President Benigno Aquino 3rd has conferred the title of National Scientist on both Angel Alcala and Ramon Barba because of their contributions to the advacement of science and technology in the country.
In Proclamation 782, the President recognized Alcala for his work on biological sciences, particularly marine ecosystem conservation, that contributed to national progress.
Alcala has been recognized as a “national genius” who made many advancements in science and technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree on biology in Siliman University. He went to Stanford University in California, USA to obtain his master’s degree on biological sciences and doctor of philosophy studies.
Aquino, in Proclamation No. 783, also recognized Barba for his work in the field of horticulture. Barba is widely recognized for his contributions in mango farming research.
After earning a degree at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Barba obtained a master’s degree on science at the University of Georgia and a doctorate in horticulture at the University of Hawaii.
The proclamation stated that the government considers science and technology as essential tools for national development, and the state should give priority to research, development, invention and innovation.
The National Scientist title was accorded to Alcala and Barba upon the recommendation of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Academy of Science and Technology.