National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines

The country's premier recognition and advisory body on Science and Technology

Confernment of the newly-elected Corresponding Member, Dr.Josefino C. Comiso
L-R: NAST Acting President Acd. Fabian M. Dayrit, DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services Dr. Carol C. Yorobe, Dr. Josefino C. Comiso and his wife Diana J. Comiso, Acd. Jaime C. Montoya
Policy Forum on Federalism in the Philippine Context
Dr. Magno explained a “Federalist Design Philippines” in the context of culture, politics, and economic conditions of the country.
Policy Forum on Federalism in the Philippine Context
Dr. Mendoza explained the rationale of decentralization bought about by federalism, which is seen as part of democratizing of the country and bringing governance closer to the people.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Engr. Carlos M. Villaraza mainly focused his talk on various analyses to aid in evaluating the state of BNPP such as hazard-risk-vulnerability analysis, response spectrum analysis, and nonlinear time-history analysis. He explained that hazard-risk-vulnerability analysis aims to aid people to make risk-based choices to attend to vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards, and prepare for response to and recover from any hazard events.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Acd. Alfredo Francisco Mahar As. Lagmay, member of MPSD and professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, gave his lecture entitled, “Geological hazards of SW Natib Volcano, site of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, the Philippines.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, deputy director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), explained the current hazards information around the BNPP site.
NAST-CMU Seminar on “Why Rice is Not Good For You?”
Tree Planting in Commemoration of National Scientists
NAST PHL held a tree planting in Commemoration of the National Scientists last November 15, as part of the year-long celebration of its 40th Anniversary with the theme “40 Years in Pursuit of Excellence”
National Scientist Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. met Pope Francis during the Jesuits’ 36th General Congregation held in Rome on October 24, 2016
InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health Workshop on Addressing Inequities in Health: Fostering Action on Social Determinants on October 3-4, 2016 at The Manila Hotel
The organizing committee of the workshop: (L-R) Dr. Carlo Irwin A. Panelo, Dr. Mario C. Villaverde, Dr. Fely Marilyn E. Lorenzo, National Scientist Ernesto O. Domingo, Academician Carmencita D. Padilla, and Dr. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
InterAcademy Partnership (IAPdres) for Health Workshop on Adsing Inequities in Health: Fostering Action on Social Determinants on October 3-4, 2016 at The Manila Hotel
Representatives from the academe, medical institutions, government, and national academies of science and medicine in the ASEAN region participated in the two-day workshop.
AASSA-NAST PHL Workshop on the Role of Science Academies on Sustainable Development
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 2, conducted the Speakers Bureau with the theme Role of Science in the Sustainable Development of the Environment on March 5, 2015 at the Batanes State College, Basco, Batanes.
 
Ms. Nora T. Garcia, director of the Provincial Science and Technology Center in DOST Region 2 Batanes welcomed the speakers and participants of the activity. She thanked NAST PHL for bringing the experts to their province to talk about the unique biodiversity of Batanes, including its marine biodiversity and climate change.
 
Experts invited were: Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, Scientist II from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture; Engr. Glenn S. Banaguas, professor from De La Salle Araneta University; and Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez, director of the University of the Philippines Los Baños Museum of Natural History.
 
Dr. Santos talked about conserving the marine biodiversity of Batanes and the importance of using DNA barcoding in identifying organisms at the species level. He discussed the different uses of DNA barcoding and gave examples on its applications in Northern Philippines, including Batanes.
    
On the other hand, Dr. Gonzalez reiterated the biogeographic importance of Batanes islands to the conservation of Philippine biodiversity. According to him, there have been explorations in the past that tried to document the species endemic only to Batanes. However, there are still many unidentified and unrecorded species that need to be documented. His group plans to visit the Batanes again to further study the biodiversity of the ten islands.
 
Finally, Engr. Banaguas discussed the importance of studying the impacts and risks of long-term climate variability on the agricultural sector. His discussion revolved around the track of tropical cyclones in the last five (5) decades, the risks involved, impact to society as well as policies involved in adapting and mitigating climate change. He discussed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), whose guiding principles are: (1) ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and a local priority with strong institutional basis for implementation; (2) identify, assess, and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning; (3) use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels; (4) reduce the underlying risk factors; and (5) strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels.
 
During the open forum, one of the participants highlighted the importance of having scientific data to be able to declare Batanes as a UNESCO Heritage Site that should be protected and conserved.
 
The activity was attended by 84 participants from the academe, local government units, and business sector.