Call for Nominees to the PFCS Awards 2020

The Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies recognizes outstanding contributions to Chemistry through the PFCS Outstanding Achievement Awards. The awards aim to:

  1. Inspire the youth to take up chemistry
  2. Recognize outstanding contribution of chemists to development of discipline
  3. Recognize outstanding and exemplary contributions to society through chemistry

The PFCS Outstanding Achievement Awards is given under four categories:

  1. Chemistry Education
  2. Chemical Research
  3. Chemical Industry
  4. Service to the Chemistry Profession

Click here for more information about the categories.

Guidelines for Nomination

  1. The following are excluded from the nominations: members of the PFCS board, members of the PFCS Awards Committee and the members of the National Organizing Committee and the Steering Committee for the 35th Philippine Chemistry Congress (PCC).
  2. The nomination will be evaluated by the PFCS Awards Committee which may consult experts as needed.
  3. Submit three (3) copies of the following documents including recent passport size picture of the nominee:
    1. Comprehensive Resume
    2. List of Publications
    3. List of Awards, Dates of Awards and Award-Giving body
  4. The deadline for submission is on or before 15 March 2020
  5. Kindly submit the requirements to:
    Dr. Glenn V. Alea
    President
    Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies Inc. (PFCS)
    Unit 233 Cityland Pioneer Condominium
    Pioneer St., Barangay Highway Hills
    Manadaluyong City 1550

Dr. Marissa G. Noel: 2017 PFCS Achievement Award for Service to the Chemistry Profession

Dr. Marissa Garcia Noel has long been quietly working to the benefit of the Philippine Chemistry Community. She has been a regular member of organizing committees of the Philippine Chemistry Congress and most notably, has been an indispensable and trusted organizer to whom industry partners and exhibitors flock.  She efficiently headed the Ways and Means Committee of many local and international PCCs since 2001 while capitalizing on her reputation to influence industry people, raise funds and generate income for the PCC.  Likewise, she also rendered similar services to the Natural Product Society of the Philippines (NPSP).  She sat on the organizing committee of several NPSP National Conferences and was the lead local organizer/host of the December 2013 conference held at DLSU.

Dr. Noel is instrumental to the ratification of the Chemistry Law.  Marissa, together with siblings Representative Victoria Isabel G. Noel and Former Representative Florencio Gabriel G. Noel, helped the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) and the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies (PFCS) by liaising and lobbying for the Chemistry Profession Act in the Philippine Congress and Senate.  After years of lobbying, dogged persistence and monitoring, the Chemistry Profession Act was signed into law by the Philippine President in 2015.  The new Chemistry Law regulates, modernizes and protects the practice of the Chemistry profession in the Philippines.

She is the former Chair of the Chemistry Department of De La Salle University where some of her primary responsibilities include revising and offering new curricular programs, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, promoting food chemistry research, mentoring and training new faculty members and helping organize the DLSU Food Institute and the food chemistry laboratory at the DLSU Science and Technology Complex in Laguna.

Throughout her professional career, Dr. Noel has been competently and quietly pushing for the cooperative amalgamation of the academe, the chemical industries and the policy-making sectors of the country for the advancement of chemistry.

Dr. Noel hails from Tacloban, Leyte. She obtained her BS Chemistry from the University of San Carlos and briefly taught at the Divine Word University. She did her MS in Food Science at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños and worked as a research assistant at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Institute of Food Science and Technology. She later joined De La Salle University, and finished her PhD at Ateneo de Manila University under Dr. Fabian Dayrit.

Dr. Maribel G. Nonato: 2017 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Award for Research

Dr. Maribel G. Nonato obtained her doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry with specialization on Natural Products Chemistry from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia in 1993.  Upon her return to the University of Santo Tomas, Dr. Nonato resumed her research activities at the Research Center for the Natural Sciences (RCNS) were she pioneered research on the Phytochemistry and Biological Activities of Philippine grown species of the Genus Pandanus (Family Pandanaceae).  The main goal of the research is the discovery of novel or new bioactive secondary metabolites from the Genus Pandanus. It is the future goal of the project to develop the plants into herbal products.

