The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) presented the Resolutions which were the result of three regional scientific meetings and the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting to Sec. Fortunato de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology and USec. Eduardo Gongona of the Department of Agriculture.
In his response, Sec. de la Peña committed the DOST towards the attainment of the Blue Economy, including its related resolutions. He also invited the other Departments of the government to do the same. Sec. De la Peña also noted the importance of partnering with LGUs in implementing research and development as also mentioned by several speakers of the ASM. Sec. De la Peña also highlighted the importance of the maritime and shipbuilding industry, and encouraged continuous discussion and research towards the Blue Economy.
Responding on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, USec. Gongona expressed support for the creation of a new agency on Fisheries and Ocean Resources, but advised that the timing of its establishment is very important. He noted that billions are lost due to foreign poaching, dynamite fishing, and other malpractices and threats. USec. Gongona encouraged better marketing and commercialization of the numerous researches which have already been done by our scientists.
The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) admitted two Academicians and one Corresponding Member during the its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting which was held at the Manila Hotel on 13 July 2017.
Cesar L. Villanoy, Ph.D. (Physical Oceanography) and Raymond Girard R. Tan, Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) were admitted as Academicians while Carlito B. Lebrilla, Ph.D. (Chemistry) was admitted as Corresponding Member.
NAST also presented the following awards: Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS), NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists, Outstanding Books, Outstanding Scientific Papers, and Best Scientific Posters.
The Outstanding Young Scientists award was given to: PHILLIP A. ALVIOLA, M.S. (Wildlife Studies), ALETTA CONCEPCION T. YÑIGUEZ, Ph.D. (Marine Biology and Fisheries), LANNDON A. OCAMPO, Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering), MARIO ANTONIO L. JIZ II, Ph.D.(Medical Science), NATHANIEL P. HERMOSA II, Ph.D. (Physics), JEFFREY S. PEREZ, M. Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering), JAYEEL S. CORNELIO, Ph.D. (Sociology), and KRISTA DANIELLE S. YU, Ph.D. (Economics).
The NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists awardee was JONATHAN CARLO A. BRIONES, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences). Also awarded were RAFAEL A. ESPIRITU, Ph.D. (Chemistry) and ARGEL A. BANDALA, Ph.D. (Electronics and Communications Engineering). Special citations were given to RAMON CHRISTIAN P. EUSEBIO, Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering) and JERROLD M. TUBAY, D.Sc. (Mathematical and System Engineer).
The NAST Outstanding Book Award for 2017 was given to the Encyclopedia of Common Medicinal Plants of the Philippines, Volume 1, with the following co-authors: Domingo A. Madulid, Esperanza Maribel A. Agoo, Isidro C. Sia, Myrna L. Abello, Rita Grace Y. Alvero, Maria Minerva P. Callimag, Anne Josephine C. Quitain, Irene M. Villaseñor, Maribel G. Nonato, Rene Angelo S. Macahig and Fabian M. Dayrit. The Encyclopedia was published by the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care in 2014.
With over a thousand attendees, the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) successfully held its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 12-13 at the Manila Hotel, with the theme, “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20”.
Academician Fabian M. Dayrit, acting president of NAST PHL, opened the event by emphasizing the country’s need to improve utilization of water resources for national development. He also gave updates regarding NAST’s recent efforts to solve this pertinent science and technology concern, particularly the conduct of Regional Scientific Meetings (RSM) held in Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. These RSMs highlighted the significance of fisheries and aquatic resources in the food, transport, and pharmaceutical industry, to name a few.
DOST Secretary Fortunato De la Peña graced the event as keynote speaker highlighting the relevant sustainable development goals (SDGs), linking DOST with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources to fill the gaps in policy-making and to meet the demands of the nation.
The series of plenary sessions was opened by Dr. Ronald Mendoza of the Ateneo De Manila University, as he talked about the Philippines’ Blue Economy, citing it as necessary in pushing forward our national interest.