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Selected salt farms in Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental in the Visayas and Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga in Mindanao islands were successfully mapped using ArcGIS 10.5 software.
The GIS maps will be useful references for devising salt production suitability maps that will tackle the land and water resources and infrastructure, enabling salt farming in the selected study sites. The geographic location of the supply chain actors’ visibility on GIS maps will be an effective support tool in determining their population as well as for tracking the geographic flow of salt during production, trading, and consumption.
GIS or geographic information system is a system that is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data. Where some portion of the data is spatial, thus data is in some way referenced to the locations on the earth.
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The Department of Science and Technology–Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), DOST Regional III, DOST Bulacan, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs),and the local government units (LGUs) of Bulacan forged a partnership for adopting DOST-FNRI’s nutritious food technologies during the “Bringing in Resources for Everyone’s Agenda on Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaalaman at Kaunlaran sa Bulacan for the Malnutrition Reduction Program” (BREAK 4 MRP) at the Malolos Club Royale, in Malolos, Bulacan on September 22, 2022.
One highlight of the BREAK 4 MRP was the ceremonial signing of the Technology Licensing Agreements (TLAs) of seven (7) MSMEs in Bulacan as new DOST-FNRI technology licensees. Certifications as Licensees were awarded as well to 10 existing licensed technology adoptors in the province.
Said partnership prioritizes the inclusion of DOST-FNRI food technologies in the National Feeding Program of cities and municipalities in Bulacan.
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DOST Secretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. calls for stronger collaboration among the DOST and institutional partners both in the private and public sector to harness the power of research and development for wealth creation during the 7th National Research and Development Conference held on 15 September 2022 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.
Bannering the theme of the 7th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC), ‘Sustaining the R&D Momentum through Prosperity and Wealth Creation’, it underscores the important roles of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) in the development of national wealth; having the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as the lead of the first face-to-face installment of the NRDC since 2019.
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By Eirene Grace Z. Arcayos, DOST-PCAARRD S&T Media Services
Dr. Edwino Fernando (in white), program leader, showcasing the threatened plants species they have collected
To conserve the threatened plants in the country, the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB-CFNR) implemented a program to save threatened species of plants from possible extinction.
Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the program aims to support the efforts of the Philippine government in saving endangered species of plants through ex-situ conservation.