DOST Sec. Fortunato dela Pena
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Umaasa ang Department of Science and Technology (DOST) na didinggin ng Kongreso ang hiling nila na magtayo ang Pilipinas ng pasilidad para sa pag-aaral ng mga uri ng virus.

“The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has submitted a proposal for possible legislation in order to establish the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines (VIP),” ani Sec. Fortunato de la Peña.

“The institute is envisioned to be the premier research institute in the field of virology encompassing all areas in viruses and viral diseases in humans, plants, and animals.”

Sakaling maitayo ang pasilidad, kakailanganin daw nito ng maximum containment laboratory na nakaayon sa guidelines ng World Health Organization, dahil inaasahan din ang mga scientific research dito tungkol sa viral agents.

“Research studies on viral agents will focus on vector/reservoir transmission, viral ecology, clinical virology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and host immune response to these viral pathogens.”

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“Through strategic partnerships with some of the world’s leading scientists, virology centers, and institutes, the institute hopes to do groundbreaking and pioneering virology researches in the country that will advance the frontiers of virology in the country.”

Sa ngayon pinag-aaralan na raw ni Pangulong Rodrigo ang planong isinumite ng DOST.