THE PHILIPPINE Association for the Advancement of Science (PhilAAS) held its 51st annual convention with the theme, “Sustainable Development Through Science and Technology: Networking for Environmental Quality,” at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex (TARC) last September 13-14.

Delegates from other colleges and universities attended the two-day conference. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani F. Fernando delivered the keynote address. Fernando addressed the current challenges and environmental issues in the country, particularly the importance of science and technology in upgrading environmental quality.

These challenges, he said, require a multi-disciplinary approach and perspective, including reliable data on the environment, scientific research and technological solutions and an enlightened policy framework and effective implementation.

The forum topics included environmental education, waste management, environmental management, and socio-economic dimensions of sustainable development, the topics well discussed by experts, including PhilAAS chair Engr. Lydia G. Tasinsin.

The affair, organized in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST), presented the 2002 Gregorio Y. Zara Awards — a recognition to outstanding scientists in their research in the applied sciences. Brix Gil M. Bayuga

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