humanitarian aid and reconstruction.

After returning to the Phillipines in 2011, Hazel became involved in development projects with an emphasis on market and communication research. At age 28, she started serving as the director of the Department of Agriculture’s rice demand management campaign dubbed as the National Year of Rice 2013 that later on evolved into the Be RICEponsible campaign. Both of these campaigns won several awards. They aimed at helping the country achieve rice self-sufficiency while helping increase the income of rice farmers and promoting better health among rice consumers. She also pioneered work in making brown or unpolished white rice more accessible and affordable in the Philippines by tapping farmers’ cooperatives and linking them to suppliers and restaurant associations. This helped farmers increase their income while making brown rice more affordable and accessible to consumers. Different local policies, such as the ordinance requiring the serving of a half-cup of rice to lessen rice wastage, and the resolution to serve brown rice in food establishments to make a healthierrice option available are also in place in various local government units because of her.

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Market participation

Distinctions/Honours

 

Director, BROWN4good Campaign

2016 Best Agricultural Information and Media Campaign

Binhi Awards

Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc.

December 2, 2014, Diamond Hotel, Manila, Philippines

 

Director, Be RICEponsible Campaign

2014 Best Agricultural Information and Media Campaign

Binhi Awards

Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc.

December 2, 2014, Diamond Hotel, Manila, Philippines

 

(Lead) Most Outstanding Team 2013

Philippine Rice Research Institute

Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

 

Most Outstanding Employee (Level 2) 2007

Philippine Rice Research Institute

Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

 

Most Outstanding Employee (Level 2) 2006

Philippine Rice Research Institute

Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

 

Areas of expertise

  • Advocacy campaigns and social mobilisation
  • Market participation
  • Project monitoring and evaluation
  • Communicating and promoting rice science and technology