DOST to hold Luzon-wide virtual scientific meeting on COVID-19 response in May

Published April 19, 2021, 2:46 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Members of the scientific community, policymakers and other concerned stakeholders  are expected to virtually meet next month to tackle measures seeking to address the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID) pandemic on national development.

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) -Mimaropa announced the holding of the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting (RSM) on May 11 to 12, 2021 via Zoom.

The DOST Regional Offices- Luzon Cluster and the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST-PHL) will convene the RSM with the theme “COVID-19 Pandemic: Learning from the Past, Coping with the Present, Moving to the Next”.

In a statement, the DOST-Mimaropa said the participating regions in the Luzon Cluster include the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos, Cagayan Valley,  Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol.

“Luzon RSM will highlight the challenges and developments as well as the opportunities related to the response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts of Luzon amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.

“It will allow the scientific community, policymakers, and other important stakeholders to provide regional inputs and resolutions to better address the impact of the current health crisis on national development.”

The DOST-Mimaropa noted that two-day virtual event will be the final leg of the regional conferences this year in preparation for the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 12 to 16.

The first leg  was conducted in the Visayas last April 13 to 14 and will soon open for Mindanao in the last week of April, it said.

The Luzon scientific meeting will be divided into six plenary sessions.  

“Experts from the government, academe, and private sector will share research outputs, provide insights, and provoke conversations on the following topics: health systems response and preparedness; balancing the economy and health; systems approach to address present-day hazards; viral evolution, dynamics, and modeling interventions; connection of food, environment, and health; and the importance of education in retrieving the COVID-19 generation,” the DOST-Mimaropa said.