Thursday, July 18, 2013

S&T-based solutions on showcase at DOST's Expo Science 2013

By:Rodolfo P. De Guzman

Every year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrates the National Science and Technology Week to showcase the latest innovations, interventions and inventions of Filipino scientists, engineers and various works by the entire scientific community. 

This year, the weeklong event focuses more on the pressing needs of various sectors like agriculture, transportation, industry, services and climate change.

Dubbed as ExpoScience 2013, it carries the theme, “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines.” As the theme connotes, DOST gives emphasis on the role of science and technology in making a better future for Filipinos through its projects and services that spur socio-economic development,leading to a “smarter” Philippines.  

TheExpoScience 2013will be held on July 23-27, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

To be showcased during the event are some of the DOST technologies that include the Advanced Materials Testing Laboratory or ADMATEL, a testing facility for the semiconductor industry; the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system aimed at providing alternative transportation in Metro Manila to ease traffic congestion; the Project NOAH and its components asa vital tool to address climate change; DOST’s Certified Seed Production program for improved agricultural productivity; and the other ICT-driven tools to makethe business process outsourcing(BPO) industry more competitive.

Prior to Expo Science 2013, DOST hasforums and conferences to set the stage in celebrating the main event and fully jumpstart its advocacy to promote science, technology and innovation as viable solutions in improving the lives of Filipinos.

Last July 4 and 5, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) conducted its 39th FNRI Seminar Series with forums, book launching, mini fair, and exhibits. Some of the relevant topics discussed were the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos, brown rice, FNRI-developed complementary foods for babies, the DOST Pinoy model, production of fortified multi-nutrient growth mix and FNRI’s partnerships with private companies like Del Monte Philippines and Robinsons Supermarket to promote proper nutrition to a larger audience.

The 8th Outstanding Young Scientists Inc (OYSI) Annual Meeting and Scientific hel July 9, 2013 at the Manila Hotel had eminent speakers including Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, OYSI president; Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research; Jesus M. Tanchanco Jr., chairman of Food Entrepreneurs and Exporters Organization of the Philippines; Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario Jr., vice chancellor for research and executive director of the National Institute of Health; Dr. Irene M. Villasenor, professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman; Atty. Jose Maria A. Ochave, senior vice president of United Laboratories Inc.; and Dr. Rainier B. Villanueva, founding president of Chamber of Health Industries in the Philippines.

On July 10 and 11, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) held its 35th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) at the Manila Hotel with this year’s theme, “Harnessing Science and Technology: Reversing the Decline of the Manufacturing Sector in the Philippines.” Among the guests were Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Secretary Gregory L. Domingo of the Department of Trade and Industry. Some of the topics discussed include development progeria, processed food and wood products, high value product aquatic biofactories, integrative approach for developing sustainable manufacturing industry, occupational safety and health, and stem cell therapy.

ExpoScience 2013 to feature DOST service and testing labs

By Joy M. Lazcano - S&T Media Service, DOST-STII

In celebration of the National Science and Technology Week dubbed as Expo Science 2013 on July 23-27, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)  puts the spotlight on its technology innovations and support initiatives to various industries in line with its theme "Science, Technology and Innovations: The Road to a Smarter Philippines."

In particular, these are the various technical service facilities and test laboratories offering product testing, analyses, and calibration services to enhance manufacturing companies' product quality, industry growth and global competitiveness.

One of these is the Standards and Testing Division (STD), one of the technical service divisions of the DOST attached agency, the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI). Aside from its chemical, physical and biological testing and analyses services, STD also performs research and development activities on other testing methods that may fit  clients' needs.

Another facility is the National Metrology Laboratory of the Philippines (NMLP), also under ITDI. The  country's virtual custodian  of all units of measurement standards, NMLP conducts calibration and testing services to private firms on various measurements of  mass, volume, pressure, force, length, density and volume, among others.NMLP is also the first and only laboratory in the Philippines to be accredited under ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the German accreditation body, Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS), for its technical competence in   facilitating calibrations on electrical, mechanical and thermodynamic quantities.

Also to be featured in Expo Science 2013 is the Advanced Materials and Testing Laboratory(ADMATEL), a first-of-its-kind laboratory in the country which puts the Philippines on the international map of semicon and electronic parts testing by offering cost-effective services and shorter turn-around time for clients' production processes. With its cutting-edge testing and materials analysis facilities. ADMATEL drives the industry up the value chain -- from the manufacturing and assembly phase, to the  testing component, thus upping the ante for a sector viewed as one of the Philippines' major economic drivers.