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Attaining SDGs Philippine Fisheries 2020

The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) will conduct its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 12-13, 2017 with the theme “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries 20/20”.

For this year, NAST PHL adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be its overarching theme. The Agricultural Sciences Division, being the host division, agreed to focus on “fisheries” where science is critical. They are also interested in determining how these sectors will impact the achievement of SGDs in the Philippines.

Every year, a deluge of students apply for the scholarship offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Recently, the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announced 2,196 passers under the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Program.

In the region, DOST XI has recorded 247 JLSS applicants, but only 72 were qualified. The number has significantly increased since there were only 57 qualifiers out of the 218 examinees in 2015.

The journey of every DOST scholar does not stop at taking the scholarship exams. They have to maintain their grades and upon graduation, they are required to render service to the country for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship.

Kim Ligue Scholars Congress

Ms. Kim Dianne Ligue gives an inspirational message during the 7th DOST Scholars’ Congress

Engr Lolita Vinalay

Engr. Lolita Vinalay, Chief Meteorological Officer of PAG-ASA Butuan, talks about the Philippine Standard Time in a forum held on January 27, 2017 in Digos City.

Don’t we all hate events not starting on time or even friends arriving a few hours later than the scheduled? The Filipino Time is to blame for this. We tend to just brush it off and laugh about it. Others have turned it into marketing strategies for advertising pizza deliveries. This infamous habit that Filipinos are known for has probably been everyone’s pet peeve for decades. Yet, it’s as if no one is doing something about this.

In 2011, the Department of Science and Technology launched “Juan Time”, a campaign which aims to dispel Filipino Time and encourage all Filipinos to follow a single time standard. It was then later picked up by our lawmakers paving the way for the Republic Act 10535, also known as “The Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013”.