Some Filipino virologists studying overseas have already expressed interest in returning to the Philippines and help build the country’s own virology center, Science and Technology undersecretary Rowena Guevara said Thursday.
The scientists have been sending messages to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) after the government announced its plan to create the Virology Institute of the Philippines (VIP), Guevara said.
“I have been receiving emails from Filipinos from outside the country na malapit na matapos abroad and they are hoping to be part of the VIP,” she said in an online press conference.
“There are those who really want to serve the country because it is a really good time to be here,” she said.
The institute is expected to serve as the country’s premier research center on virology, DOST chief Fortunato de la Peña earlier said.
“Research studies on viral agents will focus on vector/reservoir transmission, viral ecology, clinical virology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and host immune response to these viral pathogens,” he said.