Filipino scientists recognized as among the top in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 5, 2019   •   2151

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

PhilSA to work on security, climate studies and space research

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The newly-created Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) will work on the key development areas of the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy which include climate studies and space research.

On Tuesday (October 22), the Philippine Navy conducted the third leg of the Philippine Navy Governance Forum (PNGF) Series 2019 in Manila which discussed “Space Technology and its Significance to National Security and Development.”

Program leader of the National Space Development Program, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, identified the six (6) key development areas, namely: national security and development, hazard management and climate studies, space research and development, space industry capacity building, space education and awareness, and international cooperation.

Commodore Nichols A. Driz, Commander of the Naval Installation Command, said it is time for the Philippine Navy role of space study in the future naval systems.

“Space technology is a new opportunity not only for the Navy, but also for the other branches of service and the entire country itself,” he said.—AAC

Senate commends Filipino teachers for commitment in shaping future leaders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

The Senate commended Filipino teachers on Tuesday (October 1) for their commitment in shaping future leaders of the country.

Senate Resolution No. 142 was adopted in honor of the Filipino teachers in celebration of World Teacher’s Day on October 5.

“The Senate of the Philippines salutes the teachers and educators of the Philippines and of the world for their unwavering commitment and dedication to his noble profession,” the resolution reads.

Senator Joel Villanueva said the Senate will continue to uphold the welfare of the teachers of the country.

“Let us continue to invest in our teachers who mold the future generations of our people. Happy teachers’ month and more power to our teachers,” he said.—AAC

House members push for a bigger budget for DOST in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

The first Philippine-made train developed by DOST that takes the PNR Tutuban-Alabang route. | Photo courtesy of DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute

Members of the House of Representatives are pushing for a bigger budget for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2020.

The DOST’s budget proposal is P20.18 billion, which is P79.85 million lower than its 2019 allocation of P20.26 billion.

However, 2nd District Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. pushed to increase the DOST budget by at least P5 billion for all the provinces across the country.

During the budget briefing of the House Committee on Appropriations, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the efforts of the department has raised the country’s rank by 19 spots in the Global Innovation Index this year.

The DOST Secretary also added that several initiatives of the department has helped address the concerns of the Filipinos. These include the Anti-Dengue Program, the Malnutrition Reduction Program, the creation of Hybrid Electric Trainsets, and others.

Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago also expressed hope for the DOST’s budget augmentation.

“I really lament that you have very meager budget…Science and technology should be our top priority,” Elago said.—AAC 

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