Easy access to S&T learning has docked on the island of San Miguel in Tabaco, Albay as San Miguel National High School (SMNHS) received the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks or STARBOOKS of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). On 05 July 2022, DOST Region V STARBOOKS deployment officer Anthony B. Andes facilitated the orientation and hands-on training for SMNHS.

Developed by the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII), STARBOOKS is the country’s first digital science library. It is a stand-alone information source designed to reach those with limited or no access to S&T information resources. The project aims to provide contents on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) to geographically-challenged schools and communities throughout the country. STARBOOKS contains numerous digitized S&T resources in various formats (text and video/audio) placed in specially designed “pods” that is set in a user-friendly interface.

Meet the 2022 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos (top row L-R) Police Executive Master Sergeant Rogelio A. Rodriguez Jr., Mark Nolan P. Confesor, Ph.D., Mr. Junmerth C. Jorta; (middle row L-R) Police Colonel Lambert A. Suerte, Colonel Maria Victoria P. Juan NC, Colonel Stephen L. Cabanlet PN(M); (bottom row) Technical Sergeant Joel L. Tuganan PA, Leonila F. Dans, M.D., M.Sc., Police Captain Rosalino E. Panlaqui, Christine Joy DR. Aguila, Ph.D

The 2022 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos were introduced to the public through a virtual press conference on August 4, 2022. Ten awardees of this career-service award—comprising of four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers—were presented to the members of the media. Each awardee will receive a cash prize of PhP 1 million each (net of tax), a golden medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the conferment ceremonies in September coinciding with Metrobank’s anniversary celebration.

“We need to keep an open mind, make it a part of the solution to meet an increasing energy demand, while meeting low carbon diet.”

This is according to Dr. Art Romero, on the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. Romero is a geoscientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, California and one of the panelists in a webinar on “Integrated Energy Solutions Addressing Security and Sustainability”.

Romero believes that the country’s transition to cleaner energy based on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) roadmap is doable in a gradual fashion, without putting a heavy burden on the economy.

(Photo Credit: Geraldo Palad. From L-R front:  Rogelio N. Roasa, Jr., Chief Science Research Specialist-DOST-IT Division; Cezar R. Pedraza, Director-DOST-Planning and Evaluation Service; Josette T. Biyo, Ph.D.-Director,DOST-SEI; Engr. Albert G. Mariño, Deputy Director, DOST-SEI; Back: Peter Gerry Gavina, Chief, Science and Technology Scholarship Division; Renato U. Solidum, OIC-Secretary, DOST; Prof. Fortunato T. de la Peña, Consultant, League of Developers; and Richard P. Burgos, OIC-Director, DOST-STII )

The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) entered into a memorandum of agreement to have their I.T. students provided with the opportunity for On-the-Job Training (OJT) with DOST. The League of Developers project will create a continuous pool of programmers who will be given the chance to put their acquired knowledge on information and communication technology to practical use in the pursuit of the government’s thrust to upscale digital transformation of the public and private sectors. The pool will be coming from DOST Scholars of the government. (S&T Media Service)


Livelihood opportunities to communities in the provinces are very important in driving the economy back to its feet after the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Realizing this need to build back better, the Department of Science and Technology Region I conducted a training on chicken meat processing for the Palisoc Women’s Association (PWA) of Barangay Palisoc, Bautista, Pangasinan on July 22,2022.

The DOST- Provincial S&T Center in Pangasinan organized the training as part of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology or CEST, one of the DOST’s flagship programs to empower micro, small and medium enterprises particularly in the regions.