Dr. Myrna Mahinay is 2016 Outstanding Chemist

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Myrna Sillero-Mahinay as Outstanding Chemist of 2016 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Dr. Mahinay obtained her BS Chemistry degree from Silliman University and MS Chemistry degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. In 1986, she placed ninth in the Chemist licensure examination. In 1997, she obtained her PhD in Chemistry from James Cook University in Australia, specializing in Inorganic Chemistry. She held postdoctoral fellowships at Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience in Japan, and at the University of Miami in Florida, USA. At present, she is a professor of the Chemistry Department in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in Iligan City, where she has been teaching since 1978. Dr. Mahinay specializes on inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry.

Through the years, Dr. Mahinay became a sought-after expert in her field. In 1997 she was commissioned by the Senate Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources to assess the extent of mercury pollution in Mt. Diwalwal, a study she conducted until 1999. This led to a stricter implementation in the confiscation of smuggled mercury in the area, and the relocation of affected inhabitants out of the vicinity. Her other studies, notably on heavy metal analysis and how heavy metals affect living organisms, have been published in scientific journals and presented in local and international conferences.

Dr. Mahinay is also a builder of future leaders. Since 2001, she has been serving as a mentor to the Bridging Leader Fellows of the Mindanao Bridging Leadership Program, where she aims to improve the capacity of her mentees to achieve their leadership goals within the context of the issue they seek to resolve. In turn, her mentees develop positive solutions for their respective organizations and communities.

Indeed, this year’s Outstanding Chemist awardee is a well-rounded person: a passionate educator, a dedicated researcher, and an active enabler. Congratulations, Dr. Myrna Mahinay!

ICP Board Election 2016: Call for Nominations

The term of office of three members of the ICP Board of Directors expires on 30 June 2016.  Nominations are invited for the election of the ICP Board members who will hold office starting 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.  According to the By-Laws of the ICP:

 Article I: Board of Directors and Officers of the ICP National

Section 1. Composition of the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors of the national organization shall be made up of at least nine (9) members of equal representation from industry, academe and government institutions. The term of office of a Board member is three (3) years. Every year, one Board member representing industry, academe and government shall be elected from among the ICP regular members in good standing.  The members of the Board of the Directors may serve for a maximum period of six consecutive years.

End Term
Academe
Government
Industry
2016 Dr. Fabian Dayrit* Col. Victor Drapete* Ms. Ludivinia Avendaño*
2017

2018

Dr. Glenn Alea

Dr. Lilibeth Coo

Dr. Veronica Migo

Dr. Rosalinda Torres

Ms. Priscilla Samonte

Ms. Edna Mijares

* Terms to expire on June 30, 2016.

 

Guidelines:

  • Only ICP members in good standing can be nominated, submit a nomination, and vote. Nomination forms and ballots will be accepted only from the registered email address of the ICP member.
  • The nominee must confirm acceptance of nomination by signing the attached nomination form or by sending an email indicating acceptance of nomination. Members may nominate one candidate to each sector. Click here to download nomination form.
  • The winning candidate from each sector will hold office for a term of 3 years (2016-2019).
  • The nomination period is until 21 May 2016. Nomination forms should be submitted by e-mail to <ICPComelec@gmail.com>.
  • The list of nominees will be posted on the ICP website (https://www.icp.org.ph/).
  • The election period will be from 23 May to 4 June 2016.
  • The ICP Elections Committee (ICP COMELEC) is made up of the following: Dr. Glenn Alea (Chair), Dr. Veronica Migo, and Ms. Priscilla Samonte.

ICP Board Member Among 2016 PFCS Awards Recipients

For 2016, Ms Ludivinia Avendaño, ICP board member since 2013, has been awarded the PFCS Award for Chemical Industry. Other recipients include: Dr. Myrna S. Rodriguez (UP-Los Baños) for Chemistry Education (Tertiary Level); Dr. Rochelle T. Papasin (PSHS-Southern Mindanao) for Chemistry Education (Secondary Level); Dr. Relicardo M. Coloso (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center) for Chemical Research; and Victoria Isabel Noel and Florencio Gabriel Noel (House of Representatives) for Service to the Chemistry Profession.

Ms. Ludivinia “Ludy” Avendaño’s more than three decades of service to various leading companies is testament to her being an outstanding asset to the Chemical Industry as a whole. From 1980, her involvement in the laboratory has not been limited to the Philippines but to the Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States as well. Her understanding and appreciation of chemistry flourished and her techniques refined throughout the years. In a span of 36 years in the industry, she has been applying the fundamentals and technical concepts learned from her alma mater which is founded on discipline and determination. These concepts are not derived from hard core researches, reactions, or theories in the academe, but rather, the unpretentious procedures used in the industry such as specifications, sampling, quality control, quality systems, productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, leadership and management, which she has adhered to consistently.

