Vol. XXVI, 3rd Quarter
The Department of Science and Technology as part of its 50th anniversary honored six eminent educators known for inspired teaching methods and instilling the importance of science and technology among generations of students.
Joining the ranks of 50 Men and Women of Science under the science educator category are Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Dr. Milagros D. Ibe, Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ, Dr. Paulino Y. Tan, and Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, and Dr. Dolores F. Hernandez (posthumous). DOST Sec. Estrella F. Alabastro will lead the recognition program Sept 26 at the Manila Hotel.
“I am much honored although I feel that there is so much more to do,” says Dr. Vea, founder of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. He is a strong advocate for the development of engineering education in the Philippines who believes that the real task of a science educator is to make sure that the students gain real understanding of scientific or mathematical principles.
Meanwhile, Dr. Josette Biyo of the Philippine Science High School-Iloilo is the first Filipino to receive an Award for Excellence in Louisville, Kentucky, a recognition for teachers who promote inquiry and inspire students to engage in research.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory in Boston practically immortalized Dr. Biyo’s legacy by naming a minor planet originally known as “Planet 13241 as “Planet Biyo.”
Dr. Dolores Hernandez was founder of UP Science Education Center, now the National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education and served as its director for 21 years until her retirement in 1985. Under
Dr. Hernandez, NISMED pioneered efforts in curriculum development, research, and teacher-training in science and mathematics education.
An icon in mathematics education, Dr. Milagros Ibe is an inspiration to many students. She is reputed for simplifying complex math concepts. This multi-awarded teacher has held leadership positions at the UP College of Education, National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education, Miriam College, and Professional Regulation Commission.
Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ is the founder of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines and pioneered the consortium of leading universities in Manila to develop PhD programs in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. He served as chair of DOST’s Engineering and Science Education Project, and directed a team for the Department of Education dedicated to enhance elementary and secondary education in the country’s poorest provinces.
Dr. Paulino Tan pioneered the upgrading of information technology education in the Philippines. He was a member of the Commission on Higher Education’s technical panel on IT Education, and introduced three major programs addressing the faculty development of IT teachers, accreditation of IT schools, and industry readiness of IT graduates.
“We believe that the work of scientists, researchers, and other stakeholders must be recognized and given the opportunity to flourish,” DOST Sec. Estrella Alabastro said.