Journalist Ruben E. Taningco with Science Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro and PCAMRD Executive Director Rafael D, Guerrero after receiving the plaque during the commemoration of the 20th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development.
SAN PABLO CITY- For his continued support to the programs of the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) hometown journalist Ruben E. Taningco was cited by Science Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro during the commemoration of the 20th Founding Anniversary of the council held at PCAMRD Headquarters Building in Los Baños, Laguna.
PCARMD is one of the sectoral councils under the Department of Science and Technology.
The citation reads as follows: “For his invaluable support to the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (PCAMRD-DOST) in disseminating aquatic and marine technologies and information related to aquatic and marine resources protection and conservation; for popularizing technical information’s language to reach the various level of society- the farmers, the fish farmers, the fisherfolk, the students, the researchers, the entrepreneurs, the policy-makers and the general public, and for assisting PCAMRD in the technology transfer activities through the print media.”
Old timers at the City Hall of San Pablo recalls that Taningco, then connected with the Office of the City Engineer, was assigned to provide communication support to the Technology Transfer Program being implemented by the Field Office of the defunct National Science Development Board (NSDB) for Southern Tagalog based in this City by former Mayor Cesar P. Dizon from March of 1968.
It was a responsibility that he undertook until the regional office of the DOST-Region IV was transferred to Los Baños. Taningco also started servicing the communication needs of PCAMRD since December of 1997.
Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III, PCARMD Executive Director, said other awardees in the print media category are Rodolfo A. Fernandez of The Philippine Star and Zac Sarian, Agriculture Editor of The Manila Bulletin.
In the broadcast media category, among the awardees are Adolfo “Gerry” Geronimo of Ating Alamin being aired at IBC 13 and Station Manager Angelo Palmones of Radio DZMM. (Sandy Belarmino/7 Lakes Press Corps)