Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) Scientists Dr. Danilda Hufana-Duran of the Reproduction and Physiology Section and Dr. Claro N. Mingala of the Livestock Biotechnology Center received Achievement Awards from the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) during its Annual Scientific Conference and 84th General Membership Assembly on March 22, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila.
The Achievement Award is given annually by NRCP in recognition to individuals and institutions that performed excellently in their respective fields.
The NRCP is mandated to promote and support fundamental research for continuing improvement of research capability of individual or group scientists; foster linkages with local and international scientific organizations for enhanced cooperation in the development and sharing of scientific information; provide advice on problems and issues of national interest; and promotion of scientific and technological culture to all sectors of society. It is a body of scientists and researchers under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and is divided into 13 Divisions according to specific fields of expertise of the members. Dr.Hufana- Duran is a member of Division VI (Agriculture and Forestry) while Dr. Mingala is a Division XIII (Veterinary Medicine) member.
Dr. Hufana-Duran is recognized for her pioneering research and accomplishments on the development and use of advanced reproductive biotechnologies and establishing laboratory standards and protocols that resulted in the production of genetically superior buffalo calves out of embryo transfer of in vitro-produced-vitrified embryos. Dr. Mingala, on the other hand, is recognized for his contributions in the fields of veterinary immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, and public health; as well as development of DNA-based and rapid diagnostic tools for economically important animal diseases.
Both were conferred a plaque of recognition, medallion, and cash gift.