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Photo by RALimpiada (Screenshot from the Virtual Awards Rites for the 2020 and 2021 Outstanding Government Workers)

The Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter (PGP) Team was named the 2020 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on 15 November 2021 during the Virtual Awards Rites for the 2020 and 2021 Outstanding Government Workers.

The team is composed of National Crop Protection Center former Director Gil L. Magsino and Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute personnel, namely: Dr. Lucille V. Abad, Mr. Fernando B. Aurigue, Mr. Partick Jay E. Cabalar, and Mr. Francis Cyril C. Valdez.

The award was given in recognition of the Carrageenan PGP Team’s breakthrough discovery and development of the Carrageenan PGP formulation as natural foliar fertilizer extracted from seaweed. The fertilizer, which was commercialized in 2019, can induce resistance of rice against pests and diseases and increase yield by 15-20%.

The awarding ceremony was streamed via Facebook pages and YouTube channels of Radio Television Malacañang and CSC and can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8eX5LJjYNg.