Second Workshop and Joint Coordination Committee Meeting at DOST-PHIVOLCS, Diliman, QC on March 8, 2011. Conference participants include DOST-Phivolcs, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED). The Conference aims to enhance earthquake and volcano monitoring, and use of information in disaster mitigation efforts, in the Philippines. Filipino and Japanese seismologists during the event discussed important topics, such as earthquake monitoring, evaluation of earthquake potential, integrated real-time volcano monitoring, and disaster mitigation information. (Alan Taule, S&T Media Service)


National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) will hold its 78th General Membership Assembly at the Polkabal-Rigodon Halls of the Manila Hotel on March 9, 2011. Participating NRCP member researchers, scientists, and technologists will present the policy recommendations and plans of action to prepare the country for the implementation and full realization of the declaration ASEAN 2015 to DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo. This document is the result of the national consultation workshop led by the NRCP and held in Luzon (December 2010), Visayas and Mindanao (January 2011).

"ASEAN 2015: One Vision, One Identity, One Community" is a pact that charts the future direction of ASEAN as a community that is politically, economically, and socio-culturally stable and competing vigorously with the rest of the world.

The NRCP officials and members assure that they would only embark on significant researches and activities that would support the government in attaining a developed status in the near future. (Jowi A. Carteciano, S&T Media Service)


The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) opens doors of opportunities to Filipino Overseas Workers on voluntary repatriation from Libya to seek alternative means of livelihood through the DOST’s Tulong-Kababayan program.

This new program initiated by Sec. Mario G. Montejo, will provide free livelihood training to OFWs who were displaced and voluntarily repatriated from Libya. Affected OFWs and their families can avail at DOST’s Technology Resource Center’s (TRC) various hands-on livelihood trainings such as production of flavored and fortified juice, layers (table egg) production, manufacture of fashion accessories, herbal bath soap, perfumes and colognes, among others. Affected OFWs and their families who are management-oriented can also avail of other trainings such as a business operation, event planning and management, setting up a domestic ticketing office for airlines and shipping companies, bakery management, and others.

“This is our way of helping our displaced OFWs to quickly get back on track to being productive anew,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. “We want to show to our people that they can start again through DOST’s technology training courses that will enable them to venture into entrepreneurship and business."

“DOST’s Tulong-Kababayan also offers free assistance to these affected OFWs who want to avail of microfinancing through DOST-TRC’s partner institutions,” added DOST-TRC Director General Dennis Cunanan.

The program aims to assist OFWs who voluntarily repatriated from Libya, including their families, to return to the mainstream and become productive again through various livelihood and business options.

DOST-TRC is the science agency’s arm in providing technology-based products and services for livelihood and enterprise development of Filipinos. Particularly, it provides expert business and livelihood technology training courses that can transform ideas into practice and profits.

Interested OFWs may contact DOST-TRC’s Rene Oxina at the TRC office in 103 J. Abad Santos, Little Baguio, San Juan City or at telephone number 727-6205. OFWs going home to the provinces may contact DOST’s regional offices through the office of Usec. for Regional Operations Carol Yorobe at telephone number 837-2944. Available trainings this March 2011 can be viewed at (Framelia V. Anonas)

In the light of the impending worldwide migration from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to IPv6, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) will assist the government agencies to achieve smooth interoperability testings of IPv4 and IPv6 infrastructure and systems.

The task came at the heels of the release last month of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Executive Order (E.O.) No. 893 Promoting the Deployment and Use of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) dated 29 June 2010.

In a memorandum signed by Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Chairman Ivan John Enrile Uy, the CICT stressed the importance of the development of IPv6, as well as the worldwide migration from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to IPv6.

IPv6 responds to the current problem of internet address exhaustion. Every mobile phone and computer that has access to the Internet is given a unique IP address. With the rise in the number of gadgets and users, the old system of addressing networked devices is almost exhausted. Running out of IP addresses has serious effects, such as impeding the growth and development of Internet-based services.

“Smooth transition from IPv4 and IPv6 is very important in enhancing government operations and services,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. “DOST’s team of experts in Internet infrastructure and systems is ready to take part in this significant Internet leap.”

Malacañang Palace issued E.O. No. 893 to encourage the use of IPv6 since exhaustion of IPv4 threatens to deter investments in Internet-based infrastructure, applications and services. Government services that may be affected by the exhaustion of IP addresses include health care, national security, public safety, education, environment, among others.


Welcome a new clearinghouse of halal products in the Philippines as the Department of Science and Technology Region 12 opens its halal laboratory at the DOST Compound in Cotabato City.

The newly established laboratory has advanced technology, and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, according to DOST-12 Regional Director Haja Sittie Shayma (Zenaida) P. HR Laidan.

“This is the only existing halal laboratory in the country devoted to serving local and international clients,” said Dr. Laidan. “Its range of services spans the entire supply chain of halal food and selected non-food.”

DOST’s halal laboratory services include profiling of fatty acids of animals and plants; DNA analysis of foods and other processed products; gelatin content analysis of milk and other dairy products; testing of genetically modified organism (GMO); alcohol content analysis of beverages and other related products; qualitative detection of haram in meat products; and detection of lard in bakery products and edible oils, among others.

Among those who will benefit from the establishment of the halal laboratory include several sectors, such as the food and beverage manufacturers and producers, food service outlets, caterers, food distributors and suppliers, food importers and exporters, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, and other sectors aiming for halal certification.

Said laboratory was established in line with the Philippine Science and Technology Program for the Development of the Halal Industry initiated by Dr. Laidan.


DOST-12's Halal Laboratory