BICUTAN TAGUIG CITY - The Scientific Career System (SCS) upgraded Dr. Manuel Jose C. Regalado, Chief Science Research Specialist at the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), to Scientist II rank effective February 8, 2023.
Dr. Manuel Jose C. Regalado led a PhilRice engineering research team in developing crude bioethanol and hydrous bioethanol distillation systems, which were pilot-tested at a farmer-adopter’s site in Infanta, Quezon. Their crude bioethanol distiller powered by rice husk was named the grand prize winner of the Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property (AMY IP) Award in 2018 by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). The machine produces crude bioethanol from fermented feedstock using rice husk as an alternative fuel. The AMY IP Award recognizes "Filipino-owned intellectual properties that have contributed or have the potential to contribute to economic development," as well as opportunities for IPs to be presented to potential investors for product commercialization.
BICUTAN TAGUIG CITY - The Scientific Career System (SCS) conferred Dr. Rene C. Santiago of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI), the rank of Scientist I effective February 21, 2023. He is the first to be conferred the rank at DA-BAI.
Dr. Santiago specializes in the field of animal breeding and reproduction. His research focused on the development, improvement, and promotion of native animals in the Philippines. He was the project leader of the “Development of Sustainable Breeder Philippine Mallard Duck Production System,” where Itik Pinas, a signature Philippine egg-type duck, originated. The Itik Pinas was selected for high egg production, predictable performance, and consistent egg quality for balut and salted egg.