DOST, NCR LGUs partner for adoption of R&D projects and innovative services in the 2023 science fair
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By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII
To ensure that all the research and development (R&D) outputs made or supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reach their intended beneficiaries and sectors, several Memoranda of Understanding have been signed by the country’s Science Department with several local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.
On 30 August 2023, the Regional Science, Technology, and Innovation Week (RSTW) in the National Capital Region (NCR) kicked off at the SM Aura Premier Mall in Taguig City. The event was spearheaded by the DOST-National Capital Region, the Local Government of Taguig, and SM Prime Holdings Inc. The highlight was the commitment of cities in Metro Manila to adopt various technologies and R&D outputs from the DOST-attached agencies and partner institutions and use them for their intended purposes.
“Our battle cry in the DOST, especially in regional operations, is to mainstream science, technology, and innovation (STI) in local development to help address environmental problems, augment economic needs, and improve social status, thereby improving lives," said DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang.
DOST establishes vibrant partnership with US private companies through the US-ASEAN Business Council
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DOST officials, US-ABC executives, and member companies posed for a photo op at the close of the 2023 Philippine Business Mission
Development of Smart Cities, Quantum Technology, Digital Transformation, Advanced Weather Forecasting, and the facilitation of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) initiatives are among the points of interest of the companies during the annual US-ASEAN Business Council 2023 Philippine Business Mission meeting held at the Manila Marriott Hotel.
The US-ASEAN Business Council represents over 175 U.S. companies, including many of the world’s largest global firms, with operations in Southeast Asia. In this Business Mission, senior representatives from member companies went to the Philippines to engage with priority stakeholders, reinforcing the importance of U.S.-Philippines business relations.
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BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. confers the Order of National Scientist to Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, cited for her pioneering work as a world-renowned clinical geneticist, on newborn screening in the Philippines, and for the establishment of the Philippine Genome Center (PCG). The ceremony will be held on August 31, 2023, at the Malacañan Palace.
The Order of National Scientist Award (Orden ng Gawad ng Pambansang Alagad ng Agham) is the highest national recognition given to a man or woman of science in the Philippines administered by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines, and conferred by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation of the Academy. Executive Order No. 236 dated September 19, 2003, otherwise known as the Honors Code of the Philippines, emphasizes the exceptional prestige of the Order by placing it fourth in the order of precedence and equal in rank with the Order of National Artist. At present, there are only ten living National Scientists (NS).
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Bamboo growers, manufacturers, artisans, and traders in Laguna can expect better days up ahead as the Forest Products Research and Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FPRDI) is working on a project that aims to strengthen the province’s bamboo industry.
With a budget of Php 2.1 million, the project has so far mapped out the industry and analyzed the constraints facing different bamboo stakeholders — from farmers and suppliers, to the market, and to end-users. It has also studied the current status and prospects of each bamboo enterprise, and consequently identified firm-level and industry-wide interventions based on their needs.
Staff of the project titled "Enhancing the Growth of Bamboo-based Enterprises in Laguna" conducts in-depth interviews of firms engaged in the bamboo business.