AGHAM Partylist

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AGHAM PartylistX
President Angelo B. Palmones
Founder Raymundo Punongbayan
Founded 2003 (2003)
Headquarters Mandaluyong
Ideology Single-issue
Colors Orange
Seats in the House of Representatives
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Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan (lit. Alliance of Groups Supporting Science and Technology for the People), commonly referred to simply by its acronym AGHAM (Filipino: Agham or "Science"), is a national sectoral organization in the Philippines pushing for the participation of the science and technology community in the legislative process.[1] It is currently running for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives, under the party list system.

AGHAM was founded by Dr. Raymundo Punongbayan, former head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), after being frustrated by the lack of concrete advocacy for disaster preparedness and other science-related issues, both in the Philippine media and the Philippine government.[1]

AGHAM's membership includes "Filipino Science and mathematics teachers, field and laboratory research technicians and laborers, extension agents, engineers, inventors, health professionals, and science media practitioners and otherwise ordinary Filipino citizens who strongly advocate a science and technology-explicit national development agenda."[2]

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This organization should not be confused with an older organization, Advocates of Science and Technology for the People, which is more popularly known as Agham.[3][4][5] Agham is not affiliated with nor has any participation in this partylist. "Agham" or "Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para sa Sambayanan" (Filipino, "Advocates of Science and Technology for the People") was founded in 1999 and has declared its support for another partylist Bayan Muna.[6] The older AGHAM organization filed a complaint before the Commission on Election saying that the more recent organization's use of "Agham" might cause confusion.[7]


  1. ^ a b Jimenez-David, Rina (2010-01-05). "Speaking out for science". Archived from the original on 2010-01-09. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ "The Official Website of AGHAM, Inc". Archived from the original on 12 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ "AGHAM - Advocates of Science and Technology for the People". Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  4. ^ Espina, Nonoy (2007-06-08). "Budget hike not enough to stem scientists' exodus -- Agham". Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Group fears continuing exodus of RP scientists". Archived from the original on 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. ^ "AGHAM: We Support Bayan Muna". Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Gov't needs more scientists, less politicians — AGHAM". The PCIJ Blog. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 

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