The signing of a cooperation pact on science, technology, and innovation between the Philippines and Hungary is in the offing, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced.
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said both countries were eyeing to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to open the doors to limitless science, technology and innovation opportunities between Manila and Budapest.
He said the decision was arrived at following their “productive” virtual meeting with the Hungarian officials, led by Ambassador Titanilla Tóth on April 28.
“The discussion led to the exploration of collaboration in the following, but not limited, to these topics: aquaculture genetics and breeding; sustainable aquaculture; upstream applications of space technologies; spectrum monitoring; tropical aquaculture/fisheries visit of Hungarian scholars at the University of the Philippines in Visayas and foreign scholarship program,” de la Peña said during his weekly report on Friday, May 7.
“As a way forward, both sides agreed to prepare and ink a Memorandum of Understanding,” he said.
Joining de la Peña during the meeting last week were Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara, and officials of the Philippine Space Agency and the University of the Philippines (UP)-Visayas.
“The activity is a good platform to present the current programs of both countries in the fields of aquaculture, space technology, and S&T human resource development,” de la Peña said.
“It is noteworthy to underscore the notable efforts and great potential of Hungary in enriching and leveraging science, technology, and innovation particularly its research and development arm,” he added.
Tóth welcomed the enthusiasm and interest of both countries to begin and offer limitless opportunities to both their fellowmen, the DOST chief said.
“The Ambassador is likewise confident that the dialogue boosted the communication between the Philippine and Hungarian stakeholders that will possibly lead to partnerships on common projects and initiatives,” he said.
In early April, de la Peña said the Philippines is seeking to forge cooperation and partnership pacts with Hungary and Italy to develop the country’s science and technology capabilities through research, technology transfer, human resource development and information exchange.