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PIA Press Release
2009/06/18

PGMA confers National Scientist Award on Dr. Teodolo Topacio

Manila (18 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred Wednesday the National Scientist Award on Dr. Teodolo Topacio Jr., first Dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Veterinary Medicine.

The award is in recognition of Topacio's outstanding achievements in veterinary medicine for more than 50 years.

The rank and title of National Scientist is the highest honor conferred to a man or woman of science by the government. It was created under Presidential Decree No. 1003-A issued on Dec. 16, 1976 to recognize outstanding achievements of Filipino scientists.

Aside from the UP, Topacio has served other national government and international agencies, including international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Topacio's notable achievements include studies on leptospirosis in the country, particularly transmission of the disease from pigs to humans.

His researches led to the final confirmation of the presence of the disease in the Philippines and the identification of the recommended antibiotic therapy for it.

Topacio also organized the UNIVET Veterinary Research and Development Division of UNILAB, Inc., the biggest Filipino pharmaceutical company.

He also led the drafting of and lobbying for the proposed Anti-Rabies Bill which was passed by Congress and finally signed by President Arroyo as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007. (PIA) [top]

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