Wednesday, December 05, 2018 10:43 PM    Views : 382by:Mary Charlotte O. Fresco

The National Research Council of the Philippines is set to mark its 85th founding anniversary celebration on December 10, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. This year's theme "Leading Frontier Research for the Filipino and the ASEAN" is a commemoration of the council's efforts in advancing the state of basic research in the country since its establishment in 1933.

About 250 guests including officials and representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, national government agencies, NRCP Governing Board, and NRCP luminaries will gather to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Gracing the event are Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" M. Angara who serves as the Keynote Speaker, together with guest speakers US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr.

Another highlight of this event is the conferment of Posthumous Awards on personalities who had been instrumental in helping NRCP carry out its mandates. The Awardees are the late former Senator Edgardo J. Angara, a member of NRCP from the Division of Social Sciences and Legislator for S&T and the Arts; Dr. Manuel L. Roxas, charter member and first president of NRCP, and Dr. Patrocinio B. Valenzuela, first and longest serving Executive Secretary. The awards will be received by their respective immediate family members.

NRCP was established through Act 4120 on December 8, 1933, with 114 pioneering Filipino researchers, scientists and technologists. The council is mandated to promote and support fundamental or basic research and a scientific advisory agency of the Department of Science and Technology and to the government. To date, NRCP holds more than 4200 members across the country in different fields of natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities.


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" Dr. Ramon Barba discovered that spraying mango trees with potassium nitrate induced flowering all year round. This technology made the Philippines a leading exporter of mangoes and mango products such as candy, puree and juice. "

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