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The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) recently held the Science Information Forum (SIF) on Rice Sufficiency: Price Rise and Importation Issues. This was to inform the media on the causes of rice price increase and the possible effects of importation and/or trade policies.

The forum was held on November 26, 2014 at the La Breza Hotel, Quezon City. NAST Phil. is the highest advisory body to the government and science community on matters related to science and technology.

Invited guests were Dr. Isabelita M. Paubayon, Dean of the College of Economics and Management of the University of the Philippines Los Baños(UPLB); Dr. Agham C. Cuevas, Professor of the Department of Economics; UPLB Dr. Flordeliza H. Bordey, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Philippine Rice Research Institute; and Mr. Joseph Y. dela Cruz, Assistant Administrator for Marketing Operation of the National Food Authority.

Director 1V NAST Philippines Ms. Luningning E. Samarita-Domingo gave the welcome remarks. Acd. Eufemio T. Rasco, member  of the NAST Agricultural Sciences Division gave the synthesis of the SIF. The said program was hosted by Acd. Agnes C. Rola, focal person and member of the NAST Social Sciences Division. (Photo by: Jimmy Camba)

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