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DoST sponsored a training for mango growers of Siquijor

Last May 17-19, the Region 7 office of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) through its provincial office sponsored three-day training on mango processing and packaging the Mango Processing House here. The goal of the training is to help and assist mango growers of Siquijor.

The Invention of Ben Cruz

Benjamin Cruz is a well-known inventor from Bulacan. Last January 29, he sent a letter which indicates proposals regarding his inventions to the Presidential Action Center. One of his recent inventions is a kind of pill called Golden Heart. The pill will help a person reduce his cholesterol level and to prevent vascular obstruction, a disease that kills many people worldwide. It is also tested to prevent blocks in the arteries of the heart, gall stones, kidney stones, cerebral stroke, by-pass surgery, dialysis, erectile dysfunction and acne.

Biotech Crops to Lessen Hunger in RP

Senior program officer of the International Service for the Acquisition of AgriBiotech Applications (ISAAA), Dr. Rhodora Aldemita said that biotechnology is a most feasible alternative system to boost yields of crops that have been genetically enhanced to provide consumers with adequate nutrients.

Aldemita said that agricultural biotechnology has succeeded in increasing yields while reducing dependence on chemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, nematicides and herbicides.

Papaya ring spot virus (PRSV)-resistant papaya and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn are just two of the successful genetically modified crops.

DOST Support Inventors to Commercialize their Innovations

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Technology Application and promotion Institute (TAPI) is providing financial support to those who need to commercialize their inventions. P10-M is the allotted annual budget which is especially intended for the commercialization of their products.

For the invention-based enterprise development, TAPI provide financial assistance to the inventor for the purchase of machinery and equipment for production and working capital.

Filipino-made Bio-organic Plant

A bio-organic fertilizer, called Seed Growth, was developed by renowned inventor Engr. Glenn T. Castillo by using nanotechnology which deals with the development of materials or devices within the size of 100 nanometers or smaller in at least one dimension.

This bio-organic plant supplement is made from fruit extracts and beneficial microorganisms can increase crop yields by as much as 30 percent while reducing the use of chemical fertilizer by 50 percent in the initial cropping.

2009 National Invention Contest and Exhibits

Through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted its 2009 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (2009 NICE) at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City last November 16-20, 2009.

The event aims to give recognition to ingenious Filipinos and encourage the value of inventiveness among the young in pursuant to Article II of Republic Act No. 7459, the Philippine Inventors Act.

The 2009 NICE is highlighted by the conferment of awards, including Outstanding Inventions (Tuklas Award), Outstanding Utility Models, Outstanding Industrial Designs, Outstanding Creative Researches (Likha Award), and Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for high school and college students.

Country's Premier Institution Cites Teodoro Topacio, Jr

As Dr. Teodoro Topacio, Jr. conferred to have the National Scientist Award by President Arroyo, the country’s premier institution in the field of animal healthcare and nutrition, Univet Nutrition & Animal Health-care Co. (UNAHCO), cited him for the said award.

Dr. Topacio was the first dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Veterinary Medicine, who was conferred as a National Scientist Award by President Arroyo.

The said award is in acknowledgment of Topacio's exceptional accomplishment in veterinary medicine for more than 50 years.

Filipino Street Game

Are you familiar with the "tumbang preso" game during your elementary and high school days? Now, Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots battling Decepticons in a game of "tumbang preso" will be available in a lesser extent.

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