TAGAYTAY CITY, PHILIPPINES - The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) of the United Kingdom and the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), in partnership with the ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN NDI), successfully organized the Joint Policy Workshop on Diagnostics in South East Asia on October 23-24, 2018 in Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City, Philippines.
With the theme “Improving the Development and Deployment of Diagnostics in South East Asia”, this activity was conducted to: 1) explore the current and potential impact of diagnostics in South East Asia; 2) consider the state of the art, in terms of some of the key platforms and technologies under development in the region; 3) identify barriers and challenges for developing and implementing diagnostics in South East Asia and the potential impacts of efficient implementation; and 4) facilitate cross-sector discussion and identify areas, which would benefit from greater collaboration.
The participants were welcomed by the steering committee co-chaired by Prof. Sanjeev Krishna, FMedSci, professor of molecular parasitology and medicine at the St. George’s University in London, United Kingdom and Acd. Jaime C. Montoya, professor at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). Acd. Montoya delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of the NAST President, Acd. Rhodora V. Azanza.
The first day of the event discussed priorities in diagnostics in South East Asia. The series of sessions was opened by Dr. Jonathan O’Halloran, co-founder and chief scientific officer of the QuantuMDx Group Limited, as he presented the situation of diagnostics globally and mentioned some appropriate molecular diagnostics (MDx) tools for point-of-care (POC). He also emphasized the barriers preventing the development of appropriate MDx POC such as connectivity, facilities, rural locations, distribution, regulatory, and evaluation.
For the 3-day Meet Your Scientist Program, two (2) National Scientists (NS Ernesto Domingo and NS Raul Fabella), one (1) Academician (Acd. Jose Maria Balmaceda), and three (3) Outstanding Young Scientists (Dr. Gabriel Romero, OYS 2002, Dr. Arvin Diesmos, OYS 2008, and Dr. Mario Antonio Jiz II, OYS 2017) were invited to give their lectures and share their experiences.
In partnership with DOST – Science Education Institute, films from the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Film Contest were played during the film viewing activity of the Annual Open House. The visitors also had fun at the games prepared by the PSHC. Games included are Pick-Up Sticks XL, Dragon’s Tail, House of Cards, and Tumbang Preso.
A Disaster Risk Reduction Management Seminar was also organized to increase awareness on the said topic. Invited speakers include Mr. Jeffrey Perez, OYS 2017 of DOST – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Ms. Sharon Juliet Arruejo of DOST – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, and Mr. Ben Brillo, EMT of Taguig City Rescue Team.
The Philippine Science Heritage Center is a science center mandated by the Republic Act of 9107 to be the repository of the achievements and outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the Filipino scientific community. It is located at the Science Heritage Building, DOST Complex, General Santos Ave. Bicutan Taguig City.
National Scientist, Angel C. Alcala, Academician Jurgenne H. Primavera, Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvaña, Mr. Jeffrey S. Perez, and Engr. Albert G. Mariño made the seminar workshop meaningful because of their discussion about, Philippine Land and Marine Biodiversity, Geological Stability, HIV Global Implications of the Philippine Epidemic and different scholarship offered by DOST-SEI.
PSHC is being managed and maintained by the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) as mandated by Republic Act 9107. NAST PHL is the country’s recognition and advisory body on matters related to science and technology.