March 26 2021-With the proliferation of dialysis centers in the country and the diseases related on kidneys still plague the country’s marginalized citizens, along with the higher cost of kidney transplant and hospitalization, the idea of 3D printing a real human kidney is not afar fetched notion.

In the AMCen-MATDEV (Additive Manufacturing Center Materials Development) Stakeholders forum conducted by the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) yesterday March 25, 2021, the science department has unleashed its take on the emerging 3D printing technology.

According to Dr. Blessie A. Basilia former Chief of the Material Science Division of the ITDI, who gave an overview of the AMCen MATDEV she says that in other countries like Europe and the America’s, the idea of 3D printing real human organs to replace ailing human parts is an ongoing research and here in the Philippines it is in its infancy.

Practitioners in the medical science field is hoping for the technology to mature in order to help people with degenerative diseases like Heart, Lung, Kidney failure to have a second chance in life with the help of innovations in science and technology such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing.

The event was grace by the welcoming remarks of ITDI Director Dr. Annabelle V. Briones followed by a message from DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara and a keynote message from DOST Secretary Prof. Fortunato T. de le Pena.

The ITDI Technological Services Division Chief Ms. Nelia ElisaC.  Florendo reads the event rationale followed by Supervising SRS Material Science Division OIC Ms. Josefina R. Celorico reads the introduction to the organization, MSD, ADMATEL and its services and the former Chief of the MSD Dr. Blessie A. Basilia gave an overview of the AMCen MATDEV.

Senior SRS, MSD Engr. Marianito T. Margarito explains the Additive manufacturing and its applications. Science Research Specialist II of the MSD Engr. Jo-Ann C. Sy talked about the MATDEV facility followed by Senior SRS, MSD Mr. Carlos S. Emolaga then gave a virtual tour of the MATDEV facility.

The OIC Deputy Director for R&D and Chief packaging Technology Division of the ITDI Ms. Daisy E. Tanafranca reads the concluding remarks of the event and was moderated by Ms. Margarita V. Atienza.

The bottom line of the stakeholder’s forum is that the science department is encouraging the private sector to engage with them in this field of emerging technology.  (MJ Olvina-Balaguer of DZMJ Online, Makabuluhang Jornalismo Your Happiness Channel, +639053611058, maryjaneolvina@gmail.com or konekted@dzmjonline.net )


Goodbye Amihan hello summer

March 26 2021- As weather authority, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Vicente B. MALANO, Ph.D.

Administrator said that the gradual shift of wind direction from northeasterly to easterly over most parts of the country due to the formation of the High Pressure Area (HPA) over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean signifies the termination of the Northeast Monsoon and the start of dry season and warmer temperatures. 

 With this development, the day-to-day weather across the country will gradually become warmer, though isolated thunderstorms are also likely to occur he added. 

He cited that the public is advised to take precautionary measures to minimize heat stress and optimize the daily use of water for personal and domestic consumption.

PAGASA, despite the on going community quarantine due to COVID-19, will continue to monitor the day-to-day weather and long-term climate situation Malano concluded. Reference from DOST-PAGASA S & T Media Service

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International Peace Organization’s Call to Action on Human Rights Crisis in Myanmar

SEOUL, Korea – Recent events in Myanmar have raised concern around the world. As the international community has learned about the atrocities being committed against citizens, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) released a statement to remind all parties involved in Myanmar, the United Nations, and the global community of the social responsibility to protect human rights and promote peace.

In 2016, HWPL started a global campaign for peace legislation to make sure disputes like Myanmar can be handled through dialogue and peaceful conflict resolution. HWPL and over 1.3 million citizens in 176 countries, have joined hands for peace and gathered over 738,000 signatures of support for peaceful resolution of conflicts through legislation.

HPWL highlights that the recent efforts of the Myanmar military to suppress nonviolent protests have led to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. It regrets that the numbers of deaths and injuries are still increasing.

“Human life must not be disregarded in any circumstances. No conflict of interest can justify violence against civilians, and no interest of any group can prevail over human life”.

The international peace organization opposes all types of violence around the world, calling out the Myanmar military regime, to ‘respect people’s human rights and freedom of expression’.

HWPL also urges United Nations “to take active measures so that the human rights and safety of the people of Myanmar may be protected”.

The statement left no bystanders as it also calls out “the global family of peace to issue statements urging authorities and civilians in Myanmar to pursue dialogue and seek a peaceful solution in order to restore peace to the country”.

“In one voice, HWPL and all our members around the world express hope that the ongoing crisis in Myanmar will be resolved peacefully through dialogue, not violence, and we call on the international community to join us,” said Man Hee Lee, the founding Chairman of HWPL.