Science and Technology

DOST allots P2.6-M for seaweed dryers, training in Zambo City

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology - Region 9 (DOST-9) has allocated PHP2.6 million for the production of eight solar-powered seaweed dryers, as well as for the training on the use of the technology.In an interview, DOST-9 chief Martin Wee said over 400 families are expected to... Read More

PH up 4 notches to 50th place in 2020 Global Innovation Index

MANILA – The Philippines now ranks 50th in the Global Innovation Index (GII), up four notches from its ranking in 2019, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced Wednesday night. The GII ranks 131 world economies based on innovative capabilities. The innovation inputs and... Read More

Lagundi clinical trials get FDA nod: DOST chief

MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the clinical trials for the local herb lagundi as a mode of adjuvant therapy, the chief of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Friday."It was earlier approved by the DOST, and now the FDA also approved the conduct... Read More

DOST allots P89-M for WHO Covid-19 vaccine solidarity trial

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has allocated PHP89.1 million for the country's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Vaccine Trial for Covid-19, Secretary Fortunato de la Peña announced on Saturday.He said the DOST is just waiting for... Read More

DOST funds study on microplastics in fish sold in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A scholar has received a grant of PHP596,000 to conduct a study on the potential health hazards of different types of microplastics in the top five most marketed fish in selected wet markets here.Martin Wee, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula)... Read More

DOST to expand Metals, Engineering Innovation Centers in regions

MANILA --The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will establish and expand Metals and Engineering Innovation Centers (MEICs) in the regions. "There are MEICs in some regions, but these were put up by SUCs (state colleges and universities) and not by the DOST. The DOST will fund to expand... Read More

FPRDI develops hands-free bamboo-abaca dispenser, foot bath

MANILA --The Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) is currently working on developing hands-free disinfectant dispenser connected to a foot bath using bamboo and abaca. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday, FPRDI chief Romulo Aggangan said more than... Read More

P284-M virology R&D fund OK'd: DOST official

MANILA--The fund for virology research and development (R&D), which would cover virology and diseases in humans, animals, and plants, has been approved, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara said Wednesday. "The amount is PHP284 million. Only R&D... Read More

Almost P5-M grant awaits researchers on quick Covid-19 response

MANILA --The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is urging researchers and inventors to maximize the recently-launched Science and Technology for a Resilient Community against the Pandemic (STRAP) program and get a maximum of less than PHP5 million grant for quick response technologies or... Read More

DOST considers fill, finish type for reproducing vaccine

MANILA --The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is considering the local and finish type of manufacturing, should the Philippines be given the opportunity to reproduce vaccines made by other countries, DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara, chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force's... Read More

PNRI chief backs nuclear power integration into PH’s energy mix

MANILA– Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) director Carlos Arcilla is encouraging the use of nuclear power in the energy mix, saying this could also help lower one's electricity bill. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency Tuesday night, Arcilla clarified he is not against... Read More

UST researchers improve LISA robot for hospital use

MANILA – Researchers of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) are currently working to improve the features of the Logistic Indoor Service Assistant (LISA) they developed for hospital use."We are currently upgrading it. We plan to make it multi-functional, such as adding UVC bulbs for... Read More

Science communication should be priority during pandemic: DOST

MANILA – With the pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), reliable and well-researched content and materials have become more imperative to be able to explain science facts in simple terms that even non-scientists will understand, an official of the Department of Science... Read More

DOST, DA boost packaging capabilities of farmers in Visayas

MANILA– The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 (Western Visayas), has been helping the region’s farmers, fisherfolk, and agribusinesses in improving the packaging of their products, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela... Read More

DOST, FDA, DTI to help food processors in Region 5

MANILA --The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will collaborate with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 5 to help food processors in the region, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said on Friday.In a taped DOST report,... Read More

PTRI helps in mask production for DepEd learners

MANILA– The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has been helping the Community Health Education Emergency Rescue Services (CHEERS) in producing 100,000 face masks for Department of Education (DepEd) learners.PTRI director Celia Elumba... Read More

VCO clinical trial in PGH might start this week: DOST chief

MANILA– The clinical trial to see virgin coconut oil's (VCO) effectiveness in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients' recovery at the UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH) might start this week, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said... Read More

Inventors, researchers urged to seek aid in disaster-related jobs

MANILA --The chief of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is urging researchers and inventors to seek the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) assistance if they have works related to disaster mitigation."We encourage researchers and inventors to get in touch... Read More

DOST hikes personnel in Q2 to address Covid-19

MANILA --In response to President Rodrigo Duterte's order to hire more personnel as the country deals with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) had an additional 2,088 personnel in the second quarter of 2020.Earlier in April, President... Read More

Wind hazard maps to be available for LGUs in 2021: DOST

MANILA --Severe wind hazard maps and local wind hazard maps designed for 78 provinces and 41 provinces, respectively, may be used by the local government units (LGUs) in 2021, an official from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Thursday.This is under a three-part project supported... Read More