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RP Participated in Asean Food Festival

Our country is present during the 43rd anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) or embassy food fair happened at the Lao National Cultural Hall last October 16. The Lao foreign ministry is the organizer of the Diplomatic Food Fair. This is an affair of 2 events: the 43rd Anniversary of Asean and the 13th Anniversary of the country's accession to the ASEAN. The food products and souvenir items were showcased in the event.

 
Mindanao Schools First Recipients of IT Packages

With the DOST-SEI’s (department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute), MOVE UPS (Mindanao Opportunity for Vitalized Education and Upgrading Science), sixty Mindanao public schools became the first recipient of a three-year project aimed at improving the teaching and learning environment in Mindanao.

The schools will get a laptop computer, multimedia projector, software packages and other learning equipment.

 
Tawi-Tawi Squidworm

Leaded by Dr. Filemon Romero, a scientist from this municipality and a consultant of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), said that a new species of "squidworm" (Teuthidodrilus samae) was found in the bentho-pelagic zone on the Tawi-Tawi side of the Celebes Sea in the waters of South Ubian municipality.

A team of foreign scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, NOAA Ocean Exploration Program, the National Geographic Society, and NSF Centers of Ocean Science Education Excellence and University of California, Los Angeles led by Dr. Larry Madin also joined Romero's team during the ISSP.

 
Robots for All Ages

At the 8th Philippine Robotics Olympiad (PRO), newest trend in robotics are showcased by student whizzes. The recent PRO shows that robots are really not just for kids.

The said Olympiad was held at SM North Edsa which gave birth to a new batch of future scientists and engineers of the country. It gathered the brightest students in the field of science and technology, and challenged them to craft highly innovative robots and robotic systems using Lego robotics.

 
Pinoy Artists Amusement Tax

To ask for help to remove the amusement tax imposed on local cultural productions, local entertainers and producers trooped to the House of Representatives.

The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit said in a statement that they are strongly urge and appeal to our country's lawmakers to amend the amusement tax provision of the Local Government Code to exempt all locally-produced cultural productions including theatrical plays, dance and musical concerts featuring Filipino talents.

 
Engineers May Practice In Western And Asian Sectors

Our age is defined by modernization. We are living in a competitive world so there's a need of continuous research and study about scientific and technological breakthroughs.

The accreditation of engineering field is so meticulous. At present, they have to comply with 4 different accrediting associations in the world.

With this, engineers have a hard time in applying to international registers like the APEC Register and the International Professional Engineers' Register. Today, the two years short in our basic education is the problem so we are not qualified for membership in engineering bodies. Our engineers will not enter the Western and other Asian complement.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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