Author: Estrella Gallardo

DOST-PTRI “Fabulous @ 50, TELA Pilipinas: Beyond Gold

The Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PTRI) celebrated its 50 years of existence dubbed as “Fabulous @ 50, TELA Pilipinas: Beyond Gold,” at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Roxas Boulevard, Manila on January 27, 2017. 2017 signifies a special milestone for the PTRI half century of initiatives of leading the textile research and development in the country, while marking the institute’s stronger commitment and resolve to continue its mission of rejuvenating and revolutionizing the textile industry in the Philippines. A Stakeholders’ Conference was held at the Summit Hall of the PICC to...

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“No to Laguna de Bay Fish Cages”- Fisherfolk groups

Fisherfolk groups who recently attended the Science and Policy Forum for Sustainable Laguna lake Management in Tagaytay City say “No to Laguna de Bay Fish Cages” believing that the fish pens hinder the productivity of municipal fishers whose livelihood depends on the lake a great deal. A study conducted by Carmelita M. Rebancos titled “Perception and Scenarios Building for South Bay Communities of Laguna de Bay, Laguna, Philippines participated in by some fisherfolk groups in the Municipalities of Calamba, Los Baños, and Bay, all in Laguna were asked of possible scenarios based on past and present condition of the lake. Four scenarios were presented, whenever the lake is restored, the water is clear, deep and teeming with native fish one where open fishing would mean access to greater areas of the lake. In the lasts forty to fifty years, several studies have shown that the water quality of Laguna de Bay has been deteriorating, and so with the fishes, unlike in the 1960s, when there were less fish cages, abundant catch, and clear water were observed, fisherfolks recall. The last scenario is ecotourism where the lake would be developed as a tourist destination. The researchers, taking the fisherfolks’ views and experiences into account, “conceptualized optimal lake use which balances fisheries ecotourism, water resources, power generation, and lake rehabilitation”. However, Nareus Acosta, general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority...

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DOST-NCR Launches Food Innovation Facility

With the launching of the Department of Science and Technology- National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) of the Metro Manila’s First Food Innovation Facility at the University of the Philippines Diliman- Department of Science and Technology Food Innovation Facility (UPD-DOST-FIF) on December 15, 2016 at the UP Diliman College of Home Economics, Quezon City, Filipino Food Manufacturers can now more effectively meet the demands of their consumers for exciting new food products. Key officials from DOST, headed by Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña and DOST-NCR Officer-in-charge Engr, Edgar T. Garcia, key officials from UP, led by UPD Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion and UP College of Home Economics Dean, Dr. Aurorita T. Roldan, attended the event. DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, in his opening remarks emphasized that the Department will continue to collaborate with other higher education institutions to ensure that venues to strengthen the country’s research and development capabilities will be established. He added that DOST is excited to see more food innovations from local entrepreneurs through the UPD-DOST-FIF. The FIF was established via a memorandum signed between DOST-NCR and UP Diliman. The UP-DOST-FIF will enable local entrepreneurs to better compete with their regional counterparts in next generation food trends, since FIF while serving as a hub for innovation provides the necessary conducive environment to inspire the development of processed foods using state-of-the-art DOST-fabricated equipment....

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6th National PHE Conference Gears Towards Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Part of the Philippine Development Plan under the Duterte Administration is the mainstreaming of the PHE approach to fulfill the country’s commitments in the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) and the Commission on Population (POPCOM) lead the 6th National Conference on Population, Health and Environment (PHE) with a theme “Engaging the Government in Mainstreaming the PHE Approach Towards the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” This year’s conference held at Heritage Hotel Pasay City on November 8, 2016 explores the dimensions of sustaining and increasing the impact of integrated population, health...

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PCAARRD Joins First DOST Technology Transfer Day

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic Research and Resources Development (PCAARRD) recently participated in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in its first Technology Transfer Day at Sofitel Philippines Plaza Hotel, CCP Complex in Pasay City. The event had the theme, PROMISE: Promoting Research and Outstanding Milestones in Innovations and Science for Enterprenuerships. It was organized to showcase the write range of Filipino technologies generated through strong partnerships and linkages among scientists, researchers, innovators, inventors, enterprenuers and industry players. A total of 75 technologies and their corresponding products from the DOST councils, its regional offices and research and development institutes, responsive to the needs of local industry were displayed during the one day affair. PCAARRD showcased 12 technologies for commercialization. These include biogroe technology, chevon processed products carrageenan as fertilizer, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) diagnostic kit for shrimp pathogens, LAMP for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, genome-based lateral flow strip biosensor quick detection and quick response kit against shrimp diseases, semen extender for goat, impeller type compact rice mill, milkfish fry counter, sea cucumber hybrid dryer, pelletizing machine for goats feeds and package of technologies (POT) for mango. The DOST Technology Transfer Day provided an opportunity for investors, enterprises and organizations to the get most out of market-ready technologies in areas of agricultural productivity, industry competitiveness, countryside development, environment and disaster risk reduction management and quality healthcare. The...

