The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) are currently discussing potential collaboration in areas such as food safety and security, among others, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said.

The meeting between two agencies served as an avenue for both countries to discuss possible collaboration mechanisms involving areas such as water and waste management, food safety and security, digital government, and aquaculture.

“However, the main focus of the discussion centered on food safety and security where DOST and SCE both shared their insights and both agreed that food security and safety is a whole of government approach and that DOST and SCE can co-develop a framework or roadmap on how to implement an effective ecosystem on food safety,” DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum, Jr. Highlighted.

Both DOST and SCE are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize their collaboration, and for the Philippine Embassy in Singapore to further link DOST and SCE to other Philippine government agencies who will show interest in collaborating in similar areas initially identified.

According to the DOST Secretary, SCE is initiating the public sector collaboration and partnerships of Singapore with foreign governments and generates economic spin-offs from Singapore’s private sector.