National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines

The country's premier recognition and advisory body on Science and Technology

Confernment of the newly-elected Corresponding Member, Dr.Josefino C. Comiso
L-R: NAST Acting President Acd. Fabian M. Dayrit, DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services Dr. Carol C. Yorobe, Dr. Josefino C. Comiso and his wife Diana J. Comiso, Acd. Jaime C. Montoya
Policy Forum on Federalism in the Philippine Context
Dr. Magno explained a “Federalist Design Philippines” in the context of culture, politics, and economic conditions of the country.
Policy Forum on Federalism in the Philippine Context
Dr. Mendoza explained the rationale of decentralization bought about by federalism, which is seen as part of democratizing of the country and bringing governance closer to the people.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Engr. Carlos M. Villaraza mainly focused his talk on various analyses to aid in evaluating the state of BNPP such as hazard-risk-vulnerability analysis, response spectrum analysis, and nonlinear time-history analysis. He explained that hazard-risk-vulnerability analysis aims to aid people to make risk-based choices to attend to vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards, and prepare for response to and recover from any hazard events.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Acd. Alfredo Francisco Mahar As. Lagmay, member of MPSD and professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, gave his lecture entitled, “Geological hazards of SW Natib Volcano, site of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, the Philippines.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, deputy director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), explained the current hazards information around the BNPP site.
NAST-CMU Seminar on “Why Rice is Not Good For You?”
Tree Planting in Commemoration of National Scientists
NAST PHL held a tree planting in Commemoration of the National Scientists last November 15, as part of the year-long celebration of its 40th Anniversary with the theme “40 Years in Pursuit of Excellence”
National Scientist Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. met Pope Francis during the Jesuits’ 36th General Congregation held in Rome on October 24, 2016
InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health Workshop on Addressing Inequities in Health: Fostering Action on Social Determinants on October 3-4, 2016 at The Manila Hotel
The organizing committee of the workshop: (L-R) Dr. Carlo Irwin A. Panelo, Dr. Mario C. Villaverde, Dr. Fely Marilyn E. Lorenzo, National Scientist Ernesto O. Domingo, Academician Carmencita D. Padilla, and Dr. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
InterAcademy Partnership (IAPdres) for Health Workshop on Adsing Inequities in Health: Fostering Action on Social Determinants on October 3-4, 2016 at The Manila Hotel
Representatives from the academe, medical institutions, government, and national academies of science and medicine in the ASEAN region participated in the two-day workshop.
AASSA-NAST PHL Workshop on the Role of Science Academies on Sustainable Development
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) called the attention of various sectors to take action in addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or commonly known as lifestyle diseases. These diseases include heart and respiratory diseases, cancers, and diabetes.

Data from the World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease (WHO GBD) 2010 show that 309,000 Filipinos die annually from NCDs.

NAST PHL held the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) focusing on “The Challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Responding through Multisectoral Action”. The ASM brought together the government (Senate and Congress), the science community, and all sectors, toinvolve them in the prevention and control of NCDs.  The ASM steering committee came up with resolutions, which resulted from the recommendations of the pre-ASM roundtable discussions.

According to Academician Antonio Miguel L. Dans, member of the NAST Health Sciences Division and co-chair of the NAST 37th ASM Steering Committee, development of NCDs involve many factors— genetics, lifestyle, and the environment being the major contributors. Despite genetic predisposal, these diseases can be prevented by having a healthy lifestyle — improving dietary patterns, increasing physical activity, reducing tobacco and alcohol consumption, among others.

He said that while there are existing campaigns to educate people, lifestyle cannot be changed by education alone. “Lifestyle is a response to how we have built the world around us,  the infrastructure, existing laws and policies, and even the socio-economic environment”, Acd. Dans said.

NAST PHL is the primary adviser to the government and science community on matters related to science and technology. It was established by the Presidential Decree No. 1003-A on December 16, 1976 under President Ferdinand E. Marcos.