The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) officially opened this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on Monday, November 22nd, highlighting its accomplishments from 2016 to 2021, including establishing state-of-the-art facilities and technological breakthroughs.
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña promised the agency’s unwavering commitment to making science, technology and innovation (STI) useful for the Filipino people.
“At DOST, we believe that through our efforts and commitment to affect the lives of Filipinos more directly, we have generated enough momentum to bring the country to the needs of a rapidly advancing, knowledge-based global economy. We have continuously achieved this by expanding the scope and depth of our national S&T company under the current administration, ”he said at the opening ceremony of the virtual NSTW.
The DOST chief said the agency has been able to build state-of-the-art facilities aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of our manufacturing sector and creating new job opportunities.
These include the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) or ADMATEL, the Metrology in Chemistry Laboratory, the Simulation Packaging Testing Laboratory and the Green Packaging Laboratory; Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation Laboratory (AMERIAL) and the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCEN) of the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC); Metals and Engineering Innovation Centers (MEICs) in five regions; Philippine Genome Center (PGC) for the Visayas and Mindanao; Philippine National Halal Laboratory and Science Center in Koronadal City; Davao Ground Receiving Station of the Philippine Center for Observing Earth Data Resources (PEDRO); Innovative tissue culture laboratory for ornamentals (iLAB) in Guiguinto, Bulacan; and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Mindanao Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (PMCMCET) in Davao City
De la Peña cited that from 2016 to 2021, DOST had achieved a large number of technological breakthroughs, “which have advanced the use of scientific knowledge in the development of new products, processes and services, as well as greatly improved versions of current products. Processes and services. “
He listed the following technological breakthroughs:
-Somatic Embryogenesis Technology of Coconut or CSet; Local pigs and chickens; Itik pinas; and nanofertilizers for agriculture
-Tuklas Lunas drug discovery and development program for health, two of which are in clinical trials, 21 of which are licensed as nutritional supplements with clear potential for further clinical trials, and 11 products are being commercialized;
-Waste-to-Energy plant; and hybrid fuel / electric vehicles for power generation;
-Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) rail system and hybrid trimaran for mass transit;
-Regional Center for Yarn Production and Innovation and Nonwovens for Textiles;
-Implementation of the food safety system and manuals for food and food safety;
-the Filipino groundwater outlook, which monitors groundwater for water;
-Project BUHAWI and the development of locally made bulletproof vests for human security; and
-Project SPARTA for data science, which aims to develop 30,000 highly qualified people in the field of data science and analytics
De la Peña also cited the agency’s contributions to the government’s fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
These include the locally manufactured rRT-PCR diagnostic kit (GenAmplify); Feasibility study of the syndrome surveillance with the spatio-temporal epidemiological modeler for the early detection of diseases (FASSSTER) for COVID, now taken over by the Ministry of Health (DOH) for the surveillance of COVID-19 in the country; the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage or S-PaSS Mobile App, now used by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) as the official travel management system; Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) Studies Showing Its Effectiveness in Reducing Symptoms of COVID-19; Herbal medicine for COVID-19, specifically Lagundi’s effectiveness in treating mild cases of the disease; and the Philippine Vaccine Effectiveness Project, which is tracking the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine in vaccinated adults in the country.
“My hope is that DOST and our scientific communities in the Philippines will continue to do a good job of doing high-quality research, promoting larger partnerships with academia and the private sector, and communicating and interacting with our constituents,” said de la Peña.
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