April 14, 2024

The departments of Science and Technology and Environment and Natural Resources presented their priority programs in the sixth Cabinet meeting presided by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

Press Sec. Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Marcos and top officials of the DOST and DENR tackled various efforts to lead the country’s scientific and technological efforts as well as converse, manage, develop, and properly use the country’s environment and natural resources.

For the DOST, she said the agency’s priorities are creation of technology-based enterprises, jobs for regional development, food security and resilience, health security, water security, environmental protection, and energy.

The priorities of the DENR are enhancement of the natural capital accounting system including the valuation of ecosystem services; budget realignment and strategic collaboration with other national government agencies, local government units, the private sector, academe, and other stakeholders; bolstering science and technology in environmental and natural resources management; improvement of sensor networks and analytics; and promoting green and blue jobs in environmental and natural resource management,” she added.

The DOST is headed by Sec. Renato Solidum Jr. while the DENR is led by Sec. Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga.

Solidum earlier said he will prioritize job creation and use of science, technology, and innovation to address various concerns the country is facing.

In July, Marcos met with Yulo-Loyzaga to discuss initiatives aimed at protecting the environment. Marcos and Yulo-Loyzaga discussed efforts that would help the DENR fulfill its mandate to protect and conserve the environment. PNA