Mercedes Concepcion – Scientist

Academician Mercedes B. Concepcion, University Professor Emeritus of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines, has been a Commissioner, Commission on Population since 1970. She is a trustee of the Philippine Center for Population and Development and Foundation for Adolescent Development.

A 1951 graduate of Chemistry from the University of the Philippines, Dr. Concepcion trained in Biostatistics at the School of Hygiene and Public health, University of Sydney in 1953-54 as a Colombo Plan scholar. Later on, she obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago with the support of the Population council of New York. Returned to the Philippines in 1960, she first worked at the Statistical Training Center. In 1964, the Ford Foundation supported the establishment of a Population Institute at the University of the Philippines and Dr. Concepcion served as its first director, a post she held until 1985.

Dr. Concepcion was recently awarded the United Nations Population Award in recognition of her outstanding work in population and in improving the health and welfare of individuals.

She was elected Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines in 1992.

source: NAST

Mercedes Concepcion- Filipino scientist

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Gelia T. Castillo

Ph.D. Rural Sociology

Born: March 3, 1928


Dr. Castillo’s publications are major and definitive works on Philippine agricultural and rural development. Her book All in a Grain of Rice is the first book written by a Filipino about the Filipino farmer’s response to new technology. Another book, Beyond Manila, has been cited as in-depth and analytical study of the actual problems and needs of the rural areas in relation to countryside development. The totality of Dr. Castillo’s research undertakings has given us much needed insights on our own rural development effort and our attempt to reach the farmer and the rural poor.

As an outstanding rural sociologist, Dr. Castillo is recognized internationally. For her contribution as a social scientist, she was presented the Rizal Pro Patria Award (1976), Distinguished Alumnus Award of the UP Alumni Association (1975) and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the UP College of Agriculture (1979).

Source: Directory of Academician

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Ledivina V. Carino – Filipino Scientist

Ledivina V. Carino

Ph.D. Sociology

Born: April 22, 1942

In recognition of her outstanding works and accomplishments in the fields of Public Administration, Political Science and Sociology which spanned a range of issues and approaches in development studies from rural to urban development, from local autonomy to national governance, from bureaucratic corruption to the imperatives of the civil service, and from participatory development models and approaches to a focus on the elite.

Source: Directory of Academician

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