Filipino scientists recognized as among the top in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 5, 2019   •   1950

Eight Filipino scientists were recognized by Asian Scientist Magazine’s as among the top scientists in Asia for the year 2019.

  • Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres of Technology Development Institute (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan of Technology Development Institute (Material Science)
  • Artemio Salazar of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños (Agriculture)
  • Rody Sy of UP Manila (Biomedical Science)
  • Gay Jane Perez of UP Diliman (Environmental Sciences and Geology)
  • Charissa Marcaida Ferrera of UP Diliman (Life Sciences)
  • Elmer Dadios of De La Salle University’s (Engineering)
  • Ricardo Balog of University of Santo Tomas’ (Engineering)

The magazine recognizes individuals who have made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry.

“Now into its fourth edition, the Asian Scientist 100: 2019 edition celebrates the success of the region’s best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines,” according to the magazine.—AAC

Filipino cocoa farmer is among world’s best producers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2019

A Filipino cocoa farmer has made it among the world’s top 50 best cocoa producers. He will participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA) at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France from October 30 to November 3, 2019.

Jose Saguban or Nong Jose is from Sitio Kialaw, Malabog, Paquibato District, Davao City. According to Nong Jose, good farming practice can produce high-quality cocoa beans.

“My cocoa trees are intercropped with fruit and forest trees as they create a cooler environment for my cocoa trees to thrive well and survive the heat especially during the dry season,” he added.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) region 11 said the recognition of Nong Jose by the international cocoa community is a big boost to the Philippine cocoa industry.

“He serves as a unifying force for government, policymakers, farmer leaders, private sector, and other cocoa industry stakeholders to leverage his international recognition in expanding cocoa production in the country,” according to the DA.—AAC

Philippines, Singapore issue travel advisories to Hong Kong

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

Hong Kong Police arrests anti-government protesters

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday (August 16) advised Filipino travelers who have no urgent business in Hong Kong to avoid Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as destination or transit airport for the meantime as public unrest continuous to escalate.

The DFA reiterates in a statement that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong is closely monitoring the developments in the autonomous territory in relation to the ongoing protests in several areas there.

LIST of protest areas and schedule of demonstrations

Likewise, the Department advised Filipino travelers departing from Hong Kong to contact their respective airlines at least five hours before their scheduled flights for sudden changes and adjustments in their flight schedule.

Following are the airlines’ hotlines in Hong Kong:

  • Philippine Airlines: (+852) 2769.7123
  • Cebu Pacific: (+852) 3973.3800
  • Cathay Pacific: (+852) 2747.3333

Meanwhile, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) also issued a travel advisory to its citizens to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong, given current developments.

Singaporeans who are already in Hong Kong are advised to take the necessary precautions for their safety and are reminded to be vigilant at all times.

MOFA also encourages Singaporeans in Hong Kong to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/  for immediate coordination should the need arises.

Further details on the MOFA advisory can be viewed here.

DFA assures aid for Filipino arrested in Hong Kong

Robie de Guzman   •   August 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured to provide assistance to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was arrested for allegedly participating in ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Citing reports from its Consulate General’s office in Hong kong, the DFA said consular officers have visited the arrested Filipino, whom they say is in “good condition.”

The OFW is currently under investigation for “unlawful assembly” over his alleged participation in the protests.

He, however, “categorically denied” any involvement in the rallies, the DFA said.

“The Filipino categorically denied that he was taking part in the protest, and insisted that he was just in the area to buy food, passing through the side streets, knowing that protests were ongoing in the main streets,” the department said in a statement issued on Monday.

“However, protesters were also on the side street where he was, and the former started running as they were chased by riot police. He was accosted by the police in the belief that he was one of the protesters,” it added.

Deputy Consul General to Hong Kong Germinia Aguilar-Usudan assured they are closely coordinating with Hong Kong authorities and the Filipino’s lawyers for his release.

They are also making sure that the OFW’s legal rights (and his assertions of innocence) are duly respected.

It also reiterated its advice for Filipinos to stay alert and avoid protest areas, as well as, refrain from wearing clothing or carrying anything that could mistakenly identify them as part of the demonstrations.

READ: Filipinos in Hong Kong urged to stay away from 7 protest areas

“The Consulate General continues to monitor the situation in Hong Kong and is ready to provide assistance to Filipinos if needed,” it said.

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