DOST’S PCAARRD CITES OUT­STAND­ING SCI­EN­TISTS, RE­SEARCHERS

Agriculture - - Awardees - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

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.

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