With the theme of “Caring for the Country’s Carrying Capacity,” the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) renewed its call for the country to attain the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) during its 41st Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) last July 10-11, 2019 at the EDSA Shangri-La Manila, Mandaluyong City.

Focusing on the challenges of sustainable marine food security, plastic waste, and talent development and retention, the 41st ASM submitted specific recommendations that were presented to NEDA Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia and DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña.

The recommendations included the creation of a separate department for fisheries and ocean resources, the adoption of a Circular Economy which includes the re-design of plastics, and a call to increase support for the development of STEM faculty and facilities in K-12 and for graduate education scholarships for study in the Philippines and abroad.

The ASM is annually conducted by NAST PHL and aims to formulate science-based, research-backed recommendations that will be transmitted to the President of the Philippines, the Cabinet, the Senate, and the House of Representatives for their appropriate action.