Text by Anne Camille B. Brion
Photos by Anne Camille B. Brion and Ronnel P. Pasion
After the desk evaluation held in July of this year, a month-long field validation was conducted from August to September 2016 in the different project sites of the shortlisted nominees vying for the 2016 Gawad Saka Outstanding Agricultural Scientist (OAS) and Researcher (OAR).
Field validation is a Gawad Saka activity that aims to check on the accuracy of information of the nominees’ works in the field level. The evaluators look into the creativity of the nominees in terms of originality of scientific/research works and methods. More importantly, the impact of new knowledge generated from research is assessed, specifically: adoption and utilization, as well as enhancement of productivity, efficiency, and financial viability of technologies; enhancement of global competitiveness of Philippine agriculture as to contribution to export products; and contribution to sustainable development.
Field evaluators from the National Technical Committee (NTC) for OAS were: Vice Chairperson Dr. Teodoro Solsoloy (BAR), Dr. Roberto Rañola, Jr. (UPLB), Dr. Edralina Serrano (UPLB), and Dr. Jonar Yago (NVSU). Meanwhile, field evaluators from the NTC for OAR were: Ms. Digna Sandoval (BAR), Dr. Enrico Supangco (UPLB), Dr. Jose Hernandez (UPLB), and Dr. Elda Esguerra (UPLB).
As an annual activity of the Department of Agriculture being coordinated by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) through the Institutional Development Division, the Gawad Saka Search for OAS and OAR recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of scientists and researchers in agriculture and fisheries.