On August 23–24, 2023, PCAARRD External Selection Committee members Dr. William Medrano of Philarm and Undersecretary of Livestock, Department of Agriculture, Dr. Juanito Batalon, OIC Deputy Executive Director for R&D,  Mr. Arsenio Barcelona, Private Sector and President of Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, together with Dir. Martin A. Wee, Regional Director, DOST-IX (online evaluator) along with Awards Secretariat Mr. Eugenio G. Afalla, Jr. and Ms. Jobelle Mae L. Zuraek, conducted a field validation and interview with Dr. Hanilyn A. Hidalgo, one of the candidates for Pantas Award for Most Outstanding Researcher. This prestigious award seeks to highlight and honor researchers who have exhibited outstanding dedication, innovation, and impact in their respective fields of study.

The DOST PCAARRD search for Pantas Award Researcher Category is a vital initiative that celebrates exceptional researchers, promotes excellence and innovation, fosters collaboration, and addresses global challenges through impactful research.

The field visitation component of the Pantas Award Researcher Committee is a crucial aspect that enhances the integrity and effectiveness of the award selection process. To conduct thorough assessments of the nominated researchers’ work, validate their impact, understand the research context, ensure research integrity, and make well-informed decisions in selecting the most deserving awardee. By experiencing the researchers’ projects in their actual settings and engaging with stakeholders, the committee can make well-informed decisions and ultimately recognize those whose research has made significant contributions to society and aligned with the award’s core values.

In addition, the team paid courtesy visits to the OIC of the Office of the President Atty. Dominador F. Faurillo, Vice President for Administration and Finance; Dr. Mark Jaypee C. Gonzales, Director for Research; and Ms. Wenielyn G. Nilo, Head of the Research Unit. | 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘐𝘮𝘦𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘻 𝘚𝘪𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴, 𝘙𝘚𝘋 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘧𝘧



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