MANILA – The Philippines and Hungary are exploring possible collaborations in science, technology, and innovation.
“Last April 28, the DOST (Department of Science and Technology), together with the Philippine Space Agency and the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas, had a productive dialogue with respective Hungarian colleagues, with lead representation from the Embassy of Hungary in Manila,” DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said in a taped report aired Friday.
De la Peña said they discussed possible collaborations focusing on aquaculture genetics and breeding; sustainable aquaculture; upstream applications of space technologies; spectrum monitoring; and tropical aquaculture.
The visit of Hungarian scholars to UP Visayas and a foreign scholarship program were also tackled, he added.
“I believe this activity is a good platform to present the current programs of both countries in the fields of aquaculture, space technology, and S&T human resource development,” de la Peña said in a Viber message.
He also noted that Hungary, particularly its research and development arm, has a huge potential in enriching and leveraging S&T and innovation.
Hungarian Ambassador to the Philippines Titanilla Tóth has shared her positive feedback towards the enthusiasm and interest of both countries to begin and offer limitless opportunities to the people, de la Peña said.
“The ambassador is likewise confident that the dialogue boosted the communication between the Philippine and Hungarian stakeholders, which will possibly lead to partnerships on common projects and initiatives,” he added.
De Peña said both parties agreed to prepare a memorandum of understanding. (PNA)