ASEAN Journal on Science and Technology Development (AJSTD) is published by the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) in cooperation with the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia. It includes original research and policy articles covering the main areas of activities of ASEAN COST, namely: (1) Biotechnology; (2) Sustainable Energy Research; (3) Materials Science and Technology; (4) Marine Science; (5) Meteorology and Geophysics; (6) Food Science and Technology; (7) Microelectronics and Information Technology; (8) Space Technology and Applications; and (9) Science and Technology Policy; and (10) Infrastructure and Resource Development.

The journal accepts original research articles, technical notes and communications, and analyses of S&T policy with relevance to Southeast Asia. Also encouraged are original works with novel solutions to modern technological challenges faced by ASEAN and have the potential to affect policy change. Submitted papers will be featured in their December 2018 and June 2019 issues.

Submissions are open year-round, without charges for publication in the journal. Attached, for your reference, is the communication from the ASEAN Secretariat. You may also visit their website at For further inquiries, you may contact the Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Manuscripts/papers may be submitted online to AJSTD through

The 2nd Biennial Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) Conference to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on November 27-28, 2018 is organized by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The theme of the Conference is “Addressing Current Challenges in Health Research Ethics”. 

Plenary and parallel sessions will be held during the two-day conference to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to focus on specific areas from their own perspective and experiences.

STEP 1: Registration:

For request of individual letters of invitation, kindly provide the following details at 
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1. Complete name (with title if Dr., Atty., etc.)
2. Position
3. Department/Division
4. Institution
5. E-mail address
6. Contact No.

STEP 2: Payment:
To pay for the registration fee, please take note of the following details:

Account Name: PCHRD
Account Number: 1822-1032-07 (LANDBANK OF THE PHILIPPINES)
Registration fee
• Professional: PHP 6,000.00
• Undergraduate Student: PHP 3,000.00

Mode of Payment
• Bank Deposit (Over the Counter) – one deposit slip per person only

STEP 3: Confirmation:

To confirm your registration, please do the following:

Step 1: Upload scanned image of your validated deposit slip with full name of the attendee and school ID (for undergraduate students only) in the link that will be sent to you by PCHRD Events Invitation.

Step 2: Bring your validated deposit slip during the conference to claim your acknowledgement receipt.

Kindly pay and confirm on or before 16 November 2018. This is to give us enough time to prepare for your meals and kits.

For more information, kindly contact Ms. Joyce Cordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Pasay City, METRO MANILA- Heads up biotech community!

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in partnership with six executive departments of the government, will hold the 14th National Biotechnology Week celebration on 13-17 November 2018 at the World Trade Center Hall D, Pasay City. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will lead DOST as the host of the celebration.

With the theme “Bioteknolohiya: Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon,” the 14th NBW celebration will highlight the valuable role and potential benefits of biotechnology to agriculture and food security, nutrition and health, sustainable environment, and economic growth.  

According to PCHRD Executive Director and 14th NBW Chair Jaime Montoya, the event will also recognize how biotechnology is both a challenge and solution to our nation’s pressing problems.

The celebration is observed by virtue of Proclamation No. 1414 signed by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 November 2007. Among the other participating agencies include the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

I would like to invite everyone to visit the weeklong exhibit to learn the biotechnology programs of the government as well as the benefits of biotechnology studies, products, and services. I would also like to encourage everyone to share the news by using the event’s official hashtag #PinoyBiotech2018,” Dr. Montoya announced during the unfurling of the event at the DOST Flag Ceremony.  

The National Biotechnology Week’s registration is free! For more information and updates, visit the event’s official facebook page (@nbwphilippines)!

Written by Ladylove May B. Baurile
Created: 22 October 2018

September 26, 2018 - Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) of Melbourne, Australia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) for scientific and technological collaboration specifically in the fields of biomedical devices and digital health. Representing the Philippines in the signing ceremony was PCHRD Executive Director, Dr. Jaime Montoya, while representing the SUT was Dr. Janet Hiller, Dean of Health Sciences.

The MoU aims to develop cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions to accelerate development in S&T through collaborative activities and contribute to the attainment of the national health goals.

