Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bigger and Better NSTW this 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 26, 2018
Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center satellite data Ground Receiving Station c/o Nash Frederic Prado,  at a student forum during NSTW 2018

The National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2018 edition blasted off last July 17, 2018, and concluded July 21, 2018. This year’s theme was “Innovation for Collective Prosperity” and it was the culmination of NSTWs held across the country’s regions with its penultimate event in Cagayan de Oro City with President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivering the keynote speech.

NSTW 2018 was held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The Department of Science and Technology expanded this year’s participants that included schools and exhibits from the various arms of the DOST. 

The exhibits ranged from agriculture all the way to space technology. This is where one of the most visited was the booth from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

For the DOST, this year’s NSTW also its formal launching of the Electronics Product Development Center (EPDC). The EPDC aims to give design, prototyping and testing innovations and inventions to schools, companies and other science and technology related government agencies with regards to their electronic inventions with its Platform for Inclusive Innovation and Collaboration Program (EPIIC).

The exhibits and innovations showcased packaged pre-cooked rice that was developed by Filipino and Japanese scientists. Also, replicas of the first Filipino microsatellites Diwata 1 and the soon to be launched Diwata 2 were arrayed with the soon to be deployed Maya 1 Cube Satellite.

NSTW 2018 increased the interest of students, private research companies and inventors in the use of science and technology in national development and also as tools in everyday challenges and problems with practical home-grown technology innovations.   

digitalcitiesPH Portal Launched

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 26, 2018
digitalcitiesPH breakout discussions and workshops

There are 122 cities and 1,489 municipalities in the Philippines as of October 2017. It would be important to an investor or a business locater to have an overview of each one’s potential with regards to investment and the locating of businesses that need expansion and even be the first to touch down for business and industrial prospects.

Acknowledging this challenge, The Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) has joined hands with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) to address this critical component in making Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as the engine for growth in the regions outside of the National Capital Region (NCR) by tapping ICT to harness the potential of each region with the digitalcitiesPH portal.

The online portal provides a comprehensive overview of the investment landscape potential for each Local Government Unit (LGU).  The profiles of each LGU contains crucial information, strategic insights, existing infrastructure, the level of digital information, the innovation ecosystem and the current business environment in these LGUs.

This will help in the decision-making process of locators and investors interested in a particular LGU or group of LGUs adjacent to one another. The information contains specific sectors, services, and products that have high economic potentials in growth that needs investment interventions that will be sustainable.

The digitalcitiesPH portal harnesses the power of technology and information to bridge the gap between the different regional cities and potential locators, according to IBPAP President and CEO, Rey Untal. This portal provides enables a collaborative space for business discussions, linking our cities to stakeholders and investors on a global scale, Mr. Untal added during its launch last July 20, 2018. 

Digital Cities PH eGOV Awards Launched

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 26, 2018
DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. DILG BLGD Director Anna Liza Bonagua, DICT USEC Monchito Ibrahim, NICP President Tony Del Carmen, NICP Vice President and eGOV point person Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and NICP Trustees during the ceremonial handshake to launch the DCP eGOV Awards

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) officially launched last Friday, July 20, the Digital Cities Philippines Awards for Best Practices in eGovernance at the level of local government units (LGUs).

The awards were launched with a ceremonial handshake among DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. DILG Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) head Anna Liza Bonagua and NICP President Antonio Del Carmen during the Digital Cities PH Summit.

NICP Vice President Jocelle Batapa-Sigue in her launching speech said, in 2011, during her presidency in the NICP, they met with DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero to explore how local ICT champions can collaborate with the DILG to improve ease of doing business in the local government level as one important parameter under the business environment of the ICT industry location scorecard.

In 2012, DILG and NICP signed a Memorandum of Agreement to partner for the eGOV awards which will recognize integration of ICT in LGU service delivery. Beginning that year NICP staged the eGOV Awards in partnership with DILG BLGD and all ICT councils under NICP. Since 2012, NICP was able to gather over 200 eGov projects from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Batapa-Sigue said the awards aim to highlight and encourage the effective and efficient delivery of services and performance of the duties and responsibilities by local government units and to share and replicate innovative practices and commend and collate practices in LGUs in integrating ICT in their processes to serve as an example and benchmarks to other LGUs.

It also aims to improve the business development, social services and the ecosystem of the LGUs and motivate the private and business sector to actively participate and invest in the growth of the LGUs and to promote citizen’s responsibility and participation as well as accountability, efficiency, and transparency in governance and encourage innovation.
There are six categories for this year, namely:

Best In Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award recognizes the measurable effect of an LGU’s outstanding practices using ICT  solutions in the education and engagement of the public and in the use of electronic facilities towards providing improved timely and relevant delivery of public services.

Best in Business Empowerment (G2B) Award cites the significant effect of an LGU’s laudable practices in integrating ICT solutions and the LGUs responsiveness to the needs of business enterprises, thereby creating business opportunities.

