The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) flagship program for disaster risk reduction and mitigation called Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH once again showed its multi-faceted benefits when its mobile app ARKO recently grabbed an award conferred only to a select few by the World Summit Awards Mobile Content 2014 (WSA Mobile).

The ARKO mobile app was chosen as one of five winners under the e-Inclusion and Empowerment category, besting hundreds of participants from all over the world. This prestigious international award recognizes the best mobile content solutions in the world where it shows innovativeness, creativity and impact.

People coming from Ebola-affected countries should be quarantined at the exit point, not at the entry point. So said Academician Jaime C. Montoya, chair of the health sciences division of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), who emphasized that quarantine should be done right there in Ebola-affected countries, before the people board planes and ships to bring them out of the country. Montoya is a medical doctor who specializes in infectious diseases and a member of the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Clinical Advisory Committee for Emerging Infections.

“Those countries – like Liberia and Sierra Leone – they should be the ones doing the quarantine –– for 21 days before they allow people to leave the country. That is the ideal,” explained Montoya, concurrent executive director of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.

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DOST Assistant Secretary Raymund E. Liboro discusses Project NOAH, or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, to engineering and IT students of Far Eastern University-East Asia College at a forum called “Itam Makakalikasan: A Generation Waking Up.” In his talk, the co-Executive Director of Project NOAH instilled the fundamental value of building a culture of safety among the youth through the responsible use of social media tools. (S&T Media Service)

Find the product market-fit to increase the chances of technology commercialization success.

This was one of the points raised by Prof. Federico C. Gonzalez, technical expert at the De La Salle University Innovation Technology Office (DITO) in a training-workshop on the Commercialization of Intellectual Property Protected Technologies organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

As e-trykes and other e-vehicles (EVs) start to ply on Metro Manila streets, the Department of Science and Technology gears up its support to these new modes of transport. One of DOST-supported initiatives is a locally developed facility that can charge e-vehicles in less than 30 minutes instead of the usual six hours. This quick charging station for EVs will soon be available in Mandaluyong City.

The facility is called Rapid Charging E-Vehicle Station, or simply CharM – a project by the University of the Philippines-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI) with P15 million funding from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The CharM for e-trykes, also called Charging in Minutes, is a new technology in the country.