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Thursday, July 12, 2018

National Science and Technology Week 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 12, 2018

The annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) will be held this coming July 17 to 21, 2018 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

This year’s theme is “Science for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity.”

The annual event spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is to put increased awareness in the role of science and technology in national development and progress.

It will also shine a spotlight on the significant strides in science and technology made by the country through the Filipinos’ collective efforts.

This year’s NSTW will focus on the simulation of the ecosystem of how science and technology can be harnessed for national development and by the community.

The NSTW will have the latest DOST inventions, product innovations, and equipment developed by Filipino engineers and scientists. There will also be seminars, lectures and for a by DOST agencies and private sector partners. National Scientists will also be present with the latest innovations in science and technology education.

This year’s NSTW will be participated in by schools and academic institutions, research and development institutes, national government agencies and also the private sector.

Public admission is free.   

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wind Turbines Evaluated by DOST-NCR

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Ret.BGen Victor Corpus developed the Nautilus Wind Turbine 

It is a matter of fact that we have to be weaned away from generating energy by using fossil fuels. The environmental and health costs of fossil fuels are still to be used are just too high because of Climate Change, Environmental degradation and population pressure needing more energy generation.

Renewable sources of energy are now being focused on my many industrialized and developed nations and these have been subject to international agreements and covenants reducing carbon emissions.

The Department of Science and Technology – National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) under its Regional Director (RD) Jose B. Patalinjug III led efforts in evaluating a wind turbine machine in Pasay City.

The experts convened by the DOST-NCR RD evaluated the Nautilus Wind Turbine designed by retired BGen. Victor Corpus.

The technical evaluation team was composed of department engineers from the DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST – MIRDC), Industrial Technology and Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST - PCIEERD), Philippine National Oil Company – Renewable Corporation (PNOC-RC),  and the Renewable Energy Management Bureau of the Department of Energy(DOE-REMB). These were also joined by engineering faculty from the De La Salle University, Rizal Technological University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Technological University of the Philippines.

The aim of the evaluation is to determine the feasibility of the Nautilus Wind Turbine with regards to its commercialization.  If it's determined to be feasible, eventual assistance can be provided by DOST to further its research and development with regards to commercial production and installation of the wind turbine for electric generation purposes.

PH Cube Satellite Maya – 1 Operational by August 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Maya - 1

TechBlade has always been covering the progress of Philippine satellites. This was started with Diwata – 1, last 2015 and followed with its launch and deployment in 2016. Now, Maya – 1, the first Philippine  Cube Satellite (CubeSat) was launched last June 29, 2018. TechBlade also featured its pre-launch a day before.

Maya – 1 was brought to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS15 during its re-supply mission to the ISS.

The June 29, 2018 launch was watched live at the  University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) Electrical and Electronic Engineering Institute (EEEI)  by students and engineers. The countdown at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA  was also monitored by Maya – 1 creators Joven Javier and Adrian Salces, both graduate students at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

The two Filipinos were part of Kyutech’s 2nd Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Project and were joined by their counterparts from Malaysia and Bhutan which also have their own CubeSats.

Being only 10 cubic centimeters in size, Maya – 1 is 100 times smaller than Diwata – 1. Although it has 2 lenses in its camera for wide and narrow image generation, Maya – 1 is not dedicated to only Earth observation purposes.

The aim of Maya – 1 is to teach Filipinos how to develop and make CubeSats for replication. This will be a step for more Filipino developed satellites in the future.

The CubeSat utilizes off-the-shelf components that make it cheaper to develop and create. This will give the capability to make more of this type of satellite for use by the Philippines.

Having an Automatic Packet Radio Service Digipeater, it is able to communicate with ham radio operators on the ground and can also be utilized as a repeater in transmitting communications transmissions from the ground. An example is in an event such as disasters knocking down radio transmission towers and cellsites,  Maya – 1 can serve as a repeater in transmitting information and messages here in the country. Other features include the capacity o measure magnetic fields in space and a Global Positioning System (GPS).

Maya – 1 is expected to be deployed from the ISS this August 2018 and will be operational for 6 months.

Meanwhile, the second Philippine Microsatellite, Diwata – 2 will be launched later this 2018.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Balik Scientist Law Signed

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, June 28, 2018
DOST Secretary Dela Pena with principal authors of the Balik Scientist Law

Republic Act No. 11035, also known as an “Act Institutionalizing the Balik Scientist Program,” or Balik Scientist Law has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last June 15, 2018. This is the culmination of the efforts from the academe, government agencies and legislature in order to boost the number of scientists in the country.

Balik Scientists will have compensations that are tax-free and duty exemptions on importing equipment and materials. Also, travel expenses are covered and also a relocation benefits package.

Aside from direct benefits to the scientist, family assistance such as securing work for the spouse ad support for the children I preferred schools are offered. There is also monthly housing allowance and funding for the development of the facility or laboratory that the scientist may require.

“This law is a big help in encouraging Filipino scientists to return to the country and contribute to improving the nation and people’s lives. This law addresses the problem on the low number of scientists in the country so we can fare better with our neighboring countries in Asia who have more people working in research and development,” Senator Bam Aquino said. Senator Aquino was the principal sponsor of the bill in the Senate.

