PASAY CITY - The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) held the Paper Presentation of Finalists and Awarding Ceremony of the 2019 Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists (MFET) Award last December 9, 2019 at the Hotel Jen Manila, Pasay City.
The finalists were selected from across different academic institutions and a preliminary evaluation was done by the Engineering Sciences and Technology Division of NAST PHL to select the finalists. The winners of this award received cash prizes and plaques from the Academy.
National Scientist Edgardo D. Gomez, an authority in the field of marine science, has passed away on December 1, 2019 at the age of 81.
NS Gomez was a known researcher, scientist, conservation advocate, and mentor in invertebrate biology and ecology, giant clam culture and restoration, and coral reef assessment and conservation. He was also recognized for his outstanding contributions and researches on marine ecosystems which became the bases for management of and the conservation programs for the country's marine resources.
Through his pioneering research, he was able to steer the world’s first national-scale assessment of damage to coral reefs that led to the widespread concern over the status of coral reefs. This resulted to the worldwide conservation initiatives, such as the Global Reefs and Risk Analysis, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and the International Coral Reef Action.
QUEZON CITY – The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) recently conducted the Science Policy Forum and Workshop on the Sustainable Development of the Philippine Blue Economy last 28 October 2019 at the Luxent Hotel, Quezon City.
The activity is a part of NAST PHL’s ongoing campaign for the development of the country’s blue economy, which includes various ocean-based industries such as fisheries and aquaculture, marine tourism, shipbuilding and ship repair, seaports and maritime trade, and ocean mining and energy harvesting among others.
In her opening remarks, Academician Rhodora V. Azanza, NAST PHL President, emphasized the importance of unleashing the potential of the blue economy to bring progress to the country. She mentioned the various activities and meetings that NAST PHL conducted in relation to the campaign. A key breakthrough in the campaign for the blue economy is the filing of Senate Resolution 1017 by Senator Sonny Angara, which calls for an inquiry in aid of legislation regarding the country’s blue economy mechanism. Academician Azanza expressed hope that endeavors such as this will result to initiatives and eventually, policies, that will bring more attention to the blue economy.
Academician Mudjekeewis D. Santos, NAST Member from the Agricultural Sciences Division, gave a brief summary of the two Science Policy and Information Fora on blue economy, which was also organized by NAST PHL earlier this year. Academician Santos, a scientist of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), stressed some of the recommendations that arose during these earlier Fora, which included the call for the creation of a separate Department of Fisheries and Oceans.