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Topacio Receives Nat'l Scientist Award
Written by Loren   
Thursday, 25 June 2009

In pursuant of the Proclamation No. 1762 signed in April 30 this year, the National Scientist Award was given to 84-year-old, Dr. Teodulo M. Topacio Jr. for his outstanding achievement in veterinary medicine and agriculture.

Topacio's studies on leptospirosis, particularly the transmission of the disease from pigs to humans and his research on other animal diseases like bacterial abortion in cattle, parasitic liver disease and virus disease of dogs and tumors in cats are among Topacio's achievements He also led the drafting and lobbying of the proposed Anti-Rabies Bill which was signed by President Arroyo as Anti-Rabies Act 2007.

President Arroyo Wednesday conferred National Scientist Award and Presidential Medal of Merit on Dr.Teodulo M. Topacio Jr. and Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) General Manager Araceli Villanueva, respectively.

With his family, Dr. Topacio received the "highest national recognition" conferred upon to Filipinos for their outstanding contribution in science.

The rank and title of National Scientist was created under Presidential Decree No. 1003-A on December 16, 1976 in recognition of the outstanding achievements of Filipino scientists in science and technology.

Meanwhile, Villanueva received the presidential medal for her contribution to the Philippine government’s successful hosting of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Summits from 2006 to 2007 and the successful implementation of the P200-million PICC rehabilitation program.


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