PCHRD-DOST Director Montoya is CSM Pre-commencement speaker

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health, Research, and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) will address the Pre-Commencement and Recognition Ceremonies of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) on April 7, 2013.

Public Health expert Dr. Montoya is Professor of the Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines College of Medicine, a Consultant on Infectious Diseases at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, and a Consultant of the Clinical Deparment, Research Institute of Tropical Medicine, Department of Health.

An Infectious Disease Specialist who trained in Clinical Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Montoya’s impeccable credentials are certified by the Royal College of Physicians, London, U.K. and the Philippine Board of Internal Medicine.

His professional awards include fellowships at the University of California, Davis, Cornell University, New York City, and Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. He is also a chartered biologist recognized by the Institute of Biology, U.K., and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of Doctors, Singapore.

He is a Fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians (FPCP), the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (FPSMID), and the American College of Physicians (FACP) besides holding the distinction of being an Honorary Fellow of the Philippine College of Chest Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand, and the Royal Institute of Doctors, Singapore.

The USAID through the Infectious Disease Control Program of the Department of Health commissioned him as program evaluator because of his extensive experience in tuberculosis control and the control of emerging infections. His expertise was put to good use when he acted as consultant for the Department of Health during the SARS epidemic in 2003.

As an international expert, he successfully formed the ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics and Vaccines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) with the help of the ASEAN and WHO-TDR. He is also the Philippine focal person for biotechnology for ASEAN and for the Health Sciences for EU. He is a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism for the Global fund for AIDS, TB and malaria, the Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific of the International Council of Science, the Scientific Planning Group for Asia Pacific of the International Council of Science for Human Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment, and the lone Philippine expert of the WHO Western Pacific Region Clinical Advisory Committee for Emerging Infections.

With over twenty awards highlighting his contributions in medical research, education, medical writing, medical society leadership, and community service, including the Outstanding Young Scientist of the Philippines award in 1998 and the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 2001, Montoya is recognized by the Department of Health (DOH) for his significant contributions to SARS prevention and control.

He is the first recipient of the National Academy of Science and Technology-Lino Ed Lim Educational Development Foundation Inc. Award for Outstanding Research in Tropical Medicine for 2005.

For his significant contributions in the control of tuberculosis, he was awarded the 2007 Manuel L. Quezon Award by the DOH and the Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis.

He was recently elected member of the National Academy of Science and Technology, the most prestigious body composed of only 56 scientists to date, and was awarded the title of “Academician” in 2008. The NAST advices the President on national issues about science and technology.

Dr. Montoya is the first recipient of the prestigious Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award for Research given in May 2010 by the Philippine Medical Association; he is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2010 of the U.P. System.

For being an outstanding public official in the field of science and health, he was conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award by President Aquino in September 2012.

The MSU-IIT ceremony is set at 8:00 a.m. at the MSU-IIT Gymnasium.

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