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BICUTAN, TAGUIG ─ The Vision “Feeding Metro Manila in 2050” ranked one of the top 14 out of 1,300 submitted entries and was conferred a “Special Mention” in the Food System Vision Prize, launched by The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO. This was formally announced on August 6, 2020. The Manila team, led by Academician Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr. from National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), will receive $25,000.
Feeding Metro Manila in 2050 was showcased as a system that nurtures the health of the people and the planet, adapts to changing climate, and is sensitive to the diversity of food culture. It was envisioned as the typical 2050 dinner plate as diverse, mostly plant based with less rice and highly processed grains, and assembled by a robust app that considers an individual’s nutritional and health needs and capabilities, impact of the meal composition on the environment, local food culture, and farmers’ welfare.
BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY – The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) held its first ever virtual Awarding Ceremony last July 10, 2020 as the culminating activity of the 42nd NAST Annual Scientific Meeting.
The Awarding Ceremony introduced the new members of the Academy, the Outstanding Young Scientists, and the researchers who won this year’s set of awards. The full list of 2020 NAST Awardees is as follows:
INVESTITURE OF NEW ACADEMICIANS AND CORRESPONDING MEMBERS
Five new Academicians were conferred during the virtual awarding ceremony: ARNEL N. DEL BARRIO, Ph.D. (Ruminant Nutrition), WINDELL L. RIVERA, Ph.D. (Medical Sciences), CHARLOTTE M. CHIONG, Ph.D. (Medical Sciences), MARIBEL G. NONATO, Ph.D. (Chemistry), and CHRISTOPHER P. MONTEROLA, Ph.D. (Physics/Data Science). The membership to the Academy is given to resident Filipino scientists who have made exemplary contributions to science and technology in the Philippines.
In addition, four new Corresponding Members were also conferred: FRANCIS L. DE LOS REYES III, Ph.D. (Environmental Bioengineering); GONZALO C. SERAFICA, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering); RAMON B. GUSTILO, M.D. (Orthopedics); and ANNABELLE P. VILLALOBOS, Ph.D. (Chemistry). The Corresponding Member award is conferred on non-resident Filipino scientists who have made exemplary contributions to the advancement of science and technology and must have continuing connections and contributions to Philippine science.
Revolving around the theme “Science and Technology for Society: Solutions to Long-Standing Concerns,” the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) conducted its 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on 8-10 July 2020 via Zoom Webinar – making history as the first ASM to be conducted virtually due to the current pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
On 7 July 2020, the first ever online Scientific Poster Session was launched through Facebook Live and reached 7,700 unique accounts. The digital posters were uploaded to a public Facebook group, where engagements of the individual posters were monitored and recorded.
The ASM presented topics on the country’s long-standing major issues and concerns in the fields of: (1) health and food systems; (2) energy, water, and transportation; (3) environment, climate change, and blue economy; (4) ICT, shelter, and other infrastructure; and (5) science education and talent retention. A special plenary session on the recent COVID-19 pandemic capped the 42nd ASM.
The ASM is premier gathering of the Philippine science community. The ASM gathers public- and private-sector institutions and stakeholders to formulate science-based recommendations to be transmitted to the President of the Philippines, as well as to the Cabinet. This year’s ASM was hosted by the NAST Engineering Sciences and Technology Division (ESTD), chaired by Academician (Acd.) Reynaldo B. Vea.