National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines

The country's premier recognition and advisory body on Science and Technology

Confernment of the newly-elected Corresponding Member, Dr.Josefino C. Comiso
L-R: NAST Acting President Acd. Fabian M. Dayrit, DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services Dr. Carol C. Yorobe, Dr. Josefino C. Comiso and his wife Diana J. Comiso, Acd. Jaime C. Montoya
Policy Forum on Federalism in the Philippine Context
Dr. Magno explained a “Federalist Design Philippines” in the context of culture, politics, and economic conditions of the country.
Policy Forum on Federalism in the Philippine Context
Dr. Mendoza explained the rationale of decentralization bought about by federalism, which is seen as part of democratizing of the country and bringing governance closer to the people.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Engr. Carlos M. Villaraza mainly focused his talk on various analyses to aid in evaluating the state of BNPP such as hazard-risk-vulnerability analysis, response spectrum analysis, and nonlinear time-history analysis. He explained that hazard-risk-vulnerability analysis aims to aid people to make risk-based choices to attend to vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards, and prepare for response to and recover from any hazard events.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Acd. Alfredo Francisco Mahar As. Lagmay, member of MPSD and professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, gave his lecture entitled, “Geological hazards of SW Natib Volcano, site of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, the Philippines.
Policy Forum on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant: What is its Future?
Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, deputy director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), explained the current hazards information around the BNPP site.
NAST-CMU Seminar on “Why Rice is Not Good For You?”
Tree Planting in Commemoration of National Scientists
NAST PHL held a tree planting in Commemoration of the National Scientists last November 15, as part of the year-long celebration of its 40th Anniversary with the theme “40 Years in Pursuit of Excellence”
National Scientist Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. met Pope Francis during the Jesuits’ 36th General Congregation held in Rome on October 24, 2016
InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health Workshop on Addressing Inequities in Health: Fostering Action on Social Determinants on October 3-4, 2016 at The Manila Hotel
The organizing committee of the workshop: (L-R) Dr. Carlo Irwin A. Panelo, Dr. Mario C. Villaverde, Dr. Fely Marilyn E. Lorenzo, National Scientist Ernesto O. Domingo, Academician Carmencita D. Padilla, and Dr. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
InterAcademy Partnership (IAPdres) for Health Workshop on Adsing Inequities in Health: Fostering Action on Social Determinants on October 3-4, 2016 at The Manila Hotel
Representatives from the academe, medical institutions, government, and national academies of science and medicine in the ASEAN region participated in the two-day workshop.
AASSA-NAST PHL Workshop on the Role of Science Academies on Sustainable Development
In the recently concluded Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA)-National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) Workshop and 2016 Climate Conference, the Resolutions Committee of the workshop-conference recommended various actions in addressing the challenges posed by climate change and sustainable development. The international workshop themed on the “Role of Science Academies in Sustainable Development” was held in conjunction with the 5th National Climate Conference on “Addressing Climate Risk for Sustainable Development.”
The 11-point resolution was submitted to Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, and Climate Change Commission’s Secretary Emmanuel M. de Guzman during the closing and awarding ceremonies of the workshop-conference. The resolution recommended  that national governments provide adequate financial resources to the national academies and societies of science to carry out  their mission, especially in relation to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) proclaimed by the United Nations.
The Resolutions Committee cited the importance of attaining these SDGs by 2030 and emphasized the threat of climate change on the ability of Asian nations in meeting these goals. Specifically, the resolution calls on these nations to:
1. strengthen the participation of national academies and societies of science in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the sustainable development initiatives of Asian countries;
2. foster participation of young scientists in sustainable development research;
3. emphasize and promote multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research;
4. increase support for climate modeling research to better understand how and to what extent climate change will affect various sectors of society;
5. study the role of financial instruments in helping small holder farmers and fishers adapt to a changing climate;
6. support the academic development of researchers engaged in climate change and sustainable development research;
7. establish a network of learning sites where the impacts of climate change and sustainable development can be monitored in the long term;
8. promote the implementation of science-based climate risk transfer measures, such as weather index-based insurance;
9. intensify and support programs for environmental values and changes in lifestyle for inclusion in school curricula;
10. communicate climate change and sustainable development issues and research findings using print and electronic media to all levels of society; and
11. disseminate scientific knowledge on sustainable development, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk management in appropriate forms to government leaders and policymakers, private sector leaders and all concerned stakeholders.
The first day of the workshop-conference featured presentations of international science experts from The University of Tokyo, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, Islamic-World Academy of Sciences, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Science Council of Japan, National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, and Indonesian Academy of Sciences who shared their programs and initiatives on sustainable development. Professor Emeritus Toshio Yamagata, director of Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology Application Laboratory (JAMSTEC APL), gave the keynote address.
During the second day, the invited speakers from Imperial College of London, MI Central Corporation, NAST PHL and Cagayan de Oro Riverbasin Management Council discussed key issues on climate change.
The international workshop was convened by Academician Rhodora V. Azanza, chair of the NAST PHL Biological Sciences Division and director of the University of the Philippines Diliman-Office of International Linkages. Meanwhile, the 2016 climate conference was organized by the NAST PHL Task Force on Climate Change, led by Academician Rodel D. Lasco.
Other participants of the two-day event were from different universities, government offices, private sectors, and media.  The event was supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the DOST.  The workshop-conference was held in Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City last September 28-29, 2016. | Eufemia Mae P. Ferreras