Exemplary individuals. (From left) Ochave, Tan, Ressa, Montinola and Aguhon Award chair Maoi Arroyo (Photo credit: INQUIRER.NET. 2017, (March 6). Photo grabbed from

DOST Biosafety Committee's very own Atty. Jose Maria Ochave, a chemical engineer and a lawyer, was recently bestowed an Aguhon Award, together with other exemplary individuals who embodied global competitiveness to create a positive economic, social, and cultural impact in their respective fields.

The Aguhon Awards honor Filipinos who came back home to serve their fellow countrymen. Ochave's admirable leadership in the field of pharmaceutics and his efforts for pushing for off-patent, low cost drugs in the Philippines were recognized. Other three awardees were from the fields of banking, media, and academics.

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