The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) CALABARZON spearheaded the launching of several projects which are products of research and development (R&D) and would offer timely and appropriate solutions to some of the pressing issues and limitations that exist in the region. 

The ceremonial turnover of Fiberglass Rescue Boats, the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signing of the “Adoption of the A-S-F-V Nanogold Biosensor Test Kit Technology for Faster and Cost-Effective Surveillance and Detection of the Dreaded African Swine Fever, and “Upgrading of Makapuno Laboratory and Nursery Facilities in Cavite State University were some of the highlights of the opening program of the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) in CALABARZON held on October 17, 2022, at the Batangas State University (BatSU) National Engineering University. 

“It is important to note that these projects are the products of our collaboration with different state universities and local government in the region to find innovative solutions to several problems of local areas and communities through conducting and implementing several R&D initiatives and efforts,” said DOST CALABARZON Regional Director Emelita P. Bagsit. 

In a virtual forum held on 10 October 2022, key officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Congress declared their all-out support for the immediate passing of House Bill No. 9559 or the Virology Institute of the Philippines Act.

Other than informing lawmakers on the bill's importance, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the DOST organized the legislative forum to secure the support of non-government organizations, professional societies, and other stakeholders.

The bill, having been successfully passed on the third reading by the 18th Congress of the Philippine House of Representatives (HR) on 28 July 2021, is now awaiting the approval of a counterpart measure by the Philippine Senate.

Preserving the country’s patrimony is very important to ensuring the security of the Philippines and its people, as well as to preserve the nation’s resources that will fuel economic development and inclusive growth.

To address this aspiration, Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. shared that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is fully committed to producing more relevant research and development (R&D) based outputs that would allow the country to have an enhanced and self-reliant defense posture program in the coming years.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Office of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations (OUSEC-RO) organized the 3rd Quarterly Regional Directors’ Meeting last 30 September 2022 at Twin Lakes Hotel Tagaytay, Laurel, Batangas. The meeting centered on the alignment of DOST Programs, Projects, and Activities (PPA) to the 8-point socioeconomic agenda of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The DOST aims to refocus PPAs and deliver agency-wide goals in accordance with the directives of DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., as embodied in the newly launched campaign, #OneDOST4U. The particular areas include wealth creation, wealth protection, human well-being, and sustainability; interpreted through the 4 U’s namely, unifying S&T efforts toward countryside development and wealth creation, upgrading human capital to create a pool of globally competent STI champions to support the national innovation agenda, ushering the transformation of municipalities and cities into smart, resilient, and sustainable communities, and undertaking collaborative science, technology, and innovation initiatives and strategies for socioeconomic development and welfare of the public.

By Jerossa Dizon, DOST-STII

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. (3rd from right) graces the turnover ceremonies of the Geminiano de Ocampo collection of books and written works to the Science and Technology Information Institute Library that will enrich the collection of S&T resources that are available to students and researchers. Also in photo are Taguig City Mayor Maria Larni Cayetano (2nd from right), DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos (far right), former DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena (far left), and the family of NS de Ocampo. (Photo: DOST-STII)

A National Scientist’s legacy lives on!

The family members of National Scientist Geminiano T. de Ocampo donated the entire collection of his books and memoirs to the Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST – STII) Library located at the DOST Complex in Taguig City last September.