5 DOST researchers conferred the SCS scientist rank
Honorable Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission and Scientific Career Council (SCC) administering the oaths of the five newly conferred SCS scientists with Scientist I rank: Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres, Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan, Dr. Annabelle V. Briones, Ms. Glenda B. Obra, and Mr. Fernando B. Aurigue, The oath-taking ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Cristina A. Binag, President, National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and SCC member, Usec. Carol M. Yorobe, DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services, and Dir. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo, SCC Executive Secretary e and NAST PHL Director IV.
SCS Orientation at the Department of Health held on July 03, 2017
SCS Orientation at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies held on June 06, 2017
SCS Orientation at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies held on June 06, 2017
SCS Orientation at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies held on June 06, 2017
Scientific Career System Orientation and Research Colloquium in Region III
SCS Orientation and Research Colloquium at PhilRice led by Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, Acd. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, Dir. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo, and Dr. Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang sitting along with the PhilRice researchers.
Scientific Career System Orientation and Speakers Bureau in Region II
 
Dr. Lucero is a Chief Science Research Specialist at the DOH-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and specializes in Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Lucero conducted immunogenicity and safety trials of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) to prevent pneumonia in children, which was later proved safe and effective. From 2000 to 2009, she embarked on Phase 3 trial of PCV involving 12,000 children in the Philippines that provided proof of concept evidence that PCV prevented pneumonia in Filipino children. This significant work helped in the decision to include PCV in the Philippine national immunization program. In her most recent study, Dr. Lucero found out that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza are also very important causes of pneumonia in children, which highlights the importance of preventing not only bacterial but also viral pneumonia through vaccination using influenza vaccines and/or RSV vaccines.
 
Dr. Alvindia, on the other hand, is Supervising Science Research Specialist at the DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) and specializes in postharvest diseases of economically important fruits such as banana and mango using non-chemical control methods. He was first conferred Scientist I in SCS on 23 June 2010. Dr. Alvindia pioneered the use of alternatives to fungicides such as hot water dip, biological control agents, organic salts and organic salts with surfactant. One of his most notable research works is the control of crown rot of bananas used for export. Dr. Alvindia’s research established that the combination of certain non-chemical treatments proved effective for controlling the pathogenic fungi that cause crown rot in bananas. Dr. Alvindia has published numerous research papers in international journals and scientific books.
 
Dr. Mingala is Farm Superintendent II at the DA-Philippine Carabao Center who specializes in pathology and infectious diseases of ruminants. He was first conferred Scientist I rank on 12 December 2011. Dr.  Mingala is steadily gaining recognition as an animal health expert because of his significant studies on immunology of water buffaloes, results of which are currently being used in the production of vaccines, diagnostic tools and therapeutic agents. Dr. Mingala’s pioneering researches earned him the NAST’s Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Award in 2011 and the Most Outstanding Veterinarian in Government Service award by the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association in 2010.
 
Dr. Santos, Supervising Aquaculturist at the BFAR-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, specializes in Aquatic Biosciences. He was first conferred Scientist I rank in SCS on 04 May 2011. Dr. Santos’ most recent studies include the identification of mislabeled fishery products in the markets using DNA barcoding.  Mislabeling of products is considered a violation of consumer rights and safety.  This work was adjudged as one of the best AFMA papers during the 2011 National Research Symposium of the Bureau of Agricultural Research. Dr. Santos also established a DNA sequence and liver morphology as accurate markers for identifying juvenile yellowfin and bigeye tunas which provided important reference point to correct tuna catch statistics of the country. 
 
The Scientific Career System since its creation through Executive Order 901 in 1984 has been an important tool by the government to encourage researchers in the government service to go deeper into scientific research through a reward and recognition system without leaving their original position in their parent agency while receiving higher salaries corresponding to their rank and numerous entitlements and benefits.  Productive scientists in terms of scientific publications, discoveries and inventions produced within the span of four years are evaluated for promotion or upgrading. For year 2014, SCS upgraded a total of four scientists in the System, including Dr. Arvin C. Diesmos from the National Museum of the Philippines who was promoted from Scientist II to Scientist III. 
 

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