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PCAARRD drumbeats SIPAG FIESTA with clay jar painting contest

PCAARRD conducted another painting contest for high school students from Laguna to drumbeat the Council’s SIPAG FIESTA. Twenty-six students from different high schools in Laguna competed in the contest, which tested not only their creativity, but also their appreciation of the importance of science and technology in the field of agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources. Angela V. Estrellado of Academia de San Ignacio de Loyola, San Pablo; Leanne Josephine C. Austria of Christian School International, Los Banos; and Maria Colleen P. Lanuzo of Liceo de Los Banos won the first, second, and third places, with a cash prize of twenty, fifteen, and ten thousand pesos, respectively. Each of the non-winning participants received one thousand pesos as consolation prize. Cesar M. Frias, Simeon R. Manahan, Jr., and Ellena Y. Belen, all former PCAARRD employees, who are known for their creativity and passion for painting, acted as board of judges. Aside from promoting the SIPAG FIESTA, the clay jar painting contest served to acquaint the young artists on the Council’s mandates and its role in the agriculture and aquatic sectors. The event also inspired them to channel creativity and artistry to a more purposive activity to create awareness on the importance of science and technology. Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, PCAARRD Acting Executive Director and Dr. Edwin C. Villar, Acting Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development did the preliminaries in terms...

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DOST Secretary addresses National R&D Conference

By Estrella Z. Gallardo   Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña addresses the National R&D (Research and Development) Conference held at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Manila Galleria on October 21, 2016. Secretary dela Peña, after greeting and thanking everybody in the hall expressed his appreciation for the support and cooperation that the stakeholders have extended to the Department and to their programs and projects saying they would not have accomplished much without their support and active participation. He called on their assistance once again as they commence the process of validating and updating the country’s R&D...

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DOST-PCAARRD articulates R&D support for Mindanao

Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development of DOST-PCAARRD Edwin C. Villar explains the different S&T innovations generated for the agriculture and aquatic sectors through the funding of the Council (Photo by Erwin Valencia, Applied Communication, DOST-PCAARRD) Dr. Edwin C.Villar, Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) presents the different science and technology initiatives that the Council has funded and were developed by its partner agencies for the benefit of the country’s agriculture and aquatic sectors. Among these...

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PCAARRD’s TTPD Chief presents Council’s tech transfer initiatives

Dr. Melvin B. Carlos, Director of the Technology Transfer and Promotion Division (TTPD) of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), presents the Council’s Technology Transfer programs and other initiatives as well as the ongoing projects funded by the Philippine-Rural Development Administration (RDA in South Korea) Alumni Association (PhiKolRAA). This was during PhilKoRAA’s Sixth General Assembly and Convention on September 29-30 at DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center (DPITC) in Los Baños, Laguna. The initiatives, as explained by Carlos, are designed towards meeting the challenge for competitiveness of the...

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TIMPALAK USWAG DAREPDEP

Kompletong Tuntunin:   Timpalak ito sa pagsulat ng tula at maikling kuwento para sa lahat ng Filipinong edad 12-17. Tampok sa taong ito ang mga wikang Bansan Sug, Ibaloy, Kapampangan, at Waray. Maikling kuwento: 5-15 pahina ang entri Tula: 5-10 tula bawat entri Bawat entri ay dapat naka- PDF, doble espasyo(maliban sa tula), may font na Arial o times New Roman na 12pts, nasa papel na 8.5” x 11”, at may mga margin na 1 pulgada. Huwag lagyan ng pangalan ang file ng mga lahok. Ilagay ang entri sa isang selyadong long brown envelop na nagtataglay ng sumusunod: (1) tatlong hard copy ng lahok; (2) notaryadong pormularyo sa paglahok (maaring i-download mula sa KWF website o pahina sa Facebook; (3) notaryadong pormularyo sa pahintulot sa magulang; (4) sertipikasyon mula sa principal paaralan para sa mga estudyante o sertipikasyon mula sa punong barangay para sa mga out of school youth; at (5) soft copy ng sipi na maaring ilagat sa CD I flashdrive. Pamagat lamang ng lahok at ang kategorya nito ang ilalagay sa envelope. Ipadala ang mga lahok sa: Lupon sa Uswag Darepdep Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Gusaling Watson, 1610 kalye JP Laurel 1005 San Miguel, Maynila Para sa mga magsusumite online, ipapadala ang mga nabanggit na kahingian sa usawagderepdep@gmail.com . Ilagay ang “Uswag Derepdep (wika ng lahok)“ bilang Subject. Hindi kalipikado ang mga entri na nagwagi na sa...

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