The National Academy of Science and Technology has named Dr. Angel Alcala as national scientist, the highest award conferred by the Philippine government on a Filipino scientist, a press release from Silliman University said.
Alcala is a professor emeritus, former president and now trustee of SU. He is among the country's experts in marine ecosystem conservation, and pioneered the concept of community-based coastal resource management and the use of artificial reefs as models for fisheries development in the Philippines.
He has written over 200 books and publications, and often serves as reference for topics on community ecology, biogeography and systematics of Philippine amphibians and reptiles. His extensive research work has received numerous awards and distinctions in the country and abroad, like the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1992 and the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, the press release also said.
He had served as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and as chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, and is often engaged as a consultant by international development organizations.
Alcala, who received an Outstanding Sillimanian award, obtained his degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology, magna cum laude , from SU in 1951, and completed his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences at Stanford University in California in 1960 and 1966, respectively.
He is the second National Scientist from Silliman. The first was the late Dr. Clara Lim-Sylianco , who was conferred the award in 1994 by former president Fidel Ramos.
In the field of culture and arts, SU has produced two National Artists: Edith Tiempo in Literature and Eddie Romero in Cinema and Broadcast Arts, the press release said.
Alcala, who is from Barangay Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, was also conferred the “Outstanding Negrense” Award by the provincial government during its 115 th Cinco de Noviembre celebration last month.*
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