Cordillera HRDC attends Luzon RSM

  • by Jake Olsim
  • Apr 30, 2019
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ALAMINOS CITY – The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC) members represented by Dr. Jimmy Catanes, Mr. Jake Olsim, and Mr. Carlson Dave Bolinto, attended the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting (Luzon RSM) held on April 24-25, 2019 at the Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center, Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

This activity was organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Luzon Cluster (Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, NCR, and CAR.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth – Manzano delivered the keynote message on behalf of DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña. Dr. Manzano highlighted DOST’s commitment in building a progressive Philippines anchored on science and presented the major DOST accomplishments in R&D.

Pursuing the 41st ASM’s theme “Caring for the Country’s Carrying Capacity”, the Luzon RSM focused on three sustainable development concerns: plastic waste; sustainable marine food security; and sustainable education, talent development, and retention.

In addressing the threat of plastic pollution, RSM Luzon featured Academicians Fabian M. Dayrit, Ernesto J. Del Rosario, Virginia C. Cuevas and Dr. Leslie Joy L. Diaz, who presented talks on the nature of plastic waste, the challenges in the implementation of solid waste management laws, and single-use plastic bags.

The second SDG area that was addressed was the crucial role of fisheries in the country’s food security. Dr. Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez discussed imperatives for sustainable invertebrate fisheries in Northwest Luzon while Dr. Maria Lourdes San Diego – McGlone talked about the sustainable mariculture.

Managing the country’s S&T human resources has been a long-standing concern of the country. Academician Caesar A. Saloma talk centered on the production of more researchers, scientists and engineers (RSEs) to effectively address the twin threats of brain drain and inbreeding. He also emphasized the need to ensure employment for the growing number of engineers, scientists, and researchers across the country. Jose Maria P. Balmaceda focused on holistic sustainability perspective of educational system which will be necessary for fundamental, systemic, and impactful reform that may also help address pressing problems like talent development and retention.

This is the second of the RSM series that kicked off in Summit Hotel, Tacloban City (Visayas RSM) and will be followed by Mindanao RSM in General Santos City. This RSM Series is a prelude to the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting that will be held on July 10-11, 2019.



Jake Olsim