Due to the first local transmission of CoVID19 and the declaration of Code Red Alert Sub-level 1 of the Department of Health (DOH), the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) postponed various scheduled events and activities.

The biggest event of NRCP, the 2020 Annual Scientific Conference and 87th General Membership Assembly scheduled last March 9, 2020 in the Philippine International Convention Center with expected participants/NRCP members of 1,200 from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao was postponed indefinitely per Announcement issued on the eve of March 7, 2020. This is to reduce the risk of further local/community transmission of the virus in the country.

Photos 1-2 – Emergency meeting of the NRCP Governing Board at the Philippine International Convention Center, March 9, 2020.

In its emergency meeting, the NRCP Governing Board led by its President, Dr. Ramon A. Razal, approved the postponement of other events and activities at least until April 2020, and to wait for guidance from national advisories, and in constant consultation with the NRCP Vice President, Dr. Raul V Destura who is currently leading a team in the development of a test kit for the corona virus.

Photos 3-6 – Claiming of certificate of appearance, copy of notice of postponement of the conference, and NRCP ID. 

Other NRCP activities that are postponed are the Regional Basic Research Caravans in Surigao and in Bohol which are scheduled to take place on March 26-27 and April 23-24, respectively.

The Policy Brief Writing Workshop for NRCP researchers with completed studies which is scheduled on March 17-18 at the NRCP Auditorium, Bicutan, Taguig is also postponed.

“For everyone's safety and protection and in cognizance of the Proclamation No. 922 “Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines” issued [today] by Malacañang, we will postpone the activities,” said Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director.

The new dates of the postponed activities will be announced at a later date. “We will be guided by national advisories re COVID-19 preemptive measures when planning for the rescheduling of these activities,” she added.

In a related matter, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) cancels the Call Conference – North Luzon scheduled on March 13, 2020 at the Baguio Country Club, Baguio City to prevent possible transmission and further spread of CoVID19.

According to the reports of DOH, the Philippines has 33 cases as of March 10, 2020 (4:17 PM). 

Photos: Val A. Zabala and Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag