NAST scientists hold gab with Antique researchers, students

Engr. Abraham Fabila, Provincial Director DOST Antique, welcomes the Academicians and National Scientists during the dialogue with researchers, stakeholders and students in the University of Antique.

By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique – The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST-Philippines) recently conducted a dialogue with teachers, students, and local officials at the University of Antique, Sibalom.

Academician Rhodora V. Azanza, NAST Philippines president and member of the Biological Sciences Division, led the team of six academicians and national scientists during its lecture series at the Convention Hall of the University of Antique.

The activity hopes to promote science and technology and to bring in the scientists closer to the grassroots, inspire and encourage researchers and other professionals to conduct more research and adapt science and technology for development.

Director Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo emphasized the four important functions of NAST Philippines such as recognition function as mandated under Presidential Decree 1003-A, wherein the Academy continues to give awards to Filipino Scientists and scientific and technological endeavors aimed at advancing the Philippine State of Science and Technology.

Academician Rhodora V. Azanza, President NAST Philippines and member of the Biological Sciences Division, explains her research on Fish Kills and Algal Blooms in the Philippines in a dialogue with researchers and government officials in the province of Antique recently.

As stated in Executive Order No. 818, NAST, under its Advisory Function, also advises the President and Cabinet Secretaries on matters related to science and technology

NAST also builds linkage with international groups/conglomerates on science and technology and, under Republic Act 9107, mandated to manage and operate the Philippine Science Heritage Center which is the country’s main repository of the contributions, achievements and accomplishments of Filipino scientists in the field of science and technology.

National Scientist Lourdez J. Cruz, Member of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division talked on the topic “Sustainable Consumption and Our Future”.

Former DENR Secretary and National Scientists Angel C. Alcala shared the success story of the Apo Island Local Community: From Rags to Riches.

Other relevant topics included Reconnecting Agriculture with Nutrition, Health and Environment by Academician Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr. of Agricultural Sciences Division and Environment and Social Safeguards for Sustainable Development by Academician Aura C. Matias.

Academician Rhodora V. Azanza discussed Fish Kills and Toxic Algal Blooms in the Philippines while Academician Christopher C. Bernido of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division shared about Physics from Planck Scale to Billion Plus Lightyears.

Senator Loren Legarda also conveyed her support to the event and lauded the initiatives of NAST of sharing their programs to educate the Antiquenos.

University of Antique President Pablo S. Crespo, Jr likewise appreciated the undertakings of NAST, Philippines for sharing their researches and success stories to help students, researchers and other stakeholders better understand the importance of science and technology. (PIA-Antique)