A soon to be established library hub in San Jose West Central School in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija will have STARBOOKS among its array of features and facilities that will provide elementary and high school students in the city with different types of advanced reading and learning materials.

STARBOOKS, or Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks, was developed by the Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII). It is the first digital science library in the country, containing tons of information on science, mathematics, and technology in text, audio, and video formats. It does not require Internet connection in order to be accessed.

The Department of Science and Technology-MIMAROPA (DOST-MIMAROPA), Palawan State University (PSU), Palaweño ICT Association (PICTA), and Make a Difference (MAD) Industries of Malaysia opened the first ever international Information and Communications Technology (ICT) business incubator in the region last December 14, 2015 at the Palawan State University-Main Campus in Puerto Princesa City.

A project that aims to detect and prevent the spread of shrimp pathogens, an infectious agent that can cause disease to its host, is now nearing completion. 

This was announced by Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma, director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in UP–Diliman during the Science and Technology Forum on Aquatic Biotechnology at the recent National Biotechnology Week in SM Dasmariñas, Cavite.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)–National Capital Region represented by (from left) Director Dr. Teresita C. Fortuna and DOST Assistant Secretary and Program Manager for Countryside Development Dr. Urduja A. Tejada, and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)–Go Negosyo represented by Executive Director Ramon Lopez and Victor Madlangbayan (3rd from left and extreme right) recently formalized their partnership for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. With the partnership, MSMEs will receive a more focused and well-rounded assistance from DOST-NCR and PCE which aims to help address poverty by promoting entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, DOST assists MSMEs via its Small Enterprise Upgrading Program or SETUP which provides funding, technology upgrade, and training. The signing was held at the DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City.  (Text by Espie Angelica A. de Leon / Photo by Gerardo G. Palad, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII)

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Science and Technology (S&T) Fair for the Mindanao Cluster got underway in Zamboanga City from December 3-5, 2015 with focus on S&T’s impacts on the rubber, mining and food industries, including halal.

The fair showcased the many benefits of DOST’s Small Enterprise Upgrading Program or SETUP via project visits to program beneficiaries Philippine Pioneer Rubber Product Corp. (PPRPC) and Monmon Bakeshoppe and Snack Haus in Zamboanga.