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55th Death Anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay

The 55th Death Anniversary of former President Ramon F. Magsaysay was commemorated last March 17. It happened in a plane crash at Mt. Manunggal, Cebu City in 1957. Magsaysay was called "The Guy" during his time. He is a simple and humble leader of the country who is well-loved by his countrymen. He was born on August 31, 1907 at Iba, Zambales, the son of Exequiel Magsaysay, a blacksmith, and Perfecta del Fierro, a school teacher.

 
Dangerous Frog Fungus Spreading Rapidly in Asia

Experts announced that a fatal fungus that has killed hundreds of different kinds of frogs in the US is now harming five different frog species in Asia, specifically in the Philippines.

US and Filipino scientists found out that Philippines is the third country in Asia to be affected by the chytrid fungus, which targets the skin of frogs and distresses the arrangement of tadpoles' body parts.

 
Philippines Makes History through International Science Education Scene

As it joins the review body that would set the science education policy of an international organization for the next seven year, Philippines makes history once again.

Philippines is the only ASEAN country joins the panel in reviewing the science education policy of the International Council for Science (ICSU), an international non-governmental organization devoted to international co-operation in the advancement of science.

 
DOST's 5 Priority Programs

In the Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) meeting, Mario Montejo, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary, discussed the agency's five priority programs which focused on making a difference in the lives of Filipinos by maximizing science and technology. Private media attended the event. Since, President Aquino's dream for our country is named daang matuwid.

 
Government Grants for Inventors

The support from the Lower House and Senate is needed by Davaoeños to increase the budget allotted to the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), as the main government office that provides assistance to Filipino inventors. Virgilio Sangutan, Davao Inventors Association president, revealed that only some Filipino inventors can have the opportunity to develop their creations because of the lack of assistance from our government in terms of loan windows and tax exemptions. TAPI only gets P53-million annual budget, P25 million of it will go to the operating expenses, only 12% of P25 million is given out as loan assistance to qualified Filipino inventors.

 
6 Magsaysay Awardees Receive Credits

In ceremonies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City, 2009 Ramon Magsaysay awardees are to get recognition and receive the title Asia’s Heroes: Science in the Service of Humanity.

Along with the awardees is Filipino Antonio Oposa Jr. He will be joined by five others: Krisana Kraisintu of Thailand, Deep Joshi of India, Yu Xiaogang of China, Ma Jun also of China and Ka Hsaw Wa of Myanmar.

 
Pinoy Scientist Undertakes Anti-Cancer Research

Lauren Colis, a US-based Filipino scientist and  a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She had given honor and pride to Filipinos based in Milan when she participated in the 3rd Genomic Instability Workshop. She is a good role model and inspiration to many children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

 
NASA Scientist Talks on Climate Change

With an objective to help his kababayans, Josefino Comiso, a Filipino-American scientist at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a native of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, shared some expertise about climate change last June 17 at the Albay Astrodome.

 
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