One of the discussions’ highlights was the possibility of collaborating on recycling and plastic alternative research, an area in which de la Pena said the DOST has several ongoing types of research and projects.
“The ARS has pledged its support for the Philippines’ efforts to adopt more biomaterials, owing to its extensive experience,” he said.
Capacity building, knowledge transfer, webinar hosting, and cooperative research and development will be among the modalities possible for this collaboration, added the DOST chief.
The USDA ARS, as a principal scientific in-house research organization, provides scientific solutions to national and global agricultural challenges, according to de la Pena.
Present in the meeting was the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) officer of the US Embassy, DOST executives, and other technical staff from DOST, USDA ASR, and the US Embassy. (PNA)