Ms. Ludivinia “Ludy” Avendaño is at present, the Quality and Business Process Manager, Region Quality Assurance of Zuellig Pharma Asia Pacific. She is responsible for reviewing and monitoring of Quality Assurance processes for pharma distribution centers and provides leadership and direction on the development and use of Quality Assurance processes and tools to improve performance.

Before her stint at Zuellig, she had the opportunity to hone her skills as a chemist and leader from her experience and hardworking years at UP Diliman, San Miguel Corporation, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, and Coca Cola Bottling Investment Group. She held various company positions exhibiting excellence in carrying out her duties and constantly producing exemplary output for the company. She does not shy away from responsibilities whether chemistry related tasks or not. She sees them as challenges. She believes and openly declares that “the world is open for us to embrace; be ready to take over. It will not be easy but Chemists are ahead of the League”. Chemists are not defined by the profession; chemistry just enhances it.

Ms. Avendaño rose from the ranks. At San Miguel Corporation, she started as a laboratory chemist to Water Treatment Plant Quality Control Dept head, to Asst. Brew Master supervising Brewing operations, to Plant and then Beverage QA Manager. In Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. (CCBPI), she worked as the Senior Asst Vice President and Quality Assurance Director responsible for the Quality Assurance programs of the integrated Carbonated and Non-carbonated Beverages of CCBPI and Cosmos Bottling Corporation (CBC). In CCBPI, she was responsible for all QA heads and Quality system Heads of the 19 plants of CCBPI, 5 plants of CBC and 7 plants of PhilBev. Concurrently as QA Director, she acted as Process and Technology Group Manager from 2005-2008.

In 2008, she was made Director of the Coke One program. She was responsible for the successful deployment of Coke One in the CCBP, a corporate mandated program for its business transformation initiatives. Coke One integrated the E2E Business Processes of the entire organization enabled primarily by SAP to automate the operations and provide complete visibility of day-to- day transactions. Under her leadership, the project was completed a quarter earlier that the set timeline and within the approved budget. She also worked on the stabilization and optimization of deployed Coke One in CCBPI with about $24 Million worth of both hard and soft savings.

In 2012, Ms. Avendaño was appointed Director of Business Process Management, Coca-cola Bottlers Business Services Inc. She headed the team responsible for ensuring the stabilization and standardization of Business Processes and solutions; return of Investments through Optimization; and consultancy services on value optimization initiatives of Coke One.

Ms. Avendaño moved to Zuellig Pharma Asia Pacific in 2015 where she delivers measurable improvements utilizing continuous improvement strategies and drives harmonization of standard operational and quality-related processes and appropriate actions to reduce variation and eliminate waste, and liaises with multiple Quality organizations to drive timely resolution of Quality related issues.

Ms. Avendaño is one of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP). She made valuable contributions in assisting the Board of Chemistry draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Chemistry Profession Act (New Chemistry Law). She is also a member of the Philippine Society for Quality and an Assessor of the Accredited Philippine Quality Awards.

Ludy is a mother of two daughters and a son; she is a wife to a very supportive loving husband; a sister and a daughter; a niece and a sister-in-law; a mentor and a friend.

Philippine Representative Participates in Drafting Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics

Dr. Patrick John Lim (top row, second from left) with other chemistry experts from around the world, including Institut Kimia Malaysia president Dr. Ong Eng Long (bottom row, sixth from right) and American Chemistry Society president-elect Dr. Allison Campbell (bottom row, seventh from left), during the drafting of the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics in Malaysia. (Photo: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Jamil Maah)
 

Thirty-five chemistry experts from 18 countries drafted the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics (GCCE) on April 4–6, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chemistry professionals from 18 countries, including American Chemical Society president-elect Dr. Allison Campbell, were joined by host Institut Kimia Malaysia president Dr. Ong Eng Long, during the final day of the workshop that led to the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics.

The workshop that led to the GCCE draft was organized by the American Chemical Society Office of International Activities with support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and hosted by Institut Kimia Malaysia. Logistical sponsorship for the workshop was provided by the U.S. Department of State Chemical Security Program.

Six categories are covered by the GCCE, namely research, scientific writing and publishing, environment, safety, security, and making positive change happen. In addition to the GCCE draft, executive summaries were prepared for policy makers, industry professionals and academia. Educational materials are also available for institutions and organizations to conduct their own workshops to develop, review, or revise their existing codes of ethics and conduct as appropriate.

