PSciJourn, ICRISAT sign MOU; PSciJourn officers take oath

The Philippine Science Journalists Association Inc. (PSciJourn) and the India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) on January 4, 2008, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to forge partnership, cooperation and coordination on matters relating to innovative agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development.

Angelo Palmones, PSciJourn president, and Dr. William Dar, ICRISAT director general, signed the MOU.

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Meanwhile, the new set of officers and members of the board directors of PSciJourn were inducted into office by Dr. Dar also on January 4 at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.

Sworn into office were: Angelo Palmones, president (DZMM-ABS-CBN), Aristotle Carandang, vice president (National Academy of Science and Technology, and Malaya newspaper); Lyn Resurreccion, secretary (BusinessMirror); Susan Layos, treasurer (DZME); Madel Sabater, auditor (Manila Bulletin); Melly Tenorio, PRO (DZRB); Ruby Cristobal, director (Science Education Institute) and Victoria Bartilet, executive director (Science and Technology Information Institute).

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PSciJourn was organized in 2001 with Mr. Palmones as founding president.

PSciJourn is a nonstock and nonprofit association of science journalists, science and technology (S&T) communicators and advocates committed to create a science consciousness and culture among Filipinos. It supports public and private efforts in developing a science-oriented citizenry by promoting public awareness, understanding and appreciation of S&T.

PSciJourn creates a pool of science journalists, and works out training and scholarships programs for S&T journalists.

On the other hand, ICRISAT is a nonprofit and nonpolitical organization that does innovative agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development with partners across the globe to serve the poorest of the poor in the semi-arid areas of the developing world.

ICRISAT adopts integrated genetic and natural-resource management as its overarching research strategy to attain scientific excellence and relevance in agriculture in the semi-arid tropics, focusing on key livelihood and income opportunities to improve the well-being of the poor with equity, multidisciplinarity, sustainability and community participation as core principles.

With the MOU, ICRISAT and PSciJourn agree to undertake joint activities aimed at increasing the level of the people’s awareness in innovative agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development to attain scientific excellence and relevance in agriculture in the semi-arid tropics, and in the Philippines.

Both organizations will promote a higher level of S&T consciousness and understanding among media practitioners in the country. Specifically, they shall conduct and/or coordinate activities, including media releases, and event coverage of seminars, trainings, conferences, workshops and roundtable discussions.

They will craft a work plan containing proposals and details of projects and activities to implement the MOU. — PSciJourn News Service

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