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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 and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20”.

This year, the agency has adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to be its overarching theme, while focusing on the science-critical “fisheries” aspect and how those in the sector will impact the achievement of SGDs in the Philippines.

Through the activity, the academy aims to convene a conference to determine how the Philippines will achieve the SGDs. It serves as the leading forum for the presentation of scientific and policy research results.

In preparation for the ASM, NAST PHL conducted Regional Scientific Meetings (RSMs) in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao earlier this year, with the most recent meeting being in Baguio City, from the 15th to the 16th of May.

Listed below are the invited experts and the topics that they will discuss during this year’s ASM:

Dr. Vachel Gay B. Paller
Associate Professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences of UP Los Baños
Topic: “Fish Health and Its Implications to Food Security”

Dr. Maria Lourdes San Diego-McGlone
Professor at the Marine Science Institute
Topic: “Water Quality Issues Linked to Fish Production”

Dr. Lynn Crisanta Panganiban
Professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the UP College of Medicine and consultant at the National Poison Management and Control Center Topic: “Environmental Contamination of Aquatic Resources: Implications on Health”

Ms. Josie Platon-Desnacido
Science Research Specialist at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute
Topic “Fish in the Filipino Diet: Pros and Cons”


Dr. Aaron Joseph L. Villaraza
Associate Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, College of Science UP Diliman Topic: “The Philippine Seas: Frontier of Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development”

Dr. Ravelina R. Velasco
Acting Dean of the College of Fisheries of Central Luzon State University
Topic: “Freshwater Aquaculture: Status, Prospects, and Problems in the Philippines”

Policy recommendations on appropriate interventions as agreed upon during the event’s plenary sessions will be submitted to the Philippine government and the private sector. More than 350 scientists and researchers from all over Luzon are expected to attend this activity.

For more information, please call (02) 837 3170 and look for Ms. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo or send an Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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