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Dr. Carmencita Padilla bags awards from DOST, UP

Dr. Carmencita Padilla
National Program Adviser, VYLH-Philippines
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UP-CM
Director, NSRC-NIH, UP Manila
Executive Director, Philippine Genome Center
(Photo: IHG Website -

 VYLH-Philippines celebrates the exceptional feats of Dr. Carmencita "Tita Menchit" Padilla, National Program Adviser, after becoming this year's recipient of  the following recognitions:

  • Outstanding Science Administrator Award (Dioscoro Umali Medal) during the 2012 National Science and Technology Week organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) last July 14, 2012.  

Excerpt from the NSTW Program: "In recognition of her outsanding leadership and commitment to uplifting the health and well-being of babies in the country as former Director of the Institute of Human Genetics, and present day Director of the Newborn Screening Reference Center at the National Institute of Health in UP Manila. Her initiatives in establishing the newborn screening project led to the enactment of a law on newborn screening which provides for the early diagnosis and treatment of babies with serious inherited conditions. She was instrument in setting-up the cytogenetics, newborn screening, biochemical genetics, and molecular genetics in NIH-UP Manila.  and new clinical genetic services at the Philippine General Hospital. Her expertise and research work has resulted in a large number of publications in local and international journals including some patents and copyrights."(1)

  • Concepcion Dadufalza for Distinguished Achievement Award conferred by the University of the Philippines last September 18, 2012. The C. Dadufalza Award was established in June 2000 to honor individuals of distinction who has excelled in his/her craft, or who has contributed significantly to important causes in society. In a way, the award is also a means of remembering the selfless vision and values of the beloved UP professor. During the awarding ceremony, Dr. Padilla rendered a lecture entitled “Newborn Screening: Research to Policy Ideas, Successes and Continuing Challenges”. (2)

Tita Menchit, Congratulations! Your VYLH-Philippines Family is very proud of you! You are truly a great inspiration and role model for us Volunteer Youth Leaders!

Padayon, VYLH-Philippines.

(1) UP Manila. Website Announcement.[link]
(2) InterAksyon. UP's Dadufalza lecture, September 18, UP Manila. [link]

Prepared by the VYLH-Philippines Advocacy and Health Promotion Working Group (AHPWG).

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