Two engineers volunteered to work on a solar-powered irrigation pump for the farmers of Lupang Ramos, a 372-hectare disputed land in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Mon Ramirez (1944-2021), the geek who dedicated his life in the service of the Filipino people
As topnotcher of the 1967 board exams for electric engineering, MonRam could have enriched himself by making a career in the corporate world. He chose a life serving the poor instead.
Lab Notes | Scientists and technologists say no to tyranny
There are many other instances of how S&T has been shunned and misused in the name of self-interests of those in power. This should also show you not only the ongoing tyranny in the Philippines, but also how it negatively affects science and technology either by disregarding scientific advice if it doesn’t suit the administration’s narrative, or cherry-picking concepts when it furthers their vested interests. That is why there is a need, a responsibility in fact, for us scientists, technologists, and engineers to push back against such oppression, to collectively say no to tyranny. This is the foundation upon which the Scientists and Technologists Say No To Tyranny or (SnT) 2 alliance was built upon.
March for Science in the Philippines highlights protection of reefs, forests
Scientists, environmentalists and advocates commemorated the #MarchForScience in the Philippines, May 4, at University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City. Photos and text by Ronalyn V. Olea/ Bulatlat
2017: Overcoming challenges towards forging genuine national development
When Rodrigo Duterte became president in mid-2016, many were confident that he would bring about genuine change in the country. Included in these hopefuls are the science and technology community, positive that his administration would cease the passive path on tackling scientific development treaded on by previous presidents, and instead undergo a track that will…
Aquino’s power legacy
June 8 marks the 15th anniversary of the Energy Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001 which effectively transferred control of the entire indutry to private corporations. Weeks into the end of Aquino’s term and the start of Dutete’s, it is an opportune time to look back at how this law (and Aquino) shaped the…
15 years of EPIRA’s ‘electrocuting failure’ hit
‘Few large private corporations control both the demand and supply of electricity for sale to consumers.’
Science for a sustainable future
By JM Ayuste For the second time, scientist-activist group AGHAM participated in the commemoration of World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) last November 10. The WSDPD was initiated by UNESCO back in 2001 to raise public awareness on the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies. WSDPD is…
Green groups to bring cases of slain environmentalists to intl tribunal
“If our justice system will continue to serve as a tool of repression that has made environmentalists into an ‘endangered species,’ then it leaves us no other recourse but to seek justice in higher venues of struggle.”
‘Monram’ celebrates 70th birthday
Activist Ramon Ramirez celebrated his 70th birthday on Mar. 21. “He is one of the first geeks of the movement. And he continues to use his expertise in advocating people’s issues, such as the issue of power rates,” Ganni Tapang of Agham said. Ramirez’s surprise birthday celebration happened right after a forum on the issue…
Scientist group’s audit of DSWD Yolanda report reveals what is wrong with gov’t response
Taken all together, the measures chosen and the manner by which these are implemented by the government since Day 1 of the disaster show its utter insensitivity to the plight of the survivors and its incompetence in providing for the needs of the Filipino people — Agham