August 13, 2021

PH is interested in collaborating on recycling and alternative plastic research.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is looking into collaborating on recycling and plastic alternative research with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In a recorded broadcast aired on Friday afternoon, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pea stated, “Last August 9, we held an exploratory meeting with the USDA ARS to explore areas of mutual interest and collaborative mechanisms that both institutions might pursue.”

The potential of cooperating on recycling and plastic alternative research, an area in which de la Pea stated the DOST has many active kinds of research and initiatives, was one of the talks’ highlights.

“Due to its vast expertise, the ARS has committed its assistance for the Philippines’ attempts to embrace more biomaterials,” he added.

This cooperation may include capacity building, knowledge sharing, webinar hosting, and joint research and development, according to the DOST head.

According to de la Pea, the USDA ARS offers scientific answers to national and worldwide agricultural problems as a major scientific in-house research institution.

The US Embassy’s Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) officer, DOST executives, and other technical personnel from DOST, USDA ASR, and the US Embassy attended the conference.

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