By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII

Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said in his pronouncement that refocusing some of the programs of the department to align with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s economic agenda would be their priority in the coming months.

These economic agendas pertain to food security, transport and logistics, health, renewable energy, education, disaster risk reduction and climate change, and job creation. And when the newly-appointed DOST Secretary discussed refocusing, it is more on presenting clear narratives of how several DOST programs, services, and research development (R&D) projects could provide a significant impact on these priority areas.

On National Heroes Day, let us all together learn who are our modern-day heroes as fellow Filipinos speak about their love for the country and the need for more Filipino scientists to come home and serve the Philippines.

On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Balik Scientist Program (BSP) invites the public to join the 3rd Episode of the webinar series “BSP Talks.” The online event entitled, “Ikaw ang Hero Ko!” will air on August 30, 2022 at 11 in the morning via the BSP Facebook Live (

First Philippine university-built satellites designed and developed by the first batch of scholars under the (STAMINA4Space) Program decommissioned.

As part of its long-term goal to nurture the emerging space technology industry in the Philippines, researchers from the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI) successfully communicated with Diwata-2 through the latest addition to our space infrastructure, the Iloilo Ground Receiving Station (GRS).

The team of researchers led by DOST-ASTI Director Franz A. de Leon visited the Iloilo GRS from 27 July to 04 August 2022 to personally observe the operation of the facility. During the visit, the team conducted testing, validation, and initial operations of the ground receiving station. The team also met with Dumangas Mayor Braeden John Biron to discuss possible collaborations to better deliver the service.

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is marking its third anniversary this August with a month-long lineup of capacity-building activities. The celebration, themed Sama-samang Pagbangon Gamit ang Kaalaman Mula Kalawakan, will highlight the crucial role of end-users in harnessing information from space to benefit and empower communities. PINAS, or the PhilSA Integrated Network for Space-Enabled Actions towards Sustainability will visit Palawan province for the second leg of the project’s pre-implementation workshops this August in Puerto Princesa City. The PINAS project envisions communities empowered through the utilization of the full value chain of space data; the project is designed to enable various sectors to sustainably access space data according to their needs. The workshop is set to invite representatives from LGUs, regional government agencies, non-government organizations, and the academe involved in sectors where space data would be valuable for policy making. “We will be inviting representatives from the agriculture, DRRM, environment conservation, planning, and national security sectors to introduce the potential of space-based technologies in aiding them in the fulfillment of their mandates and daily operations,” Jamaica Pangasinan, PINAS project leader and PhilSA SMCOD Senior Science Research Specialist said.