The GCCE covers the key elements of The Hague Ethical Guidelines which was published in December 2015 by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons after the 20th Session of the Conference of State Parties acknowledged these guidelines.

Sole Philippine representative Dr. Patrick John Y. Lim participated in the GCCE workshop and also in the drafting of The Hague Ethical Guidelines. Dr. Lim, who is a professor of chemistry at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, is the chapter president of Integrated Chemists of the Philippines-Cebu Chapter and is a board member of the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas.

Outstanding Chemist for 2008 is Newest Member of Board of Chemistry

Tess Cayton, Outstanding Chemist, Board of ChemistryThe much awaited search for the third member of the PRC Board for Chemistry is over , with the swearing to office by PRC Chairman Honorable Atty Teofilo S Pilando Jr last March 10, 2016 of Ma Theresa Carandang Cayton, a BS Chemistry 1975 graduate, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Santo Tomas, and MS Soil Science 1983 graduate from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos. She is married to Ret Gen Emmanuel S Cayton with three children Genevieve de Jesus (UPLB DevCom graduate, married to Denis de Jesus UPLB Agric Eng), 1Lt Joseph Thomas Cayton, Phil Air Force (PMA 2012 graduate married to Argelan Del Moral UPLB CEM) ) Emmanuel Cayton Jr ( Univ of the Cordilleras Criminology) and two grandkids 5 yr old Marcela Vienne Cadence de Jesus and 2 yr old Manolo Augusto Victor de Jesus.

Tess brings to her new assignment more than 36 years experience as a chemist- 16 yrs in research ( 1 year at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, 15 years on problem soils and rice research at the International Rice Institute), 17 years in the manufacturing industry (with Bayer CropScience in quality assurance, production and over all plant management), and 4 years in environment consultancy.

 

At Bayer CropScience as Plant and Public Affairs Manager ( the first female in this post in Bayer plants worldwide), she headed the largest and most awarded crop protection manufacturing facility in the country which was at the forefront of environment activities in the area in the watershed of Laguna de Bay. Here, aside from ensuring high quality products, she dealt with toxic and hazardous wastes handling from the plant s pesticide manufacturing activities, employing cleaner production and plant safety techniques. She was also the company’s Pollution Control Officer- ensuring compliance of the company to environmental laws and regulations. This involved dealing with the LGU, communities, NGOs and other stakeholders regarding environment issues and concerns, even dealing with communities on river and lake rehabilitation and youth environment training. It was while in Bayer that she started work on environment management systems , and greening the supply chain which she carried on after retirement in environment consultancy projects.

She retired from Bayer in mid 2007 in order to have more time for family as her husband just retired from the military and their son was about to enter the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio. From 2007 she was partly engaged with the Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production on greening the supply chains of companies, then with the Facilitators for Development, on community based environment projects. She also trained under a scholarship from the German Environment Bureau at the Renewables Academy in Berlin on energy efficiency and wind and solar energy. From 2008 t0 2010 she shuttled weekly from Manila to Baguio where his husband took a job as Security Director to be close to their son in PMA.

In 2011 she refrained from taking consultancy offers in order to assist her husband in his new job in Makati and to help take care of their first grandchild. It was more time to smell the flowers, go to the dance aero zumba gym, and be full time domestic helper and assistant yaya when not busy with errands for her husband. The last five happy “retired” years with her husband’s full support and her children s presence were indeed very memorable and enjoyable.

Looking back, among her treasured awards are:
PCAPI Top Ten Pollution Control Officers of the Philippines, 1999 and 2004
PCAPI Mother Nature award for Bayer in 2004
KKPLB Outstanding Achievement Award in Industry 1998
ICP Outstanding Women Chemists of the Philippines 2011
PRC 2008 Professional of the Year Award in the Field of Chemistry

Truly blest by God to have been given the chance to enjoy family, especially two grandkids and early retirement for the last 5 years, Tess thinks it must be time to take up the work mode again and give back to the profession which has nurtured and served her and her family so well. She hopes that working hand in hand with ICP and other chemistry organizations, the 36 years experience as a chemist will help her improve the practice of the profession , and improve the professional standing of chemists in our country. Armed with the new Chemistry law and its IRR she hopes to be of service, with the guidance of fellow chemist leaders and God s help. When she raised her hand in oath before the PRC Chairman last March 10, she remembered the time she first raised her hand at the chemists oathtaking ceremony in 1975 – it was as if a circle has closed and that was where God has always planned and wanted her to be.