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).
Science Policy and Information Forum highlights the role of collaboration and innovation in TB Elimination
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, held a Science Policy and Information Forum on Tuberculosis (TB) Elimination on 20 June 2022 via Zoom and Facebook Live.
The virtual forum aimed 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.
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.