Biotech Updates

NAST PHL Conference Focuses on Improvement of Infrastructure, Information, and Innovation

July 9, 2014

The Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST PHL) is holding its 36th Scientific Conference on July 9-10, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila. This year's conference is focused on the theme Infrastructure, Information, and Innovation (I3) for National Development, Competitiveness, and Resiliency. The main objective of the conference is to intensively discuss three "pillars" of competitiveness as defined by the World Economic Forum (WEF), namely, infrastructure, information, and innovation.

During his welcome remarks, NAST PHL President Dr. William Padolina said that technological backwardness is not accidental. He emphasized that Filipinos must work together to keep pace with innovations in science and be open to change towards the development of the nation. Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary, Mr. Mario Montejo discussed different technologies available in the country that have helped in facing calamities. He also mentioned that extensive scientific research will offer the best solutions to the current agricultural problem on scaled insect infestation in coconut plantations.

Aside from the plenary talks relevant to the theme, the conference also served as a forum for the presentation of scientific and policy research works. The Academy will submit policy recommendations on appropriate interventions for the Philippine government and the private sector.

The Academy also presented awards to scientific posters, papers, and books as well as young scientists with exemplary contributions to Philippine S&T.

For more information about the event, contact