Dr. Mercedes B.Concepcion is the 33rd National Scientist of the Philippines

Dr. Mercedes B.Concepcion, or MBC as what she is popularly known in UP Population Institute, is the 33rd National Scientist of the Philippines after Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo awarded her the National Scientist Award for her contributions in the field of demography just last month. She is recognized as the first Asian female demographer and a founding Dean of UP Population Institute. The rank and title of National Scientist of the Philippines is the highest award given by the Philippine governement to Filipino scientists.

Out of 33 National Scientists in the country, 30 of them are UP alumni. As a graduate student of UPPI and as an alumnus of UP, I am proud that this national university - the university of the people, has time and again proven its worth.

To Ma'am MBC, I salute you! Congratulations and God bless you more!
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