President Rodrigo Duterte conferred on former University of the Philippines (UP) president Emil Javier the title National Scientist in recognition of his contribution to advance science and technology in the country.
“The work of Emil Q. Javier, PhD, in the field of agriculture, through spearheading the Institute of Plant Breeding, which popularized high-yielding crops and disease -resistant varieties in the country and in Asia, evinces his outstanding contributions to the progress of science and technology in the Philippines and the world,” Proclamation 781, which the President signed on August 2, said.
Duterte also cited Javier for promoting “sound agricultural policies and programs, massive utilization of climate-resilient and environment-friendly agricultural innovations, and improved governance and management system to help improve the livelihood of Filipino farmers and fisherfolk.”
The President added that Javier “played an active role in the efforts to inform the public about the nature of science and its potential to improve people’s access to food and health, and to emphasize the need for high safety standards in both research and production of biotechnological innovations.”
Javier, born in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on Sept. 11, 1940, earned his bachelor’s degree from UP Los Baños, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois and his doctorate in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University.
He also served as chairman of the National Science Development Board and as vice president of the National Academy of Science and Technology.
The Order of National Scientists is considered the highest national recognition conferred on Filipinos for distinguished individual or collaborative achievement in the physical sciences and technology.
National Scientists shall be given gratuities and be entitled to privileges enjoyed by National Artists, which include monthly pension, medical benefits and state burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.