Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist Dr. Fiorello Abenes discusses the cooking stove prototype he developed that is powered by energy innovations from nipa sap.  This technology is seen as an alternative to LPG stoves. 

A Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Balik Scientist hosted by the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Laoag, Ilocos Norte is set to provide clean cooking fuel alternatives to Filipino homes.  

Dr. Fiorello B. Abenes, a Professor Emeritus in CalPoly Pomona University in California, USA and a Balik Scientist hosted by MMSU leads the technology transfer and commercialization of MMSU’s Village-Scale Nipahol Technology (VSNT). Nipahol Technology may also be used as cooking fuel and is seen to replace Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves.  

“For many Filipinos, microplastics, plastics, when you go to the communities, the problem is very abstract to them. Sasabihin lang nila ‘ano ba sila?’ Pero pag hindi natin kasi nakikita ang koneksyon sa atin, we also don’t care. And when we don’t care, we do nothing.”

This is according to Dr. Deo Florence L. Onda, Balik-Scientist, during a forum on Plastics and Microplastics in Marine Environment, wherein he explained the importance of people’s participation in gathering local data, and the importance of telling the people stories about those data.

The microplastics researchers are determined for their research to not end up rotting in the shelves. They espoused that research should serve the people and the only way that researchers could connect to the people is for the public to also know their stories.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr (2nd from left) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime C. Bautista (2nd from right) lead the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between two national government agencies working together in raising the quality of our public transportation systems to be at par with global standards. The DOST and DOTr will establish a testing and validation facility for the Automated Fare Collection System (“AFCS”) National Standards (“NS”) through the Electronics Product Development Center (EPDC) of DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI). Also in photo are DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Leah J. Buendia (left) and DOTr Assistant Secretary for Railways Jorjette B. Aquino. (Photo by Henry A. de Leon, DOST-STII)


The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have joined hands and signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on December 22, 2022, to work together in raising the quality of our public transportation systems to be at par with global standards.

The country continues to make a name on the international stage as students from various regions in the country bag 5,060 gold, silver, and bronze medals in 2021. This was in full display during the online awarding ceremony of the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) awards of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute through its Facebook page last November 25, 2022.  

As part of the activities of the 2022 National Science and Technology Week celebration, the DOST-SEI has conferred 1,802 YES medals to elementary and high school students who have won gold, bronze, and silver medals either individually or by group on international science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition.  

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For every one of us, dealing with time, schedules, and deadlines to serve our clients and work with our colleagues are things that we cannot simply avoid. So, the Department of Science and Technology, once again, is leading the nation to encourage everyone to support the advocacy for the observance of the National Time Consciousness Week (NTCW) this coming January 1-7, 2023.

As we bid goodbye to 2022 and welcome 2023, the DOST remains at the forefront of promoting the National Time Consciousness Week (NTCW) with the theme “Oras Pinas: Tamang Oras Tungo sa Maunlad na Pilipinas” to synchronize all timepieces across the country.