Author: Estrella Gallardo

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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Ri-Co for rice self-sufficiency

“Rice self-sufficiency is possible”, according to Dr. Antonio M. Salazar, a research professor in the Cereals Section of the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB, UPLB) This can be achieved with the help of corn, Dr. Salazar and his team of plant breeders and extensions workers believe. “The country imports only ten percent of our rice requirement. If this amount can be substituted by other alternatives, like corn, we can achieve self-sufficiency,” said Dr. Salazar. The rice-corn (RiCo) blend born in 2008 is the team’s proposed approach to achieving rice self-sufficiency. Rico is a mixture of rice and corn grits at 70:30 ratio, respectively with the corn grits made from from IPB Var 6, an open-pollinated white corn variety developed by the IPB. IPB Var 6 has higher lysine and tryptophan and is more nutritious that other white corn varieties. Lysine is an essential amino acid that boosts metabolic functions of the body, while tryptophan helps in the production of serotonin that improves appetite, weight loss and mood. The average price good quality rice is about 45 pesos/kilo while pure corn grits is about 30 pesos/kilo. At a ratio of 70:30, the RiCo blend costs about 41 pesos/kilo, making the blend not only nutritious but cheaper. To promote the consumption of RiCo, the team has conducted information campaigns in pre-schools, elementary and high schools. Four years ago, it co-spearheaded with...

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UPLB-Media Techknow Talks

The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) conducted the first of its kind media talk on technology and knowledge called “UPLB-Media Techknow Talks” at the Amici Caramia, Tomas Morato, Quezon City on October 1, 2016 The event was attended by the tri-media of different print (online), broadcast, and Tv entities and the UPLB Chancellor’s group, researchers and Prof. Jonas George S. Soriano, Cabinet Secretary Deputy Executive Director, Performance and Project Management Office. Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. UPLB Chancellor welcomed the participants introduced by Josephine M. Bo, Operation Director. Sanchez in a message said that it is proof that science and technology is a veritable rich source of solutions to the food security and sustainability challenge faced by the world today. UPLB has identified food safety and security as the primary focus for research and development in the coming years. Thus, it will continue to invest resources in the area in order to produce more technologies that will matter in the lives of our people, and help ensure that food is always on the table of every Filipino home. An audio visual on UPLB technologies were presented such as the “Sahod-ulan” rice varieties bred for climate change, OPM Var 6 (an improved version of white corn, Ri-Co (corn an alternative means to rice suffiency), Hydroponics in a SNAP ( A soilless crop culture) edible Aesthetics edible plants (landscaping),...

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Pambansang summit sa Wika ng kalikasan at kaligtasan, Isusulong!

Isusulong ng komisyon sa Wikang Filipino ang Pambansang Summit sa Wika ng kalikasan at kaligtasan ng gaganapin sa 26-28 Oktuber 2016 sa Philippine High School of Arts, National Arts Center, Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna. Ito ay may temang “Tungo sa nagkakaisang boses at pagkilos para sa kalikasan at kaligtasan ng sambayanang Filipino”. Ang Summit ay may dalawang bahagi: 1) Pre-summit sa 26 Oktubre; at 2) Summit proper sa 27 Oktubre 2016. Sa 26 Oktubre 2016, magkakaroon ng presentasyon ng mga katutubong kaalaman na may kaugnayan sa kalikasan at kaligtasan. Kung kaya’t magalang na hinihiling na maghanda kayo ng katutubong kaalaman/salita/katawagan ng inyong pangkat/tribu para sa gawaing ito. Ang summit na ito ay dadaluhan ng 200 kinatawan ng mga pangkat etniko na magmumula sa iba’t ibang rehiyon ng bansa (100 elder at 100 kabataan). Mahalagang pagkakataon ito na malikom ang mga katutubong kaalaman hinggil sa kalikasan at kaligtasan ng kulturang Filipino tungo sa pagpapalakas ng nagkakaisang pagkilos at boses sa diskursong kalikasan at pagbabagong klima. Ninanais ding mapalakas ang kamalayang pambansa tungo sa pagkakaisa at unawaan ng mga kulturang Filipino. Inaayayahan ang lahat na makiisa sa gawaing ito. Para sa mga detalye, maari sumulat o tumawag sa telepono blg. 234-9855 o selpon blg. 0995-1764056 at hanapin si Evelyn Pateño.(PSciJourn...

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65th PhilAAST Convention and 8th ASIAHORCs Joint Symposium

The Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST) 65th Annual Convention and 8th Asian Heads of Research Councils (ASIAN HORCs) held a Joint Symposium on the Impact of the Changing Regional Environment on Global Health at Acacia Hotel Manila, East Asia Drive, Filmvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines on September 22-23, 2016. Different topics on the effects of climate change to the environment and health were discussed by the delegates from our neighboring countries (Asia) responsive to the events theme “Impact of the changing Regional Environment on Global Health.” Speakers and topics tackled during the first and second day, September 22 and 23, 2016 are as follows: Prof. Cunrui Huang, Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, People’s Republic of China, “Health effects of extreme temperature and adaptation strategies in the Asia-Pacific Region.”; Prof. Qiyong Liu, Professor and Assistant Director, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, People’s Republic of China, ”Health risks of climate change in China.”; Dr. Ruochun Zhang, Lecturer, Tianjin University, People’s Republic of China, “Climate change and drinking water deterioration potential”; Dr. Chris Fook Sheng Ng, Assistant Professor, Nagasaki University, Japan, “Temperature and health under a changing climate in Japan”; Dr. Daisuke Onozuka, Assistant Professor, Nagasaki University Japan, “Effects of temperature on infectious gastroenteritis incidence in Japan”; Mr. Xerxes Seposo, PhD Candidate, University of Tsukuba, Japan, “Quantifying the effects of temperature on mortality...

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