PH to present various innovations, researches in Dubai Expo

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

January 31, 2022, 8:27 pm

<p>(<em>Photo courtesy of DOST</em>)</p>

(Photo courtesy of DOST)

MANILA – The Philippines, through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), will be presenting various technologies and researches at the Dubai Expo, an official said on Monday.

DOST Assistant Secretary Leah Buendia said their team will present research and innovations in Dubai, and some of these will be streamed online via the Philippine Embassy and DOST-International Cooperation's Facebook pages.

Buendia said the country will present its initiatives to build capacity and exchange information on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in improving efficiency in public and private sectors' operations on February 3 and 5.

"Partnership among the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and its counterpart institution, and possible partner university like the University of Birmingham Dubai, shall be established to pursue joint undertakings," she told the Philippine News Agency.

A visit to startup laboratories was also scheduled.

From February 9 to 14, the DOST will facilitate a tour and meeting with officials of the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park, and other education and research institutions in the United Arab Emirates concerning water resources and management.

DOST officials will also meet with Filipino organizations about the agency's programs that may be of interest to overseas workers.

Earlier in a taped report, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the webinar tentatively scheduled on March 4 aims to promote local technologies not only to Dubai markets but to other participating countries in the Dubai Expo.

He said the webinar will also promote DOST-assisted small and medium enterprise products to a wider and diverse market group.

"It will be held online, but there will be a DOST team who will go to Dubai," he said about the webinar.

Among the technologies that will be showcased are the Axis Knee System, which was manufactured in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, and apparently costs 40 to 50 percent lower than imported knee implants; CharM (Charging in Minutes), a research aims to develop a fast-charging system that could boost electric tricycles and electric vehicles the same way as the conventional gasoline stations; and USHER (Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System), a Filipino-made equipment that could monitor the "health" of a building.

Philippine tropical fabrics will also be showcased during the webinar.

Buendia said with the textile industry flourishing in both countries, the DOST and one partner from the private sector will share initiatives and programs, as well as conduct a virtual tour of the Philippine Textile Research Institute showroom.

"Possible partnership with the Islamic Fashion and Design Council and ESMOD Dubai may be explored," Buendia said. (PNA)