Pinoy scientists hailed for work in medicine, astronomy, other fields


Posted at May 23 2019 01:26 AM

MANILA—The Senate applauded a Filipina doctor and 8 scientists for "bringing pride and prestige to the country."

Under Senate resolutions 882 and 923 adopted Wednesday, the upper chamber honored Dr. Gay Jane Perez for winning first place at the 2018 Asian-US Science Prize for Women and 8 Filipinos who were among the Asian Scientist 100 (AS100).

Perez, who was up against 7 other scientists from Southeast Asia, was honored for her work using satellite date to forecast drought, which could help farmers identify ideal planting areas and seasons to improve their yield.

The 8 scientists recognized were: Lucille Abad, Philip Alviola, Nathaniel Hermosa II, Mario Antonio Jiz II, Lanndon Ocampo, Jeffrey Perez, Rogel Mari Sese and Aletta Conception Yñiguez.

Abad was credited for working on irradiated carrageenan as food supplement for plants. A carrageenan is a substance extracted from a specific type of seaweeds.

Alviola was recognized for his study on wildlife, while Hermosa was honored for his research on light and light-matter interaction.

Jiz did a research on a disease caused by a type of parasitic flatworm and developing a vaccine, Ocampo made contributions in manufacturing sustainability, while Perez was credited for studies on fault lines and earthquakes.

Sese was recognized for his contributions in astrophysics and his space-research advocacy, while Yniguez for her work in marine biology and fisheries.

“To be recognized as an honoree of AS100, one must have received a national or international prize in 2017 for scientific research or leadership,” said outgoing Sen. Bam Aquino, who authored the resolutions.