Former executive director of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), Dr. Pacita Zara passed away on Saturday, November 6.
“We are deeply saddened with the news of the passing of Dr. Pacita Zara. Her sister Lourdes Zara Velasco announced that she passed away due to fatal arrythmia.” DOST Secretary, Fortunato de la Peña confirmed her death via a Facebook post on Monday.
She served as the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines Vice President from 2017-2019.
Dr. Zara devoted her whole professional career at the National Science Devevelopment Board (NSDB), at the National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
She served for many years as Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) until her retirement.
The DOST expresses its love and admiration for Dr. Pacita Zara. It also conveys sincerest condolences to her family.