DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña (PNA file photo)
MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is currently examining a possible collaboration with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the areas of recycling and alternative research to plastics.
“On August 9, we had an exploratory meeting with the USDA ARS to discuss areas of common interest and cooperation mechanisms that both institutions could engage,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña in a tape report broadcast on Friday afternoon.
One of the highlights of the discussions was the opportunity to collaborate on research on recycling and plastic alternatives, an area where de la Peña said the DOST is doing several ongoing types of research and projects.
“The ARS has pledged to support the Philippines’ efforts to use more biomaterials based on its extensive experience,” he said.
Capacity building, knowledge transfer, webinar hosting and collaborative research and development will be among the possible modalities of this collaboration, added the DOST boss.
According to de la Peña, the USDA ARS, as the main scientific in-house research organization, provides scientific solutions to national and global agricultural challenges.
The meeting was attended by the US Embassy Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer (ESTH), DOST executives and other technical staff from DOST, USDA ASR and the US Embassy. (PNA)