Duterte confers National Scientist title to ex-UP president

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2019 10:27 AM | Updated as of Aug 08 2019 10:55 AM

Visiting South African President Nelson Mandela (right) is awarded an honorary doctor of law degree by the University of the Philippines president Emil Javier (left) during ceremonies at the state-run school. Mandela is visiting the Philippines at the start of a four-nation tour of southeast Asia. Pool/AFP

MANILA - A former president of the University of the Philippines is the country’s newest National Scientist.

President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the prestigious title to Dr. Emil Javier, an agriculture expert who served as head of the premiere state university between 1993 and 1999.

Proclamation No. 781, signed by President Duterte on Aug. 2, honors Javier for his “outstanding contributions to the progress of science and technology in the Philippines and the world.”

"[Javier] led and promoted sound agricultural policies and programs, massive utilization of climate resilient and environment friendly agricultural innovations, and improved governance and management systems to help improve the livelihood of Filipino farmers and fisherfolk," Duterte said in his proclamation.

The Palace also noted Javier’s leadership of the Institute of Plant Breeding which popularized high-yielding crops and disease-resilient varieties in the Philippines and in Asia.

Dr. Emil Javier graces the UP Society of Research, Extension and Professional Staff, Inc. (UP REPS) 5th Annual Scientific Conference and 9th General Assembly Meeting at the Shercon Resort and Ecology Park in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas on March 22, 2018. Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO

Javier earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and his doctorate in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University.

He also served as chair of the National Science Development Board, and as vice president of the National Academy of Science and Technology.