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Filipino innovators are making the adage “necessity is the mother of invention” into reality.

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) acknowledges innovative Filipinos who have come up with brilliant technologies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

By Dr. Josette T. Biyo, DOST-SEI Director

They are victims of the Marawi siege.  They are professionals- mostly teachers. But they lost their homes, families, relatives and livelihood during the siege.  They saw hope when DOST-SEI granted them scholarships to pursue graduate studies at the Mindanao State University in Marawi (MSU-Marawi) and MSU Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).  During this COVID-19 crisis, they feel it’s their turn to give back.

Written by: Catherine Joy C. Dimailig

The Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER) will undergo enhancements to create a predictive model for COVID-19 which allows forecasting of possible cases in a given area at a specified period of time. Data generated from this model will support the decision making of the Department of Health, local government units, and healthcare facilities, in terms of resource planning and other measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

Answering the country’s need for more supplies of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the frontline workers, the Department of Science and Technology–Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) now mass produces medical face shields.

DOST-PTRI uses special coating to make ordinary masks more functional

By Rodolfo P. de Guzman, DOST-STII

With the ordinary face mask taking the limelight during this time of pandemic, it is very important to know what kind of face mask you would use to get the needed protection from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2 that causes the deadly coronavirus disease or COVID-19.