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IAEA's Programme Management Officer for the Philippines, Dr. Reyad Kamel, was in town a few days ago (22 - 27 August) to review the progress of the ongoing Technical Cooperation projects of the Philippines with IAEA and to discuss programming prospectives for the next project cycle.

While on his one-week mission, Dr. Kamel had the chance to meet with the Secretary of the Department of Science & Technology, top officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and with the local project counterparts and collaborators.

He was also able to conduct a national seminar detailing the latest Technical Cooperation trends and strategies being adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Philippines currently implements national Technical Cooperation projects in the following areas: enhancing agricultural productivity through radiation technology, water resources management, assessment of erosion and sedimentation processes, evaluation of air pollution, training in non-destructive testing, siting for a near-surface disposal facility, and the upgrading of the existing gamma irradiation facility.