A CHIEF science research specialist, a coastal-resource management
specialist, an industrial-engineering and operations-research
expert, a nuclear-technology chemistry research specialist,
a plant-breeding and biotechnology specialist, and a computer-science
These were the expertise of the six scientists honored by the
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Thursday because
they have made contributions to the advancement of scientific
research in the country. Science Secretary Estrella Alabastro
led the ceremonies held at Sulô Hotel in Quezon City.
Dr. Sergio Francisco, chief science research specialist of
the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), was conferred
the level of scientist by the DOST under the Scientific Career
Dr. Francisco’s areas of specialization include production
economics, impact assessment and benefit-cost analysis of management
options, multicriteria analysis, resource economics and statistics.
He authored and coauthored 27 scientific papers and technical
bulletins published in scientific journals.
The Scientific Career System was established within the civil
service pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 784 on March 17, 1982.
It was formally organized on July 19, 1983, with the issuance
of EO 901. It was reinforced when Section 4 of Republic Act
8439, or the Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers
and Other Science and Technology Personnel in Government, was
included, according to the information on the pamphlet.
Four other scientists were honored as graduates of the Japan
Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) program to earn
their Ph.D. dissertation, or the Ronpaku program.
They were Dr. Victor Soliman of Bicol University, Dr. Iris
Ann Martinez of University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman,
Dr. Lucille Abad of DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
(PNRI), and Victoria Lapitan of PhilRice.
Soliman, an Assistant Professor V, specializes in coastal-resource
management, while Martinez is affiliated with the Department
of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in UP Diliman.
Abad, a senior science research specialist at the PNRI, is
focused on chemistry research. Lapitan is specializing in plant
breeding and biotechnology.
The Ronpaku program is offered to deserving researchers and
academicians in Asia to give them the opportunity to obtain
a Ph.D. degree in Japanese universities with free matriculation.
The program is one of the major components of the DOST-JSPS
Joint Scientific Cooperation Program.
Since the Ronpaku program started in the Philippines in 1979,
it already produced a total 69 graduates, with 16 ongoing fellows
from 18 institutions and 12 fields of specialization as of fiscal
Meanwhile, Dr. Ricolindo Cariño was honored in the Balik
Scientist Program. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science at La
Trobe University in Australia. He finished his Bachelor of Science
in Applied Mathematics at UP Los Baños.
Dr. Cariño was credited for improving the registration
process of UP Los Baños by installing an upgraded registration
software and developing software manuals, and also conducted
Secretary Alabastro also inducted the 2009 officers of the
Philippine Association of Career Scientists Inc. (PACS). The
new PACS officers are Dr. Eulito Bautista (president), Dr. Teotimo
Aganon (vice president), Dr. Constancio Asis Jr. (secretary),
Dr. Evelyn Gergon (treasurer), Dr. Victor Amoroso (auditor),
Dr. Eusebio Dizon (PRO), Dr. Carlos Garcia (business manager)
and board members Dr. Erlinda Mari, Engr. Samuel Franco, Forester
Arsenio Ella and Dr. Trinidad Trinidad.