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DOST holds 2nd Balik Scientist Program (BSP) Convention, tackles agriculture, industry, and health researches

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA- Filipino research efforts received another major boost as the three councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted the 2nd Balik Scientist Program (BSP) Convention on 18 November 2016 at Hotel Jen Manila.

With the theme “Strengthening Science, Technology, and Innovation Capacity for Sustainable Countryside Development,” the Convention aims to provide updates on the recent technologies or researches in the areas of health, agriculture, aquatic, industry, and energy, as well as engage new stakeholders and potential institutions in the availment, development, and improvement of the program. 

Three parallel sessions on “Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources,” “Health Sciences,” and “Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology” were held.

Following were the topics discussed:

  • Aquatic Health Management: Challenges for Aquaculture in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Hybrids and Chimeras: Strain Improvement in Commercially Valuable Seaweeds
  • Exploring Philippine Biodiversity for Anti-senescent Interventions
  • The Efficacy of Medicinal Plants on Allergic Contact Dermatitis using Trinotrocholorobenzene (TNCB)-induced Contact Hypersensitivity (CHS) Mouse Model
  • Current Trends in Plasma Science and Technology Research
  • Developing a Feature-based Approach for Estimating Damage to Urban Areas Based on Analyzing Building Models in Virtual City

Speakers included Dr. Eduardo Leaño of Aquatic Animal Health Programme Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, Dr. Michael Velarde of Buck Institute for Research Aging, Dr. Hernando Salapare of Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Dr. Michael Roleda of BioForsk-Norwegian Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research, Dr. Reginald Salonga of Mejio University, and Dr. Pher Errol Quinay of Niigata University.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña emphasized the importance of Balik Scientist Program in the country reiterating that it is one of the solutions to brain drain. “I would like to see the local government undertaking their own S&T programs. The BSP can help,” he added.

The 2nd Convention was headed by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Office of the Undersecretary for Research and Development. n