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The new leadership and members of the Philippine Society of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Ronpaku Fellows should deal with the challenges of climate change using multidisciplinary approach to help society prepare for its implications, Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano P. Yumul Jr. said.
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Internet savvy kids of this generation will now have a more exciting way of learning their 1-2-3s and the birds and the bees. Thanks to a virtual classroom that features interactive lessons, learning the once-called mind-boggling math and science has suddenly become more fun and entertaining.
This virtual classroom, called the Courseware Website, was launched by the Department of Science and Technology’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the Science Education Institute (SEI) on April 15, 2009 at the Philippine Science High School, Davao City.
The website (http://courseware.dost.gov.ph ) features interactive and cartoonized science and mathematics modules released in 2006 in CD format and now are made available online. Students, teachers, parents, and individuals looking for a fun way to teach and learn science and math can log on to the site and navigate through the resources for free.
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Coco coir products. Department of Science and Technology Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro (left) on a recent visit to DOST-assisted projects in Mindanao areas was briefed on the rudiments of knocking together coco coir products (inset) by Rotchie Ravelo, plant manager of Davao Oriental Coco Husk Social Enterprise, Inc., a non-government organization that received P977,150 for machineries upgrade under DOSTâs Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program(SETUP). The grant allowed DOCHSEI to raise production, hire 120 workers, and contribute significantly to agricultural waste management in the province. [Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service]
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Department of Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro went around Central Luzon recently to check on the progress and possible productivity enhancement needs of mostly community based enterprises that previously received assistance under the flagship Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP.
Alabastro visited 14 projects in Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac last March 26-28. Business owners generally had positive feedback on how SETUP assistance raised productivity, product quality, and created job opportunities.
Top: Sec. Alabastro asks cooperative members and officers in Brgy. Cangatba, Porac, Pampanga how DOSTâs SETUP helped them in their cassava production and processing project. DOST provided granulator/chipper machine (in photo), flat-bed dryer, technical support, and consultancy services.
Middle: Carreonâs Sweets and Pastries manager, Francis Carreon, offers some of his products to Sec. Alabastro for a taste-test. He also showed how DOST improved his productâs packaging.
Bottom: Sec. Alabastro asks Catherine Mallari the rudiments of making durable furniture out of scrap materials. DOST provided Mallariâs Nursery Furniture in Lubao, Pampanga, known for its hard-wearing baby cribs, several woodworking equipment valued close to a million pesos.