Department of Parasitology


The Department of Parasitology will take a lead role in the teaching, training and research of parasitic diseases and their control.


The mission of the Department of Parasitokogy states four goals namely, (1) to provide education and training in all aspects of parasitic diseases and their vectors, (2)to conduct basic and applied researches in parasistic diseases and vector control, (3)to provide laboratory services in the diagnosis of parasitic diseases, and (4)to provide extension services in the planning, implementation and evaluation of parasitic disease control program.

Degree Programs

Doctor of Public Health (Parasitology)
Master of Science in Public Health

Training Program

  1. Intensive Training Course in Diagnostic Parasitology
  2. Training Course in Insect Allergy


  • A multicenter, randomized doubleblind parallel group study to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of Oxibendazole versus Mebendazole
  • Burden of Disease of Malaria
  • Malaria and Mosquito Vectors in Disaster Prone Areas in the Philippines
  • A study on the Environmental Dererminants of Malaria and Schistosomiasis through the Application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System
  • Case Study in Camp Management Practices in an Evacuation Camp in Albay during the Mt. Mayon Volcaninc Eruption of 2006
  • National Baseline Survey on the Prevalence of Schistosomiasis japonica in the Philippines
  • A Study of the Genetic Factors Associated with the Pathogenesis of Schistosomiasis japonica in the Philippines
  • Cost Analysis of MDA for the Elimination of Lympathic Filiraisis in the Philippines
  • Optimization of Prazi through School-based Targeted Treatment for Control of Schistosoma japnicu
  • Alternative MDG Report on Malaria Project
  • Efficacy and safety of praziquantel 40 mg/kg and 60 mg/kg for treatment of Schistosomiasis japonicum in the Philippines
  • School-based Control of Intestinal Helminthiasis in Cebu City-Baseline Assessment and Monitoring
  • Baseline Assessment for the Integrated Soil Transmitted Helminths Control Program
  • Efficacy and safety of praziquantel vs. triclabendazole in the treatment of pulmonary paragonimiasis
  • School-based Control of Intestinal Helminthiasis in Three Districts of Cavite - Baseline Assessment and Monitoring
  • Baseline Prevalence Survey for the National Objectives for Health
  • Field investigation into Vector Ecology of Japanese encephalitis and West Nile Virus
  • Situational Analysis of Soil Transmitted Helminth Control in the Philippines
  • Baseline Survey for the National Objectives for Health
  • Genetic Characterization of Virulent Plasmodium falciparum
  • The Family Health Empowerment Model (FHEM): The FAO-Integrated Pest Management Farmers Field School(FAOI-IPM FFS) for Japanese Encephalitis Prevention and Control (A Pilot Project)
  • Baseline Survey of Schistomiasis in the Mindanao
  • Immune Programming
  • The use of the In-vitro method and PCR in monitoring Chloroquine resistance
  • Baseline Survey of Schistomiasis in the Visayas
  • Intestinal Helminths of Anemia/Vitamin A Deficiency
  • Therapeutic Efficacy Surveillance of Antimalarial in Agusan del Sur
  • Biased Distribution of Entamoeba in the Philippines
  • Iron-Pan Study
  • VA Immunology
  • Burden of Disease of Dengue
  • Laboratory Evaluation ande Development of Best Formulation of Botanical Molluscicides Againts Oncomelania hupensis qudrasi

