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Aquaculture scientists discussed their take on local freshwater fishing sustainability in a webinar entitled “Commercially-caught Freshwater Fishes in the Philippines: Status, Issues, and Recommendations,” which was broadcast on 15 January 2021.

The event, organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST), was moderated by Dr. Angel B. Encarnacion, Senior Fishing Regulation Officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

The year 2020, despite the challenges brought by natural and health hazards on a global scale, proved to be a defining moment for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The Science Department stepped up amidst the pandemic and its different initiatives have never been much sought after in the larger scale of things. In fact, the DOST, for its part, recalibrated some of its research and development (R&D) programs to give way to more pressing concerns in the country’s fight against COVID-19while continuing other activities, true to its mandate, to address other socio-economic concerns using science, technology, and innovation (STI).

To synchronize all timepieces across the country’s more than 7,100 islands, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) unveiled the new “ORAS PINAS”in compliance to thePhilippine Standard Time (PST). Previously dubbed as “Juan Time”, the ORAS PINAS campaign aims to promote the PST nationwide and ‘sync’ timepieces with the PST, the new Filipino Time.