The UST Faculty of Pharmacy Assistant Dean Prof. Ma. Frieda Z. Hapan, Ph.D., is the 2022 Most Outstanding Professional in Medical Technology while the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences researcher and Faculty of Engineering academic staff Prof. Maria Natalia R, Dimaano, Ph.D., is the Most Outstanding Professional in Chemical Engineering. The awards were presented by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on July 29, 2022, at the Manila Hotel.
Aside from teaching at the Faculty of Pharmacy and the UST Graduate School, Hapan has also held the following posts in recent years: Chairperson of the Technical Committee for Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science Education under the Commission on Higher Education, member of the Committee on Career Progression and Specialization Program and Credit Accumulation Transfer System under the PRC, Chairperson of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) Committee on Career Progression and Specialization, member of the PAMET Committee on Education, member of the PAMET Committee on Research and National Executive Secretary of PAMET from 2018 to 2020.
She is also a member of CHED’s technical panel for health professions education. Dimaano, the Program Lead of the UST Graduate School Engineering Cluster, has also served as government research administrator and Corporate Secretary of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). She has earned awards such as the 2009 National Research Council of the Philippines Achievement Award, 2011 Gregorio Y. Zara Award for Applied Research by the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST).
Prof. Hapan and Prof. Dimaano now join the University’s roster of Outstanding Professional of the Year Award recipients, such as the Assistant to the Rector for UST Sta. Rosa Prof. Philipina A. Marcelo, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, 2021), Dr. Roberto Manaois (Medical Technology, 2021), Assistant to the Rector for UST General Santos and Academician Dr. Maribel G. Nonato (2020, Chemistry), Dr. Eduardo Ong (2020, Real Estate Service), Dr. Donald G. Manlapaz (2020, Physical Therapy), Dr. Aleth Therese L. Dacanay (2018, Pharmacy), Dr. Donald Lipardo (2015, Physical Therapy), Dr. Rosalinda Solevilla (2011, Pharmacy), Dr. Priscilla Torres (2009, Pharmacy), Dr. Cheryl R. Peralta (2009, Physical Therapy), Assoc. Prof. Jocelyn Agcaoili (2007, Physical Therapy), and Dr. Fortunato Sevilla (2002, Chemistry).