New data science research and development projects that enable good governance will soon be implemented to improve operations of national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) through the support of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

Funded under the Good Governance through Data Science and Decision Support System (GODDESS) Program, these projects are geared towards addressing the gap in the country’s workforce for data scientists that enables and strengthens the government to adapt data-driven governance and evidence-based management.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit said the GODDESS Program is aimed at utilizing data to create innovations in running government operations and serving the people.

Undersecretary Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) represented the Philippines in the 2020-2021 Intersessional Panel Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) held virtually on 18-22 January 2021.

The five-day conference was the first meeting that the Philippines participated in as a member upon its re-election to the Commission on 21 April 2020 with the assumption of the post on 01 January 2021.

The meeting tackled issues related to the themes “using science, technology, and innovation (STI) to close the gap on SDG 3, on good health well-being” and “harnessing blockchain for sustainable development: prospects and challenges”. CSTD member countries and experts shared their best practices and lessons learned on the said topics.

The PTRI Textile Gallery, Design and Innovation Hub is envisioned to become a maker space where fashion designers, textile manufacturers, textile marketing professionals, researchers and students can create, experiment, and execute their ideas that will bolster and revitalize the local textile and fiber industry. 

The survey results conducted by a third-party survey company for 2020 found that among the 98% of Filipino adults who are aware of the Department of Science and Technology or DOST, 66% are satisfied with the performance of the Department with a very good net satisfaction rating of +57. This is an improvement from the very good net satisfaction rating of +51 in December 2019.

LIPA CITY, Batangas – Ala eh! Timpladong tamang tama!, In fact, TIMPLADO, an offshoot company of Circa 1740, underwent a two-day training on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to further strengthen, not only their barako (Liberica) coffee blends, but more so their food safety measures in preparation for the opening of its additional markets this year. 

There were 13 employees, mostly newly hired, who attended the training on food safety standards in different production processes conducted on 25-26 January at the TIMPLADO Coffee Shop located in Barangay Mataas na Lupa, Lipa, Batangas.