Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., the newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), shared that refocusing some of its major programs and aligning them with the economic agenda of the current administration will be the top priority of the department in the next six years.

In a broadcast statement, Sec. Solidum assured the public that the current programs of the DOST will be continued since they are already addressing the current administration’s priority concerns in pumping up the economy. He said that they are discussing the refocusing of some of DOST's major programs, particularly in the areas of agriculture and food security, transportation, health, renewable energy, and job creation, and aligning them with the economic agenda of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr's administration.

The former secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) shared that in the last six years, the public awareness on S&T as well as on the programs of the country’s science department have gradually increased and he attributed it not only to the efforts of other government institutions but also the contributions of the private sector and media partners.

In a special virtual presser announcing the upcoming 71st PhilAAST Annual Convention, former DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña pointed out that we should keep in mind that promotions of science, technology, and innovation is not only in the hands of the academe and research and development (R&D) institutions but also part of the responsibility of the business and industry sectors as well as the non-government organizations and media outfits to cultivate a science culture in the country.

As part of the implementation of the Department of Science and Technology - Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (DOST - CEST) Program in Region 1, the Provincial Science and Technology Center – Ilocos Sur (PSTC-IS) facilitated the deployment and training on the Automated Weather Station system (AWS) of the Local Government Unit of Salcedo, Ilocos Sur held last month.

According to Engr. Jordan L. Abad, Provincial S&T Director of the PSTC–IS, the provision of the AWS is part of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management / Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM/CCA) of the CEST program. This aims to capacitate the communities through generation of timely weather data for preparedness and resiliency during occurrence of natural hazards, especially during typhoons, Engr. Abad added.

An estimated 10B in government revenue was lost due to poor market surveillance and enforcement of penalties to regulate measuring instruments. An estimated 240M losses were due to inaccurate weighing instruments.

This is what Ahdrian Camilo C. Gernale, a Science Research Specialist at the National Metrology Laboratory (NML) at the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology and Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), said during the recent World Metrology Day Celebration with a theme of “Metrology in the Digital Era”.

A country’s economic growth relies on the ability to design, innovate, manufacture and trade high-quality products and services. Metrology affects the country’s measurement capabilities, which helps the government provide domestic and international confidence in products and services, reduces technical challenges to trade exports, and ensures the quality of imports. 

The Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST-IX) through the Provincial S&T Office of Zamboanga del Norte (PSTO-ZDN) facilitated the benchmarking activity of LGU-Mutia to various innovative horticulture projects in Benguet and Bulacan on 1-3 August 2022. The team from LGU-Mutia was led by no less than its Municipal Mayor, Engr. Lorrymir S. Adasa.

The benchmarking activity included visits to various innovative projects in horticulture—cut flowers and high-value vegetables—assisted by DOST. In Benguet, the team visited the flower and strawberry farms in La Trinidad and high-value vegetable farms in Mankayan and Atok. In Bulacan, the team visited some projects of LGU-Guiguinto in its "Garden City" initiative.