By David Matthew C. Gopilan, DOST-STII, DOST Media Service

Safe and healthy food is a basic human need and right. It is needed to sustain overall health and economic development in light of the recent pandemic.

With this, a research program called FRESH FARMS or Food Risk and Safety Analysis in Agricultural Farms towards Improvement of Control Strategies for Food Safety is currently implemented to ensure that the food from farms is free from any contaminations.

This is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Saganang Pagkain Para sa Lahat or SAPAT Program of the DOST-National Research Council of the Philippines’ National Integrated Basic Research Agenda.

by Allyster A. Endozo, DOST-STII, photos from the STAMINA4Space program team

Space science, technology, and innovation in the Philippines are off to a milestone year with the launch of the Maya-2 cube satellite (CubeSat) in February and the Maya-3 and Maya-4 in August—almost three years after Diwata-2 in October 2018.

These historic feats were made possible by the STAMINA4Space research and development (R&D) program through the STeP-UP project, thus building upon the gains of the PHL-Microsat program that developed the Diwata-1 launched in March 2016.

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) will hold a special virtual presser on 28 October 2021 to share to the public and other key stakeholders their various programs towards strengthening the country’s biodiversity. 

Dubbed as DOST-PCAARRD S&T Biodiversity Program, it aims to contribute significantly to the DOST’s conservation efforts and impart the knowledge towards sustainable use of biodiversity in different ecosystems in the country –terrestrial biodiversity, marine, and aquatic biodiversity, and indigenous plants and native animals’ biodiversity. 

The Information and Communications Technology - Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (ICT-DRRM) Section of the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST-XI) successfully completed the three-day virtual Flood Mapping Training Series on 12-14 October 2021.

DOST-XI’s ICT-DRRM Section, composed of ICT practitioners, Jonathan Victolero, John Paolo Boniel, Ephraim Franco, Rey Suarez, and Sukarno Sukarno, was the first DOST Regional Office to be trained on the use of the flood mapping methodology developed by the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).

Six Local Government Units (LGUs) received its Specific Earthquake Response Atlases from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) to be used for decision-making in building safer structures and facilities, and for strengthening disaster resiliency of the respective communities. 

Each atlas is a compilation of maps that provides information on the characteristics of the subsurface soil and rock layers in the study areas or LGUs and the resulting site response to a specific earthquake ground motion. This can serve as a guide in seismic load design to increase the resiliency of buildings and infrastructures in the event of a large earthquake.

These atlases can be a significant reference for LGUs as well as by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to appropriately design earthquake-resilient government infrastructures, residential houses, and medium-to-high rise buildings in Pangasinan, Tarlac, Metro Iloilo-Guimaras, Cauayan City, Butuan City, and Mati City.