PARAÑAQUE CITY – Academician Remigio M. Olveda, a renowned Filipino expert in the field of infectious and tropical medicine joined his creator on Friday, April 24 at the age of 71 years.
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST, Phl), the country’s highest recognition and advisory body on issues concerning science and technology, joins the scientific community in mourning the demise of Dr. Olveda, who was chiefly recognized for his significant contributions as a researcher, clinician, mentor, and scientist particularly in his extensive research in pursuing cost-effective strategies for the control of the Schistosoma japonicum infection in the country affecting around 200 million people in 74 countries worldwide.
National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Executive Council STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 CRISIS (22/04/2020)
The declarations from the Interagency Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID- 19 with advice from its Technical Working Group (TWG) have been anchored on the best available scientific knowledge on COVID-19 and analyses of relevant local data sets. Our earlier recommendations on COVID-19 research and development (R and D) and immediate actions on vaccine and drug development, infection detection and data analyses are major requisites in the management of this crisis. However, we also wish to emphasize the importance of nutrition to strengthen our immune system. To achieve this on a nationwide scale, we need to support our food systems. We reiterate the need for localized complementary and alternative systems that are targeted towards production of more diverse and nutritious food stuff.
BICUTAN, TAGUIG – Her outstanding and significant contributions and research projects in environmental conservation and protection led to Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu of Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) winning this year’s NAST Environmental Science Award (NESA) given by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Among a number of other outstanding finalists, Dr. Espiritu was chosen with her winning entry entitled “Assessment of quantity and quality of microplastics in the sediments, waters, oysters, and selected fish species in key site along the Bombong Estuary and coastal waters of Ticalan in San Juan, Batangas”.
Dr. Espiritu, a pioneer in the field of Ecotoxicology in the country, is a known expert in water quality and water pollution, and for her studies on different environment pollutants, particularly microplastics. Her works have raise awareness and insights on environment pollutants and its effect to the environment.