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.
This annual activity of the Academy aims to convene a conference to determine how the Philippines will achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It serves as the leading forum for the presentation of the results of scientific and policy research.
In line with the thrust of the Duterte administration, NAST PHL will conduct Regional Scientific Meetings in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. For Mindanao, NAST PHL will hold the two-day Regional Scientific Meeting in Davao City on 13-14 March 2017. This is in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology Mindanao Cluster (Region IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA, ARMM).
Invited experts include: Dr. Cesar L. Villanoy, professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) Marine Science Institute, who will discuss about the “Sustainable Sardine Production”; Mr. Alfred Pedrosa III, president of the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines, who will talk about the “Current Status of the Seaweed Industry”; Academicians William T. Torres and Guillermo Q. Tabios III who will discuss “Fisheries Ecosystem”; Academician Reynaldo B. Vea who will present “Optimization of Fishing Vessel Design”; Dr. Glenn Doromal Aguilar, chancellor of UP Visayas who will talk on “Municipal Fishing Boats”.
Policy recommendations on appropriate interventions as agreed upon during the plenary sessions will be submitted to the Philippine government and the private sector. More than 300 scientists and researchers from all over Mindanao are expected to attend this activity.