Mapúan climate diplomat to receive TOFIL 2019 award
Mapúa University alumnus and climate diplomat and scientist Glenn Banaguas is a recipient of this year’s The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) award. He is one of the “six nation-builders” honored by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) for his exemplary contributions in environment conservation and science diplomacy.
Banaguas has been providing progressive researches to various provinces and local government units (LGUs) to help them incorporate climate science in their development programs.
The Mapúa chemical engineering alumnus will be recognized along with five other awardees, including San Miguel Corp. President and CEO Ramon Ang (business and entrepreneurship), Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal (government/public service), Dr. Joselito R. Chavez (medicine), Virgilio L. Malang (science and technology), and Nelly Siababa-Aggangan (agriculture).
“Research is my life. I have been conducting research for free, donating my salary to bring science and policy to the communities. It is a covenant and commitment to save them from the wrath of climate crises and disaster risks,” Banaguas said.
With his team of researchers, he also extends information on climate change to cultivate disaster resiliency.
“I think it has been my gift to laymanize and translate terms into a language that even the local people understand. I personally believe that because it’s not just about communicating, but also assuring that the people grasp the information and act upon it,” he shared.
Banaguas founded the Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute in 2010 where he started the Climate Smart and Disaster Resilient Philippines program to promote science diplomacy and scientific capacity building especially to the marginalized sector.
The program already reached out to more than 500 LGUs; 200 Universities and Colleges; 200 CSOs, NGOs; and 200 members of the private sector.
“For me these are not enough because the Philippines has 135 cities, 1,493 municipalities, 81 provinces, and 42,000 barangays. I haven’t gone to other places yet, so I’m aiming to accomplish all of them,” he said.
Currently, Banaguas is the chair of ASEAN Science Diplomats, a group of engineers and scientists in Southeast Asia providing trainings on science-based policymaking and policy development.
He is also a Professor in Enrique T. Yuchengco School of Business and Management, Mapúa University teaching Environmental Management System.
The TOFIL award is a public recognition of men and women, 41 years age and over, whose exemplary achievements are worthy of emulation. It is institutionalized by the Junior Chamber International (JCI).