The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) reiterates its call to the government to develop the country’s “Blue Economy” during the Science Policy and Information Forum 2019: The Philippine Blue Economy last January 28, 2019.
The Forum is a part of the NAST PHL’s campaign to promote the development of the blue economy and calls on policymakers to include the blue economy agenda in their decision-making.
Emphasizing the potential of the blue economy for the country’s progress, NAST PHL President Academician Rhodora Azanza in her welcome remarks explained that there is a need to further expand the marine and aquatic related industries and resources in the Philippines. “It is time to awaken this sleeping giant that is the Philippine blue economy,” Azanza said.
Ms. Jane Desiree Andal of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) added that a study of Azanza together with NEDA Director-General Ernesto Pernia and other marine experts revealed that a conservative valuation of the country’s blue economy is at a whopping P900-B. Andal added that this could be a potential game-changer in the country’s economic development.
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) held the paper presentation of finalists and awarding ceremony of the 2018 Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists (MFET) Award.
A DOST institutional award, MFET aims to recognize outstanding research outputs on engineering and technology at the collegiate level and to encourage young Filipino students to pursue a career in science.
The finalists were selected from across different academic institutions. Preliminary evaluation was done by the Engineering Sciences and Technology Division of NAST PHL.
This year’s winners are: Ms. Berenice Dophnie C. Ruiz (special citation) from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Ms. Jayne Lois A. San Juan (special citation) from De La Salle University, Ms. Renzes Anne Gaerelle M. Gualberto (3rd Prize) from UP Diliman, Mr. John Christopher A. Dañez (2nd Prize) from UP Los Baños and and Mr. Peter Nicholas S. Onglao (1st Prize) from UP Diliman.
The TWAS Prize for Young Scientist in the Philippines for 2018 is given to Dr. Alonzo Gabriel of University of the Philippines Diliman. His research interests include predictive model building for food quality and safety, hurdle technology, and microbial stress adaptation and its implication to food safety and quality. He is currently exploring the interfaces of food science and nutrition through functional food product development, and investigations on the effects of diet, nutrition, and health status on the human microbiome.
Dr. Gabriel is a Professor 1 and currently the chair of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Home Economics, UP Diliman. He is also a Registered Microbiologist (RMicro) and a Diplomate (DPAM) of the Philippine Academy of Microbiology.
The TWAS Prize for Young Scientist in the Philippines is an award given to an outstanding young Filipino scientist by NAST PHL and The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries. One award each year, consisting of US $2,000 and a plaque, is given in the selected discipline for the year - biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics. For 2018, the TWAS Prize was given in the field of Biology.
Lecture and awarding ceremony was held last December 3, 2018 at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City.