Four UPLB researchers named DOST Scientist I

  • Written by  Regina Mae C. Ongkiko
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Four UPLB researchers named DOST Scientist I © OVCRE/Regina Mae C. Ongkiko

Four researchers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños were conferred Scientist Rank under the Scientific Career System (SCS) last June 30 at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Libis, Quezon City. Named Scientist I were Dr. Nelly S. Aggangan, Dr. Edwin P. Alcantara , Dr. Cristina M. Bajet, and Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang.

New Scientist I of UPLB and their Contributions

Dr. Nelly S. Aggangan
Forest Biotechnology and Plant Nutrition

Contributed significantly to researches on mycorrhizal fungi as an alternative to chemical fertilizers for reforestation species; development and commercialization of MYKOVAM. Involved in the formulation and implementation of research programs on bioremediation of mining-degraded areas in the country.

Dr. Edwin P. Alcantara

Contributed significantly to the implementation of a proactive approach to insect resistance management for transgenic maize in the Philippines. Facilitated science-based decision-making by the concerned government agency through his research on secondary ecological effects of transgenic maize.

Dr. Cristina M. Bajet
Pesticide Chemistry
Crop Protection Cluster
College of Agriculture

Contributed significantly to the understanding and risk management of pesticide residues in food and the environment. Collaborated on the development of an enzymatic bioremediation technology on horticultural crops and the identification of common household practices for reducing pesticide residues. Measured organic contaminants in tributaries to Manila Bay and the toxicity of pesticides used in the Pagsanjan-Lumban watershed on aquatic organisms for hazard assessment.

Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang
Chemical Ecology and Pesticide Management
Crop Protection Cluster
College of Agriculture

Contributed significantly in identifying concerns in agricultural use of pesticides and risk management measures to mitigate risk for consumers, farmers and applicators. Provided pesticide risk managers with tools for risk management and communication. Produced a manual on Good Agricultural Practices and Philippine National Standards for mango. Identified insect repellents emitted by plants used by farmers for pest management and chemical ecology basis for inter-cropping.

Five researchers from the Department of Agriculture, one from UP Visayas and one from the National Museum of the Philippines were also included in the roster of scientists conferred under SCS.

The Scientific Career System is a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition and reward of scientists in the public service as a means of developing a pool of highly qualified and productive scientific personnel. Under Republic Act 8439, scientists conferred under SCS will be entitled to automatic increase in salary grade depending on the rank, benefits and entitlements.