For the second straight year, Merl’s Suman sa Lihiya got the nod for product excellence at the 2nd MIMAROPA Best Technopreneur Award held at Calapan City, Mindoro Occidental.

Merl’s Suman sa Lihiya also bagged the 2014 Best SETUP Adopter award - regional level during the 2014 National Science and Technology Week at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office II launched the Food Innovation Center (FIC) during the opening day of the Northern Luzon Cluster Fair at the Cagayan State University - Carig Campus, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The Center is envisioned to help transform the agriculture-based Cagayan Valley into a food processing haven. A one-stop-shop food research and development center, it aims to improve the region’s local food products to reach a sizeable share of the local and national markets.

Housed at the Center are locally developed food technology equipment designed to fit the needs of the local industry. Among such equipment are the vertical fill form seal for the packaging solid food products; vacuum packaging for meat and dried fruit products; freeze dryer for dehydrating heat-sensitive food products; vacuum fryer;

“Local engineers, architects, surveyors, accountants and medical practitioners need to register themselves as ‘ASEAN professionals,’” according to Teresita Manzala, chairperson of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) in a forum organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology, an advisory body of the Department of Science and Technology, last August 13 at the Traders Hotel.

The ASEAN professionals registration is part of the Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) to keep professionals competitive within and outside the region as the ASEAN integration pushes through in 2015.

Want to grow your own vegetables but don’t have much space? Aquaponics lets you do that and lets you raise fish too!

An integration of aquaculture (raising fish in artificial environment) and hydroponics (growing vegetables without using soil), aquaponics is a system wherein naturally occurring bacteria converts fish wastes into fertilizer for the plants while the plants filter water for the fish.

For National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Academician Antonio Miguel L. Dans, no amount of health education or counselling can make people change their lifestyles to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, COPD, and dementia.

Instead, Dr. Dans, a cardiologist and University of the Philippines College of Medicine professor, proposes making changes in the environment in order to make a person change his lifestyle and health status. Environment refers not only to things around people but also to policies that impact their lives.