Nationa[euro][TM]s Outstanding Researchers Awarded

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Byline: MADEL R. SABATER

The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) yesterday awarded 11 Filipino researchers in recognition of their outstanding research works in various fields of Science and Technology at the 73rd NCRP Annual Meeting at the Manila Hotel.

The 2005 NRCP Achievement Awardees are mathematician Evelyn Tan for her significant contributions in graph theory and combinatorics; Dr. Thelma Tupasi, for her studies on tuberculosis (TB) and its prevalence in the different parts of the country; pharmacist Felicita Fojas for her significant researches in chemistry and biological activity of Philippine medical plants; social scientist Zelda Zablan for her analysis of mortality differentials and trends and determinants of family planning practices;

Biologist Nelia Salazar for her research breakthroughs, including the use of a microbe in the treatment of scabies; agriculturist Agnes Rola for her research on the economics pesticide use in rice; structural engineer Ernesto Tabujara for his earthquake-resistant and extreme wind resistant design structures, among others; physicist Vincent Ricardo Daria for his research efforts in photonics and electro-optic instrumentation;

Chemist Florina Merca for her discovery of cytotoxic lectins with anti-cancer; consumate artist Basilio Esteban Villaruz for his encyclopic writings and holistic creations in the field of dancing; and meteorologist Rolu Encarnacion for developing a mathematical model in storm surge prediction in the country.

Meanwhile, to achieve sustainable development, the Philippine government has been urged to put Science and Technology (S&T) among its top priorities.

In his keynote address during the 73rd anniversary of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) at the Manila Hotel yesterday, Embassy of Japan Minister Consul General Eiichi Oshima said that "without prioritizing Science and Technology, a nation will not develop. …