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Math whizzes. The 15th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad winner Justin Edric Yturzaeta (middle) of the Jubilee Christian Academy is joined by other math whizzes Mikaela Angelina Uy of the Saint Jude Catholic School and Farrell Eldrian Wu of the MGC New Life Christian Academy. The three will be further trained by the Mathematical Society of the Philippines for the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad in Santa Marta, Colombia in July this year. (Photo by Marco D. Melgar, S&T Media Service, DOST-SEI)
Edric Yturzaeta, 16, of the Jubilee Christian Academy topped this year's Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) held January 26, 2013 in De La Salle University Manila.
Yturzaeta bested 3,400 high school students from all over the country who competed for the PMO qualifying exam last year. Placing second and third respectively are Mikaela Angelina Uy, 17, of St. Jude Catholic School and Farrell Eldrian Wu, 12, of MGC New Life Christian Academy.
Yturzaeta received P15,000 and a medal, plus trophy for his school. Meanwhile, Uy received P10,000 while Wu got P5,000, plus a medal for each, a trophy for each respective school. The coaches individually received P5,000 and a certificate.
“I had no idea I will win in the country's toughest and most prestigious math tournament,” he said. “Thank God much for the blessing.”
Topping the PMO, however, does not guarantee a seat in the Philippine delegation for the IMO, according to Mathematical Society of the Philippines President Jumela Sarmiento.
“The three winners will still undergo subsequent trainings and tests by the MSP, together with the other 17 finalists, which is part of its ‘stringent but necessary’ selection process,” she said.
"But more or less, the PMO is the closest math competition we have to the IMO because the level of difficulty and the format of the questions are already similar or comparable to IMO,” Dr. Sarmiento said.
The 54th IMO will be held in Santa Marta, Colombia on July 18 -28 this year.
The country’s highest awards so far in the IMO were two silver medals by Jerome Khohayting of Xavier School in 1989 and Carmela Lao of Saint Jude Catholic School in 2010. The country also won a number of bronzes.
It is not farfetched that Filipino contenders can soon get the gold. “Judging from the quality of the finalists and winners of the PMO, it is exciting to look forward to [them] bringing home that highly-coveted gold", said Dr. Brawner.
Organized by the MSP, the 15th PMO was sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)'s Science Education Institute which is mandated to develop the science, engineering, and mathematics education in the country.
The PMO, conceived in 2008 as a venue to identify and reward mathematics excellence among students in the country, has enabled the Philippines to carry on its medal haul in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most prestigious mathematics competition in the world," said DOST-SEI Director Filma Brawner. “ The high degree of competition in the PMO brings out the potential of our math students.”
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Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo is all ears as rehab czar Ping Lacson examines the Tacloban City map showing the damages wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda. In this meeting, held recently at the University of the Philippines-National Engineering Center, Engr. Louie Favila presented her team’s damage assessment on Tacloban City based on the map generated through the project called Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation-Light Detection and Ranging or DREAM-LiDAR. Said project, a component of DOST’s- Project NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, develops flood hazard maps using LiDAR technology, with priority on the 18 major river basins in the country. (Photo by Henry A. de Leon/Text by Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service)
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Pacol, a wild variety of banana and a close relative of saging na saba, was used to create a disease-free breed of abaca.
In a project dubbed “Production of High Yielding and Virus-resistant Abaca Hybrids”, experts were able to do this by using molecular markers in a biotechnology process called genetic engineering. This collaborative project among agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), and Department of Agriculture-Biotech
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Forester Arsenio B. Ella, a scientist conferred under the Scientific Career System and based at the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) was chosen as one of the three Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL) for 2013, a prestigious award co-established by JCI Senate Philippines and Insular Life Assurance Co. Ltd.
Forester Ella was awarded under the Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development category.
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The Governing Board of the Department of Science and Technology - National Research Council of the Philippines named Dr. Carina Galvez Lao as its new executive director.
Dr. Lao is not new in the DOST System. Before being chosen as the Council’s new Executive Director, Dr. Lao worked at the DOST Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Atmospheric Services Administration (PAGASA) for 39 years (1974 - present). She was Assistant Weather Services Chief before joining NRCP.