Science and Technology

UST researchers improve LISA robot for hospital use

UST researchers improve LISA robot for hospital use

August 10, 2020, 9:23 pm

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 disinfection… Read More

Science communication should be priority during pandemic: DOST

Science communication should be priority during pandemic: DOST

August 10, 2020, 1:52 pm

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 and… Read More

DOST, DA boost packaging capabilities of farmers in Visayas

DOST, DA boost packaging capabilities of farmers in Visayas

August 7, 2020, 7:35 pm

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 Peña said.… Read More

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

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

August 7, 2020, 6:40 pm

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, dela… Read More

PTRI helps in mask production for DepEd learners

PTRI helps in mask production for DepEd learners

August 5, 2020, 6:37 pm

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… Read More

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

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

August 5, 2020, 1:08 pm

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 Tuesday.… Read More

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

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

August 3, 2020, 7:01 pm

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… Read More

DOST hikes personnel in Q2 to address Covid-19

DOST hikes personnel in Q2 to address Covid-19

July 31, 2020, 6:26 pm

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

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

July 30, 2020, 7:43 pm

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… Read More

DOST to implement SETUP 4.0 before yearend

DOST to implement SETUP 4.0 before yearend

July 28, 2020, 6:43 pm

MANILA – An enhanced version of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) will be implemented before yearend, an official said Tuesday. SETUP is DOST's program that aims to encourage and assist micro, small and medium enterprises… Read More

PAGASA monitoring to boost disaster preparedness

PAGASA monitoring to boost disaster preparedness

July 23, 2020, 8:26 pm

MANILA – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña on Thursday said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has installed additional monitoring equipment to boost the country’s disaster preparedness. "To help… Read More

DOST to look for more participants in VCO clinical trial 

DOST to look for more participants in VCO clinical trial 

July 21, 2020, 6:40 pm

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will look for more participants in the community-based study on the effectiveness of virgin coconut oil (VCO) in treating coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients, which it has been conducting at the Santa Rosa Community Hospital in… Read More

DOST funds P19-M antibody tests study

DOST funds P19-M antibody tests study

July 20, 2020, 11:15 am

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has allocated PHP19.13 million for a study to validate and evaluate antibody tests for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The study, to be led by Leonila Dans of the University of the Philippines-Manila, will generate information on the… Read More

DOST okays study on lagundi for Covid-19

DOST okays study on lagundi for Covid-19

July 18, 2020, 4:38 pm

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has approved the clinical trials for the local herb, lagundi, against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said. "The project aims to determine if lagundi, as adjuvant therapy, can provide symptomatic… Read More

DOST chief notes increasing R&D proposals

DOST chief notes increasing R&D proposals

July 15, 2020, 2:23 pm

MANILA -- Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña noted the increasing number of research and development (R&D) proposals the agency has been receiving, with more than 900 proposals sent this year for 2021 funding. These proposals were sent to the DOST's… Read More

India, Canada eye vaccine trials collaboration with PH

India, Canada eye vaccine trials collaboration with PH

July 13, 2020, 9:37 am

MANILA – India and Canada have expressed interest to collaborate with the Philippines in their vaccine trials, an official from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) over the weekend, DOST-Philippine Council for Health… Read More

Coconut tree now source of ethyl alcohol

Coconut tree now source of ethyl alcohol

July 9, 2020, 5:54 pm

MANILA – The tree of life just keeps on giving as the coconut tree can now be the source of ethyl alcohol for sanitizers and disinfectants.  This, after lawyer Anthony C. Manguiat, President of Philippine Craft Distillers, Inc. (PCDI),  presented to Philippine  Coconut  Authority  (PCA) … Read More

Researchers seek more attention for diseases from animals

Researchers seek more attention for diseases from animals

July 7, 2020, 1:06 pm

MANILA -- At least three researchers on Monday expressed hope that more attention would be given to researches on diseases or viruses that humans could get from animals. In a virtual forum organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), researchers Adrian Ybañez, Remil… Read More

5 firms to make enhanced nutribun

5 firms to make enhanced nutribun

July 3, 2020, 7:16 pm

MANILA -- At least five companies have already expressed interest to adopt or make the Food and Nutrition Research Institute's enhanced nutribun (e-nutribun), an official said on Friday. These firms are all located in Luzon and are under negotiation with the FNRI, Director Mario Capanzana told… Read More

Technologies relevant to pandemic to be featured in 'TekNegoShow'

Technologies relevant to pandemic to be featured in 'TekNegoShow'

July 2, 2020, 3:54 pm

MANILA -- Technologies relevant to the pandemic, such as ready-to-eat food, hygiene products, among others, will be showcased in the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) upcoming business type talk show, "TekNegoShow". Director Anabelle Briones, of the DOST-Industrial Technology… Read More