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Taipei, Manila expand cooperation on disaster prevention, health care

Posted 2022-12-05 17:30:28

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) Taiwan and the Philippines reached an agreement at a conference in Manila this week to expand cooperation on natural disaster prevention, agriculture and health care, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) said Saturday.

NSTC deputy chief Chen Tzong-chyuan (right) and Taiwan's Representative to the Philippines Michael Hsu (second right) pose with the Philippines' representative to Taiwan Silvestre Bello III (second left) and Philippine Undersecretary for Research Leah J. Buendia for a picture during a conference held in Manila this week. Photo courtesy of the NSTC


The agreement was reached by NSTC deputy chief Chen Tzong-chyuan (陳宗權) and Philippine Undersecretary for Research Leah J. Buendia at the MECO-TECO Vice-Ministerial Science and Technology Meeting on Thursday.

Due to the proximity of the two countries, they have engaged in frequent people-to-people exchanges for many years, and technological collaborations have played a pivotal role in their bilateral ties, Chen said during his speech at the meeting.

Faced with the challenges posed by climate change, Taiwan has tapped into its technological know-how for humanitarian rescue and assistance purposes, especially for disaster prevention, and a strong foundation has been built with the Philippines in this area, he said.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the results of their phase-two collaboration on early warning capabilities for volcanic eruptions, ocean hazards, typhoons and earthquakes aimed at safeguarding people's lives and property.

They also agreed to pursue phase II collaborations on healthcare and agriculture and programs for training professionals in the two fields.

Meanwhile, a motion tendered by the Philippines called for the NSTC to arrange for Philippine researchers to visit Taiwan to learn about the operation and management of P-3 laboratories and engage in epidemiological studies of tuberculosis.

The two sides also agreed to continue efforts to conduct academic exchanges, including a program that sends Philippine graduate and doctoral students to undertake research in Taiwan.

The vice-ministerial meeting was a pre-meeting for the 8th biennial MECO-TECO Joint Science and Technology Commission Meeting in 2023, according to the NSTC.


source: Hsieh Fang-yu and Sean Lin,



國家科學及技術委員會今天發布新聞稿,為深化台菲科技交流,12月1日於菲律賓馬尼拉舉辦「2022年台菲次長級科技會議」,由國科會副主委陳宗權與菲律賓科技部次長布恩迪亞(Leah J. Buendia)共同主持。








國科會說明,閉幕儀式上,台灣駐菲律賓代表徐佩勇與菲律賓馬尼拉經濟文化辦事處主席暨駐台代表貝世偉(Silvestre Bello III)簽署會議紀錄,陳宗權與布恩迪亞共同署名見證。