By Estrella Z. Gallardo
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) the filing of the Senate resolution calling for an inquiry of the country’s blue economy.
The “blue economy” refers to the country’s ocean-based economy, which include aqua culture and capture fisheries, marine tourism, marine biodiversity, and shipbuilding among others.
The Senate resolution 1017, filed by Senate Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, seeks to conduct on inquiry and investigation on the current policy and program of the government regarding the Philippine blue economy.
The resolution highlights the country’s maritime history and culture dating back to the Malay Migration through “Balangays during the ancient times and the Galleon Trade during the Spanish Era.
It also mentioned the potentials of the country’s maritime territories, which include the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rice, which is believe to be rich in minerals and fisheries resources.
The NAST PHL, led by its President Academician Mudjekeewis P. Santos, also recently held multiple discussions with the Office of Senator Angara regarding the blue economy, providing them with relevant advice and results of recent studies.
NAST PHL laso conducted a science policy and Information Forum on Galunggong and Tilapia in November 2018 and in the Philippine Blue Economy in January 2019. The second part of the blue economy forum was held on 15, February 2019.
The NAST PHL is an attached agency to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) mandated by law (EO 818, Series of 1982) to advice the President and the cabinet on matters related to science and technology. (MegaManila Science Journalists)