Author: Raffy Rico

Global company hails DOST-FPRDI as an “export enabler”

Written by: Rizalina K. Araral & Wency H. Carmelo, September 13, 2017 – One of the world’s top merchandise-sourcing firms recently hailed DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) for its role in raising the quality of Philippine handicraft exports. The Hong Kong-based Connor Group lauded the Institute during the latter’s 60th anniversary through its country representative, Ms. Elma Lopez. “DOST-FPRDI for us is an export-enabler because it was the Institute’s technical help that allowed all of our handicraft suppliers to improve the quality of their export products,” said Ms. Lopez. “The Institute’s experts led by Ms. Wency...

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PH to work with Thailand in 8 S&T areas

  By: Denvi E. Gabales, DOST-ITCU As a way of moving forward, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Thailand agreed to work together in eight areas. Said areas include medical science, food processing, innovative agriculture, electronics and computer, nanotechnology, space technology, innovative start-up, and metrology. The collaboration was fleshed out when Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, along with the Philippine delegation met with MOST Minister Atchaka Sibunruang and her heads of agencies during a ministerial meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on 23 – 26 August 2017.  The partnership...

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Champions On and Off the Pitch: MILO and FC Barcelona Train Young Footballers in Road to Barcelona Camp

  MANILA, Philippines, 12 September 2017 – Inspired by MILO and FC Barcelona’s (FCB) shared values of humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork, over 140 kids participated in the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Camp at the Mckinley Hill Stadium in Taguig. The weekend training saw young footballers from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, IloIlo, and Cebu gather to showcase their skills and embrace life values in sports, with the hopes of being nominated to the team representing the country in the FCB Escola Camp in Barcelona happening in October. The four-year values-driven partnership between MILO and FC Barcelona was...

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DOST Secretary Visits Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island: SETTING UP OF SOLAR POWER SYSTEM AND DESALINATION PLANT EXPLORED

Written by:  Licinio Gingoyon Top officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), led by Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, hit the road to the northern towns of Cebu, spending the weekend in a host of events aimed at alleviating the conditions of marginalized village folk through technology innovation. Dela Peña, accompanied by DOST 7 Regional Director Edilberto Paradela and Cebu 4th District Representative Benhur Salimbangon, and other DOST officials, had gone the distance to visit  the towns of Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island on September 1 and 2, 2017, meeting with the village fisherfolk, barangay officials, and members of...

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DOST BATS FOR HYDROPONICS TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Chito F. Sace (foreground) of the Hydroponics and Aquaponics Technology of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija shows officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) led by Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña (3rd from left) soilless vegetable farming using hydroponics technology. The project of Dr. Sace is being funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources and Development (PCAARRD) to address new and sustainable technologies to help ensure food security in the country. Dr. Sace recently gave a comprehensive lecture on hydroponics as a smart agriculture technology during...

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P1.45-T benepisyo naibigay ng SSS sa loob ng 60 taon

Umabot na sa P1.45 trilyong halaga ng benepisyo ang naipinamahagi na ng Social Security System (SSS) sa mga miyembro nito mula nang itatag noong 1957.Sa pagdiriwang ng ika-60 anibersaryo ng SSS, sinabi ni President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc na tumaas ng halos 20 milyong beses ang benepisyong ipinamahagi ng pension fund mula sa P80,000 na benepisyo nang magsimula ang operasyon nito noong P1957 at umabot na ito sa P1.45 trilyon sa unang anim na buwan ng 2017. “Ngayon taon na ipinagdiriwang ng SSS ang isa na namang milestone year, malugod nating babalikan ang mga tagumpay SSS bilang kaagapay ng mga miyembro sa loob ng anim na dekada. Umaasa tayo na patuloy na magiging matibay ang pension fund sa hinaharap upang mapagsilbihan ang mga miyembro ngayon pati ang mga susunod na henerasyon,” ani ni Dooc.Pinakamalaking bahagi ng gastusin ng SSS sa nakaraang 60 taon na mula sa P580,000 ay umabot na sa P1.58 trilyon sa unang semestre ng 2017 ay sa ginamit sa pagbabayad ng benepisyo ng mga miyembro at pensyonado.Kumita naman ang SSS sa loob ng 60 taon ng P2.07 trilyon noong katapusan ng Hunyo 2017 mula sa P6.62 milyon noong 1957. Ito ay resulta ng pagtaas ng koleksyon ng kontribusyon ng mga miyembro mula sa P6.58 milyon noong 1957 ay umabot na ito sa P1.51 trilyon sa pagtatapos ng Hunyo 2017. Tumaas din ang kita...

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Handicraft exporter says good-bye to molds

For four years now, the FPRDI handicraft dryer has been helping a home decor exporter cope with the effects of climate change. For 46 years – from 1967 to 2013 – we relied solely on the air and sun to dry our raw materials such as acacia wood, vines and driftwood,” says Ms. Evelyn Tan, owner of the Starwood Manufacturing Company. “However, ever since the climate has become unpredictable, we knew we needed to depend on something other than the elements – to dry our materials. Drying is critical for us since poorly dried products are an easy target...

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DOST trains kids how they can save themselves during disasters

“Walang namamatay sa lindol (Nobody dies from earthquake),” says Jeffrey S. Perez, a geologist from Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). “Namamatay kapag nabagsakan ng mga gamit sa bahay. Kaya dapat, ngayon pa lang, i-check nyo na ang mga bahay nyo kung ano ang maaaring makaapekto sa inyo. (People dies when they get hit by falling objects. That is why as early as now, check the things in your house that might affect you).” Perez was among the five presenters in the Disaster Summit for Grade School Children held at the recent 2017 National...

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Fil-Chinese Chamber bags 3rd SSS Top Employer for NCR

The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) was hailed for the third time as top employer of the Social Security System (SSS) for the National Capital Region’s 2017 Balikat ng Bayan Awards. FFCCII will vie for the overall Top Employer of the SSS’ Balikat ng Bayan Awards in the small account category this September. St. John Biomedics, Inc, a distributor of veterinary products, on the other hand, won in the medium category. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc thanked the employers who have helped the pension fund to achieve its mission of promoting social justice by providing social protection to the working class. “Without you, we cannot fulfill the mandate given to us under the law. I assure you that the Commission headed by our beloved Chairman Amado D. Valdez and the Commissioners are doing everything to ensure that the SSS Fund remains robust and viable for the benefit of all its members. I hope that you continue to extend support and willingly cooperate with our programs as we continue to make SSS a financially independent social security institution,” Dooc said. The winners under the small account category together with FFCCCII (SSS Binondo) were Brenton Engineered Products Corp. (SSS Kalookan), Binangonan Cable (SSS Tanay), and AP Securities, Inc. (SSS Makati – Gil Puyat). Medium account category winners together with St. John...

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SSS, Baguio City eyes infra partnership

Social Security Commission Chairman Amado D. Valdez (top center) together with Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc (top, right) met with Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan (top left) and Baguio City Rep. Mark O. Go (bottom center) and discussed last Friday plans for a possible infrastructure partnership to ease traffic decongestion in the city. SSS is currently pushing for charter reforms that will allow it invest in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)...

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