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The country’s prime agencies on science and technology and health are joining forces to give reliable solutions to crucial health problems that affect folks particularly in the grassroots.
One is the partnership between the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Health to fight dengue through the national roll out of the Mosquito Ovicidal/ Larvicidal Trap system.
Following its successful launch last February in Tacloban City, DOST through its Industrial Technology Development Institute is set to produce additional 500,000 kits to be distributed to 125,000 households nationwide.
This is on top of the 200,000 sets previously distributed to various regions last February. The distribution of additional OL Traps, according to DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, just proves that “the government is really bent on reducing the number of dengue cases in the country.”
The additional OL Trap kits will be distributed from July until December, in time for the rainy seasons. Each recipient household, previously identified by the DOH, will receive four sets of kits and six months supply of the organic pellets, all for free.
“With the additional OL Trap kits for distribution, we can fully cover all the dengue prone areas in the country, and make further studies on these,” Montejo added.
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DOST Secretary Mario Montejo awarded diploma to the Class of 2011 of Philippine Science High School—Main Campus. In his commencement address, he urged the graduates to pursue courses in sciences and engineering so they can later contribute to the welfare of fellow Filipinos by developing new products, processes and techniques, and by freely sharing their highly-specialized knowledge and skills. (Text and photo by Alan C. Taule, S&T Media Service)
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Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident in Japan
INFORMATION BULLETIN № 14
28 March 2011
Update as of 10:00 AM
* The DOST-PNRI continues to closely monitor the situation at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
* The condition in the plant remains very serious but not worsening.
* Extremely high levels of radiation (10 million times normal) appeared to be a reporting error and had been retracted by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Nevertheless, high levels of radiation remain inside the nuclear power plant but pose danger only to the emergency workers.
* Environmental radiation monitoring all over the world including the Philippines has detected very tiny amounts of radioactive isotopes which appeared to be coming from the Fukushima nuclear power plant and which pose no human health hazards.
* Latest DOST-PNRI RADIATION LEVEL CHECK at PNRI grounds as of 9:00 AM, March 28, 2011: 93-115 nSv/hr (nanoSieverts per hour), STATUS: NORMAL
* Based on the PAGASA model, air parcel coming from northern Japan is forecasted to move east towards the Pacific Ocean for the next three days.
* For the latest information, please access the following websites:
o International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (http://www.iaea.org)
o Nuclear and Industrial Safety Administration (NISA) of Japan (www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/index.html)
o World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/hac/crises/jpn/en/index.html)
* For further advisories, please call the PNRI trunklines with Tel Nos. 929-6010 to 19 or visit the following:
o DOST (www.dost.gov.ph)
o PNRI (www.pnri.dost.gov.ph)
o STII (www.stii.dost.gov.ph)
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(From left, clockwise) DOST Undersecretary Graciano P. Yumul Jr. addresses participants to the Climate Symposium, an event to mark the 61st World and 146th National Meteorological Day at PAGASA Science Garden, QC March 22. The symposium is also netcast throughout the PAGASA weather observation offices in the country.
Mayor Ronaldo Golez of Dumangas, Iloilo presents the town's benefits from the Climate Field School.
Governor Jose “Joey” Salceda of the Province of Albay shares Albay's first best use of climate information.
DOST Undersecretary Graciano P. Yumul Jr. fielding questions from the members of media. Flanking him are PAGASA Acting Administrator Nathaniel Servando (left) and PAGASA Acting Deputy Administrator Vicente Malano (right). Photos by Alan C. Taule, S&T Media Service