Since the pandemic has started a year ago, it is notable that many Filipina scientists have made major contributions through research and development (R&D) in combating the Coronavirus Disease- 2019 finding ways to adapt to the present situation.

The engine of economic growth is innovation.By harnessing the power of science and technology, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has embarked on an ambitious project, but nonetheless a very crucial move if the country is to join the ranks of other fast-developing countries towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Researchers from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) was able to convert plant-based raw materials and its waste by-products into valuable and renewable polyols and polyurethanes (PU) that can be used for commercial production of coatings, insulation, and packing foam materials.

“Let’s think of pandemics and even localized epidemics as disasters for which we need preparedness and mitigation strategies.”

Academician, Emeritus Prof. Michael Lim Tan of the University of the Philippines, says, during his presentation on “COVID-19, Circularity and Better Normal: Recovery and Rebuilding,” at the Annual Scientific Conference and 88th General Membership Assembly of the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP).

The Department of Science and Technology developed the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage or S-PaSS, an innovative travel management system for local travelers who are returning to or visitingdifferent localities in time for the holidays, for vacation or for business.