The Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PTRI) is launching the 2022 Philippine Textile Congress, a platform for researchers, students, creatives, industry partners, and textile experts to converge, converse and collaborate to spur innovation in Philippine textiles. With the theme "Intertwining the Philippine Textile Innovation Ecosystem," the Congress brings together stakeholders that define and shape the Philippine Textile Research and Innovation Network. The Congress has three Main Events - the Textile Research Colloquium, Fashion Design Exhibition, and the Textile Innovation Dialogues. From November 8 to 24, 2022, the Philippine Textile Congress will spark a fresh new take on the multi-faceted Philippine textiles as a driver for an inclusive, creative and sustainable textile industry.

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The Opening Ceremony will be graced by Sec. Renato U. Solidum Jr. of the Department of Science and Technology, National Scientist Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz, the Honorable Senator Francis N. Tolentino, and the Honorable Representative Christopher “Toff” de Venecia.

According to the United Nations, by 2030, or eight years from now, half of the world’s population will be living in coastal communities. These are the people who will be exposed to tsunamis, storm surges, and flooding. In the case of the Philippines, 66 out of 81 provinces, or 81% are exposed to tsunamis. It covers 832 coastal municipalities and 25 coastal cities or 62% of the Philippine population are in coastal municipalities and cities.

With this available data, there is an urgent need to ensure that disaster preparedness systems are in place so that every Filipino will be safe and resilient from tsunami. 

Recently, officials and experts from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) said that despite its rare occurrence, the public, communities, and local government units should not be complacent with the possible hazards and impacts of tsunami in their areas. 

Geneva, Switzerland – At the second day of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 26 October 2022, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. bannered the Philippines’ various science, technology, and innovation (STI) initiatives on ensuring safe water and sanitation.

After stating the country’s situation on limited access to safe water, the S&T chief listed the measures that the government, especially the DOST, are taking to address these challenges. Among these initiatives are the Harmonized National R&D Agenda with emphasis on the research priorities on environmental pollution control and management on water and wastewater management. 

DOST-V and BU inks the Memorandum of Agreement for the iWOMEN project collaboration. Photo from left: Dr. Luis O. Amano, BU Vice President for Research, Development & Extension; DOST-V Regional Director Mr. Rommel R. Serrano; and Dr. Arnulfo P. Malinis, BU CTCED Director.

Continuing its commitment for women’s economic empowerment (WEE) through Science, Technology and Innovation, the Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST-V) initiated a new program to support women micro-entrepreneurs (WMEs) in the Bicol Region: the Innovations for Women Enterprises or iWOMEN Project.

Inspired by the successful run of the Gender Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation of Women or GREAT Women Project 2 (GWP2) in the region, iWOMEN is geared towards improving competitiveness, sustainability and economic empowerment of WMEs. iWOMEN was conceptualized and developed through DOST-V’s Gender and Development (GAD) implementation.

PhilSA Spacecraft Electrical and Computing Systems Development Division Chief Science Research Specialist Dr. Julie Ann Banatao providing an overview of the MULA Satellite to participants of the MULA Mission Patch Contest Orientation held in Escolta, Manila on 22 October 2022.

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is calling on designers, artists, and space enthusiasts to join the mission of the country’s first commercial-grade satellite in development, the Multispectral Unit for Land Assessment or MULA satellite, by creating its mission patch. The contest, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry-Design Center of the Philippines (DTI-DCP), was launched during the Design Week Philippines celebration–the country’s festival for Filipino design and creativity.