Publications/Creative Works

  • Matsumoto-Takahashi, ELA, Tongol-Rivera, PN, Villacorte, EA, Angluben, RU, Masamine Jimba and Shigeyuki Kano. Patient Knowledge on Malaria Symptoms Is a Key to Promoting Universal Access of Patients to Effective Malaria Treatment in Palawan, the Philippines.. PLOS/One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127858. (2015); ;
  • Belleza, MLB, Cadacio, JLC, Borja, MP, Solon, JAA, Padilla, MA, Tongol-Rivera, PN, and Rivera, WL. Epidemiologic Study of Blastocystis Infection in an Urban Community in the Philippines.. Journal of Environmental and Public Health Volume 2015, Article ID 894297, 7 pages . (2015); ;
  • Sasaki T, Higa Y, Bertuso AG, Isawa H, Takasaki T, and Minakawa N. Susceptibility of mosquitoes from foreign countries and Japan against dengue virus. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases.. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases.. (2015); 21 (3); 517-20
  • Soares Magalhães RJ, Salamat MS, Leonardo LR, Gray DJ, Carabin H, Halton K, McManus DP, Williams GM, Rivera P, Saniel O, Hernandez L, Yakob L, McGarvey S,Clements A. Geographical distribution of human Schistosoma japonicum infection in The Philippines: tools to support disease control and further elimination. . International Journal of Parasitology. (2014); ;
  • Salamat MS, Cochon K, Crisostomo G, Gonzaga PS, Quijano NA, Torio JF et al. Entomological survey of artificial container breeding sites of dengue vectors in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Acta Medica Philippina.. (2013); 47 (3); 65-68
  • De Las Llagas LA, Bertuso AG, Mistica MS and Samaniego JB. Field Evaluation of ovitraps with Piper nigrum to assess its larvicidal and ovipositional effects on dengue mosquito vectors. The Philippine Entomologist. (2012); 26 (2); 156-175
  • Takaoka H, Tenedero VF and Bertuso AG. Description of the male Simulium (Gomphostilbia) ninuanense (Diptera: Simuliidae) from Palawan Island, Philippines.. Medical Entomology and Zoology.. (2009); 60 (3); 213-216
  • Mistica MS, Delas Llagas LA and Bertuso A.. Dengue mosquito ovitrapping and preventive fogging trials in the Philippines. The Philippine Entomologist. (2008); 21 (2); 136-145
  • Iwagami M, Hatabu T., Kawazu S, Escueta AS, Villacorte EA, Rivera, PT and Kano S. Phylogenetic Relationship of Plasmodium falciparum population in the Philippines. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. (2008); 39 (2); 202-204
  • Angluben RU, Trudeau M, Kano S and Rivera PT.. Kilusan Ligtas Malaria:Advancing Social Mobilization Towards Sustainable Malaria Control in the Province of Palawan. Tropical Medicine and Health. (2008); 36 (1); 45-49
  • Leonardo, LR, Rivera PT, Saniel, OP, Villacorte EA,Crisostomo B, Hernandez L and et al.. Prevalence Survey of Schistosomiasis in Mindanao and the Visayas, the Philippines. Parasitology International . (2008); ;
  • Rivera PT, "Rivera WL, Escueta AD, Villacorte EA, Limlangan ET, Lazaro CM, and Kanbara M. Prevalence of serologically positive amebic liver abscess cases in the Philippines. Acta Medica Philippina. (2007); 41 (2); 31-36
  • Belizario, VY, Amarillo MLE, Martinex RM, Mallari AO and Tai CM. Resurgence of schistosomiasis japonicum in school children in Agusan del Sur, Philippines: opportunities for control in the school setting. Acta Medica Philippina . (2007); 41 (2); 9-14
  • Iwagami M., Taguchi N., Angluben R.U., Escueta A.S., Villacorte EA, Rivera, PT, Kano, S. Kawazu, S.. Evaluation of Blood Preservation Methods in the Performance of the WHO in vitro micro test for Plasmodium falciparum in the Field. Tropical Medicine and Health. (2007); 35 (4); 337-341
