The United States and the Philippines have joined forces by signing an agreement to promote scientific and technological advancements with each other.
In a press statement, the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DoST), led by Sec. Fortunato de la Pena, and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation during the 8th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue.
Build scientific relationship with US-Philippines agreement
Under the agreement, the US and the Philippines committed to promote scientific collaboration, build relationships between their respective scientific institutions and communities, and provide opportunities for capacity building and exchange of ideas and information in order to advance common goals.
The agreement is effective for 10 years and covers potential cooperation in areas of public health, marine sciences, environmental protection, disaster risk resilience, climate change, renewable energy, and the science and technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
“There is so much to work on together, particularly those problems that will affect ordinary people. Whether you are talking about the environment or innovation, there is much to gain by mutual cooperation,” De la Pena said.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador Kim for his part, said: “The United States is proud to partner with the Philippines to promote scientific advancement and cultivate relationships based on open collaboration.”
“We believe the combined abilities of our scientists, our institutions, and our communities are more than a match for the shared challenges we face,” he added.
The US-Philippines agreement for science and technology is considered a major output of this year’s Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, which is an annual meeting of high-level government officials from the Philippines and the United States to tackle a full range of political, security, and economic cooperation between the two countries.
The signing also coincided with the opening of the National Science and Technology Week, which celebrates the contributions of science to national development.
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