In collaboration with the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC)-Batanes and DOST Region II, NAST held its two activities, the Scientific Career System Orientation and Speakers Bureau at Japi Traveller’s Hotel in Cauayan City, Isabela on June 21, 2017.\
The Scientific Career System Orientation aimed to introduce the system to the knowledge of theresearchers employed in the government. The orientation was attended by 85 researchers from local government units of Region II in Echague, Pamplona, Quirino, and Isabela, Southern Isabela College of Arts and Trade- TESDA, Commission on Higher Education- Region II, Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 02, DOST Isabela, Department of Health-Regional Office II, and administrators of SUCS in Saint Mary’s University, Quirino State University, Cagayan State University, and Isabela State University in Cauayan, Santiago, Jones, San Mateo campuses.
Assistant Regional Director, Dr. Teresita Tabaog in behalf of the DOST Regional Director, Engr. Sancho Maborrang, gave a warm welcome to all with words of encouragement to be part of the Scientific Career System. She cited that the scientists are already outnumbered, especially in their region.
Dr. Alexander Joel G. Gibe, Scientist I, of the Department of Agriculture – PHILMECH, passed away last January 26, 2016.
Dr. Gibe was conferred Scientist I on the 16th of May 2013. His expertise was Pesticide Toxicology. His major R&D findings published in scientific journals were adopted by the food safety industry as basis for recommending treatments for pest infestation in storage and postharvest handling and management of high value crop commodities. The industry wide adoption of this recommendation has both economic and technical implications in handling pests and diseases in storage of important crops.
He also undertook research on pesticide resistance with emphasis on biochemical mechanisms, stability and inheritance in major pests in storage. Treatments of pesticides with decreased dosage but with enhanced activity were adopted for grain protection to address resistance problem. These findings form part of the package of technologies for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in stored commodities which is being disseminated by PHILMECH.
Dr. Gibe is truly a loss to SCS and to the scientific community. He will be remembered not only for his accomplishments but also for his willingness to share his time and expertise to colleagues.