DOST’S PCAARRD CITES OUTSTANDING SCIENTISTS, RESEARCHERS
THE PHILIPPINE COUNCIL for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST) held its recognition and awarding ceremony to coincide with its fourth anniversary in June of this year. Held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, the celebration had the theme, “Enhancing Alliances, Optimizing Outcomes,” to highlight the value of the Council’s local and international partnerships towards realizing its mandates for the interest of the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sectors.
According to PCAARRD Acting Executive Director Reynaldo V. Ebora, the Council emerged as DOST’s primary arm in AANR research and development concerns following the consolidation of the former Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) and the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) in 2011.
Guided by a culture of research and development excellence, Dr. Ebora said the PCAARRD plans, coordinates, directs, and implements the national agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources research and development program.
“As one of the leading groups that extends research and development (R&D) support to the agriculture sector, the role of PCAARRD cannot be discounted. The programs that it formulates for science and technology-based R&D in the different sectors are truly beneficial and crucial to the sectors’ further growth and development,” keynote speaker Senator Cynthia Villar said in a message delivered by Las Piñas congressman Mark Villar.
OUTSTANDING R&D ACCOMPLISHMENTS
During the occasion, outstanding research and development (R&D) accomplishments were recognized through the Council’s Pantas and Tanglaw awards.
The recognition focused on significant research and development outputs that allow the PCAARRD to address its task of providing science-based know-how and tools toward raising agricultural productivity to world-class standards in pursuit of the DOST’s Outcome One. The Pantas Award seeks outstanding scientists/researchers and research administrators, while the Tanglaw Award looks for laudable research institutions. Pantas researchers/scientists were evaluated for their significant contributions to the advancement of Philippine agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources.
Research administrators and institutions, on the other hand, are evaluated for their effectiveness and efficiency in the identification and pursuit of relevant research agenda with the end view of promoting national development through the creative use of S&T.