Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) has encouraged Palaweño students to continue building knowledge on science and technology towards sustainable development and environmental protection
CBNC community relations manager Ernest Llacuna said science and technology are not only subjects but are means that can provide students better understanding and comprehension of how things around them are interconnected so they can help protect Palawan’s environment to meet their future needs.
Llacuna said this on September 30 as a guest speaker to the Division Science and Technology Fair and 5th Palawan-wide Science and Engineering Quiz Bowl organized by the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Palawan through the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers-Palawan Chapter and in close cooperation with CBNC.
With the theme “Reinventing the Future: Advancing Communities Through Science, Technology, and Innovations”, Llacuna said CBNC’s support to the activity is in line with their aim to strengthen the capacity of students to respond to environmental issues surrounding them in the communities where they live.
“CBNC advocates science and technology and the responsible application of its theories and principles towards sustainable development and environmental protection. Let us always be supportive of various environmental endeavors that include combatting marine pollution by actively participating in coastal clean-ups, which is one of the major environmental problems not only in Palawan but in the country,” he said.
Llacuna also said that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is a key government institution for science and technology with a series of sectoral policy which strategic focus is on building technology towards self-reliance.
Science and technology, he said, not just deal with agriculture but also apply in metal and minerals and such industry, which is about the creation and innovation of metals and steels into products.
“The metal or steel industry has absorbed remarkable technology dynamism over the centuries and with the growing product innovation, there has been a great significance of the steel industry in the economy and politics… the Philippines has just become a part of the growing revolution of the industry,” Llacuna said.
Llacuna also said the CBNC allocates an average of almost P 1.7 billion annually in terms of its taxes, social development and management program (SDMP), corporate social responsibility programs (CSR) and employees’ compensation ensuring the coverage of projects and programs geared toward improving the quality of life of the people in its host and neighboring communities, particularly in the aspect of education.