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Dr. Baconguis receives NRCP Achievement Award

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by Stoix Nebin S. Pascua

Dr. Rowena DT. Baconguis was recognized as the Achievement Awardee of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) under the Division of Governmental, Educational, and International Policies for 2018 during the NRCP Annual Scientific Conference and 86th General Membership Assembly on March 11, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

She was awarded in recognition of her outstanding work and contributions as a social scientist, educator, extensionist, researcher, and policy advocate for improved governance of agricultural extension and extension programs of state universities and colleges. Her notable contributions are in the areas of capacity building for extension workers and professionals, and educational program improvement. Her researches revolve around agricultural extension, knowledge management, and innovation and governance systems.

"Working with students and colleagues, meeting people, and learning with them are what makes research meaningful. Research, however, is impossible without curiosity, diligence, and passion. Curiosity widens your thought perspective; passion keeps you going; and diligence gets things done," she shared.

Previously, Dr. Baconguis received a research grant from NRCP in 2015 for the study "Creating Wealth: The University's Role in Enterprise Development." Results of the study were featured in a daily newspaper.

Dr. Baconguis is a professor of CPAf's Institute for Governance and Rural Development. She also received the 2008 UPLB Outstanding Teacher Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012 CPAf Distinguished Alumna Award, and 2018 CPAf Outstanding Teacher Award. Likewise, she is a recipient of the UP Scientist award for CY 2014-2016 and CY 2017-2019.

NRCP, an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology, is a collegial body of highly-trained and productive scientists and researchers. The Council addresses the demand for knowledge, skills, and innovations in the sciences and humanities, in order to effectively and efficiently contribute to nation-building and improvement of the quality of life of the Filipino people. Currently, it has more than 4,000 members.

Started in 1979, the NRCP Achievement Awards were given to selected outstanding scientists and researchers in the Philippines. The awardees are evaluated based on the productivity and quality of scholarly work done for the country. It is also meant to inspire excellence among young academics, researchers, artists, and scientists in their chosen fields. As an awardee, Dr. Baconguis will also be speaking in a public lecture series to be organized by NRCP.

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