De Lima seeks Senate recognition for 8 distinguished Filipino scientists


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Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has filed a Senate resolution commending and honoring the eight outstanding Filipino scientists who made it to the list of 2018 “Asian Scientist 100” of the Singapore-based Asian Scientist Magazine.

De Lima filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 714 expressing the sense of the Senate to congratulate, commend and honor the eight Filipinos for bringing glory and prestige to the Philippines through the recognition.

“The Senate of the Philippines has, in various occasions, paid tribute to notable and admirable Filipinos,” she said.

“The eight honorees have shown admirable dedication and commendable commitment in the development and enrichment of science and technology in the country,” she added.

“Asian Scientist 100” is a recognition of exemplary researchers, academicians, innovators and business leaders in Asia, released annually by Asian Scientist Magazine

The eight distinguished Filipinos duly recognized as honorees of the “Asian Scientist 100” whom De Lima wanted the Senate to accord due recognition are the following:

  • Dr. Aletta T. YƱiguez who is a recipient of the 2017 National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Young Scientist (NAST OSY) award for her work on “modeling the dynamics of the ocean ecosystem to build early warning systems;
  • Dr. Phillip A. Alviola who is known for his research contributions on mammalian ecology and bat virology;
  • Dr. Nathaniel P. Hermosa II who is a recipient of the 2017 Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal;
  • Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese who is leader of the Philippines’ National Space Development Program (NSDP);
  • Dr. Mario Antonio L. Jiz II, who is a recipient of the 2017 NAST OSY Award for his valuable contribution in understanding schistosomiasis;
  • Jeffrey S. Perez who gained a spot for his contribution in the field of geology;
  • Dr. Lanndon A. Ocampo who received 2017 NAST OSY Award for his significant contributions in theory and in practice of manufacturing sustainability and risk analysis; and
  • Dr. Lucille V. Abad who earned the Julian A. Banzon Medal as a 2017 Outstanding Research and Development Awardee for her research on “using irradiated seaweed as a plant growth supplement.”

The Senator from Bicol said it is proper and fitting that the Senate give due distinction and support to Filipino academicians, scientists, researchers and inventors to further encourage them in their endeavors.

She added the recognizing them will also instill in them “the best interests of the country in cultivating science and technology to aid in the improvement of the lives of millions of Filipinos.”

Asian Scientist Magazine began in 2016 with the purpose of emphasizing research and development in Science and Technology from various parts of Asia.

According to the Asian Scientist Magazine founder and Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Juliana Chan, the aim of this yearly listing of award-winning researchers is to spark interest and enthuse young scientists towards excellence in Science by raising the profiles of remarkable researchers and inventors.

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