Three exceptional awards were given to Filipino scientists for their scientific contribution to food development.
The awards were given on the 2013 National Science Week an annual celebration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Amelia Tejada was given the “Discardo L. Umali Medal” for her contribution to the Food Development Center-National Food Authority (FDC-NFA).
The Discardo Umali Medal, Outstanding Science Administration Award, is named after the Father of Plant Breeding.
Umali is known for his plant breeding work that improved food grains, legumes, fruits and ornamental plants.
Tejada has been in FDC-NFA as an Executive Director for five years, she was a Pesticide Residue Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from 1969 to 1999.
“She was instrumental in the development of the Centralized Contaminants Laboratory at FDC-NFA, Her diligent and skillful of these and other equipment with her staff, for the detection and measurement of very low level of contaminants in food,” the DOST said in a statement.
“Meeting the most stringent international standard of the Food and Agriculture Organization and Codex Alimentarius Commission has expanded the laboratory’s value and service to both government and industry,” they added.
Scientists from the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology received the Gregorio Y. Zara Medal for the commercialization of the Salmonella DNA Amplification System (DASTM).
Zara invented the Earth Induction Compass and Vapor Chamber to only name a few. He was also a pioneers of aeronautical engineering in the Philippines.
The scientists – Teresita Ramirez, Susan Sedano, Arsenia BSapin, Maria Teresita Perez and Reynaldo Ebora – received awards named after the renowned Filipino Engineer and Inventor.
DASTM is made for the rapid detection of Salmonella microorganism in foods and animal feeds.
The department said that Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-borne illness.
“Regularly monitoring of Salmonella using this kit by quality control laboratories was made faster, definite and with higher confidence ensuring product quality and consumer safety,” DOST added.
Waren Baticados received the Eduardo Quisumbing Medal, Outstanding Research and Development Award for Basic Research for his research the “Molecular researches and diagnostics of national priority of protozoal and bacterial diseases of livestock and companion animals.”
Baticados was given an award named after the Treasure Hunter of Green Gold, Quisumbing, who is also known as the Father of Philippine Orchidology and a conservationist of the Philippine Herbarium.
Baticados is a senior author whose works were published in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).
“The findings of his research study is essential in constructing an accurate disease map which can serve as a scientific guide in the formulation of cost-effective disease intervention and control especially in disease endemic area,” the department stressed.
“It will also provide up to date disease detection systems in the promotion and modernization of agricultural competitiveness to enhance food security, a significant contributory factor in poverty alleviation,” they added. PNA