* The DOST-PNRI continues to closely monitor the situation at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
* The condition in the plant remains very serious but not worsening.
* Extremely high levels of radiation (10 million times normal) appeared to be a reporting error and had been retracted by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Nevertheless, high levels of radiation remain inside the nuclear power plant but pose danger only to the emergency workers.
Awardees were Dr. Patricio Faylon, executive director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development; Dr. Urduja Tejada, regional director of DOST Region 2; and Engr. Denis Villorente, director of the Advance Science and Technology Institute. The other awardee was Undersecretary Mario Villaverde of the Department of Health.
“The recognition proves the point that we have excellent people leading the DOST agencies,” DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said. “The accomplishments of our awardees show how science and technology helps in improving our country’s delivery of its services.”