For its third year, the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting (Luzon RSM) was attended by over 300 scientists, academicians, researchers, and private and public stakeholders held at Don Leopoldo Convention Center in Alaminos, Pangasinan last April 24-25.
With a theme of “Caring for the Country’s Carrying Capacity”, the two-day convention was filled with topics and discussions focusing on three United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely: Goal 4 – Quality Education, Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, and Goal 14 – Life below Water.
Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste welcomed the participants while DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña was represented by DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano to deliver his message.
The scientific meeting was divided into four plenary sessions where experts from government, academe, and private sector gave a talk and discussed essentially about plastic waste, sustainable marine food security, sustainable education, talent development, and retention, and updates from the National Academy of Science and Technology – Philippines (NAST PHL).
More than 20 entries from higher education institutes (HEIs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) joined in the scientific poster session. The team of Mr. Elfritszon Peralta from the University of Santo Tomas won the Best Scientific Poster for their study entitled “Life below water in the Anthropocene: Using ecological and isotopic approaches to trace human impacts in Laguna de Bay and its watersheds”.
Resolutions and policy recommendations were drafted and presented to be lobbied for possible legislation that will hopefully address the problems related to the SDGs.
This event was led by NAST PHL and co-organized by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Luzon Cluster (NCR, CAR, Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, and V) with DOST 1 as this year’s host. Regional scientific meetings are conducted in preparation for this year’s NAST 40th Annual Scientific Meeting.
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