BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY- The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), the highest recognition body in the Philippines that recognizes and provides incentives to Filipino scientists for outstanding achievements in scientific research and development, has extended the submission of nominations for 2020 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) Awards and 2020 DOST Intellectual Property Awards (IPA) to May 21 due to the on-going imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
The NSTW Awards are intended to recognize deserving individual or group who had exemplified outstanding qualities in science and technology and who have earned themselves worthy of their achievements and accomplishments. It is divided into three (3) categories, namely: (1) Outstanding Science Administrator Award or the Dioscoro L. Umali Medal, (2) Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award or the Gregorio Y. Zara Medal, and (3) Outstanding Research and Development Award, which is further subdivided into two (2) sub-categories: (a)Basic Research or the Eduardo A. Qusimbing Medal, and (b) Applied Research or the Julian A. Banzon Medal.
BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY - After series of screenings, three distinguished finalists are vying for the 2020 NAST Environmental Science Award (NESA) of the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL). This year’s finalists are Dr. Anthony S.F Chiu of De La Salle University, Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu of Ateneo de Manila University, and Dr. Ian A. Navarrete of Southern Leyte State University – Hinunangan.
NESA was first launched in 2001 as part of the celebration of the World Earth Day and as the Academy’s answer to the rapid pace of environmental degradation and the possible eventual depletion of natural resources. The Earth Day has been annually celebrated every 22nd of April since 1970 as the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. It aims to provide a voice to the emerging environmental consciousness in order to provide more awareness on environmental concerns. Since then, the celebration globally boosted recycling efforts and eventually led to the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
NESA aims to recognize outstanding scientific and technological research works that have significant contributions to environmental protection and conservation in the country. Spearheaded by the efforts of the late NAST PHL president National Scientist Perla D. Santos Ocampo, this award was established through the help of Dr. Hugh Greenwood, a philanthropist and founder of the Children’s Research Fund in the United States. This award was formerly called NAST-Hugh Greenwood Environmental Science Award.