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    OYSI pushes for Water Equity and Good Quality!

The Outstanding Young Scientists, Inc. (OYSI) will hold its 7th Annual Meeting and Scientific Convention on 10 July 2012 at the Manila Hotel with the theme “Water for All Through Science-based Innovations and Governance”.

The convention will feature a keynote address from Mr. Vicente Paragas, Executive Director of the National Water Regulatory Board. There will be various plenary sessions that will focus on water quality and equity.

    4th OYSI Regional Symposium and Workshop, A Success!

The Outstanding Young Scientists Inc. (OYSI), a collegial body of scientists who are recipients of the Outstanding Young Scientist Award given annually by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines, is committed in the creation of avenues for scientific excellence and innovation in research and development for the benefit of the Filipino people.

OYSI conducted its 4th Regional Syposium and Workshop on April 13 and 14, 2012 at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in Tagbauan, Iloilo. With its local organizers: SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, UP Visayas, San Carlos University, and Visayas State University the event was a success with 128 participants in attendance coming from various and institutions in the Visayas and Mindanao Regions. With the event’s theme, “Optimizing Coastal Resources for Equitable and Sustainable Development”, various researches and scientific-based approaches to Coastal Resources Management (CRM) were discussed. The keynote lecture of Dr. Angel C. Alcala, former DENR Secretary and NAST member, on the “Socio-economics of Marine Protected Areas” provided direction for the plenary sessions.Topics range from stock enhancement program to CRM’s role in climate change mitigation.

The symposium was concluded by a workshop session wherein the participants agreed on the following points:

  1. Ocean filling/ coastal reclamation projects of any size should be immediately stopped;
  2. The process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) be strictly implemented in all coastal development projects and that all the data pertaining to the process should be made public;
  3. Science-based coastal habitat restoration be intensified (sea grass/seaweed beds, mangroves, corals); and
  4. Visayan Local Government Units (LGUs) will strictly implement environmental laws on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to protect its marine resources.

One of the important accomplishments of the activity was the formulation of the position paper on advocating an integrated approach to Coastal Resource Management which elaborated on the points mentioned above. It was signed by the participants.

2011 Awardees

Dr. Nathaniel C. Añasco                           Dr. Waren N. Baticados                 Dr. Jose Bienvenido M. Biona

Dr. Juan Carlos T. Gonzales                            Dr. Carlo P. Magno                                Dr. Claro N. Mingala

Dr. Christopher P. Monterola                            Dr. Joseph M. Pasia                             Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos

Dr. Regina C. So                                         Dr. Allan N. Soriano

Young Filipino Scientists Tackle Local Challenges


             The first regional scientific symposium for northern Philippines initiated by the Outstanding Young Scientists, Inc. (OYSI) was held recently at Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet Province from April 20-21, 2009. OYSI is a registered group of young scientists-awardees of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).  With the theme - Global Environmental Changes and Local Challenges- the two-day scientific meeting of young Filipino scientists with researchers and scientists from the northern part of the country the forum discussed the global environmental changes including climate change as these relate to local issues.  Specifically, the meeting was convened with the following objectives, namely: (i) to discuss the priority issues and concerns on the environmental changes affecting the local vegetable industry; and (ii) to identify possible collaborative activities such as regional training for capacity development, joint research projects, and technical assistance needs to address the priority issues and challenges.


            A select group of distinguished Filipino international, national and local researchers participated in the regional symposium by presenting scientific paper on the theme.  Dr. William D. Dar, Director General of the India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) gave the keynote speech where he talked abbout global challenges concerning food security.  Dr. Dar urged everybody to work towards achieving the status of being a food-secured nation in order to competitive in the global arena. He suggested ways on how to build a resilient food system like promoting pro-poor agricultural growth, reducing extreme market volatility, and expanding social protection and child nutrition action in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Dr Segmund Serrano, Undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture, urged for everyone to be vigilant of the decisions made by the government in relation to agriculture. He also talked about investing in agricultural infrastructures for long-term effects and sustainability in food security.  


         On the other hand, Dr Antonio C Laurena, a Research Professor of the Institute of Plant Breeding in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and Dr Miriam E Pascua, President of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), presented what the two institutions have been doing to alleviate problems in food scarcity. Moreover, Dr Jinky Lu, a Research Professor of the National Institute of Health in the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) talked about pesticide residues and related health problems affecting the vegetable industry stakeholders of Benguet.  Meanwhile, Dr Conrad Balatero, Research and Development Manager of the East-West Seeds based in Bulacan, discussed the contribution of the private sector to the vegetable industry.  Dr Carlito P Laurean, Director of Research at the Benguet State University, presented a similar study on toxic wastes in Benguet.  Ms Linda Picpican of DOST CAR outlined the initiatives undertaken by the institution to help the people of the province and the nearby localities. Governor Nestor Fongwan of the Province of Benguet discussed the issues affecting the livelihood of the people of Benguet and the initiatives the local government have undertaken to address the issues.