DOST to col­lab­o­rate with Thai­land in eight S&T ar­eas

Manila Bulletin - - News - By MARTIN A. SADONGDONG

The Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST) an­nounced that it would be team­ing up with the Min­istry of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (MOST) of Thai­land to pro­mote and de­velop eight ar­eas of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy (S&T) in both coun­tries “as a way of mov­ing for­ward.”

In a state­ment last Fri­day, the DOST said that de­tails of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the part­ner­ship “are cur­rently be­ing forged” al­though Sci­ence Sec­re­tary For­tu­nato dela Peña iden­ti­fied eight S&T sec­tors that the two coun­tries would be work­ing on – med­i­cal sci­ence, food pro­cess­ing, in­no­va­tive agri­cul­ture, elec­tron­ics and com­puter, nan­otech­nol­ogy, space tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tive startup, and metrol­ogy.

“As a way of mov­ing for­ward, the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST) and the Min­istry of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (MOST) of Thai­land agreed to work to­gether in the eight ar­eas,” Dela Peña said.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion was firmed up when Dela Peña, along with the Philip­pine del­e­ga­tion, met with MOST Min­is­ter Atchaka Si­bun­ruang and her heads of agen­cies dur­ing a min­is­te­rial meet­ing in Bangkok, Thai­land on the lat­ter part of Au­gust.

The part­ner­ship was first ini­ti­ated in March when the Philip­pines, through Dela Peña, signed a Me­moran­dum of Agree­ment (MOA) with the King­dom of Thai­land.

Fol­low­ing the MOA sign­ing was a Se­nior Of­fi­cials Meet­ing (SOM) that iden­ti­fied ar­eas of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, the DOST said.

Head­ing the Philip­pine del­e­ga­tion for the SOM was As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Dr. Leah J. Buen­dia while the MOST del­e­ga­tion was led by Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Dr. Pathom Sawan­pa­nyalert.

“De­tails on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the part­ner­ship are cur­rently be­ing forged by work­ing com­mit­tees,” Dela Peña said, adding that he and Thai min­is­ter Si­bun­ruang “are happy with the progress of the meet­ing” and “ex­pressed (our) re­spec­tive de­sires to re­al­ize the agreed col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

The Philip­pines and Thai­land have con­tin­u­ously main­tained a cor­dial and sta­ble re­la­tion­ship, rec­og­niz­ing each other’s strength in terms of eco­nomic and in­dus­trial growth, Dela Peña noted.

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