DOST Central Office

  1. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) led by Undersecretary for Research and Development Leah Buendia met with officials and members of the  (EU-ABC) and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) on Tuesday, 23 May 2023 at the DOST Central Office to discuss the Philippine science, technology and innovation (STI) plans, priorities and programs and opportunities to further enhance trade, investment and economic cooperation in view of the recommencement of the Philippines-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.

    The EU-ABC Delegation led by Chairman Martin Hayes, and ECCP Executive Director Chris Humphrey consists of business representatives from various multinational European companies across different industries such as pharmaceuticals and healthcare, logistics and supply chain, manufacturing services, among others.

  2. The researchers suggest further microbial and natural product (NP) exploration of volcanoes and hot springs - underexplored habitats - that will undoubtedly yield a huge repertoire of novel and biologically active compounds.

    Microbial natural products (NPs) have been prominent sources of drugs for a long history, especially for cancer and infectious diseases and hot springs and volcanic environments represent valuable sources of novel natural products (NPs), yet largely untapped and understudied.

  3. Implementation of a universal health care system in the Philippines may come to fruition with the issuance in June 2021 of Executive Order No. 138, which paves the way for devolution of health and other public services from the national government to local government units (LGUs).

    For this strategy to work, Ernesto D. Garilao, Chairperson of the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), recommended capacitating local officials through leadership training, incentivizing LGUs to collaborate with the private sector, and developing policies to ensure stakeholder inclusivity.

  4. After the successful convening of Regional Science Meetings (RSMs) in Mindanao and Visayas on 12-13 April and 26-27 April 2023 consecutively, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), in cooperation with DOST-CAR, will conduct the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting (LRSM) on 17-18 May 2023 physically in Baguio City and will be broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live.

    This year’s theme of RSM and Annual Scientific Meeting - “Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Demokrasya (Science and Technology for Democracy)” - is firmly grounded on the role of science and technology in catalyzing and advancing development empowerment in a democracy.