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15 Filipino researchers to undergo intensive training in UK



Some 15 Filipino researchers will fly to the UK next week for an intensive two-week training course on innovation to help them boost potentials for entrepreneurship and commercialization.

The training is part of of the 2018 Newton Agham Program's Leadership in Innovation Fellowship (LIF) award.

"We want the technologies developed by Filipino researchers and research institutions to benefit our countrymen," Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena said. Through the LIF, the researchers could better deliver their works to their target beneficiaries, he added.

Now on its fourth year in the Philippines, the Newton Agham is a program of the British government and one of its partners in the Philippine government, the DOST.

Upon returning home, the researchers would undergo further training at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.

The program, a collaboration between UK and the Philippines in terms of science, innovation, and research, aims to create solutions to that would help address challenges in the country, strengthen people capacity through fellowships and develop research collaborations.

The two-week training is supported by the DOST and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

Among their works/researches include a dengue drug, a mosquito repellent textile product, leptospirosis vaccine, rapid electric vehicle charging system, and a traffic microsimulator.

The LIF awardees are Rita Grace Alvero (De La Salle Health Sciences Institute), Ma. Cristina Bargo (UP Diliman), Crisron Lucas (UP Diliman), Michelle Macalintal (Ateneo de Manila University), Evangeline Flor Manalang (DOST Philippine Textile Research Institute), Marie Antonette Menez (UP Diliman), Ruel Mojica (Cavite State University), Melvin Pasaporte (UP Mindanao), Leo Allen Tayo (UP Diliman), Francis Uy (Mapua University), Jeffrey Montecillos (UP Cebu), Hermogenes Paguia (Bataan Peninsula State University), Idona Marie Porlaje (UP System), Patricia San Jose (UP Manila) and Ronilo Violanta (National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology).British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce said he believes that through the two countries' collaboration, the shared challenges can be addressed.

Ma. Cristina Arayata / PNA