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Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
April–June 2008

Science Administrator

Dr. Ricardo T. GloriaDr. Ricardo T. Gloria’s was an agriculture expert with special interests in agronomy, horticulture, and plantation crops.  As Secretary of DOST, he emphasized science and technology extension and commercialization programs.  During his tenure, a memorandum of agreement was signed with UPLB for the establishment of a Science and Technology Park that was inaugurated in 1993.   

Under the Technology Business Incubation Program, several tenants received assistance such as those engaged in metals and engineering, metals processing, food processing, electronics, ceramics, hand-woven fabrics, and diagnostic kits.  

In 1993, the Science and Technology Agenda for National Development was formulated in which priority products and commodities were identified for development.

Dr. Gloria worked for the establishment of the first science centrum in Manila, and became the model of science centrums that followed in Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Bulacan, and Zamboanga. 

He also worked for the approval of EO 130 that revived the Balik-Scientist Program, which allows foreign-based Filipino experts to return and share their expertise in DOST priority projects.  In 1994, RA 7687 or the Science and Technology Scholarship Act was passed, which enabled economically disadvantaged but deserving students to obtain college education in science and technology fields.

Dr. Gloria was born on April 3, 1940 in Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental.