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DOST commends composting technology invention of a UP professor

An awarding ceremony happened at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino at Ermita, Manila last April 23. A professor and scientist at University of the Philippines-Los Banos had received an award from the Department of Science and Technology-National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST).

 
ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra

ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings Inc. had recently formed an addition to Kapamilya Network, Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the objectives of this network is to promote an advocacy for Filipinos to connect and experience real and good music and to provide music of the highest caliber to the general audience. It consists of 40-piece musical ensemble. Composer Ryan Cayabyab commended the formation of this group which will be introduced to the public  in a concert entitled Icons at the Arena at the SM Mall of Asia.

 
Filipino Agricultural Scientist

Ramon Magsaysay Foundation (RMAF) had recognized Asian people who became true leaders in their own field. One of the awardees is Romulo Davide, also known as the "Father of Plant Nematology", a 78-year-old agricultural scientist. He was given recognition because of his unwavering passion in helping Filipino farmers. He had conducted broad research about fungi which lead to the development of biological products that struggle nematode infestations common in vegetables, rice, and fruits, among others.

 
Outstanding Filipino Inventors
The Department of Science and Technology had celebrated the National Science and Technology Month last July. Part of their event is the awarding of four innovative scientists from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) for sharing their expertise in thru research in various fields. Among them are:
 
In genetics, Christian Joseph Cumagun had received the Outstanding Research and Development Eduardo Quisumbing Medal for plotting the genes fusarium fungus which can help destroy plant pathogens, so the use of pesticides was reduced. He was an agricultural scientist at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Los Baños.
 
The Great ASEAN Scientists

The following are the scientists who received prominent award because they have used science to uplift their community:

Romulo Davide, an agricultural scientist was one of the recipients of 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Awards last August 31. Davide was recognized because his contribution in agricultural research. He had encouraged other farmers to use science in their farming activities.

With this start, Davide made empowerment possible through his Farmer-Scientists Training Programme. He established linkages with scientists who will help the farmers in the integration of science in crop production. With Davide’s projects, new technologies were developed to assist various farming needs.

 
Corazon C. Aquino

Corazon C. Aquino was born on 25 January 1933 in Manila. She was the daughter of Jose Cojuangco Sr. of Tarlac and Demetria Sumulong of Rizal. She studied in Manila and finished a bachelorís degree in French and Mathematics in Mount Saint Vincent College, New York, in 1953. She was the widow of the late Benigno S. Aquino Jt., the opposition party leader during the Marcos regime.

After the EDSA People Power Revolution, Corazon Aquino served as the president of the Philippines. She founded a transitory revolutionary government since the success of the People Power Revolution was a clear denouncement of 1973 Constitution by the people.

 
Fidel V. Ramos

After President Aguinoís term, the next elected president was Fidel Valdez Ramos, with Joseph Estrada as his vice-president. He took his oath of presidency on 27 July 1992.

Ramos was the first Protestant president of the country. Nevertheless, he served the people without bias towards any religion. He is the son of Narciso Ramos, a politician, and Angela Valdez, a teacher in Lingayen, Pangasinan. He finished engineering at the National University, and took his masterís at the University of Illinois. He also studied at the West Point Academy. He began his service in the Armed Forces of the Philippines as second lieutenant until he became the AFP Vice-Chief-of-Staff. This was his position when he and Juan Ponce Enrile defected to the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986.

 
LiDAR, an inexpensive laser

Learn LiDAR, a technology that makes use of laser pulses that generate 3D data.

Peter John Rodrigo, a Filipino laser scientist, is the recipient of prominent 2012 DOPS Prize for his work on wind LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) and optical trapping. He is a researcher for the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Fotonik Optical Sensor Technology group. His wind LiDAR can measure the wind direction and velocity remotely. DTU Fotonik supported the commercialization of Rodrigo’s invention. Since the device is using inexpensive semiconductor lasers, the company recently patented LiDAR.

 
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