  • Belizario, VY, Amarillo MLE, Martinez RM, Mallari AO and Tai CM. Efficacy and Safety of 40 mg/kg vs. 60 mg/kg single doses of praziquantel in the treatment of schistosomiasis. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. (2007); 3; 27-34
  • Belizario, VY, and Anastacio MM.. Challenges in the control of food and water borne parasitoses in the Philippines. Acta Medica Philippina. (2007); 41 (1); 54-58
  • Belizario, VY, Geronilla GG, Anastacio MM, De Leon, WU, Suba-an AP, Sebastian AC and Bangs MJ. Echinostorna malayanum Infection, the Philippines, Emerging Infectious Diseases. . (2007); 13 (7); 1130-1131
  • Zhou, X.N., Leonardo, L.R.,Acosta, L.P., Johansen, M.V., Willingham, A.L., and Olveda, R.M. . Schistosomiasis and Other Zoonosis in Sout East Asia - Meeting Report of the 6th Regional Network for Asian Schistosomiasis. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. (2007); 38; 406-409
  • Belizario, VY, Mallari AO, De Leon, WU and Lucero AC. Assessment of the efficacy, safety and tolerability of praziquantel and triclabendazole in the treatment of paragonimiasis. . (2007); Southeast Asian;
  • Leonardo, LR, Crisostomo B.A., Solon, JA, Rivera, PT, and Villasper JM. Geographic Information Systems in Health Research and Services Delivery in the Philippines. Geospatial Health. (2007); 1 (2); 147-155
  • Goldman AS, Guisinger VH, Aikins M, Amarillo ML, Belizario,VY, Garshong B, Gyapong J, Kabali C, Kamal HA, Kanjilal S, Kyelem D, Lizardo J., Malecela M., Mubyazi G, Nitiema PA, Ramzy RM, Streit TG, Wallace A, Brady MA, Rheingans R, Ottesen EA, Haddix AC.. National mass drug administration costs for lymphatic filariasis elimination. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (2007); 1 (1); 67
  • Maramag CC, Tengco LW, Rayco-Solon P, Solon, JA, Maglalang HC, Solon FS.. Stability of Iodine in Iodized fresh and aged salt expose to simulated market conditions. Food Nutrition Bulletin. (2007); 28; 412-418
  • Darboe MK, Thurnham DI, Morgan G. Adegbola RA, Secka O, Solon JA, Jackson SJ, Northrop-Clewes C, Fulford TJ, Doherty CP, Prentice AM.. Effectiveness of an early supplementation scheme of high-dose vitamin A versus standard WHO protocol in Gambian mothers and infants: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet.. (2007); 369; 2088-2096
  • Ghattas H, Wallace DI, Solon JA, Henson SM, Zhang Y., Ngom PT, Aspinall R, Morgan G, Griffin GE, Prentice AM, Macallan DC. Long-term effects of perinatal nutrition on T-lymphocyte kinetics in young Gambian men. AM J Clin Nutr . (2007); 85; 480-487
  • Cross JH and Belizario, VY . Capillariasis. In: Food-Borne parasitic zoonoses, fish and plant-borne parasites, edited by K. Darwin Murrel and Bernard Fried. World Class Parasites, ed. Samuel Black and J. Richard Seed.. (2007); 11; 209-232
  • Bertuso AG, De Las Llagas LA, Mistica MS and Samaniego JB. Ecology of mosquito vectors of Japanese encephalitis in Malawak, Bustos, Bulacan with special reference to their aquatic habitats.. The Philippine Entomologist.. (2006); 20 (1); 43-55
  • De Las Llagas LA, Mistica MS and Bertuso AG. House dust mites collected from houses of persons with respiratory allergies.. 193. (2005); ; 19 (2)
  • Moendeg, KJ, Angeles, JM, Goto, Y, Leonardo, LR, Kirinoki, M, Villacorte, EA, Rivera, PT, Inoue, N, Chigusa, Y, Kawazu, S. Development and optimization of cocktail-ELISA for a unified surveillance of zoonotic schistosomiasis in multiple host species.. Parasitol Res. 2015 Mar.. ; 114 (3); 1225-8
  • Fonzi E, Higa Y, Bertuso AG, Futami K, Minakawa N. Human-mediated marine dispersal influences the population structures Aedes aegypti in the Philippine archipelago.. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. ; 9 (6);