Text by Dr. Irene Villaseñor and Dr. Lilibeth Coo
The Outstanding Chemist for 2013 is given to Dr. Amelia Peralta Guevara, Undersecretary, Department of Science and Technology. She obtained her BS, MS, and PhD Chemistry degrees from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She dedicated most of her professional service to U.P. where she rendered outstanding service as a faculty member and researcher. She conducted research in the areas of Natural Products Chemistry and the Chemistry of Mutagens.
She was twice awarded the Gawad Chancellor para sa Pinakamahusay na Guro sa Kategoryang Propesor. Dr. Guevara also served in several capacities as administrator, including College Secretary, Assistant to the Vice President, University Registrar, Vice Chancellor, and Vice President. She was later appointed Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology. Equipped with the analytical mind of a chemist, she is setting up R&D priority thrusts that promote inclusive economic growth and improve the lives of the Filipino people. Indeed Dr. Guevara has served the country and the Filipino people well.
The award was given during the “40th Awards Night” in celebration of the 40th Founding Anniversary of the Professional Regulation Commission held last June 20, 2013 at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel.