Deogracias Villadolid introduced the tilapia fish to the Philippines in 1950 when he was Director of the Bureau of Fisheries. He also initiated fisheries education in the country.
Villadolid was a distinguished marine biologist and taught at the University of the Philippines, College of Agriculture.
During World War II, the Japanese let him direct the Bureau of Fisheries for a while. When they caught him helping the guerrilla cause, they incarcerated him. He escaped during an air raid. Shortly after the war he was reinstated to his position as Chief of the Division of Fisheries, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
In 1946, Villadolid organized the Philippine Institute of Fisheries and Technology
under the division of fisheries, which was later converted by into a bureau. The
Institute itself was converted into a College of Fisheries under the University of
the Philippines. At the bureau, Villadolid pushed programs to help the poor fishermen
who lived by shallow-
His successful breeding of the bangus (Chano-
22 March 1896
to 4 March 1976
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