JULY 8 2021-THE Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology today launched its TEKNEGOSHOW Special Edition aimed at making it a platform to introduce new product and service of the ITDI.

The virtual launch is witnessed by ITDI and DOST officials at its offices in Taguig. Aside from the AMCen-MATDEV and I-SALT were among the topics discussed. Though the show was seen only in facebook, these types of programs can contribute for the popularization of science among the youth.

Common knowledge that science is all around us, still the notion of it being a difficult discipline is engrained in the minds of the youth now the fusion of technology based business is an excellent avenue for its popularization.

 Present was Dr. Annabelle Briones, the Director of ITDI and since this is the initial episode stakeholders anticipate a more educational and informative on its succeeding episodes. (Mj Olvina-Balager, 09053611058, konekted@dzmjonline.net, maryjaneolvina@gmail.com, DZMJ Online Makabuluhang Jornalismo your Happiness Channel)


DOST V capacitates Omasenso farmers with PORTASOL technology
The Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST-V) through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) – Camarines Sur, partnered with the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay Program and the Local Government Unit of Pamplona for the community-based project “Upgrading the Production of Value-Added Farm Products of Golden Parauma Producers Cooperative (GPPC)”. Through the Angat Buhay Program—of which GPPC is a beneficiary—the cooperative was able to link with the DOST that provided the appropriate S&T interventions.

Under the project, one unit of PORTASOL Multi-Purpose Thermal Drying Trays was recently awarded to GPPC at Tambo, Pamplona, Camarines Sur (CamSur). PORTASOL is a portable and lightweight solar dryer composed of aluminum thermal trays that can be laid down on an open field or assembled into racks with a plastic sheet cover as protection from pests and fungus.  Developed by Francisco Pagayon, the equipment’s affordable and simple design provides two- to three-times faster drying rate than conventional pavement drying.

The PORTASOL is seen to greatly improve the quality of GPPC’s products that include chili powder, vegetable-based chips, and products from soya bean, pili, corn, rice, coconut and other high-value crops. The equipment will address the need to decrease post-harvest losses and increase product quality during drying that were perennial problems of the cooperative’s farmers and producers before.

As CamSur Provincial S&T Director Patrocinio N. Felizmenio remarked, DOST knew that the PORTASOL is the right technology to address the cooperative’s post-harvest losses while minimizing production cost, ensuring product quality, food hygiene, and safety.

LGU-Pamplona Acting Mayor Ronaldo Franco professed his support to the project and willingness to embark on more initiatives with DOST to improve the agricultural sector: “Simula pa man ay akin nag prayoridad ang patuloy na paunlarin ang ating agrikultura, kaya makakaasa ang lahat na nais magpaabot ng tulong sa suporta ng LGU-Pamplona.”

On the other hand, Babet Lavadia, OVP & Angat Buhay representative, expressed her appreciation to DOST, LGU-Pamplona and GPPC for their untiring work and support; further adding that Angat Buhay aims to deploy more DOST programs and technology to the program’s so-called Omasenso farmers.

The leadership of GCCP and its members expressed their appreciation and full commitment to the project that they know will greatly improve their livelihood. As GPPC Chairperson Anita Fernan puts it: “Hindi namin alam ang aming ginawa upang mapasama sa mga programa at proyekto ng DOST at Angat Buhay Program, subalit makakaasa po kayo na lahat ng proyektong ipinapaabot sa amin ay aming pangangalagaan at pauunlarin.”  (DOST V PSTC-Camarines Sur)

DOST to conduct Luzon-wide virtual scientific meeting on coping
with the pandemic

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Offices- Luzon Cluster and the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST-PHL) will be holding the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting (RSM) from 11-12 May 2021 via zoom. Participating regions in the Luzon Cluster will include the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region (Region 1), Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), CALABARZON (Region 4-A), MIMAROPA (Region 4-B), and the Bicol Region (Region 5).

Anchoring on the theme “COVID-19 Pandemic: Learning from the Past, Coping with the Present, Moving to the Next,” the Luzon RSM will highlight the challenges and developments as well as the opportunities related to the response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts of Luzon amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also allow the scientific community, policymakers, and other important stakeholders to provide regional inputs and resolutions to better address the impact of the current health crisis on national development.

This two-day virtual event will be the final leg of the regional conferences this year in preparation for the national event, the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), to be held on 12-16 July 2021. The first leg was already conducted in the Visayas last 13-14 April and will soon open for Mindanao in the last week of April.

The Luzon scientific meeting will be divided into six plenary sessions wherein invited experts from the government, academe, and private sector will share research outputs, provide insights, and provoke conversations on the following topics: health systems response and preparedness; balancing the economy and health; systems approach to address present-day hazards; viral evolution, dynamics, and modeling interventions; connection of food, environment, and health; and the importance of education in retrieving the COVID-19 generation.

Registration is now open. Do not miss out the opportunity and just register on the following links: bit.ly/LuzonRSM2021Day1 (Day1) and bit.ly/LuzonRSM2021Day2 (Day 2) or check out the NAST-PHL and Luzon DOST Regional Offices Facebook Pages.