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The Department of Science and Technology led by Assistant Secretary Robert Dizon and DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute Director Raymund Liboro recently held talks with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino to identify areas that the two agencies can jointly work on.
The talks were held in the light of MMDA's move to explore homegrown technology solutions to its pestering concerns in maintaining order and cleanliness along the capital’s major roads and waterways.
Initially, DOST will look into the possibility of developing enzyme-based process to degrade or reduce harmful chemicals in garbage. “Daily we collect thousands of tons of garbage in Metro Manila, which contain residual chemicals harmful to humans and the environment,” Tolentino said.
To accelerate the clean up of the Pasig River and its tributaries, the DOST can also introduce bioremediation through the use of chemical waste-absorbing plants and organisms.
Both sides agreed to look into the possibility of developing Filipino-designed solar powered traffic signal system, speed radar guns, rescue sensors for collapsed buildings, and colored plastic-asphalt mix that can be used to mark pedestrian lanes, Liboro explained. [S&T Media Service]
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Secretary Mario Montejo recently swore in newly appointed officials of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) led by Dr. Nathaniel T. Servando, acting PAGASA administrator; and the new deputy administrators, namely Dr. Flaviana D. Hilario, research and development; Dr. Vicente B. Malano, operations and services; and Engr. Catalino L. Davis, administration and engineering services.
Also present in the oath-taking ceremonies was Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr. who served as the PAGASA Officer-in-Charge since August 2010 in concurrent capacity as Undersecretary for Research and Development of DOST.
Dr. Servando , in a short message thanked Secretary Montejo and Undersecretary Yumul for the trust given to him and vowed to continue the developments in PAGASA, particularly in the improvement of the forecasting capability of the agency that started during the stint of Dr. Yumul as OIC.
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Department of Science and Technology directors dominated the 2010 GAWAD Career Executive Service (CES), as three DOST executives out of the four awardees received the prestigious presidential award conferred by President Benigno S. Aquino III on January 11, 2011 at the Rizal Hall, Malacañang Palace.
Awardees were Dr. Patricio Faylon, executive director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development; Dr. Urduja Tejada, regional director of DOST Region 2; and Engr. Denis Villorente, director of the Advance Science and Technology Institute. The other awardee was Undersecretary Mario Villaverde of the Department of Health.
“The recognition proves the point that we have excellent people leading the DOST agencies,” DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said. “The accomplishments of our awardees show how science and technology helps in improving our country’s delivery of its services.”
The awarding body recognized Dr. Faylon’s visionary leadership that pushed PCARRD-DOST to attain the Philippine Quality Award Level 1 (Commitment to Quality Management) in 2009 and subsequently obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification. PCARRD was the first DOST agency to obtain the ISO certification. As such, Malacañan acknowledged PCARRD as one of the 43 government agencies that implement a quality management system in compliance with the ISO 9001 standards. Faylon also established the Techno Gabay Program, a technology transfer modality that delivers much needed information and technologies to the countryside. It has been adopted by local government units in their agricultural extension programs.
Dr. Tejada was distinguished for initiating and successfully implementing community- based projects, including a number of hatcheries, grow-out ponds, and fish feed mills, and a training center for fishery products that helped move forward the aquaculture industry in the region. She was also responsible in reviving the peanut industry in Jones, Isabela and the conversion of coco wastes into useful products in Region 2.
Engr. Villorente was recognized for his efforts in helping promote research networking in the country through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), a nationwide broadband research and extension network that links the government, academe, and research institutions in the country, providing a faster and more reliable collaboration among researchers and scientists. PREGINET also established internet connectivity to government agencies, enabling them to comply with the Government Information Systems Plan.
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The machining industry in the country is in good shape, a survey of the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center reveals.
The industry’s smooth running is apparently fueled by the steady demand of the manufacturing and other industries, reflecting a vigorous economy that attracts investors.
“We are happy with this development as it mirrors the modest contribution of the DOST to the machining industry,” DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said, referring to the support of DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center to the industry.
MIIRDC is the sole government institution directly supporting the metals and engineering industry, including the machining sector, through services that enhance their competitive advantage. Along with the machining and manufacturing sector, DOST-MIRDC also caters to the automotive/transport, industrial machinery, agriculture, metalworking, and construction industries.
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Local fabrics from pineapple, banana, abaca, Philippine silk, and other natural fibers will be the focus of Fashionation 2011, a fashion show organized by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions. The fashion show, to be held February 24 at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City, is an offshoot of the celebration of the Philippine Tropical Fabrics (PTF) Day on January 24.
President Benigno S. C. Aquino III declared January 24, 2011 as PTF Day under Proclamation No. 86 signed on December 21, 2010 to push for the implementation of Republic Act 9242 or the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law of 2004.
“The PTF Day will mark a milestone in the awareness on the development of Philippine tropical fabrics. PTRI-DOST has been in the forefront of continuously generating tropical textile technologies and, currently, we need investors to commercially produce local tropical fabrics,” explains Dr. Carlos C. Tomboc, director of the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (PTRI-DOST), the lead agency in the observance of the PTF Day.
PTRI will provide most of the tropical fabrics that will be used at the set of Fashionation 2011. The show, also supported by the Department of Agriculture’s Fiber Industry Development Authority and the Civil Service Commission, will feature Philippine tropical fibers and other locally manufactured fabrics as office uniforms. Government officials, business corporations, and representatives from the textile and garments industries will be invited to the show.
PTRI-DOST, the government’s lead agency in textile research and development, urges key players in the textile and garment industries and private entities to invest in the PTRI-developed fiber pretreatment and other textile-related technologies. To facilitate the adoption of technologies, PTRI developed and made available a package of textile technology options to help revive the local textile and garment industries, and create livelihood in the agricultural and industrial sectors. PTRI also encourages the public to patronize local tropical fibers for home textiles, office uniforms, formal wear, and chic ensembles on catwalks, among other uses. (Arlene R. Obmerga, S&T Media Service)