Monocots are rarely tapped as source of bioactive secondary metabolites.  The Genus Pandanus is a monocot comprising of about 450species with about 20 species endemic to the country.  There were very limited works reported on Pandanus when Dr. Nonato started her work on the world of pandans in 1991.  An initial engagement was established with the late Dr. Benjamin Stone, the world renowned Pandanus botanist who was then working with the National Museum on a project focused on the inventory of Philippine medicinal plants.  Dr. Stone was delighted to hear of someone interested to work on the group of plants that feature prickled, fibrous and hard leaves.  Unfortunately, because of Dr. Stone’s untimely death while in the Philippines, the partnership did not prosper.  But that did not stop Dr. Nonato from continuing her passion to discover the virtues of the Genus Pandanus to add values on their known medicinal and handicraft uses.

The novelty of the Pandanus alkaloids merited an invitation to write a chapter on the book series “The Alkaloids:  Chemistry and Biology” in 2008 acknowledging the contribution of  Dr. Nonato to the Chemistry of Alkaloids. So far the study on Philippine grown Pandanus species revealed the presence of alkaloids in two Pandanus species, P. amaryllifolius and P. dubius.   Dr. Nonato’s research on the novel alkaloids of Pandanus earned her the 2006 National Research Council of the Philippines Achievement Award in Chemical Sciences.  To better understand the biogenesis of the Pandanus alkaloids which so far were found to be limited in two Pandanus species she conducted studies on the endophytic fungi thriving on the leaves of P. amaryllifolius.  The research led to the discovery of new secondary metabolites with new biological activities.  Neighboring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand started to undertake similar researches on their Pandanus species. Biological studies on the Pandanus species reveled the potential of these plants as source of antimicrobials, antiviral, diuretics, antituberculars, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

Dr. Maribel G. Nonato is presently the Vice Rector for Research and Innovation at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), first female and lay person to assume the post since September 2014.  She had served the University of Santo Tomas as administrator in different capacities: Director of Research Center for the Natural Sciences, acting Assistant to the Rector for Research and Development, Dean of the College of Science and Assistant to the Rector for Research and Innovation.

Mark Valentine P. Balanay: 2017 PFCS-Shimadzu Achievement Award for Chemical Industry

Mark Balanay used his chemical knowledge and skills to become a leader in Philippine Sinter Corporation, a major corporation in Cagayan de Oro. He has engaged in a wide range of activities, including operation & production, analytical laboratory management, research & quality assurance, and human resource management. He is also the company’s lead auditor for ISO 14001 & ISO 9001. Mark has likewise used his skills to guide and build up the chemistry community in northern Mindanao into an active and responsive organization. This mix of experience, competencies and commitment, including his dynamic interface with government, academe, industry, and scientific associations, makes him a well-rounded leader.

He obtained his BS Chemistry Degree at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan as a DOST scholar. He obtained a MA Management Degree major in Environmental Management at Liceo de Cagayan University and a BS in Secondary Education at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology.

Janeth Morata-Fuentes: 2017 PFCS Achievement Awardee for Chemistry Education (Secondary Level)

Ms. JANETH MORATA-FUENTES is a special science teacher at the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus in Palo, Leyte. She teaches Chemistry and handles Science &Technology Research. She graduated from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education (Chemistry).  She took her Master of Education (Teaching and Curriculum Studies) at the University of Sydney (New South Wales, Australia) where she graduated with merit. She is currently a PhD (Chemistry Education) student at the UP Open University.

As a teacher, Janeth passionately mentors gifted students of Pisay. In recognition of her excellence in teaching, she was granted the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010 – the youngest teacher recipient of this career award. That same year, the PSHS Foundation’s Dr. Cleofe Bacungan Endowment Fund accorded her the honor of the Natatanging Guro (Natural Sciences Cluster) Award, in acknowledgment of her meritorious teaching service.  She was also conferred the highest award for Civil Servants, the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in 2011 in recognition of her efforts to improve quality of life by conducting activities promoting science and technology research and advancing science education. She was awarded in 2012 by the Academy of Singapore Teachers (Ministry of Education) the Outstanding Educator in Residence placement, training Chemistry teachers and involving herself in consultancy work with school administrators and master teachers.

