5-6 July 2016
UPLB, College, Laguna
Text and photos by Anne Camille B. Brion
The desk evaluation for this year’s search for Gawad Saka Outstanding Agricultural Scientist (OAS) and Researcher (OAR) was held on 5-6 July 2016 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), College, Laguna. Documents and other related requirements submitted by nominees that were initially screened by the Institutional Development Division (IDD) of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) were further assessed by panels of evaluators for each category based on the quality of work and productivity.
The National Technical Committee for the OAS were Dr. Roberto Rañola, Jr. (UPLB), Dr. Edralina Serrano (UPLB), and Dr. Jonar Yago (Nueva Vizcaya State University); while Dr. Enrico Supangco (UPLB), Dr. Jose Hernandez (UPLB), and Dr. Elda Esguerra (UPLB) for the OAR. Joining them were BAR officials Assistant Director Teodoro Solsoloy, vice chairperson for both categories; IDD Head Digna Sandoval; and staff members who serve as the coordinator and secretariat for the Gawad Saka Search for OAS and OAR.
The team discussed and finalized the initial evaluation of the nominees for the two categories, as well as the schedule of activities for the series of intensive field validation of the shortlisted nominees.
The Gawad Saka Search for OAS and OAR is an annual activity of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which gives due recognition to scientists and researchers from DA agencies and state universities and colleges for their significant contributions to the agriculture and fisheries sector.