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The Department of Science and Technology – X (DOST-X) will host the Mindanao Cluster Symposium of the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST) 70th Annual Convention on September 09, 2021, 2:00 in the afternoon.

The Mindanao Cluster Symposium will serve as a venue to discuss topics revolving around the convention’s theme, “Enhancing Response to Current and Future Pandemics through Science Technology, and Innovation”. DOST 10 invited speakers to talk about business recovery, mathematical modelling for Covid-19 predictions, and higher education in the new normal.

Mr. Ruben Vegafria, president of Oro Chamber of Commerce, will share about the program called OROBEST: Business Recovery Innovation for Development and Growth of Enterprises and how it helps Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) during the pandemic.

Faculty researcher Dr. Randy Caga-anan of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) will talk about his research on mathematical modelling to predict Covid-19 disease progression. He will also be giving insights on how vaccination rates affect herd immunity in the country.

Commissioner Aldrin Darilag of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will share about how the agency redefined higher education in the new normal.

Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro City and Dr. Jayrold Arcede, faculty researcher from Caraga State University, will also grace the event to provide additional viewpoints on the topics to be presented.

The Mindanao Cluster Symposium will be participated by researchers, science and technology enthusiasts, faculty members, students, and industry representatives. DOST-X aims for these attendees to learn from the innovations to be presented and in turn influence them to also engage themselves in various science and technology initiatives.

PhilAAST aims to promote and broaden the base of scientific advancement in the country. It is an organization committed to the promotion of science consciousness among the people and to serve as the harbinger of science and technology in the country.

The members of PhilAAST are researchers from different fields of science aiming to share their findings with fellow scientists, and the Filipino community. Aside from being a part of a distinguished organization, the members are also able to associate with the other members in relation to their specific fields of interest. This can assist them in their respective professions and research projects.

PhilAAST is open to member applications. As a non-profit and non-government organization, PhilAAST operates using funds from membership fees, annual dues, sponsorships, and donations. (Ella B. Nadela, SRS I-DOST-X)