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DOST-NAST Academician bats for more genetics counsellors in hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:59

Academician Carmencita D. Padilla said there should be an item for a genetics counsellor in the plantilla of secondary and tertiary hospitals in the country to help address the gaps in the treatment and services for rare disease patients in the Philippines.

The UP Manila College of Medicine professor made this statement during a Roundtable Discussion on Rare Diseases organized by the Department of Science and Technology’s National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) held at Traders Hotel recently. Padilla is a DOST-NAST Academician.


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 01:02
DOST eyes Next Wave Cities to ease traffic woes PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:58

The Next Wave Cities, a program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office, is one way to help solve Metro Manila’s worsening traffic situation.

This is according to Monchito Ibrahim, deputy executive director of DOST’s  ICT Office, who attributed the daily traffic in Metro Manila to the many companies that still choose to operate in Eastwood, Makati, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue,  and other major commercial destinations in the metro.

Project NOAH mobile app wins international award PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:55

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) flagship program for disaster risk reduction and mitigation called Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH once again showed its multi-faceted benefits when its mobile app ARKO recently grabbed an award conferred only to a select few by the World Summit Awards Mobile Content 2014 (WSA Mobile).

The ARKO mobile app was chosen as one of five winners under the e-Inclusion and Empowerment category, besting hundreds of participants from all over the world. This prestigious international award recognizes the best mobile content solutions in the world where it shows innovativeness, creativity and impact.

Ebola quarantine should be at exit point, doctors say PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:48

People coming from Ebola-affected countries should be quarantined at the exit point, not at the entry point. So said Academician Jaime C. Montoya, chair of the health sciences division of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), who emphasized that quarantine should be done right there in Ebola-affected countries, before the people board planes and ships to bring them out of the country. Montoya is a medical doctor who specializes in infectious diseases and a member of the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region Clinical Advisory Committee for Emerging Infections.

“Those countries – like Liberia and Sierra Leone – they should be the ones doing the quarantine –– for 21 days before they allow people to leave the country. That is the ideal,” explained Montoya, concurrent executive director of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:54
Expert tells “market-fit” is key to successful tech commercialization PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 05:48

Find the product market-fit to increase the chances of technology commercialization success.

This was one of the points raised by Prof.Federico C. Gonzalez, technical expert at the De La Salle University Innovation Technology Office (DITO) in a training-workshop on the Commercialization of Intellectual Property Protected Technologies organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Montejo pitches use of scientific data for Yolanda rehab PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:32

Science Secretary Mario Montejo is directing all agencies involved in Yolanda rehabilitation to secure all scientific information they need at the Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Information Center (YORINFOCENTER). Located at the University of the Philippines  National Engineering Center n Diliman, Quezon City, the said Center makes it easier for other government agencies, including local government units, and humanitarian organizations to get scientific data that could help them in rehabilitating Eastern Visayas and its environs affected by the typhoon. 

Since its launch on May 17 this year, YORINFOCENTER has facilitated the release to stakeholders of scientific data, such as like LiDAR topographic maps and multi-hazard maps from both the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the DOST, and the latest satellite images of the Yolanda-devastated areas. .

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