Later in Bangkok, at the United Nations' FAO, Dr. Dioscoro Umali
, who used to be the Dean of UPLB
and was Student Chairman Ochie's favorite whipping boy, used to ask me with tender concern whatever happened to his
favorite "foe" , what was he
had graduated from UPLB cum laude in 1969 in Agricultural Chemistry.He earned his Master of Science degree in Soil Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a Doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry and Geochemistry from the same university in the USA, and a Post Doctoral on Synthesis of Organometallic Catalysts from the University of Sydney, Australia.His
fields of specialization included Toxic and Hazardous Waste Monitoring and Treatment in Water/Terrestrial Systems, and Pollution Control Technologies and in setting up and auditing Environmental Management Systems.
If you can show me a Filipino who went to Japan to teach Toyota
how to make cars , I would say that would be quite impressive.Well, Ochie
did something analogously similar: he
conducted classes in water, wastewater and air quality and monitoring to graduate students of Hiroshima University
and Kinki University
in Japan.He served as consultant in Hiroshima to Zero Waste Projects, Removal of Oil Pollutants in Seawater and Alternative Water Treatment Technologies.He is a member of professional societies like the International Association on Water Quality, the International Humic Substances Society, the Japan Society on Water Environment, the National Research Council of the Philippines and the Chemical Society of the Philippines.
In short, Ochie
really did his
country proud by being recognized as the expert in Japan on matters that Japan does best , like pollution control after Minamata.