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Palawan SP recognizes Palaweño scientist

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The Palawan Sangguniang Panlalawigan has honored a Palaweño scientist for his recent achievement in exploration.

The SP passed Resolution No.112-21 titled: “Expressing Recognition and appreciation to Dr. Deo Florence L. Onda for his valuable expedition and exploration as the first Filipino to descend into Emden Deep, the 3rd deepest point on Earth.”

The said resolution was authored by Board Member Cesareo Benedito, Jr..

“Ito ay matapos ang matagumpay na eksplorasyong isinagawa sa Emden Deep sa Philippine Trench na ikatlo sa pinakamalalim na bahagi ng karagatan sa buong mundo kung saan si Dr. Onda ang kauna-unahang Pinoy na nakarating dito,” said the provincial government.

“Matatandaang sa pamamagitan ng 2-man deep submersible vessel (DSSV) Pressure Drop ay magkasamang tinuklas nina Dr. Onda at American Underwater Explorer na si Victor Vescovo sa loob ng 12 oras ang kailaliman ng Emden Deep sa kauna-unahang eksplorasyon sa lugar na isinagawa noong Marso 23, 2021,” it added.

Dr. Onda is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director for Research at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI).

He is the first Filipino to reach the Emden Deep with the depth of 10,400 meters or 34,100 feet.

“Ayon naman sa University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), layon nilang maiwagayway ang watawat ng Pilipinas sa naturang ekspedisyon sapagkat mahalagang bahagi ito ng kasaysayan ng ating bansa,” said the provincial government.