DOST confers NRCP achievement awards to three UPD professors

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Three University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) faculty members have been given recognition by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for their achievements in the fields of natural sciences, health sciences, engineering, industry, social sciences, and humanities.

Two from the College of Science (CS) and one from the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), recently received from the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) the NRCP Achievement Awards of 2020.

Jose Wendell P. Capili from the College of Arts and Letters, and Jose Ernie C. Lope and Betchaida D. Payot from the College of Science will receive the DOST-National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Achievement Awards 2020 in a virtual Annual Scientific Conference and 88th General Membership Assembly at 8:30 a.m. on March 10.

NRCP began conferring the award in 1979.

In a statement on Monday, Feb. 15, UPD said Capili was recognized for his contributions to and achievements in the field of humanities, Lope in mathematical sciences, and Payot in earth and space sciences. 

Capili is also UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, and OIC Director of the UP System Media and Public Relations Office.  

Author of seven books and over 300 articles in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia, Capili has awards from Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, Cultural Center of the Philippines and National Book Awards for Literature. 

Meanwhile, Lope is a former UPD Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs.  

An expert in ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations and engineering, and applied and computational mathematics, Lope placed first in the 2002 Du Pont Talent Search for Young Scientists.

Payot, on the other hand, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Geological Society of the Philippines.  

She is one of the 2020 National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Young Scientists.

An igneous petrologist and geochemist, Payot’s research produced new petrographic and geochemical data that supported new models for a better understanding of the formation of igneous rocks, particularly to the understanding of the origin and formation of igneous rocks in different parts of the Philippines.