Science & Technology

‘THE TIMES ARE EXCITING, BUT ALSO CHALLENGING’— ANGARA KEYNOTES TUP GRADUATION




Senator Edgardo J. Angara delivers s special message to this year’s graduates at the Technological University of the Philippines’ (TUP) 107th Commencement Exercises held last week.

Fast-paced technological innovation and development are making this time in history both exciting and challenging, Senator Edgardo J. Angara emphasized in his keynote speech at the 107th commencement exercise of the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP).

“Technological progress is now the main engine of growth and development. No one individual—or nation for that matter—will survive in this era if they do not innovate or exercise their creativity,” said the Chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology to the TUP graduates of 2011-2012.

ANGARA: PHL SHOULD PUSH FOR EXCHANGE PROGRAMS WITH TAIWAN

Taichung City, Taiwan—Senator Edgardo J. Angara receives a special token of appreciation for his visit to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Chung Hsing University from its president, Der-Tsai Lee, Ph.D.

In a recent official mission to Taiwan, Senator Edgardo J. Angara proposed a foreign exchange program between the top universities and colleges in the Philippines and in Taiwan.

DICT IS KEY TO VIBRANT ICT SECTOR - ANGARA

Senator Edgardo J. Angara underscored anew the crucial role of the proposed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in promoting the development of the Philippine ICT sector, ultimately spurring economic development throughout the country.

ANGARA CALLS FOR INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF LAND AND WATER RESOURCES

Senator Edgardo J. Angara underscored the need for an integrated management of the country's land and water resources as he urged that plenary debates on Senate Bill 3091, which institutionalizes a National Land Use Policy, be held closely with those on measures for water sector reform.

DATA PRIVACY ACT NEARS APPROVAL - ANGARA

Senator Edgardo J. Angara expressed optimism of the swift enactment of the Data Privacy Act which recently passed Second Reading in the Senate.

Angara, Chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, underscored that with the bill in place, the Philippines will have the legal backing to attract more investors in the booming Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry.

WATER SECTOR REFORM SHOULD BE SCIENCE-BASED - ANGARA

Senator Edgardo J. Angara emphasized the role of scientific data and monitoring in ensuring that reforms in the Philippine water sector will lead to the sustainable management of the country’s water resources, as well as contributing toward disaster risk reduction.

Angara, Chair of the Senate Sub-committee on Water, made the statement during a public hearing on the Water Sector Reform Act or WSRA (SBN 2977).

DATA PRIVACY ACT TO CREATE NATIONAL PRIVACY COMMISSION - ANGARA

Senator Edgardo J. Angara said that the Data Privacy Act seeks to establish a National Privacy Commission as the implementing arm to enforce the regulations proposed by the said bill.

Angara, Chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, underscored that the commission’s far-reaching scope and jurisdiction will effectively be kept within limits because it has to adhere to stringent principles and standards that are denominated internationally like in APEC or in the EU.

ANGARA CALLS ON UNIVERSITIES TO ENGAGE IN TECH INCUBATION PROGRAMS

Senator Edgardo J. Angara urged both public and private universities in the country to take part in technology incubation programs and ensure that the R&D they undertake leads to applications that are either socially or commercially viable.

REFORMS ALSO NEEDED IN HIGHER ED AND R&D IN THE PHL - ANGARA

On top of reforms via the proposed K to 12 curriculum, Senator Edgardo J. Angara called for reforms in the Philippine higher education system, especially in terms of how R&D is conducted in the country.

Angara, Chair of both the Senate Committees on Science and Technology and on Education, Culture and the Arts, made the statement in light of a recent World Bank report that pinpointed higher education as a root cause of skills gap that constrains productivity and global competitiveness in East Asian countries like the Philippines.

PHOTO RELEASE: 1ST EUROPEAN UNION RENEWABLE ENERGY FORUM - February 27, 2012

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Senator Edgardo J. Angara is welcomed by European Union (EU) Ambassador Guy Ledoux, together with fellow speaker, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.






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Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, delivers his message at the 1st EU-Philippines Meeting on Energy held last week at the Mandarin Hotel in Makati. Also present were members of the European Union Diplomatic Corps.

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Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Chair of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering, is among the speakers at the open forum held during the first EU-Philippines Meeting on Energy which focused on renewable energy development. Also seated onstage are (L-R) Ms. Maria Molina, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Spain, Ambassador Wilhelm Donko of Austria, Ambassador Joachim Heidorn of Germany, Ambassador Stephen Lillie of England, DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, and EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux.

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The EU panel, together with the guest speakers, hold a press conference after the recent EU-Philippines Meeting on Energy. (L-R) Ambassador Joachim Heidorn of Germany, Ambassador Stephen Lillie of England, Ambassador Wilhelm Donko of Austria, EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux, DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Ms. Maria Molina, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Spain.

SPEECH VIDEO
1st European Union Renewable Energy Forum
PRESS RELEASES:
Angara - Implement Renewable Energy Act Now - February 27, 2012
Through Tech Transfer EU Can Help PHL Re Industry Grow - Angara - March 4, 2012

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