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Angara Eyes Laws to Help Produce Globally-Competitive

To help boost the country's pursuit in producing globally-competitive Filipino scientists and future Science and Technology leaders, Sen. Edgardo Angara is eyeing for more laws to propel the country's human resources.

The senator is the chair of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering (COMSTE). According to him, the legislation has played an important role in initiating S&T scholarship programs. The Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 for instance, grant financial assistance to poor but talented students pursuing careers in S&T. This policy directs its actions toward encouraging and promoting research and development strategies to advance the quality of education in areas of science and innovation, especially for students who have high science aptitude.

 
Traditional Farming: Shield to Beat Climate Change

As the issue of climate continues, the country was recently struck by two typhoons known as Ondoy and Pepeng. The two typhoons brought heavy rains in the country and even in other parts of the world.

It flooded large tracts of rice fields in Northern Philippines and destroyed crops ready for harvest. The typhoons in the region brought into sharp relief the issue of climate changes as farmers struggle to cope with changing weather patterns.

In the past, less rainfall can be expected during September and October, but now there are heavy rains and strong winds.

 
APEC to Improve Science and Math Teacher Education

In the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) forum, educators from Australia, United States, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and South Korea signed a manifesto that supports collaborative activities in research, linkages and exchanges and policy development aimed at enhancing science and mathematics teacher education in the region.

 
Intellectual Property Law to Expedite Technology Transfers

As President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signs the Republic Act 10055, known as Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009, research output will no longer take time in reaching the public as tangible product.

The president signed the law last March 23 which is now defines as Intellectual Property (IP) as the tangible assets resulting from the creative work of an individual or an organization, including creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

 
DOST and Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) develop a flagship venture with Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) which subsidize about P16, 758,514.73 for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) projects since 2003. The said project is a non-collateralized and interest free program. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo calls for more focused assistance programs for MSMEs. Arnold Inumpa, DOST's Benguet Provincial S&T Center Director, explained that as of February 2009, 46 SET-UP projects are expected for the Benguet region. He wants to pursue MSMEs in Benguet and also in CAR to benefit with the program so that they will be able to develop and grow their businesses.

 
Filipino Inventors Expo and Trade Fair

To showcase the ingenuity of the Filipinos, the local government of Quezon City will held its 1st QC Filipino Inventors Expo and Trade Fair.

The said event, a project of the Mayor, Vice Mayor and the Filipino Inventors Society, while the event secretariat is the SBECO, will be at the Quezon City Hall Risen Garden on November 15-21, 2010.

 
Filipino Scholar Makes It to the Bravo ASEAN

In the annual event, Bravo ASEAN, music and dance contest in Korea, a Filipino scholar makes it to the top as he bagged the gold prize.

Jemuel Forto, Filipino scholar under a Korean government scholarship program, stands out from the 12 teams from 10 ASEAN countries as he sings a Korean ballad entitled "Miss You, Miss You, Miss You".

 
DOST Scholar Won Gallieno Denardo Award

The International Commission for Optics (ICO) and the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) gave the Gallieno Denardo Award to young researchers (below 40 years old) from developing countries. Those researchers are active in research in optics, and have contributed to the promotion of research activities in their own. Dr. Ryan Balili finished his B.S. Physics at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) last 2002.

 
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