Inta[euro][TM]l Agency Cites DoST Institute as Satellite Center
Byline: MADEL R. SABATER
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based in Vienna, Austria, yesterday named the Department of Science and Technologyas Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI a" DoST) as one of its 10 collaborating centers in recognition of the scientific instituteas "contribution to science" and its continuing efforts to improve the Filipinosa quality of life.
In his opening address during the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Atomic Energy Week celebration at the PNRI compound on Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory Director Dr. Fauzi Mantoura said the PNRI has been selected by the IAEA as one of its 10 collaborative centers worldwide due to its active participation in IAEA events to boost nuclear technology in the country.
Mantoura, who led the unveiling of the marker designating PNRI as one of IAEAas collaborating centers, said the PNRI is one of the scientific institutes worldwide actively participating in workshops and conferences to boost the countryas nuclear technology.
This year, the PNRI renewed its links with the IAEA with its new role as a satellite center, Mantoura said, adding that the agency has ventured in a new project with the IAEA on a three-year plan in enhancing the field of studies on harmful algal blooms.
"Over the past two decades, the incidence of "red tide" like the one in Bolinao, Pangasinan, in 2002 and toxic algal blooms has been on a rapid rise and causing detriment to human health, sealife, and fishing industries," Mantoura said.
"Among other tasks, the institute will work on the synthesis of radio-labeled saxitoxin (STX) for saxitoxin bioaccumulation studies ands undertake field studies on STX uptake in mussels," he said. …