Watch Me Pedal, Rope Puzzle, Feel the Shake and Cyclone are some of the exhibits found in the Regional Science Centrum

The Department of Science and Technology-MIMAROPA (DOST-MIMAROPA), in partnership with the Provincial Government of Marinduque, Office of the House Representative of Marinduque, and Marinduque State College (MSC), is set to launch the first-ever interactive science exhibits in the region in the first quarter of 2022, in time for the scheduled visit of DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena to the province.

The issues of climate change, sustainable environment, and circular economy can no longer be ignored if we are to help nurture planet Earth, the only home we’ve got. For years now, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) has put this agenda at the forefront of its various R&D projects and activities.  


Care to enjoy tropical fruits as a refreshing drink?

Fully aware of the great market potential of ready-to-drink fruit juices, the Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) provided funding and technical support for the project titled "Development of Ready-To-Drink (RTD) Juice from Indigenous Crop Yacon, Green Carabao Mango (Sweet Elena Variety) and Mint Essence". This initiative is a collaborative research and development (R&D) project with the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) and Vinoca Manufacturing under the DOST-NCR Regional Grants-In-Aid Program. This program promotes synergy in research and development by bridging the gap between educational institutions and the private sector primarily to address concerns of manufacturers using science, technology, and innovation.  

As the country commemorated his 125th death anniversary and martyrdom last 30 December 2021, and in time for the celebration of the Department of Science and Technology’s – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development’s (DOST-PCHRD) 40th founding anniversary, the Council kicked off with a webinar titled, “Dr. Jose Rizal, a Medical Scientist” on 25 January 2022.

Prof. Fortunato T. de la Peña, Secretary of the DOST, gave his welcome message during the webinar about Rizal’s valued characteristics as a hero, scientist, and a doctor. 

It was a long struggle for Queenbee Enterprises to process okara or soybean curd, a by-product of soybean milk processing that results in tons of wastes every day.

The Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) facilitated industry dialogues and brainstorming sessions between Queenbee Enterprises and experts from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines to come up with a solution to process okara wastes into soy flour which may later be used in producing pastries, specifically pancake premix. This process will lead to repurposing waste materials coming from different products and creating added value, benefitting both the company and the consumers. The project is one of the many initiatives under the DOST-NCR Regional Grants-In-Aid focused on providing shopfloor R&D assistance.

DOST-NCR funded the said project titled "Development of Optimum Dehydration Process and Characterization of Soy-Residue for By-Product Utilization" to process okara wastes.

The project aims to determine the optimum dehydration process parameters for soy residue and characterize the physicochemical, microbiological, and functional properties of wet and dried okara generated from soymilk production. Dried okara derived from these tests will be optimized for food application.

Outputs of the project are an optimized process of producing soy residue flour and a developed formulation for pancake premix which will later be marketed by Queenbee Enterprises as a part of its growing product line. (By Bianca Claudette R. Canlas- DOST NCR)