Best in Government Inter-operability Empowerment (G2G) Award cites the valuable impact of an LGU’s initiative to connect data and systems with other government offices, both national and local for the convenience of their constituents and to improve its public service delivery.

Best in Digital Finance Empowerment (P2G) Award commends the initiative of an LGU to promote e-commerce or electronic payment facilities and systems to ensure effective revenue generation and improving the financial management of the LGU as well as giving convenience to the public.

Best in Data-Driven Governance (D2G) Award cites the efforts of local governments in recognizing that good governance through ICT goes hand in hand with the fair and responsible processing and use of data.

Best in Systems for Global Competitiveness (G2W) Award cites the efforts of an LGU in developing world-class systems in using ICT that are at par with international or internationally –recognized standards, thus making the LGU globally competitive, recognized, and virtually accessible and interactive.

One city, one province and one municipality will be declared as champion per category based on four major criteria, namely Innovative management, Impact, Relevance (25 points) and Replication potential and sustainability.

The Philippines will rise as a digital nation with every local government unit doing their share in effectively creating strategies to bring government closer to citizens, systems that will enhance transparency and accountability, platforms that will improve the business environment, attract investors confidence and stakeholders’ participation, and develop sustainable programs to achieve the goals of the communities, Batapa-Sigue said.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SIDHI Mentorship Program aims to connect scientists and high school students

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Integrating Science in the Philippines (ISIP) officially launched the SIDHI (Science-Integrated Direction for High school Investigators) mentorship program last July 3, in partnership with  Florence Pauline Basubas, a researcher and a New York Academy of Sciences Ambassador.

This program aims to connect Filipino high school students working on science projects, whether as a school requirement or a personal endeavor, with Filipino scientists and experts working in fields that could help them accelerate their work and expose them to more opportunities. SIDHI concluded the application period for mentees on July 15 and the organizers are now in the process of processing the applications. The team aims to release the official list of participants by August.

In 2013, UNESCO reported the Philippines had only 187.7 scientists per million people, one of the lowest densities of researchers in the region. Last June 15, the signing of Republic Act No. 11035 or the Balik Scientist Law by President Duterte allows the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to give more incentives for Filipino researchers, engineers, innovators, and technologists to return to the country.

The passage of this law is the latest in an effort by the government to boost the scientific workforce to 300 researchers per million people by 2022, along with addressing the demand gap when it comes to grants available. Many other organizations and institutions are looking to help gear science and technology towards national development. ISIP, with the implementation of the SIDHI mentorship program, aims to contribute to this growing movement.

Personal Experiences

SIDHI is the brainchild of Pau Basubas and Pau Joquino. As a public science high school student, Basubas was inspired by her experience of needing mentors while conducting her science projects in Drug Discovery for Dengue and Heavy Metal Sorption in Wastewater. Those greatly contrasted her current experiences as an international student at Minerva Schools, working with leading experts in her field of interest.  Becoming an ambassador on behalf of the New York Academy of Sciences further strengthened her resolve to address this disparity.

Meanwhile, Joquino was a Philippine Science High School student, who started Integrating Science in the Philippines with his schoolmates Cid Azcarraga and Goran Tomacruz to contribute to science education in the country.

Building relationships

The SIDHI team designed a simple program to gather scientists and experts from various disciplines, gather students interested in working on a science project or already working on one, and then connect these two groups together online.

Leveraging technology was necessary to make this happen. After many emails, Facebook messages, and video calls, SIDHI onboarded 36 mentors and experts from all over the world for the program. With the help of social media and network effects, they then successfully gathered more than 60 applications from students interested in participating in the program.

With all these applications in, the organizers will be processing each one based on the project proposal or fields of interest the applicant submitted, and then consult the mentors before coming up with a final list of participants and mentor pairings.

Even with this process, what is crucial to the success of the program is the relationship between mentor and mentee/s. The impact of this goes beyond implementing a science project -- it can potentially extend to pursuing a career or taking on opportunities like science fairs and competitions in the country and abroad.

This takes time and regular communication so the SIDHI team will be monitoring the progress of the mentor and their mentees on a bimonthly basis. Even with this oversight, ultimately the direction of the mentorship depends on the students and scientist.

By focusing on the human-centered aspect of these opportunities, SIDHI hopes to reshape the experience of students as they grow up with science, whether or not they do take on a science-related career in the future.

Multiplier effect

As this is the first run of SIDHI, the team is expecting a lot of challenges as they implement the program, but they are even more hopeful for how mentorship can help the participating students and even scientists can grow.

This project comes at a time when the latest figures from DOST estimate an increase in the number of science and technology workers moving overseas from 9,877 in 1998 to 24,502 in 2009. With more and more scientists studying and working abroad, SIDHI looks to connect them with students back home, enabling these scientists to help expose the future generation to the possibilities of science and technology and how these can be applied in the Philippine context.

