MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is allocating PHP2.49 million for the development of a smart greenhouse system in the Payatas Controlled Disposal Facility (PCDF).

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the DOST-National Capital Region on November 5 signed a memorandum of agreement with the Technological University of the Philippines for the implementation of this project.

"It (project) aims to develop a smart greenhouse system by utilizing advanced technologies through different components such as smart aquaponics system through utilization of Internet of Things (IoT), which will develop an IoT-based integrated sensor module for monitoring smart aquaponic system parameters," he said in a Viber message.

Another component is the fully automated polystyrene biodegrading system for mealworm segregation to develop a system for mealworm rearing that will biodegrade polystyrene and serve as artificial habitat for their whole life cycle.

A solar photovoltaic energy power system will serve as power source for other components of the program, according to de la Peña.

The agro-eco park, he said, consists of various technologies which were designed to promote a greener and more self-sustainable environment. De la Peña said the park will also feature domes, botanical gardens, clearer views of the Sierra Madre and La Mesa dams.

The park will also have ponds capable of supporting both aquaponics and agroponics systems, solar panels, and wind turbines that will utilize renewable energy sources to aid the full operation of the said park.

Within the area, vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, and fishes such as tilapia and catfish will also be grown and harvested, he said. (PNA)