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While most people cringe in fear upon watching news of conflicts in the South, three (3) officers of TUCSG were resolute about going to Iligan City, Lanao del Norte to keep their engagements with clients and would-be partners. Last August 26, 2008, a few days after a raging panic in the city emptied houses and most offices brought about by the news of impending attack by the Moro rebels, TUCS Group Manager Lauren Teena Velasquez, together with TACD Manager Abelardo Valdez and ETBD Officer-in-Charge Flordelisa Pereyra took a flight to Cagayan de Oro and proceeded to Iligan City the following day. Faced with real imagined danger, the 2-hour land trip was eased only by the calming beauty of the scenery and the occasional humor of the group.
First stop was the MSU-IIT, where a productive meeting with Chancellor Marcelo P. Salazar, Vice Chancellor Franco Teves, and Ms. Pat Cruz took place. The Chancellor was open to forging a MOA with TRC to formalize an agreement that will open possibilities for collaborative partnership through Joint Ventures, TBI implementation, and information sharing, among others.
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The National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP), Departments of Science and Technology (DOST), Agriculture (DA), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Health (DOH) proudly announce the official launching of the BCH Pilipinas: The Philippine Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), on 7 August 2008.
The establishment of the BCH Pilipinas by the Philippines is in compliance to Article 20, paragraph 1 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, being a Party to the Protocol. The objectives of the BCH are to: (a) facilitate the exchange of scientific, technical, environmental and legal information on, and experience with, Living Modified Organisms (LMOs), and (b) assist Parties to implement the Protocol, taking into account the special needs of developing country Parties. The BCH will serve as a “one-stop-shop” where biosafety-related information of the country, such laws and regulations, risk assessment on approved LMOs for food, feed and processing, national report, competent national authorities on LMOs, and national contacts among other information can be accessed.
The setting up of the BCH Pilipinas was carried out with the aid of the UNEP-GEF Project for Effective Participation on the Biosafety Clearing House of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Aside from its launching in the National Capital Region, similar activities will be held on 19 August 2008 in Cebu City and in Davao City on 21 August 2008.
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The Philippines is ready to dress up and add colors to the fashion world with its premium Earth-friendly fiber and dye technology.
Materials used in the President’s “two- piece ensemble” is a “blend of selected very fine materials” of 50 percent piña fibers from Aklan and 50 percent silk from PTRI’s silkworm breeding center in Misamis Oriental, Tomboc disclosed. The dye used is from young coconut husk, one of 75 natural dyes sources that PTRI painstakingly developed.
|GMA wears naturally-dyed dress. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo graces the opening ceremonies of the ASEAN Science and Technology Week at the World Trade Center wearing a naturally-dyed dress developed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI). The dress, made of indigenous natural fabrics, is colored pink using dyes made of young coconut husks. All of the ASEAN ministers wore PTRI-developed natural fabrics colored by natural dyes during the occasion (Framelia V. Anonas/Joy Lazcano, S&T Media Service).|
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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will speak at the start of the National Science and Technology Week celebrations on July 7 organized by the Department of Science and Technology.
The president confirmed that S&T plays a key role in the development of the country, while developments and innovations done by DOST spur progress and open new opportunities to improve the Filipinos’ quality of living.
The NSTW and the ASEAN Science and Technology Week, which the country hosts this year will be a “great opportunity to remind the people, and keep them aware of the latest breakthroughs in the field and their implications in daily living”, she said
The event highlights the accomplishment and will feature discussions on issues and challenges facing S&T developments in the Philippines.
It starts on July 7 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Other activities include the annual Science and Technology Fair that will showcase technologies that DOST developed or supported with applications that meet domestic industrial and consumer needs.
DOST, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary hosts the 8th ASEAN Science and Technology Week in time for the 2008 National Science and Technology Week on July 7-11 that will be held in three separate venues in Manila.