As a research teacher, she mentored students who were awarded grand prizes in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, earning her a citation for Outstanding Contribution as Research Adviser. She also leads conduct of significant researches such as environmental studies of bodies of water in Leyte, exploration of natural products from marine sources and finding ways to mitigate harmful algal blooms.

Janeth is not just involved in teaching and research. Recently, she served as Project Leader of the PSHS System’s Curriculum Review and Materials Development Project which oversaw the development and revision of the PSHS curriculum to align it with the K-12 program of the government and meet its mission of providing a special science curriculum for gifted students. Aside from this, she also spearheaded the PSHS-Meralco National Science Fair for two years which later became the Philippine International Science Fair. The said fairs featured scientific studies from all PSHS campuses and from international participants. She also served as National Coordinator of the Upgrading Program: Learning Institute for Teachers, a nationwide program of PSHS which trained teachers in Science, Math and English in preparation for the rollout of the K-12 curriculum.

Janeth also busies herself with book writing projects and is co-author of a book in Integrated Science. She is also invited as resource person in various teacher trainings where she shares her expertise in teaching, curriculum development and pedagogy.

Despite these achievements, Janeth remains humble and grounded and is a most loyal friend to a select group of people. She often jokes that she will never win an award for exemplary mom but she might win one for trying very hard. She spends downtime with her children, Earendil and Earwen, who serves as balm to her often tired self and who has banned her from doing any cooking for them.

A Growing OPCW Family: OPCW Associate Programme Launches

In September 2000, a group of hand-picked scientists, chemical engineers and technological specialists embark on a three month long capacity-building project to enhance their knowledge of the Chemical Weapons Convention and to develop the skills necessary to operate in a modern chemistry environment.

Now in its 18th year, the OPCW Associate Programme has evolved into a major international training project conducted over 9-10 weeks in Asia, Europe, and Latin America to foster the economic and technological development of OPCW Member States. More than 400 Alumni from 118 developing countries support national implementation of the Convention and engage in outreach activities worldwide.

Read more at opcw.org.

NRCP Recognizes Outstanding Filipino Researchers

This page originally appears at the DOST website with the complete roster of awardees.

The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) in its Annual Scientific Conference and 83rd General Membership Assembly held last 16 March 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center conferred Outstanding Achiever Awards to three Filipino researchers/scientists, Outstanding Research Institutions to four academic institutions, Award of Distinctions to four Filipino researchers, and Honorable Recognition Awards to two NRCP Member Emeriti.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER AWARDS

DR. MYLENE M. UY is honored for her exemplary achievements and invaluable contributions to research in the field of Natural Products Chemistry particularly on drug discovery and development from Philippine medicinal plants endemic in Mindanao. Dr. Uy’s exemplary leadership in the implementation of the first Tuklas Lunas Development Center of DOST-PCHRD in the Mindanao is also highly praised along with her unwavering dedication and support in the development and promotion of natural products research in Region. Dr. Uy is a Regular Member of the NRCP Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is currently with the Department of Chemistry, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology.

CHEMICAL SCIENCES
NRCP Award of Distinction for 2015

DR. FORTUNATO B. SEVILLA III
Professor Emeritus, College of Science
University of Santo Tomas

For being an outstanding scientist, innovator, and leader who made significant contributions in the field of analytical chemistry, through his pioneering innovative work in chemical sensors and biosensors; his active and dedicated involvement in both local and international academic and chemistry communities, with papers published in leading international journals; his distinguished contributions as reflected in patents and in low-cost instrumentation he developed for chemical education; and his zealous desire in mentoring the young minds to become scientists themselves.

NRCP MEMBER EMERITUS

DR. BEATRICE Q. GUEVARA
Professor Emeritus, University of Santo Tomas

For her inspiring leadership in the formulation of policies and setting directions for the growth and development of basic sciences in the field of chemical sciences; for her distinguished membership in the Council, and being an inspiration to budding scientists in the country.