De Lima seeks recognition for Pinoys on ‘2018 Asian Scientist 100’ list | Inquirer News

De Lima seeks recognition for Pinoys on ‘2018 Asian Scientist 100’ list

03:51 PM May 11, 2018

Senator Leila de Lima has sought recognition for eight Filipino scientists who made it to the Asian Scientist Magazine’s list of “2018 Asian Scientist 100.”

De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 714, asking the Senate to “congratulate, commend, and honor” the scientists for bringing glory to the country after their recognition.


“The eight honorees have shown admirable dedication and commendable commitment in the development and enrichment of science and technology in the country,” De Lima said in a statement on Friday.

The eight scientists recognized by the Singapore-based publication are:


  • Dr. Aletta Yñiguez, recipient of the 2017 National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Young Scientist (NAST OSY) for her work on “modeling the dynamics of the ocean ecosystem to build early warning systems;
  • Dr. Phillip Alviola, who contributed to the research on mammalian ecology and bat virology;
  • Dr. Nathaniel Hermosa II, recipient of the 2017 Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal;
  • Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, leader, Philippines’ National Space Development Program (NSDP);
  • Dr. Mario Antonio Jiz II, recipient of the 2017 NAST OSY Award for his contribution in understanding schistosomiasis;
  • Jeffrey Perez, who contributed in the study of geology;
  • Dr. Lanndon Ocampo, recipient of NAST OSY Award for significant contributions in theory and in practice of manufacturing sustainability and risk analysis; and
  • Dr. Lucille Abad, recipient of Julian A. Banzon Medal as a 2017 Outstanding Research and Development Awardee for research on “using irradiated seaweed as a plant growth supplement.

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

The senator also said that acknowledging the contributions of these scientists will be for “the best interests of the country in cultivating science and technology.”

The “Asian Scientist 100” is an annual list of well-renowned and prize-winning researchers, academicians, innovators, and business leaders across the Asia-Pacific region.

READ: Eight Filipinos honored in Asian Scientist 100 for 2018

Asian Scientist Magazine started in 2016, emphasizing research and development within various parts of Asia.

The magazine’s founder and Editor-in-Chief Dr. Juliana Chan said the yearly citation aims to spark interest among young scientists toward excellence in science by making remarkable researchers and inventors as an example. /vvp

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