The DOST-National Research Council of the Philippines conferred its prestigious NRCP Achievement Award on 10 outstanding Filipino researchers; and the NRCP Outstanding Institution Award on two Philippine research institutes.
The 10 NRCP Achievement Awardees for 2019 received the accolade for their significant contributions to their respective fields and research advancements that benefitted the different sectors of economy. The two Outstanding Institution Awardees for 2019 received commendation for their dedicated support and initiatives that led to the advancement of basic sciences, the humanities and the arts in the country.
The official presentation of the awardees will be part of the NRCP Annual Scientific Conference and 87th General Membership Assembly on June 30, 2020 via an online platform, which is expected to draw around 1000 NRCP members from various parts of the country. This annual event is to be held virtually this year as a result of the postponement of its original March 9, 2020 schedule at the PICC – NRCP’s quick response to the government directive prohibiting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2019 NRCP Achievement Awardees per scientific division are the following:
Division of Governmental, Educational and International Policies
MARIE PAZ E. MORALES, Ph.D.
(Director, Publication Office, Philippine Normal University)
Dr. Morales is an educator recognized for her contributions to science and STEAM education, gender, indigenous knowledge, and teacher development programs. She was the Principal Investigator of the CHED-project, TPACK in Philippine STEAM Education, a collaborator of the Erasmus Project, Education Science Teachers for All, an inventor of LAMESA. She has authored articles published in high impact journals. Her more than two decades of mentoring and continued advocacy helped the country produce 21st Century-skilled Filipinos.
Division of Mathematical Sciences
HENRY N. ADORNA, Ph.D.
(Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of the Philippines Diliman)
Dr. Adorna specializes in communication complexity for sequential uniform computing model. He provided better lower bound estimate on the size of minimal NFA for regular languages. He started the Membrane Computing Research in the Philippines and founded the Algorithms and Complexity Lab at UP Diliman in 2007. Dr. Adorna is member of several international conference steering and review committees. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Computing Journal.
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
DORALYN S. DALISAY, Ph.D.
(Director, Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology, University of San Agustin)
Dr. Dalisay is widely known for her pioneering work on bioactivity profiling and chemodiversity of marine sediment-derived actinobacteria from Philippine archipelago. Her NRCP-funded research project led to the establishment of a microbial library consisting of more than 3,000 diverse marine sediment-derived actinobacteria isolates dedicated to serve as biobank of secondary metabolites for drug discovery research in the Philippines and their valorization into antibiotics and anticancer agents. Dr. Dalisay is a DOST Balik Scientist Awardee and the present Chair of NRCP Visayas Regional Cluster.
Division of Biological Sciences
CUSTER C. DEOCARIS, Ph.D.
(Senior Science Specialist, DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute)
Dr. Deocaris a multi-awarded S&T broadcast journalist. He formerly served as the Research Chief of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and a board member of BANToxics!, an NGO concerned with ecological and child labor issues of gold-mining communities. He completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biotechnology from Tokyo University and did postdoctoral work in neuroscience, sports science and embryology. In 2011, Deocaris returned to the country as a DOST Balik Scientist and became active in various social advocacies. He helped the breastfeeding movement as scientist-spokesperson and started Meatless Monday-Philippines.
Division of Agriculture and Forestry
NORVIE L. MANIGBAS, Ph.D.
(Scientist II, Philippine Rice Research Institute)
Dr. Manigbas is known for his distinguished contributions in the development of the first direct wet-seeded rice variety, NSIC Rc298, and other new elite genotypes with heat tolerance for irrigated lowland. Two elite lines he helped develop were released in Indonesia through an ASEAN collaborative project. His projects generated substantial funding for rice production and mechanization that benefited farmers’ cooperatives. His publications and lectures contributed significantly to the advancement of rice science and technology in the Philippines and Asia. He is a consistent outstanding employee of PhilRice and was the recipient of Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in 2018.
Division of Engineering and Industrial Research
LANNDON A. OCAMPO, Ph.D.
(Associate Professor 3, Department of Industrial Engineering, Cebu Technological University)
Dr. Ocampo made significant contributions to both theory and practice of manufacturing sustainability and risk analysis, crucial points of interest for Philippine manufacturing and supply chain sector in view of climate change. His research interests include optimization, systemic risk analysis, multiple attribute decision making, and sustainable manufacturing. Dr. Ocampo developed guidelines for manufacturing companies, both large firms and SMEs in carrying out strategic planning for competitiveness within the context of sustainability. He has authored over 70 international peer-reviewed publications.
