Dr. Chito Sace completed his Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship grant in 2012. He researched on “Vegetable Production in a Recirculating Aquaponic System Using Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) With and Without Freshwater Prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)” at the University of Arizona. Upon his return to the Philippines, he was granted P12.2 million by the DOST-PCAARRD for three projects to establish a demonstration farm and experiment station at the Central Luzon State University. His study won the Best Paper Award and he received two national awards in 2016: the Crop Science Society of the Philippines Award for Research and the Outstanding Agricultural Engineer (Agricultural Structure, Environmental Science and Protection) from the Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers.
Dr. Sace has delivered lectures in several national and international conferences. He was invited by the World Aquaculture Society to present his study in three conferences – in Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee in 2013; and Las Vegas in 2012. He also gave a talk during two workshops on the Current Status, Research and Development of Agricultural Facilities at the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute in 2015 and 2016.
Dr. Sace also published two books with a German publisher which are available online and on several open-access articles in local and international journals. He is presently involved in the promotion of soil-less culture – particularly, hydroponics and aquaponics in the Philippines.