With the theme “PAGTANAW 2050: Agham Tungo sa Mabuting Kinabukasan (FORESIGHT 2050: Science for a Sustainable Future)”, the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) emphasized the importance of promoting awareness on futures thinking with particular focus on a sustainable blue and circular economy during its 44th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) held last 13-14 July 2022 in a hybrid mode at The Manila Hotel and live via Zoom and Facebook.
PAGTANAW 2050 is the first inter- and trans-disciplinary Philippine foresight plan that anticipates science, technology, and innovation (STI) that will influence the development of the country in the next 30 years.
One of the highlights of the 44th ASM was the presentation of resolutions to Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan, NEDA secretary and NAST academician; Dr. Renato U. Solidum, DOST Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services; and Mr. Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III, chairman of the Science and Information Technology Committee of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCI).
BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY - The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), in partnership with the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. and the Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis, will be organizing a Science Policy and Information Forum on Tuberculosis Elimination on 20 June 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 NN via Zoom.
Tuberculosis (TB) remains highly prevalent in the country. In particular, it is the eighth leading cause of death among the working age group. The infectious disease also has a significant impact on families and communities, as families become impoverished whenever a family member comes down with tuberculosis. At present, there is a continuing global effort for TB Elimination by 2030.
The virtual forum aims to present the strategic enhancements and necessary activities for the Philippines to attain the TB elimination targets, particularly during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic. Experts and leaders were invited to substantiate the discussion on (1) current TB epidemiology and TB elimination goals, (2) government and private sector collaboration in the Philippine TB Elimination Program, and (3) the way forward for the country’s TB program.
The forum is expected to gather various stakeholders from both public and private sectors. Members of the Academy, heads and/or representatives of national government agencies, Senate, Congress, local government units, higher education institutions, non-government organizations, professional societies, and the media will also be invited. (Ryan John Pascual/NAST PHL)
Registration to the online event is free and open to the public.Interested participants may register at https://bit.ly/TBelimination.
The event will also be broadcasted on the NAST PHL Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nastphl) .
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) is an attached agency to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) mandated by law (Executive Order 818 s.1982) to serve as adviser to the President of the Republic of the Philippines and the cabinet on policies concerning science and technology in the country. For more updates, follow NAST Philippines’ (@nastphl) social media accounts.
Bicutan, Taguig City – The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) held a Science Policy and Information Forum on Bird Flu last 18 May 2022.
Recurrence of Avian flu (H5N6) outbreak in the Philippines was confirmed by the Bureau of Animal Industry on July 10, 2020 in a commercial layer farm in Pampanga, and in Rizal on August 20, 2020 in a backyard farm of 500 head free-range chicken and 300 ducks. On January 8, 2021, World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared that the Philippines is now free of the last remaining A (H5N6) strain of Avian influenza. Sadly, on March 8, 2022, 8 confirmed new Bird flu outbreaks have been recorded from the southern part of Luzon involving 2,000 quails and ducks. In addition to this, bird flu outbreaks have been confirmed in Pampanga, Bulacan and Laguna.
Because of these recent Bird flu outbreaks and also that the disease is of public health concern, this webinar is important in finding out what preventive measures have already been undertaken here and abroad to control the spread and recurrence of avian influenza.