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TAPI and DOST facilitate in Filipinos' inventions

House Bill 2038 seeks to revive the Philippine Inventors Commission (PIC) to be able to boost the competitiveness of Filipino inventors. PIC was created in 1964 by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 3850. Its aim is to promote research and development to provide technical, financial, legal, and marketing assistance to Filipino inventors. In 1987, it was abolished by Executive Order 128 as part of the government reorganization. 

 
Immunoliposome method and Caelyx: Less Pain for cancer patients

The Department of Health reported that cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines. Currently, there are projects that are being funded by Department of Science and Technology. One of which is the one that makes use of immunoliposome method. It is now being developed for cancer patients. This is a type of treatment with fewer side effects and less pain.

 
Garments made from water hyacinth, saluyot and maguey now in the catwalk

Saluyot, water hyacinth and maguey are now used as alternative textile material because of their natural fiber source.

Saluyot is known as a healthful vegetable commonly cooked with bamboo shoots. It is also known as jute leaves and called famine food by Africans because it is a vegetable that gives remedy during food crisis. Water hyacinth grows in the country’s freshwater bodies. Because of its abundance, the plant is considered as a weed that may clog water stream and kills aquatic life. Maguey grows wild in northern Luzon, Cebu and Panay. It is used in cordage, ropes, twines, carpets, wall coverings, crafts and handmade paper.

 
Scientists protest against herbal medicines

Nowadays, herbal drugs can be easily purchased in the market. Health practitioners are protesting that those drugs should adhere to safety regulations and industry standards. Antonio Miguel Dans, a cardiologist and National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) division chairman, stressed out that herbal drug must be restricted to the public. He said that the World Health Organization is not in favour of the customary medicine in the Philippines. Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) promotes herbal medicines in tablet and syrup forms based on the scientific processing of lagundi, sambong and tsaang gubat. It also sells herbal soaps. However, PITAHC requires herbal drug companies to comply with TM/CAM standardization and regulation.

 
DOST introduced Genomics Program

In the launching of the Philippine Genomics Center in Shangri-la Hotel Makati City, Mario Montejo, Science and Technology Secretary, said that DOST will be focusing in its genomics program on health, agriculture, livestock, fisheries and biodiversity. DOST introduced Genomics, a flagship program that is considered as a game-changing tool that may offer vast rewards to people.

 
KBP and FILSCAP partnership: benefited OPM

With their vision of reviving the Original Pilipino Music, FILSCAP (Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) had signed a memorandum of agreement with the KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas) to promote the music of Filipino artists. The MOA indicates the disbursement of fees by KBP member radio stations to FILSCAP members.

 
Death Anniversary of Francisco Baltazar

Last February 20, 2012, our country celebrated the 150th death anniversary of the Father of Modern Tagalog Poetry, Francisco "Balagtas" Baltazar. He was born on April 2, 1788 in Balagtas, Bulacan. The place was first called Panginay, Bigaa and was changed to Balagtas. He was the youngest son of Juan Balagtas and Juana de la Cruz.

 
Young Filipino inventors won in international invention exhibition

The 2012 International Youth Invention Exhibition (IYIE)  in Far East University, Tainan, Taiwan last February 11 to 13 brought two gold medals, one bronze and one special award to the high school proponents of  Tondo High School. The awardees are Maria Angelyn Enriquez, Jan Mikka Devis, Gemvhie Kate Paula Lee for the project "Low Temperature Melting Glasses for Fashion Accessories from Rice Hulls and Oyster Shells."

 
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