GMA names two new national scientists
() - February 16, 2010 - 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - President Arroyo on Monday conferred the title of National Scientist, the highest award accorded to Filipino scientists by the Philippine government, on Dr. Ernesto Domingo and world renowned demography expert Dr. Mercedes Barredo Concepcion.

Domingo was cited for his "notable accomplishments" in the field of gastroenterology and internal medicine, and Concepcion for her "remarkable contributions" in the area of demography in the Philippines and elsewhere.

Concepcion, a world-renowned expert in demography, was recognized for her study on population composition and trends and their implications on social and economic development, the growth of urbanization, the situation of the elderly, and of employment that became the bases for population policies at home and abroad.

She spearheaded the establishment of the University of the Philippines Population Institute, which was instrumental in the passage of the Population Act of 1971 that provided for a national population policy and family planning program.

Concepcionone of two Asians tapped as members of the Pontifical Commission on Birth Control which led to the promulgation of the encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968chaired the United Nations Population Commission for nine years and the World Health organization Steering Committee on Social and Psychological Determinants of Fertility for six years.

Domingo is known for his studies on the nature of schistosome granuloma and its role in hepatosplenic disease and the epidemiology and control of Hepatitis B.

He has been cited for organizing the Liver Study Group in the University of the Philippines that conducted major studies on liver cancer, viral hepatitis, Schistosomiasis japonica and cirrhosis of the liver.

Domingo's hepatitis research has contributed significantly to the formation and implementation of policies and programs of the Department of Health and the private sector on hepatitis B immunization and routine hepatitis B and C screening of blood for transfusion.

As National Scientists, Domingo and Concepcion will be entitled to the same privileges enjoyed by National Artists of the Philippines, such as monthly life pension, medical and hospitalization benefits, a place of honor at national state functions, and a state funeral.

AS NATIONAL SCIENTISTS B AND C BIRTH CONTROL CONCEPCION DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DOMINGO DOMINGO AND CONCEPCION DR. ERNESTO DOMINGO DR. MERCEDES BARREDO CONCEPCION HEPATITIS B HUMANAE VITAE
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