Under the MOU, SUT and DOST-PCHRD will work together on joint researches, capacity building such as research training, scholarships, exchange programs, and curricular development, and knowledge and expertise sharing.

Dr. Janet Hiller, addressing on this occasion, stressed that the collaboration reflects a strong commitment of using the power of data science and digital technology to improve the health of the communities. Given the challenge in size and demographics of Australia and the Philippines, the collaboration hopes to find solutions aiming to providing equitable, safe, and effective health services across very dispersed populations.

Likewise, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director, Dr. Montoya assured SUT representatives of the Council’s full support in this collaboration.

The SUT delegation also visited higher education institutes, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University to discuss their initiatives on data science and biomedical devices innovation offered by their institution and met with the Department of Health for possible collaboration on health technology assessment.

Written by Reuben Andrew R. Razal
Created: 01 October 2018

The European Union (EU) through the European Commission will be co-organizing with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) the “European Research Funding and Collaboration Opportunities: Horizon 2020 Info Days” in Cebu on 17 October and in Manila on 22-23 October 2018.

The aim of the events is to raise international awareness of European research and innovation, in particular about Horizon 2020, and to stimulate international cooperation in research and innovation. It also seeks to ensure global awareness of the EU’s strengths in science and technology, its role in international research and innovation cooperation and the international openness of its initiatives. Moreover, the forum will become an avenue to promote Horizon 2020 calls. Information about funding opportunities, application procedures, success stories, testimonials, and round table discussions will be part of the activities. Participation is free of charge.

Register at

Note: A separate invitation will be given for the Horizon 2020 event in Cebu on 17 October 2018.

For further information, please contact the International Cooperation Service Facility of the EC / Philippines at email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone number +33 1 4367 7979. 

Programs of Activities
European Research Funding and Collaboration Opportunities
Horizon 2020 Info Days
An initiative of the European
Commission 22-23 October 2018
Manila, Philippines
Venue: University of the Philippines BGC
14th Drive University Parkways, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Preliminary Agenda


Day 1: Info Day

13:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:20

Opening and Welcome

Speakers: Louis Dey, Acting Head of Development Cooperation of EU Delegation to the Philippines; NN, DOST

14:20 – 14:45    

Keynote: Why you should participate in Horizon 2020

Presenter: Betty Cernol MCCANN, President of Siliman University

Former Vice President for Programs, United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia

14:45 – 15:15

Funding opportunities in EU programmes presentation of relevant calls

Focus of food related open calls: The Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative: Sustainable solutions for bio-based plastics on land and sea; Sustainable wood value chains; A vaccine against African swine fever.


Presenter: Corina ABRAHAM-BARNA*

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:45

How to prepare a proposal and presentation of relevant calls

Presenter:  Corina ABRAHAM-BARNA*

16:45 – 17:45

Expert Talk with a grantee from Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions on How to 

successfully participate in MSCA

Moderator: Corina ABRAHAM-BARNA*

Participant: Dr. Jenny LIND ELMACO, Marie Curie Alumni Association-Country Representative


*International cooperation Service Facility of the EC

17:45 – 18:15

Wrap-up, DOST & RTD

18:45 – 20:30

Open Dinner


Day 2: Training Day

8:30 – 8:45

Opening and Welcome

Presenter: Corina ABRAHAM-BARNA*

8:45 – 10:00

Training session; Includes Q&A

Session 1:

1.       Introduction to the Participant Portal

2.       How to find a European partner – Networking

3.       Thematics (like mobility, maybe e-readi etc.)

Presenter: Corina ABRAHAM-BARNA*

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30

Session 2: Hands on training – group work on proposal evaluation

Participants to use their own laptops

Presenter: Corina ABRAHAM-BARNA*

11:30 – 12:15

Session 3: Financial issues: How to budget a proposal

Topics of this session are financial budgeting regulations for Horizon 2020 projects, eligible direct and indirect costs, involvement of third parties, and generated income.

Presenter: Corina ABRAHAM-BARNA*

12:15 – 12:30

Wrap up and end of the day 2


*International cooperation Service Facility of the EC

 Download the Agenda at 

Written by Lemuel Basierto
Created: 15 October 2018