DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Silliman University Professor Emeritus Dr. Angel Alcala was named national scientist by The National Academy of Science and Technology, the highest recognition to be given to any Filipino scientist.
The new national scientist is known for his expertise in marine ecosystem conservation. Alcala pioneered the concept of Community-based Coastal Resource Management and the use of artificial reefs as models of fisheries development in the Philippines, according to Silliman University Information Officer Mark Raygan Garcia.
Aside from these, Alcala also authored more than 200 books and publications that are references for topics on community ecology, biogeography and systematic of Philippine amphibians and reptiles.
Alcala obtained his bachelor’s degree on Biology in Silliman University on year 1951 with magna cum laude honors. He then went to Stanford University in California to pursue graduate studies. Alcala finished his Master in Arts in Biological Sciences on 1960 and on 1966 he completed his doctor of philosophy studies also in the same field of study in the same university.
Dr. Alcala was a also a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1992 for his extensive research works in his field of study. His research works also obtained awards within the country and abroad.
Meanwhile, Alcala also served as the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) during the 1990s.
Alcala, a current trustee of the university, is the second Sillimanian to be conferred with the National Scientist award, the first one was the late Dr. Clara Y. Lim-Syliangco whose area of expertise was in chemistry. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)