DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DOST) Sec. Estrella Alabastro urged the University to help the government produce more competent scientists in technology fields.

“We have to prepare our young people adequately so they can perform well in technology-based enterprises that will soon dominate the country,” Sec. Alabastro said in her keynote speech during the awarding ceremony of the Albertus Magnus Science Award and 80th Jubilee Outstanding Achievement Award last Feb. 5 in the Medicine Auditorium.

“Limited financial resources of the government require that all sectors of society, most especially educational institutions, should share in the initiatives,” she said.

She also encouraged budding researchers and young scientists to concentrate their studies on strategic scientific areas, such as basic research in information and communication technology, biotechnology, environment, fuels, and health products to help the country’s growing economy.Other socio-economic issues of interest to the government are for the environment and its sustainability, poverty, ethics, and product liability.

Meanwhile, the College of Science recognized the contribution of its alumni in their respective fields through its Albertus Magnus Science Award and the 80th Jubilee Outstanding Achievement Award being given every five years.

The Albertus Magnus Science Award was awarded to Department of Health Sec. Fransisco Duque, UST Hospital chief operating officer William Olalia, Opthalmologist and Legaspi Eye Institute founder Elaine Nantes, Microbiologist and San Miguel Pure Foods Company, Inc. food safety manager Elaine Nantes, De La Salle University College of Science dean Gerardo Janairo, Generali PIlipinas Life Assurance Company senior executive vice-president and chief operating officer Sharon Maranan, UST Graduate School professional volunteer counselor/psychotherapist Suzette Muñoz-Agcaoili, and former Science dean Gloria Bernas, who received a posthumous award.

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On the other hand, the 80th Jubilee Outstanding Achievement Award, given to alumni who excelled in areas of endeavor other than their field of expertise, was given to Faculty of Medicine and Surgery regent Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P, multi-awarded song writer and recording artist Zeno Zuñiga, SBARRO and Burgoo American Bar owner Teresa Rodriguez, Rockbuilt Enterprise president Rudy Chua, former Varsitarian editor in chief Victor Nadera, and Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros’ screen writer Michiko Yamamoto. Leonard James D. Postrado

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