11 Pinoys in magazine’s Asian Scientist 100

Published October 10, 2020, 4:07 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Eleven Filipino scientists as well as researchers were listed alongside other prestigious technologists from various countries in this year’s Asian Scientist 100 of the Asian Scientist magazine.

Among those recognized was Dr. Raul Destura, from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH) and Vice President of the National Research Council of the Philippines-Department of Science and Technology (DoST-NRCP).

Destura is known for leading the development of the SARS CoV-2 PCR Detection Kit. He was cited for his creation of the award-winning Biotek-M dengue aquakit for faster, more affordable and accessible dengue diagnosis.

Also in the list is Dr. Carlo Arcilla, director of the DoST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute for his contributions to resolving sensitive issues on mineral resource development, water management, and developing peaceful applications for nuclear energy in the Philippines.

Engr. Rober Dizon, Executive Director of the DoST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), made the list for developing the torque mode configuration for multiple variable frequency drives used in the Automated Guideway Transit System, Hybrid Electric Road Train, and Hybrid Electric Train.

Others feted were National Scientist Emil Javier, Alicia Aguinaldo of the University of Santo Tomas; Emma Sales of the University of Southern Mindanao; Cleotilde Hidalgo-How of UP Manila; Alonzo Gabriel of UP Diliman; and Raymond Tan and Susan Gallardo, both from the De La Salle University.

Since 2016, the Asian Scientist Magazine has compiled a list of Asia’s most outstanding researchers.

“Now into its fourth edition, the Asian Scientist 100 list celebrates the success of the region’s best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines,” it said.

DoST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena was elated with the recognition received by the scientists and researchers.

“I am proud. Eleven out of 100 among so many Asian countries is a sizable share. Two are heads of DoST agencies – Dr Carlo Acilla of PNRI and Engr Robert Dizon of MIRDC. Of course National Scientist Emil Javier was DoST head when it was still NSTA,” Dela Pena said.