President Rodrigo Roa Duterte conferred the prestigious Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award to Biotek M lead Dr. Raul Destura of the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) for his contributions to health and medical biotechnology, especially in diagnostics during the awards rites on 10 September 2019 in Malacañang.
Dr. Destura, with support from the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) led the development of the award-winning Biotek M dengue aqua kit for a faster, more affordable and accessible diagnosis for dengue. As the kit is capable of detecting the infection within an hour from extraction, it is seen to ultimately lessen the number of hospital admittance and lower health expenses, especially for the marginalized sectors of the community.
The annual Search for Outstanding Government Workers forms part of the Civil Service Commission’s Honor Awards Program (HAP). The award aims to recognize civil servants who have shown exemplary performance and have contributed significantly in achieving our national goals.
- Written by Jwynne Gwyneth Macan