HWPL Online Media Forum

DZMJ Online Season 36 Episode 6 is at the Zoom Media Forum spearheaded by the Heavenly Culture world Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) last September 17 2020 wherein the topic is ” the role of mass media in peace building”, DZMJ Online Proprietor and Anchor, MJ Balaguer served as one of the speakers.

DOST pushes future-proof technologies for the environment amidst the pandemic

Department of Science and Technology secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña announces future-proof initiatives through research and development programs and private sector collaboration. . (Photo by Henry A. De Leon, S&T Media Service)

In his latest weekly report to the Filipino people, Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) mentioned that the DOST’s new programs and initiatives are set to future-proof industries and the environment amidst the pandemic.

Among the programs the secretary mentioned are the Integrated Mapping, Monitoring, Modeling and Management System for Manila Bay or the IM4 Manila Bay Program and the Charted Dream.

The IM4 Manila Bay program aims to characterize Manila Bay and its watersheds and the link environments while the Charted Dream project aims to develop technology for the management and utilization of dredge materials from Tullahan -Tinajeros rivers system. The team from the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute and the Department of Public Works and Highways have already met to identify possible sampling sites and are already preparing initial laboratory analysis.

These projects are said to complement the government’s current initiatives in cleaning up the Manila Bay and its adjacent rivers and tributaries. “Sa kagustuhan nating mapaganda ang tubig at ang mga tributaries sa Manila Bay, mangangailangan talaga yan ng dredging,” De la Peña explained. “Ngayon ano ang gagawin natin sa made-dredge na materials at yan ngayon ang proyekto ng DOST-ITDI, iaanalyze para malaman kung ano ang pwedeng paggamitan ng dredge materials na iyan.”

The Tullahan- Tinajeros River system is a 27-kilometer long river system and a major tributary of Manila Bay. It spans from La Mesa Water Reservoir in Fairview, Quezon City, all the way to Manila Bay. It is one of the most polluted waterways in Metro Manila.

The secretary also mentioned other DOST program such as the Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage the Philippine Economy or CRADLE.

The program aims to help create collaborative research and development between the academe and the industry by working with the private sector in identifying problems while academe and other research institutions provide science-based solutions.

Currently, there are 18 new projects from 18 private companies that have partnered with 11 universities to work in the areas of new pharmaceutical products, research on the dietary fiber of sugarcane bagasse and the natural antioxidant on sugarcane, development of new materials from carrageenan, “soysage”, a sausage derived from okra, and nursery tanks for shrimp production.

Apart from that, research will be conducted on the development of tomography imaging devices, semiconductor packaging and electronics products, and home energy storage and energy management.

The DOST Report is a weekly broadcast of the Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-STII) highlighting the various initiatives and innovations of the DOST aired live every Friday through the DOSTv Facebook and Youtube channel.

BICUTAN, TAGUIG CITY – The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) will hold the Virtual Paper Presentation of the 2020 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) Outstanding Research and Development Award (ORDA) on 14 September 2020, Monday, at 9:00 AM with a live broadcast on the NAST PHL social media accounts. This year, six (6) selected entry papers from different institutions will vie for the highly coveted awards for Basic Research and Applied Research.
This year’s selected nominees and their entry paper for presentations are:
I. Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal for Basic Research

  1. Mary Donnabelle L. Balela, D.Eng, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman – “The simplest method of growing metal oxide nanostructures”
  2. Rachel June R. Gotanco, Ph.D., UP Diliman – “Rarity of the “common” coral Pacillopora damicornis in the Western Philippines archipelago”
  3. Roel R. Suralta, Ph.D., Philippine Rice Research Institute – “Quantitative trait loci associated with root elongation ability of rice under nitrogen-deficient condition”
    II. Julian A. Banzon Medal for Applied Research
  4. Erwin P. Enriquez, Ph.D., Ateneo de Manila University – “Field-ready tools for fingerprinting of herbal materials for the medicinal plant industry”
  5. Michael Angelo B. Promentilla, D.Eng., De La Salle University – “Circular innovation through geopolymer technology: Transforming waste to resource”
  6. Francis Eric P. Almaquer, M.S., UP Visayas – “Simple and rapid colorimetric sensing of Ni (II) ions in tap water based on aggregation of citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles”
    The NSTW ORDA is an award of the Department of Science and Technology being institutionalized by NAST PHL. It is given to individual/group who have made outstanding contributions to science and technology through research.
    This year’s Chair of the Board of Judges is National Scientist Lourdes J. Cruz, with members National Scientist Raul V. Fabella, Acd. Rhodora V. Azanza, Acd. Ruben L. Villareal, Acd. Angel L. Lazaro III, Acd. Jaime C. Montoya, and Engr. Alex Sy.
    The winners of the awards will receive plaques of recognition, medals, and a cash prize of P200,000. The registration link for the 2020 NSTW ORDA Virtual Paper Presentation can be found at the NAST PHL Facebook page. (Dhan Michael L. dela Peña/NAST PHL)

National S&T Week celebration goes online this November 2020
By Allan Mauro V. Marfal

The challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will not prevent the entire scientific community from showcasing its latest innovative products and services that would be significantly useful and relevant to every Filipino.

From 23-29 November, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be at the forefront again by staging the 2020 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration in virtual mode for the first time in history.

Carrying the theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan”, it aims to highlight the efforts and initiatives of DOST and the entire scientific community in the area of research and development; practical technologies; innovation in agriculture, industry, and health; technical services and trainings; and financial assistance to entrepreneurs to help every Filipino adapt to COVID-19 under the new normal.

All technologies and services to be featured by DOST agencies and regional offices, academe, and private sectors in the virtual exhibit will be anchored on the 4Ks referring to the thrust of the Duterte Administration in addressing the pandemic] mentioned in this year’s theme. Likewise, several webinars and other virtual activities will take the spotlight during the seven-day festivity.

In the previous NSTW celebrations, all techno-exhibits and activities were usually held for five days either at the SMX Convention Center or at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Moving the annual NSTW celebration from July to November

From 1993 until 2019, the NSTW has been celebrated during every third week of July pursuant to Proclamation 169. However, in August 2019, by virtue of Proclamation 780 signed by President Rodrigo “Roa” Duterte, the NSTW celebration will now be conducted every fourth week of November. The change of date was meant to ensure “maximum participation” of schools, students, stakeholders, and the public during the week-long celebration due to the change in the academic calendar of most universities, schools, and educational institutions.

For more information and updates regarding the 2020 NSTW celebration, please visit the www.nstw.dost.gov.ph and its Facebook page or send your message at nstw.secretariat@gmail.com and nstw2020.promotions@gmail.com.