Cagayan de Oro, PH—The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region X kicked off the Symposium-Workshop on Developing S&T Innovation Hubs and Clusters in Mindanao last May 22-23, 2017 at the N Hotel, Cagayan De Oro City.
The two-day event was the first in a series of activities under the DOST-supported NAST project on “Supporting the Development of Partnerships in the S&T Innovation Ecosystem”.Attended by more than 120 participants representing different sectors including the industry, academe, civil society, government, and non-government organizations, the two-day symposium aimed to explore how three STI hubs and clusters, both physical and virtual, can be developed corresponding to the three development corridors of Mindanao. The STI hubs are envisioned to provide an innovation ecosystem conducive to creativity and the participation of different stakeholders in translating innovations to actions.Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Dir. Alfonso Alamban, regional director of DOST X, discussed the role of S&T in Philippine Development. He emphasized the need for a more inclusive and participatory STI to encourage the different sectors of the society. He further highlighted the STI efforts of the current and past administration. Finally, he reiterated the role of DOST and NAST in the advancement of STI in the country.Hon. Oscar Moreno, mayor of Cagayan de Oro City, likewise provided a welcome message. Mayor Moreno began by giving a brief history of CDO. He ended his speech by stressing the role of CDO as a strategic place for a convergence hub and center for STI and education, connecting Misamis and Lanao.
Giving the program overview, National Scientist Lourdes J. Cruz, the project leader, talked about fostering a culture of science and innovation among Filipinos and improving STI ecosystem in the country. She ended her overview with the objectives of the activity, which was to generate proposals for establishing STI hubs in Mindanao.
Dr. Franco G. Teves, director of Research in MSU-IIT talked about “Academic Research at the Nucleus of Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem for Mindanao Development.” He defined and described innovation ecosystem and the role of academic research in the innovation ecosystem stream.
Luzon-Regional Scientific Meeting: Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) will conduct its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 12 – 13, 2017 with the theme “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20”.
For this year, NAST PHL adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to be its overarching theme. The Agricultural Sciences Division, being the host division, agreed to focus on “fisheries” where science is critical. They are also interested in determining how these sectors will impact the achievement of SGDs in the Philippines.
This annual activity of the Academy aims to convene a conference to determine how the Philippines will achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It serves as the leading forum for the presentation of the results of scientific and policy research.
In line with the thrust of the Duterte administration, NAST PHL will conduct Regional Scientific Meetings in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. For Luzon, NAST PHL will hold the two-day Regional Scientific Meeting in Baguuio City on 15 – 16 May 2017. This is in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology Luzon Cluster (Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, CAR, and NCR).
Visayas-Regional Scientific Meeting: Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20
In line with the thrust of the Duterte administration, NAST PHL will conduct Regional Scientific Meetings in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. For Visayas, NAST PHL has held the two-day Regional Scientific Meeting (RSM) in Cebu City on April 18-19, 2017. This was in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Visayas Cluster (Region VI, VII, VIII, NIR).
Secretary Fortunato de la Peña of the DOST gave the opening message, followed by NAST Acting President Academician (Acd.) Fabian M. Dayrit who delivered the message from NAST and the objectives of the RSM. Congressman Erico Artistotle C. Aumentado, Chairperson of the Committee of Science and Technology of the Congress and Representative of Bohol 2nd District was the keynote speaker.
Acd. Rhodora V. Azanza focused on the past, present and what is next in seaweeds culture. She delivered a brief background on culturing seaweeds all over the worlds and also some data on the major producing regions of seaweeds in the Philippines. Dr. Maximo A. Ricohermoso also continued in discussing about seaweed culture and how it has been the livelihood source of Philippines fisherfolk today.
Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos (OYS) 2011 and Dr. Danilo B. Largo (OYS) 1999, discussed an analysis of Fishery Harvest and Mariculture. Dr. Santos presented on protected spawning areas and impact of land reclamation of Fisheries while Dr. Largo presented on Integrated Mariculture; development of Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) for tropical species in Southern Cebu, Philippines.