After receiving assistance from DOST in the form of a P448,000 grant for equipment upgrade plus training and consultancy, the staff of Davao-based Apo ni Lola, makers of mostly durian-based goodies and ice cream, have something to smile about.

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MOST DISTINGUISHED UP ALUMNUS. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo is honored as Most Distinguished Alumnus by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) in ceremonies held during the U.P. General Alumni-Faculty Homecoming and Reunion last June 21 at Luciano E. Salazar Hall, UP Diliman. The recognition was part of UPAA’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards conferred on graduates with sterling achievements in their chosen fields that have greatly benefited society. Sec. Montejo, who earned his BSME from UP in 1974, is one of the country’s most outstanding engineers. His leadership has pushed DOST toward new directions allowing the creation of top-flight technologies poised to make local industries more globally competitive, improve social services, and solve multi-sectoral problems including disaster preparedness. The NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) Program in particular, one of the Department’s flagship projects featuring cutting-edge technology for early warning against calamities, was established during Montejo’s term. Photo also shows (from left) UPAA President Ponciano Rivera, UP President Alfredo Pascual, and UPAA 1st Vice President Renato Valdecantos. (S&T Media Service)

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PLANNING AHEAD OF DISASTERS. A City Disaster Risk Reduction Manager (CDRRM) reaches out to post one component of his community’s disaster early action plan during a workshop for the 17th and final leg of “Iba Na Ang Panahon: Science For Safer Communities” (INAP-S4SC) at the Philippine International Convention Center held from May 29-30, 2014. INAP-S4SC was a joint information and education campaign (IEC) by the Department of Science and Technology, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Office of Civil Defense. It provided an avenue for local chief executives and CDRRMs to map out plans of mitigating losses during calamities through DOST’s cutting-edge early warning systems. The National Capital Region leg also incorporated business and services continuity plans that will be adopted by cities in the future. The IEC went around the country’s 17 regions during a three-month period to help communities design their disaster communication protocols by incorporating high-tech warning tools. (S&T Media Service)

The Philippine metals and manufacturing industry will now get a much-needed push toward global competitiveness as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launches the Die and Mold Solution Center (DMSC) – a one-stop solution for die and mold design and fabrication - during the opening of the 4th Metals and Engineering Week last June 16, 2014.

Twenty MOSES tablets, or the Monitoring and Operating System for Emergency Services – the first of its kind in the Asian region - were turned over to Marikina City last June 9, 2014 at the Marikina City Freedom Park to help enhance the disaster preparedness of its barangays and prevent casualties from floods in the event of strong typhoons.