Science and Technology

GCash now has 46M users; waives 'padala' fee during ECQ

MANILA–Users of mobile wallet GCash continue to soar, counting 46 million as of July this year, its operator, Mynt, announced Monday. "From 44 million in June, there are now 46 million GCash users as of July," Mynt chief executive officer Martha Sazon said in a virtual briefing. She said that... Read More

S4CP bill must be given priority: DOST exec

MANILA – An official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Thursday said the Science for Change Program (S4CP) must be a priority bill, as this would provide guaranteed funding for research and development (R&D) and establishment of niche centers. "It should be a priority... Read More

Internet access major challenge among teachers: study

MANILA–A recent study by a member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) bared that access to the internet is still a major challenge among teachers across the country amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. NRCP member Celina Sarmiento's study looked into... Read More

DOST funds upgrade of MSMEs in Bicol Region

MANILA–For the first half of 2021, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already assisted 28 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Bicol Region, Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said Friday. In a taped report, he said a total of PHP28 million was used to assist... Read More

DOST chief lauds PRRD’s call for creation of Virology Institute

MANILA – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña on Monday said he is very happy that President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to enact a law creating the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines (VIP). "We already have the local... Read More

Improved connectivity, free internet under Duterte admin

MANILA – The Philippines 7,107 islands are now connected more than ever—with faster internet speeds, better mobile and broadband coverage, and free wireless fidelity (WiFi) networks in some of the most remote parts of the country.Less than a year before the end of President Rodrigo... Read More

'BerryPinoy' study to be finished by December

MANILA–Results of the "BerryPinoy" program, which seeks to explore the potentials of Philippine indigenous berries as functional foods, will likely be released in December, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said. "This program studies the... Read More

Remote areas in Bukidnon now using radio systems

MANILA–At least eight remote villages in Malaybalay, Bukidnon are now reaping the benefits of the radio system infrastructure built through the help of the Department of Science and Technology in Region 10 (DOST-10), Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said on Friday. In a taped report, de... Read More

Fauci lauds Pinoy scientists' contribution in HIV, TB research

MANILA–United States (US) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Anthony Fauci on Tuesday acknowledged the value of research and cooperation between the Philippines and the US, as he lauded the Filipino scientists' efforts in the global fight against human... Read More

Locally-made vaccines possible once VIP is established

MANILA–The country will be able to develop vaccines once the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) is established, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said Thursday. In a recorded meeting earlier this week, President... Read More

PH, Israel to exchange scientists

MANILA – Israel and the Philippines will be sending scientists to each other's countries as part of capacity building and trainings, an official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Tuesday."The specifics such as the number of the experts, duration and date of the visit... Read More

DOST sends livelihood aid for Taal evacuees

MANILA– The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Calabarzon recently turned over livelihood assistance for Taal Volcano evacuees, an executive said. The local government unit (LGU) of Laurel, Batangas, received a plastic densifier to help establish a plastic blocks production... Read More

Over 50 MSMEs to benefit from oneSTore.ph in Ilocos Norte 

MANILA–Over 50 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Ilocos Norte are expected to benefit from the newly-launched oneStore.ph hub in the area, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said. In a taped report aired on Friday, he said over 100... Read More

Cisco continues to aid some gov't agencies amid pandemic

MANILA–Technology firm Cisco has been continuously aiding some government agencies, as hybrid work has become a dominant practice amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Through its Webex Suite, the company provides video conferencing platform to organizations with a minimum... Read More

DOST belies involvement in alleged cyber attack on news sites

MANILA–The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Thursday said it was not behind the alleged cyberattack on some news sites. There are reports that distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks against bulatlat.com, altermidya.org, and karapatan.org were traced to the DOST and the... Read More

DICT, Microsoft launch free upskilling portal for gov’t employees

MANILA – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its Information and Communications Technology Literacy and Competency Bureau (ILCDB), has partnered with Microsoft Corporation for the conduct of a nationwide upskilling initiative to empower the workforce and... Read More

PH gears for establishment of engineering R&D center

MANILA–The Philippines will soon establish its first coastal engineering research and development (R&D) center in Ilocos Region, an official of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) said Wednesday."Ilocos Region has a wide... Read More

#PinoyInnovator TikTok challenge winners bared 

MANILA–Winners of #PinoyInnovator TikTok challenge, a contest made by this social media platform in partnership with the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), were announced. Of the 92 entries, student Jeremy de Leon won the... Read More

VolcanoPH Info app launched

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) launched on Monday the VolcanoPH Info mobile application, which would give Android users easy-to-read updates on the status of the country's active volcanoes. "This is an efficient way of providing information directly... Read More

PCAARRD to support nutritional analysis on indigenous veggies

MANILA–The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) is supporting a project to conduct nutritional analysis of indigenous vegetables, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said. In a taped... Read More