The law aims to address the dearth of Filipino scientists in the country. Space Technology, Bio-medicine, energy, artificial intelligence, electronics, health, biotechnology, agriculture, nanotechnology, information and communications technology and cybersecurity are among the priority fields for the Balik Scientists.

PH MSME’s to be boosted by DOST and DTI

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, June 28, 2018
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña (middle) and DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (second from the right) led the recently concluded “Innovation Partners: DTI and DOST” media briefing. On the said occasion, the two agencies formally launched their partnership to reinforce the capabilities of MSMEs, particularly in the provinces. Also in photo are DTI Assistant Secretary (Regional Operations Group) Demphna Du-Naga (left), DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya (second from left), and DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano (right). 

(Photo by Gerardo G. Palad, DOST-STII)

Acknowledging that the MSMEs for micro, small, and medium enterprises will be the engine for economic growth in the country, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have committed to work together by sharing their materials, knowledge, and facilities.

This also augurs well for Filipino Startups that can be also be classified as MSMEs. The two agencies agreed to cooperate closely with the “Innovation Partners: DTI and DOST.” The DOST and DTI will be boosting their efforts along dissemination of information and knowledge on science, technology, and innovation in the country.

“This kind of cooperation among the two agencies (DOST and DTI) is quite timely because both of us have priorities to enhance the capabilities of MSMEs in the country, particularly in the provinces,” said DOST Sec. Fortunato la Peña.

Aside from MSMEs, DTI Secretary Lopez sees this as an opportunity for local governments I pushing for the economic benefits of its citizens.

“DOST and DTI have a common goal which is to bring development to every part of the country. As these two agencies embark [on] this partnership, we assure that we would give our best efforts to maximize the use of each other’s resources and facilities to support the productivity of our local MSMEs and, eventually, allow them to give job opportunities to the local residents,”  Sec. Lopez added. 

Maya – 1 First PH Cube Satellite to be Launched June 29, 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, June 28, 2018

SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS 15 will transport Maya – 1 the Filipino CubeSat to the International Space Station on June 29, 2018. The launch will be at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

Maya – 1’s capabilities include A Store and Forwad System that collects data from ground stations, save, store and forward the data to other ground stations.

Another capability is communications capacity with ham radio stations on the ground. This is by using an Automated Packet Radio Service Digipeater.

Another built-in feature is a low-cost GPS chip ad a magnetometer that can measure magnetic fields in space.

Maya – 1 also has 2 cameras, wide-angle and narrow lens that can capture images for research purposes.

Two other countries will launch their cubesats, Bhutan and  Malaysia.  Maya-1 is one of the three CubeSats under the 2nd Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Project or BIRDS-2 Project of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

The development of the CubeSat is under the Development of the Philippines' Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat, a research program jointly implemented by the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI) in partnership with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

Diwata – 1 was launched April 26, 2016 and was the first Philippine microsatellite.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Biliran Creates ICT Council

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Biliran ICT Council 

Officers of the Provincial Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Council of Biliran took their oath office last May 18 for the promotion, application, and improvement of ICT for community development in the province.

Leading the oath is Biliran Vice Governor Eriberto Tubis, Jr. in the Municipality of Naval in Biliran and witnessed by Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Director for Visayas Cluster 2 Antonio Padre and National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) Vice President Jocelle Batapa-Sigue.

Batapa-Sigue, who is also president of the Philippine ICT Innovation Network, a private organization of ICT advocates, conducted a capacity development training for all the officers before the oathtaking. Batapa-Sigue lauded the efforts of Biliran in raising the level and participation of its stakeholders from academic, government and industry to maximize the use of ICT to uplift the economic situation of Biliran in Region VIII.

Under an ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Panglalawigan of Biliran in March this year, the ICT council in close collaboration with DICT, the council is responsible in promoting the development and widespread use of emerging ICT, foster and accelerate the convergence of ICT and ICT-enabled facilities, to ensure the availability and accessibility of ICT services, and to provide support to agencies governing and regulating the ICT sector and ensure consumer protection and welfare, data privacy and security, foster competition and the growth of the ICT sector.

The council is also tasked to support the DICT in promoting a policy environment that encourages a broad market-led development of the ICT and ICT-Enabled Services (ICT- ES) sectors, a level playing field, partnership between the public and private sectors strategic alliance with foreign investors and balanced investments  between high-growth and economically-depressed areas and to promote and the development of local ICT content, applications and services which may include support for ICT-based start-up enterprises through strategic partnerships.

The ordinance also encourages the ICT council to promote the use of ICT for the enhancement of key public services, such as education, public health and safety, revenue generation, socio-civic purposes, arts, tourism, and national identity.

The DICT is mandated to ensure the rights of individuals to privacy and confidentiality of their personal information, to ensure the security of critical ICT infrastructure including information assets of the government, individuals, and businesses; to promote digital literacy, ICT expertise and knowledge-building among citizens to enable them to participate and compete in an evolving ICT age, and to empower, through the use of ICT, the disadvantaged segments of the population, including the elderly, persons with disabilities and indigenous and minority groups.

The ordinance also creates the committees on research and planning, education and training, government support and investment and promotions.



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