By Dhel Nazario
The late senator Edgardo Angara will be one of those to receive a posthumous award from the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) of the Department of Science and Techonology (DOST) at the NCRP’s 85th founding anniversary today, December 10.
Angara will be given the posthumous awards alongside the first President of the NRCP Dr. Manuel Luz Roxas, and Dr. Patrocinio B. Valenzuela, first and longest serving Executive Secretary.
The descendants of the posthumous awardees will receive the plaques of recognition.
Senator Angara, who passed away last May will receive the Posthumous National Service Award in recognition of his dedication and enduring legacy on the promotion and development of science, technology and innovation, and multidisciplinary research to support national policymaking, education reform, and the people’s right to education, among others.
Senator Angara was named “Basic Research Champion” for advocating basic research in several NRCP events and for promoting and funding basic research projects.
Dr. Roxas on the other hand, who served as NRCP’s president from 1933 to 1937, will receive the Posthumous Institutional Service Award in recognition of his initiative and support that led to the creation of the NRCP on December 8, 1933 through Act 4120 (An Act Creating a National Research Council of the Philippine Islands for the Promotion of Research Work Along Scientific Lines).
He was a charter member, served as chairman for four years, and later on considered as the “Father of the National Research Council of the Philippines”.
Meanwhile, Dr. Valenzuela, will also receive the Posthumous Institutional Service Award for being the longest serving Executive Secretary of the Council since its creation in 1933 until 1972. His service witnessed the endeavors of the Council from pre-war to post war. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Commission on Volcanology (COMVOL), now known as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).