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The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) and several member-agencies of the Southeast Asia Cooperation (SEACOOP) Consortium recently kicked off the SEALING (Supporting to Policy Dialogues and Strengthening with Southeast Asia) Project in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two-year long project forges a stronger alliance between ASEAN countries and the European Union (EU). It adds to the results of the project achieved early on from 2007 to 2009 and opens up opportunities for the further development of so-called Information Society Policy Dialogues.

DOST-PAGASA advises the public on the current status of the El Nino phenomenon. Shown to be influencing the equatorial Pacific, El Nino continues to keep up its strength and is just now in its mature stage. PAGASA weathermen are expecting a gradual decrease in sea surface temperature soon. However, they say that the temperature is expected to be still within the El Nino limit and likely to last up to June 2010.

Future earth scientists. Winners of the 3rd International Earth Science Olympiad show off their medals and certificates. From left to right: Dr. Emmanuel Ramos, former PHIVOLCS deputy director, and one of the mentors of the students; Mrs. Fe Hayne Aguilar, head teacher of Catanduanes National High School; Emmanuel Codillo of Catanduanes National HS; Ralph John Ugalino of Philippine Science High School- Diliman Campus; Gio Elegado of PSHS, Bicol Region Campus; Lance Co Ting Keh  PSHS

AMC awardees. Australian Mathematics Competition medalists pose for a picture after the awards. From left to right: Dr. Simon Chua, President, Mathematics Trainers' Guild; Juemain Diaz de Rivera, Representative of the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines; Science Education Institute Deputy Director Dr. Leticia Catris; Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Honorary Chairman, MTG Phils.; Julius Vincent Sy of St. Stephen's High School; Justin Edric Yturzaeta of Jubilee Christian Academy; Seanne Ng of St. Jude Catholic School; Amiel Sy of Philippine Science High School-Main; and Professor Peter J. Taylor, Executive Director of the Australian Mathematics Trust.

This year the Science Education Institute (DOSET-SEI) is making history as it joins a review body that would set the science education policy of an international organization for the next seven years. The only ASEAN country aand Philippine agency to be invited to join the panel, Dr. Ester B. Ogena, director of DOST-SEI, joins the big wigs of science education in reviewing the policy of the International Council for Science (ICSU), an international non-governmental organization devoted to international co-operation in the advancement of science.