A Balik Scientist has been named by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as this year’s “Outstanding Professional of the Year in Chemistry,” the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines’ (DOST-NRCP) said.
The DOST-NRCP extended its felicitations to its member, Dr. Jonel P. Saludes for bagging the award.
“Congratulations, Dr. Jonel P. Saludes! Dr. Saludes, a member of NRCP Division of Chemical Sciences and a Balik Scientist, was named 2021 Outstanding Professional of the Year in Chemistry by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC),” read the DOST-NRCP’s Facebook post on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Saludes currently serves as the associate vice president for research and global relations of the University of San Agustin and the director of the Center for Natural Drug Discovery and Development.
“The conferment of the distinction will be on Nov. 12, 2021,” the NRCP said.
Dr. Saludes is currently the Associate Vice President for Research and Global Relations of University of San Agustin and Director of the Center for Natural Drug Discovery and Development (CND3).
“The “Outstanding Professional of the Year Award” is the highest award bestowed by the PRC upon a professional as recommended by his/her peers for having sufficiently demonstrated professional competence of the highest degree and conducted himself/herself with integrity in the exercise of his/her profession; meaningfully participated in professional activities through the professional organization; significantly contributed to the advancement of the profession; and sincerely discharged personal and professional social responsibility through meaningful contribution/participation in socio-related activities,” the NRCP noted.
Saludes is among the eight Filipino scientists who made it to Singapore-based Asian Scientist Magazine’s list of most outstanding researchers in Asia.
He was recognized as one of the 2020 Top 100 Asian Scientists for his research into the chemical biology of natural products from organisms.
Saludes is also the awardee of the 2020 Gregorio Y. Zara Award for Basic Science Research for his research into the chemical biology of natural products from organisms.