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AGHAM believes that to fully realize the role that S&T plays in our society, there is a need to unite their and the masses’ knowledge and skills in addressing common interest for nation-building.

With Omicron rampage, Duterte admin must reverse unscientific and militaristic pandemic response

AGHAM – Advocates of Science and Technology for the People cautions the government on imposing discriminatory vaccination requirements in public transportation and other public services, citing that there is no evidence that such policy will curb rising COVID-19 cases as scientific literature shows that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals transmit the virus just the same…

Justice remains elusive 11 years after the extrajudicial killings of ethnobotanist Leonard Co and his research team

AGHAM-Advocates of Science and Technology for the People deplores the continuing denial of justice for the brutal killings of ethnobotanist Leonard Co along with farmer Julio Borromeo and EDC employee Sofronio Cortez. The wheel of justice grinds very slowly for the killing on November 15, 2010 of one of the best botanists our country ever…

Scientists welcome probe on mangrove planting malpractices in Bulacan

AGHAM – Advocates of Science and Technology for the People welcomes the decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to probe malpractices in the mangrove planting by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) in Bulacan. DENR also ordered SMC to temporarily halt mangrove planting in the province pending the result of the investigation.

Scientist group condemns detention and harassment of fisherfolk in Bulacan, seeks probe by CHR and DENR

AGHAM – Advocates of Science and Technology for the People vehemently condemns the detention and harassment of fisherfolk and youth in Malolos, Bulacan, and urges government agencies, in particular the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), to investigate human rights violations related to the construction of San…

Lab Notes | PAREX: The extent of environmental pollution and degradation

By JOSE ANTONIO A. MONTALBAN This was originally published in Bulatlat. Ramon Ang and his conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) recently made headlines on their proposed construction of Pasig Expressway (PAREX), a 19.36-kilometer elevated highway that will pass through Pasig River, interconnecting the City of Manila and Rizal province. In spite that its environmental impact…

Scientist group to SMC: Stop tagging Pasig River as “long biologically dead” to justify yet another environmentally destructive money-making scheme

It is high time to emphasize that calling a certain body of water “dead” does not warrant big corporations’ interest to build more infrastructure to satisfy their bottomless profit thirst. The Pasig River Expressway is a 19.37-km long death sentence that will kill the hopes for a better Pasig River ecosystem. AGHAM stands that PAREX…

“Writ of Kalikasan may be petitioned” — policy paper on dolomite project

Scientist group AGHAM-Advocates of Science and Technology for the People, in a recently published paper, opined that a Writ of Kalikasan may be petitioned in relation to the controversial dolomite beach project. The group said that the dolomite project symbolizes what the Duterte administration really is: insensitive, insincere, and unscientific.

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