Two participants from the Cagayan State University at Sanchez Mira, Dr. Shella B. Cacatian and Dr. Eleanor L. Cacacho, Campus Coordinator for Research and Campus Coordinator for Extension and Development, respectively, attended the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting (RSM) to take full benefit of the knowledge shared in the aforesaid meeting.
The RSM was held at the Camp John Hay Convention Center, Baguio City from May 15-16, 2017. It was organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHIL) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Luzon Cluster composed of Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, CAR and NCR.
This is the third and the last in the series of regional scientific meetings conducted this year by NAST PHIL and the DOST regional Clusters in support of the thrust of President Duterte’s administration of bringing science initiative to the regions where food production needs to be improved and innovation needs to be developed.
With the theme, “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20,” the two-day meeting served as a venue where key players and researchers from different Research and Development Institutions (RDIs) in Luzon shared valuable insights with particular focus on fisheries and other aquatic resources for the attainment of sustainable development goals. It specifically featured science legislative forum towards a blue (water) economy and plenary sessions with topics that include the following: Fish Health and its Implications to Food Security, Water Quality Issues Linked to Fish Production, Environmental Contamination of Aquatic Resources: Implications on Health, Fish in the Filipino Diet: Pros and Cons, The Philippine Seas: Frontier of Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development, and Freshwater Aquaculture: Status, Prospects and Problems in the Philippines.
Technical sessions on Research Culture in the Philippines, Scientific Mentoring and Research Management, and Ethics in Research and Development and Research Proposal Writing were likewise included.
Speaking at the regional scientific forum, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña said, “There is a need to strengthen the R&D on agriculture and fisheries sectors. By doing so, we could help the administration achieve its goal of reducing economic inequality in the regions.”
Sec. Dela Peña, in his keynote message, underscored the importance of NAST-led meeting with regional science and technology stakeholders given that the academy is regarded as the country’s highest advisory council in the field of crafting S & T policies.
“I am one with the NAST in hoping that this regional scientific meeting will provide all of us with new insights that will guide us in our decision making and bring us back to the issues and concerns that impede our growth and development and that it would spark new ideas and collaboration towards nation building, not only anchored on science but also geared towards inclusive growth and sustainable development”, Sec. Dela Peña stressed.
Other S&T community personalities and local government officials present were: National Scientists Raul V. Fabella and Ernesto O. Domingo, Chairs of the Social Sciences and Health Sciences Divisions of NAST Philippines, respectively, Academician (Acd) Fabian M. Dayrit, NAST Acting President, Acd. Rafael D. Guerrero III of NAST’s Agricultural Sciences Division, Acd. Agnes C. Rola and Acd. Michael L. Tan of the Social Sciences Division, and Acd. Jaime C. Montoya, Chair of the Health Sciences Division and Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.
Baguio City Local Chief Executive Mauricio Domogan as well as DOST Regional Directors from the Luzon Cluster, were also among the guests.