DOST chief: PH, Israel agree to pursue exchange of scientists

Published July 7, 2021, 11:49 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Philippines will soon be sending its experts to Israel to undergo trainings on drip irrigation system, drug design, and medicinal chemistry.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña (PCOO/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the agreement was arrived at during a meeting between the DOST and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Israel.

“Both sides agreed to pursue exchange of scientists including sending of Filipino experts to Israel for trainings on drip irrigation system, drug design, and medicinal chemistry; conduct of joint conference to discuss the respective researches and projects of experts; and development of AI applications for government/public service and emergency response, among others. Further discussions will commence for these,” he said in a report.

The DOST and MOST virtually convened on June 30 the 1st Philippines-Israel Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology, led by DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development (R&D) Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara and her co-Chair, MOST Chief Scientist Avi Domb.

“The meeting discussed the priorities and laid out the plan and specifics of the cooperation, guided by the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Scientific Cooperation,” de la Peña said. The MOU was signed on Sept. 3, 2018, during the official visit of President Duterte to Israel.

Discussed during the meeting were the “potential joint initiatives” expected to be implemented on the identified priority areas: agriculture– water management; artificial intelligence– robotics; and health– biomedical engineering and drug discovery.

“Capacity building activities such as scholarships, visiting professors, and trainings will also be explored,” the DOST chief said.

Present during the meeting were officials from MOST Israel and DOST agencies – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), and Science Education Institute (SEI.

Joining them were Philippine Ambassador to Israel Macairog Alberto and incoming Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss.

“Israel is one of the Department’s priority partners for international cooperation,” de la Peña cited.

 
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