DOST-ASTI plugs into technical experts in Asia-Pacific
By: Katherine Babaran, January 21, 2014

Resized BenjzOff to a good start, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), thru the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), took part in the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) 37th Meeting on 20-24 January 2014 in Bandung, Indonesia.

This five (5)-day event was organized by the Institut Teknologi Bandung to facilitate global and technical collaborations within Asia-Pacific and beyond. The APAN 37th Meeting was likewise consisted of presentations and workshops on advanced network technologies and applications, such as:


  • Network-enabled detection, characterization, and monitoring;
  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6);
  • Masterclass on network-enabled collaboration on flood mitigation and water security;
  • Effects of climate change on major crops in Asia; and
  • Agriculture.

The DOST-ASTI was represented by its Director, Mr. Denis F. Villorente, and PREGINET Technical Head, Mr. Bayani Benjamin R. Lara.

As a partner educational institution of PREGINET, the Ateneo de Manila University was represented by Mr. Benjz Gerard M. Sevilla, through APAN Fellowship Program, and joined Mr. Villorente and Mr. Lara in said event.

β€œThe APAN 37th Meeting provided the right environment to network with experts and of course, we acquired a great deal of information during presentations and workshops,” said Lara.

APAN is a nonprofit international consortium for research and education networks (RENs) in the Asia-Pacific region established on 03 June 1997.

For almost 20 years, APAN has been supporting an array of interests on RENs. It has active technical working groups in application and network engineering areas, which include agriculture, e-culture, earth monitoring, high definition TV, identity and access management, IPv6, medicine, sensor networks, unified communications, among others.

The DOST-ASTI, via PREGINET, has been a partner of APAN since January 2004.

PREGINET is the only REN in the Philippines, which interconnects and catalyzes research among academic, government, and research institutions. It has been contributing in the development of scientific community and in addressing local concerns in the country. Some of the contexts that it facilitates are world-class collaborative research, education or e-Learning, disaster management and mitigation and telemedicine.