By creating more connections among scientists and students, SIDHI expects that this will have a multiplier effect on the interest around science as more than just a siloed career path or a subject in school -- that it will be purposefully and effectively employed for nation-building.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

She Loves Tech, a global startup competition empowering women-impact and women led tech startups, to be held at QBO Innovation Hub

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 19, 2018

She Loves Tech the world’s largest startup competition focused on women and technology is coming to the Philippines. The Philippine leg of the competition will be held on July 31 at the QBO Innovation Hub, co-organized by QBO with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

With regional competitions held in 15 locations around the world, She Loves Tech will culminate in Beijing, China where the winners of each region will compete in the global finals on September 15, 2018.

According to the 2017 Philippine Startup Report, women account for only 18% of Philippine
startup founders. Similarly, in a study conducted by, women represented only 18.5% of the most successful Philippine startup entrepreneurs studied.

These statistics shed light on an important issue: there aren’t enough women in business and
tech. The current startup ecosystem is male-dominated and women are largely underrepresented even though women are equally capable of innovating and leading disruptive

In order to share the capacity of women to be leaders of industry as well as empower more women to get into the startup ecosystem, QBO partnered with She Loves Tech.

With 2018 being women’s year, it’s a particularly timely issue to address, but women empowerment has always been an advocacy of QBO’s since its inception in August 2016. A
public-private sector partnership backed by DOST, the Department of Trade and Industry, JP
Morgan and IdeaSpace Foundation, QBO has hosted several networking events highlighting
women dominating the startup industry and supported female-centric organizations like
Connected Women through co-hosting programs like Empowering Women Through Tech and
She Means Business. So it’s no surprise that QBO, with the full support of DOST, is co-organizing
this year’s She Loves Tech Pitch Competition.

“I’ve met a lot creative and highly competent female founders throughout my career, and I know what impact they’re capable of,” says Katrina Chan, Director of QBO Innovation Hub. “I believe this competition is a fantastic opportunity to continue empowering more women to work in tech and supporting those who already are.”

This is the first time that the Philippines is taking part in a pitching competition that puts its focus on solving the industry gender gap. “The Philippine has been lauded for being a gender-balanced society,” says Russell M. Pili, Chief of Research Information and Technology Transfer Division (RITTD) from DOST. “But as an advocate of innovation, I’ve seen the untapped potential of women inventors. I hope that through She Loves Tech, we can highlight female innovators and entrepreneurs.”

She Loves Tech aims to showcase the convergence in the latest trends in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the opportunities it creates for women. The competition is
expected to attract over 500 women-impact and women-led startups from around the world
where they will benefit from an interconnected global network of like-minded innovators,
mentors, investors, and other supporting organizations.

She gets benefits

The winners of the Philippine round will receive a trip to Beijing, China where they will receive a
spot to pitch on the international stage, attend the She Loves Tech 2018 International
Conference, participate in a high-level boot camp and gain numerous networking opportunities
with China’s leading tech ecosystem players.

The overall winner of the global finals will receive the following prizes:


The custom “Startup Booster Pack” consists of exclusive mentorship from leading investors and
industry experts, consulting services, fast-track entry to partner programs, media exposure,
workspaces, and more.


The global final and Chinese round winners will also receive a trip to Singapore to participate in
the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology’s (SWITCH) Women in Tech Conference,
and visit startup incubator Block71, blockchain hubs, leading VCs etc. held on September 18-
21, 2018 (flights not covered). Supported by the Singapore government, SWITCH is
Singapore's first platform, showcasing the country's vibrant entrepreneurial and technology
innovation ecosystem.


Teja Ventures, a venture capital fund with a gender lens and She Loves Tech's official venture
partner, as well as other affiliate funds, will be actively looking to invest in the top startups
coming out of the global competition.

She must be qualified

The criteria for startups who can participate in this competition are:

1. STAGE: Seeking Angel, Seed or A round funding (under US$5m funding raised) with, at
the minimum, a viable product past its conceptual stage

(a) Any entrepreneur, male or female, who is using technology to impact women positively:
• Are a significant proportion of end-users or consumers female?
• Are products specifically designed with women users in mind?
• Does the product itself address a problem that disproportionately affects women?


(b) At least one female entrepreneur must be part of the founding team who is using
technology to solve a problem

3. TECHNOLOGY: The use of science and innovation to invent useful things to solve
problems. This extends beyond digital, information, or internet-based technology and covers
everything from hardware to the creation of new product and solutions to existing problems.
If you are a woman entrepreneur or your product or business positively impacts women, submit your entry at! There’s no better time than now for female business women to take the stage. Registration for the Philippine round of the She Loves Tech 2018

Global Startup Competition ends on July 19, 2018.

For more information, check the rules and regulations at: or email

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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.

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