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DREAM, NOAH to report completed LiDAR-based flood models PDF Print E-mail
Written by Suzette Dalumpines & George Robert Valencia III   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 02:27

Less than two years after its inauguration in December 2011, the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program has finished acquiring floodplain data for 17 of the 18 critical river systems through a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) equipment, a state-of-the-art technology used to generate high-resolution, up-to-date, and three-dimensional (3D) flood hazard maps.

This positive development, reported earlier by DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo,  is among the information outlined in a progress report that DREAM, led by engineers from University of  the Philippines (UP) Diliman, is set to deliver in a stakeholders’ meeting at the UP-Diliman National Engineering Center on October 17, 2013.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 02:29
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Press Statement of DOST Secretary Mario Montejo on DAP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:58

We wish to clarify the role of Senator Pia Cayetano and former Senator Panfilo Lacson in regard to the DOST- FNRI’s priority program, the Malnutrition Reduction R&D Program.

Although both senators have expressed their support for the program, neither of them had sought budgetary support to fund the program through the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP.

The DBM, acting on our request for additional funding for the program, released funds to the DOST-FNRI totaling P 40 M through the DAP mechanism in December 2011.

We assure the public that the funds are all documented and accounted for and are being used in our efforts to curb malnutrition in the country through science and technology.

We hope this clears up the matter and we express our sincere apologies to Senator Pia Cayetano and former Senator Lacson for the confusion that may have resulted from our earlier statements.

We express our gratefulness to both of them for the support they have given to the DOST in the past and hope for their continued support to the DOST in the future.

For more information: please call Asec. Mon Liboro at 09088617806

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:01
 
Functional foods need scientific backing for health claims - FNRI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Angelica A. de Leon   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 23:29

Global interest on functional foods is ramping up and the Philippines is expected to catch on to this trend, said an official from the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST- FNRI). Yet these foods should come with valid health claims that are government approved and market accepted, he stressed.

Mario V. Capanzana, PhD, director of FNRI, spoke on the topic during the 62nd Annual Convention of the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science (PhilAAS) held last September at Pearl Manila Hotel with the theme “Nutritional and Functional Food for Health and Wellness.” In his presentation titled “Functional Foods: Global Trends and Issues,”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 01:30
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DOST ceramic filters give more people access to potable water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Violy Balaoing Conoza   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:29

Did you know that in the Philippines, current statistics (NSO) show that 20 per cent of our population have  no access to potable water,  432 municipalities have less than  50% service coverage (waterless municipalities), and about 6,000 premature deaths a year are caused by water-borne diseases? And we are not alone in this situation for many people in various parts of the world have to contend with problems on water scarcity, water pollution, and accessibility to potable drinking water. All these we have to experience despite the fact that the earth is made up of over 70 per cent water.

Responding to the urgent need for potable water in several areas in the country,  Secretary Mario G. Montejo instructed all DOST regional offices and the ITDI  or Industrial Technology Development Institute to join hands and roll out nationwide the DOST-developed ceramic water filter.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 00:28
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DOST program boosts support to entrepreneurs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Luisa Lumioan   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 02:45

Science Secretary Mario G. Montejo pledged more support to micro, small and medium enterprises through the enhanced Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

SETUP, a nationwide strategy to boost the operation and productivity of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by providing collateral and interest-free loan for technology innovations, has been helping thousands of small enterprises since its implementation some ten years ago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:32
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S&T-based solutions on showcase at DOST’s Expo Science 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rodolfo P. de Guzman   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:44

Every year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrates the National Science and Technology Week to showcase the latest innovations, interventions and inventions of Filipino scientists, engineers and various works by the entire scientific community. This year, the weeklong event focuses more on the pressing needs of various sectors like agriculture, transportation, industry, services and climate change.

Dubbed as ExpoScience 2013, it carries the theme, “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines.” As the theme connotes, DOST gives emphasis on the role of science and technology in making a better future for Filipinos through its projects and services that spur socio-economic development, leading to a “smarter” Philippines.  The ExpoScience 2013 will be held on July 23-27, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

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