Division of Chemical Sciences
LUCILLE V. ABAD, Ph.D.
(Scientist II, DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute)
Dr. Abad specializes in radiation chemistry and processing of polymers. She had led various projects under the International Atomic Energy Agency on radiation crosslinking, degradation and grafting of polymers for health, agricultural and industrial applications. Among her breakthrough researches are radiation processed products including the multi-awarded carrageenan plant growth promoter which is now commercialized. The product is said to increase yield of rice by 20% while making them more resistant to bacterial leaf blight and tungro bacilliform virus infestations. She has won prestigious awards which include the prestigious 2011 Dangal ng Bayan Award.
Division of Humanities
ADELAIDA F. LUCERO, Ph.D.
(Professorial Lecturer 5, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman)
Dr. Lucero is an esteemed academic leader who has championed teaching-learning situations, research and publications, and an atmosphere of academic freedom and gender equality to nurture and foreground a strong general education coupled with a dynamic liberal education for college and beyond. She has pioneered studies in Iloco folk literature and equally ground breaking and seminal research studies on Third World literatures, her own Third World literary theory, and other studies on indigenous arts and cultures, presented as literary critical books, research articles, and conference papers.
Dr. Lucero was a member of the NRCP Governing Board from 2015 to 2019 as Chair of the Division of Humanities.
Division of Earth and Space Sciences
DECIBEL V. FAUSTINO-ESLAVA, Ph.D.
(Dean, School of Environmental Science and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños)
Dr. Eslava is recognized for her research contributions to the fields of geochemistry, paleomagnetics, and tectonics that significantly improved the understanding of the geodynamics of the Philippines, particularly in relation to the origin of crust-mantle rocks; for her investigations on environmental geology, climate change adaptation, and ecosystems-based disaster risk reduction and management that promotes a culture of transdisciplinarity, and science-based decision-making in addressing societal issues related to sustainable environmental management through her various capacities as an educator, extensionist, and academic administrator.
Dr. Eslava was a member of the NRCP Governing Board from 2013 to 2017 as Chair of the Division of Earth and Space Sciences.
Division of Veterinary Medicine
ADRIAN P. YBAÑEZ, Ph.D.
(Vice-President for Research and Development, Cebu Technological University)
Dr. Ybañez made significant contributions nationally and internationally in the field of veterinary parasitology. He has developed several molecular detection methods and reported emerging pathogenic protozoa and their genetic diversity in the Philippines. He has authored more than 50 scientific publications and 300 unique DNA sequences of various pathogens detected in several countries His scientific contributions have aid in the furtherance of scientific understanding of animal tick-borne diseases in the Philippines. He was also recipient of several awards (the Outstanding Cebuano Youth Leader, the VPAP Outstanding Veterinarian in Veterinary Research Practice, PSAS Outstanding Young Professional in Veterinary Research).
The awardees of the 2019 NRCP Outstanding Institution are the following:
UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman
Consistent with its vision to become the National Institute for Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering, the EEEI devotes resources to the academic formation of students to be well-versed engineers and competent researchers. This is cascaded to the academic programs through capstone projects that address challenging engineering problems. Today, the graduate program offers greater opportunities to specialize in cutting-edge research. The EEEI has been an active collaborator with government through research and development projects addressing reliability and resiliency issues in power grids, smart farming, intelligent electric transportation systems, and mobile cellular networks in far flung communities among others.
Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI) - DNA Analysis Laboratory, University of the Philippines Diliman
The NSRI-DNA Analysis Laboratory is known for its pioneering work in promoting forensic DNA technology in the Philippines by validating procedures for handling biological samples thereby expediting the resolution of human identification and kinship issues. The Laboratory developed a sexual assault investigation kit to collect and to preserve biological evidence from victims in collaboration with the Child Protection Network. It provides technical assistance to the Philippine Judicial Academy in formulating the Rule on DNA Evidence, which provides for post-conviction DNA testing that was promulgated by the Supreme Court. It established a Philippine reference database which includes samples from indigenous peoples and mainstream populations while assisting the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board in formulating guidelines for population genetics research.
The NRCP Achievement Awardees including those from the previous years shall be featured in NRCP online public lecture series in the later part of the year. (Mary Charlotte O. Fresco)