National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Executive Council STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 CRISIS (22/04/2020)
The declarations from the Interagency Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID- 19 with advice from its Technical Working Group (TWG) have been anchored on the best available scientific knowledge on COVID-19 and analyses of relevant local data sets. Our earlier recommendations on COVID-19 research and development (R and D) and immediate actions on vaccine and drug development, infection detection and data analyses are major requisites in the management of this crisis. However, we also wish to emphasize the importance of nutrition to strengthen our immune system. To achieve this on a nationwide scale, we need to support our food systems. We reiterate the need for localized complementary and alternative systems that are targeted towards production of more diverse and nutritious food stuff.
BICUTAN, TAGUIG – Her outstanding and significant contributions and research projects in environmental conservation and protection led to Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu of Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) winning this year’s NAST Environmental Science Award (NESA) given by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Among a number of other outstanding finalists, Dr. Espiritu was chosen with her winning entry entitled “Assessment of quantity and quality of microplastics in the sediments, waters, oysters, and selected fish species in key site along the Bombong Estuary and coastal waters of Ticalan in San Juan, Batangas”.
Dr. Espiritu, a pioneer in the field of Ecotoxicology in the country, is a known expert in water quality and water pollution, and for her studies on different environment pollutants, particularly microplastics. Her works have raise awareness and insights on environment pollutants and its effect to the environment.
NAST Environmental Science Award (NESA) is one of the awards given by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL). This is in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which aims to recognize outstanding scientific and technological research works that have significant contributions to environmental protection and conservation in the country.
For 20 years, NESA has been the Academy’s contribution to the celebration of the World Earth Day and its response to counter the rapid pace of environmental degradation and the possible eventual depletion of natural resources.
Now, let’s get to know more of this year’s three distinguished finalists and learn their outstanding significant contributions to environmental protection and conservation.