Our Quest for Excellence
Important recognitions awarded to members of the Botany Division
Owing to its relentless thrust in pursuing continuing research and development programs, the Botany Division has received a number of important recognitions from local and international scientiiic bodies. Last year, for instance, Dr. del Rosario received the First Best Technology for Dissemination Award, for the project "Sudsod" and "Bagtok" for the TalaAndig's Handicraft Industry, in Bukidnon by the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Research Development (NOMCARRD). He also won Third Place in the Development Paper Award Category for the same project given by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources (PCARRD). Dr. del Rosario was also recognized for his discovery of new plant species and new name combinations from 1966 to 1986, all named after him.
Dr. Madulid was awarded the Book of the Year Award for Natural History by the Manila Critics Circle in 1995. Another important botanical reference is to be published this year entitled: "A Pictorial Cyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants: A Dictionary of Philippine Plant Names." He also earned credit for being the Chair of two plant research groups; namely, the Philippine Plant Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission, which is tasked to promote and undertake research and management activities pertaining to plant conservation in the country and the Red List Authority for Plants of the Philippines, whose rnain function is to list and assess the conservation status of threatened and endangered plants of the Philippines. Dr. Madulid is a member of the board of the Flora Malesiana Foundation.
In Palynology, Dr. Bulalacao received scholarship and fellowship grants abroad. These were given by the Palynological Laboratory, Swedish Museum of Natural History in 1987; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London in 1996; the Tohoku University and Hokkaido Forest Tree Breeding Center in Japan last year. Recently, the National Herbarium,The Netherlands, Leiden University Branch also invited her. Those host countries were more than generous to allow Dr. Bulalacao the use of advanced microscopic equipment such as the scanning electron microscope and light microscopy for her research projects.
The Division was also a recipient of technical/scientific training abroad such as the 1997 International Diploma course in Herbarium Techniques organized by Kew Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens in England, where the Philippine delegate was Mercelita Y. Bangis.
Far more important than scholarship, fellowship grants and foreign training is the financial assistance extended to the Botany Division by prestigious international scientific and non-governmental organizations. Agencies like the U.S.A.I.D., MacArthur Foundation, US N.S.F., and many others are considered as the prime movers in the successful conduct of research by the Botany Division.
With calculated risks, the Botany Division has managed to sustain 97 years of productive existence. But through increased collaborative action, more persevering involvement and adequate support services, the next 100 years is certainly going to be another fruitful and rewarding century.