By Joshua Lao, DOST-STII
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently recognized outstanding young scientists for this year, including one who specializes in bats. A student of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Phillip A. Alviola
reveals he has been fascinated with bats since he was in high school.
"Studying bats, basically, it's out of interest from high school and college. I was interested sa behavior nila, their interaction with humans, yung mga possible contacts with the disease, novel diseases essentially. We are finding out if some diseases which are familiar may have come from bats,"
"My interest came from understanding kung paano yung mode of transfer from bats to humans and how to avoid it and in the future what are the plans and management to prevent that kind of contact,"
Aside from Alviola, DOST recognized seven other young scientists,
namely: Aletta Concepcion T. Yniguez
from the University of the Philippines Diliman; Lanndon A. Ocampo
from the University of San Carlos; Mario Antonio L. Jiz II
from the Research Institutefor Tropical Medicine; Nathaniel P. Hermosa II
from the University of the Philippines Diliman; Jeffrey S. Perez
from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology; Jayeel S. Cornelio
from Ateneo de Manila University; and Krista Danielle S. Yu
from De La Salle University.
DOST also recognized other remarkable individuals in the field of research and development, technology commercialization, and science administration.
Recognized in the Outstanding Research and Development Award
are Dr.Nathaniel P. Hermosa II in Basic Research category, and Dr. Lucille V. Abad and Dr. Maria Patricia V. Azanza in the Applied Research category
. Abad and Azanza are from the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute respectively.
Dr. Jude L. Sasing, Ilustre I. Guloy Jr.
and Dr. Ramon B. Gustilo
received the Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award
. Meanwhile, Raymond Girard R. Tan
of De La Salle University received the Outstanding Science Administrator Award.
DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña and Sec. Benjamin Diokno representing Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, handed out the plaques, certificates, and cash prizes to the awardees.
The DOST awards are conferred during the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. NSTW will run July 11-15, 2017 featuring forums, technology demonstrations, exhibits, and other activities that cater to all ages.