The Philippine Science Heritage Center (PSHC) successfully conducted its seminar-workshop for science teachers, Salinlahi Guro ng Siyensya: An Innovative Way of Teaching Science, on May 7, 2015 at the Philippine Science Heritage Center, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City.
More than a hundred science teachers nationwide attended the activity facilitated by globally renowned scientists, NAST Academician Christopher C. Bernido and Dr. Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido.
Known for introducing a revolutionary way of teaching science and non-science subjects called CVIF Dynamic Learning Program, the Bernidos held activities that gave teachers a glimpse of the program. They explained that CVIF-DLP is composed of 70%-80% learner’s independent activity and 20%-30% lecture discussion.
The two resource persons also shared their driving force in all the things they are doing, which is their vision of having a globally competitive Filipino nation. Many teachers were inspired with the passion and commitment the Bernidos have for the education and for the country.
With the overwhelming response PSHC received from schools nationwide, the team is already planning to conduct another Salinlahi Guro ng Siyensya within the year.
The Philippine Science Heritage Center is being managed and maintained by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST PHL) as mandated by RA 9107. NAST Philippines is the country’s recognition and advisory body on matter related to science.
NAST PHL Holds Roundtable Discussion on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Other Health and Wellness Risks from The Marine Environment
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), through its Biological Sciences Division (BSD), conducted a Roundtable Discussion on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and other Health and Wellness Risks from the Marine Environment on March 31, 2015 at Hotel Jen Manila.
The RTD is the sixth in the series of discussions conducted in preparation for the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 8-9 with the theme, “The Challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Responding Through Multisectoral Action”. The RTD focused on vectors and pathways of common Philippine health and wellness risks and hazards from the marine environment. Researches, as well as monitoring and management schemes, were reviewed and discussed.
Acd. Antonio Miguel L. Dans, member of Health Sciences Division (HSD), discussed the rationale and objectives of the ASM and gave an introduction to NCDs. Acd. Dans stated the importance of enabling people to live a healthy lifestyle compared to merely educating them. According to him, environment plays a role on the prevalence of NCDs. While lifestyle was identified as culprit, being healthy is not a choice but rather an adaptation to the way the world was built.
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) conducted a Roundtable Discussion on Managing Philippine Coastal and Inland Fisheries, on March 17, 2015 at Acacia Hotel Manila.
The RTD reviewed government policies and programs for the management of the country’s municipal fisheries. It also identified and recommended actions and strategies for the sustainable management of the country’s municipal fisheries for policy consideration.
Invited experts were Atty. Benjamin Felipe S. Tabios Jr., assistant director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Dr. Adelaida L. Palma, station chief, of the National Inland Fisheries Technology Center, BFAR; Ms. Liza M. Quirog, head of the Socio-Economic and Environment Management Cluster of the province of Bohol, who served as the representative of Bohol Governor Hon. Edgar M. Chatto; and Dr. Vincent V. Hilomen, executive director for Priority Programs and Coastal and Marine, Biodiversity Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-BMB), who served as the representative of Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, director of DENR-BMB.
Resource persons from BFAR discussed the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 or Republic Act (R.A.) 8550 as amended by R.A. No. 10654. Atty. Tabios discussed various programs on resource protection, resource enhancement, livelihood enhancement, post-harvest, infrastructure, and marketing support, and priority thrusts for aquaculture. He also highlighted the importance of science as the basis for their fisheries management. He also discussed the challenges faced by the implementation of the law and programs, particularly the environmental and economic challenges.