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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.

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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.

 

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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).

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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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DOST disaster preparedness programs to help IT-BPM industry-Montejo PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:26

The local information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) industry, a leading economic driver expecting $18 billion in revenues by the end of 2014 yet hounded by climate issues, will benefit from disaster preparedness management to help boost its productivity, according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo

Speaking at the 2014 International IT-BPM Summit last October 13 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Sec. Montejo assured  DOST’s full commitment to the industry and pointed out that the availability of up-to-date and real-time weather information and resources enable industry  investors to map out better strategies and manage their operations more effectively.

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DOST’s modernized weather tools result in less casualties & damage PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:22

More modern weather tracking and forecasting technology equals fewer casualties and less property damage. This, according to Department of Science and Technology Asst. Secretary Raymund Liboro, is one of the notable contributions of science and technology in the country for the past few years under the Aquino administration.

In the forum “1st Manila Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management Conference” held recently  at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Asec Liboro highlighted the role of DOST’s Project NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, the country’s great leap in the area of disaster preparedness. Project NOAH was thrust into the public eye when Pres. Aquino asked DOST for  a more proactive early warning system that would finally put an end to the vicious cycle of typhoons and widespread destruction.

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