Nine Filipino researchers in various fields of science, such as basic, applied, and social took home honors and P25,000 cash and Plaque of Recognition each on Wednesday as recipients of the 2017 National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Outstanding Achievement Awards. NRCP is one of the three sectoral planning councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
They are Maria Andrea L. Santiago, Asian Institute of Management (AIM), for Government, Educational and International Policies (Division I); Erna C. Arollado, University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) for Pharmaceiutical Sciences (Division IV); Ephrime B. Metillo, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), for Biological Sciences (Division V); Michael Angelo B. Promentilla, De La Salle University (DLSU), for Engineering and Industrial Research (Division VII); Florencia G. Palis, UP Los Banos (UPLB), for Social Science (Division VIII); Evangeline C. Amor, UP Diliman (UPM), for Chemical Sciences (Division X); Priscelina P. Legasto, former faculty member of UPD, for Humanities (Division XI); Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, Manila Observatory, for Earth and Space Sciences (Division XII); and Mildred A. Padilla, UPLB), for Veterinary Medicine (Division XIII).
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The NRCP bestowed the awards during its Annual Scientific Conference and 85th General Membership Assembly (GMA) held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City. DOST-NRCP said the awardees’ “research and scientific endeavors have resulted in various high impact innovations and breakthroughs.”
Meanwhile, NRCP also gave out Outstanding Institution Award with a Plaque of Recognition to the University of the Philippines (UP) Center for Ethnomusicology, UP Department of Geodetic Engineering and the Training Center of Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry, and UP Marine Science Institute.
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NRCP also conferred to Gemino H. Abad the Member Emeritus Award, Humanities (Division XI). He also got a Plaque of Recognition. Participants in the event that revolved around the theme “Policy Research for Legislation” include researchers, innovators, scientists, and technologists.
Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV delivered the keynote message “R&D for Legislative Directions for Countryside Development” as he reiterated his strong support to the science community and the programs of the DOST. He chairs the Senate Science and Technology Committee.
At the conference, the agency displayed 64 technical posters crafted by Filipino researchers showcasing “science, technology, and innovations (STI) as effective and efficient tools that work for change.”
Dr. Michelle V. Paraso’s a monograph “Do Fishes Want Sex Change” Dr. Vachel Gay V. Paller’s monograph “Fish Parasites as Heavy Metal Absorbents” recently published by NRCP were also on display.
The National Library of the Philippines on February 18, 2018 granted copyright to the two monographs. NRCP funded Paraso’s and Paller’s research conducted to “support the goal of restoring the environmental integrity of Philippine lakes.”
Their projects are part of the priority projects under “SAKLAW” or Saklolo sa Lawa of NRCP’s National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA). As this developed, the NRCP has defined its priority research thrusts for 2017-2022 along the line of the Philippine Development Plan and the Harmonized National R&D (Research and Development) Agenda conforming with six NIBRA programs.
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They are Sustainable Community (NRCP’s top-most prority); Inclusive Nation-building; Health Sufficiency; Water Security; Food and Nutrition Security; and Clean Energy.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena and the 13 members of the NRCP Governing Board head by NRCP president Christina A. Binag and NRCP executive director Marieta B. Sumagaysay led the red-letter day of delegates coming from various Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), as well as from other research institutions based in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
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Another highlight of the assembly was the election of NRCP’s regular members and new members of the Governing Board as well as the unveiling of the logo of the 85th GMA.