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To support the increasing demand for spiced vinegar known as "Inalsem", Onacoli Food Products of Barangay Bonifacio, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur expanded its current production facility with the support of the Department of Science and Technology Provincial Science and Technology Center - Ilocos Sur (DOST PSTC-IS) through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), by acquiring production equipment such as preparation and packaging tables and universal fritter.
With these interventions, the firm can ensure adoption of food safety practices in the preparation of ingredients and the bottling of products, thereby increasing their productivity and capacity in making the "Inalsem".
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The country is now eyeing at developing economical lead-acid batteries with optimal performance capacity as a better alternative energy storage to lithium-ion that can eventually be used for electric vehicles.
The Center for Advanced Batteries is one of the featured new R&D hubs under the Niche Centers for R&D in the Regions or NICER program that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will put up with host universities to build strong R&D capabilities in the regions.
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DOST-FPRDI staff perform strength tests on pallets used by Goldrich Industrial Packaging Corporation.
The Pallet Business Association of the Philippines (PBAP) recently thanked the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) for its strong technical support to the members of her organization.
PBAP president Xenia A. Gabayan expressed her appreciation during an episode of the TV show “DOSTv” where she was a featured guest. “For many years now, the Institute has been there to help meet our most important technical needs,” she said. “They have assisted us with their testing services, wood moisture meter, lumber dryer, and heat treatment facility.”
Science Secretary de la Peña joins High-Level Meeting on Digital Public Goods of the 76th UN General Assembly
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On 29 September 2021, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña participated in the High-Level Meeting entitled, “From Open Software to Open Society – Digital Public Goods for Inclusive Digital & Social Transformation” held during the High-Level Segment of the 76th United Nations General Assembly.
During the meeting, Secretary de la Peña highlighted DOST’s strategies on strengthening the Open Source Community by funding several open source projects such as Bayanihan Linux, Open Technology Business Incubator (OpenTBI) for startups, iGovPhil, and DOST-ASTI’s Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network (PREGINET). Datasets to support research and education in weather, disaster, space-based data for various applications, and COVID-19 initiatives were also made available.