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4 new tech solutions deployed by DOST to fight coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:24 PM

From disinfecting booths to online distribution platforms for LGUs, check out 4 new innovations from the DOST and its partners to help in the fight against COVID-19

GOCLEAN. The mobile disinfection chamber developed by USHER led by Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy to mitigate the spread of disease. Photo from DOST-PCIEERD


PGH using telepresence devices to connect patients and frontliners

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:07 AM

The telepresence devices are meant to allow for communication among patients, doctors, and a patient's family while limiting potential coronavirus exposure and conserving personal protective equipment

TELEPRESENCE. This telepresence device connects frontliners to patients, as well as patients to their loved ones. Photo from DOST-PCHRD.

DOST delivers COVID-19 specimen collection booths to healthcare facilities

May 30, 2020 - 11:32 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Inspired by the telephone booth-style swab collection facilities in other Asian countries, the specimen collection booths are equipped with a transparent front window, ventilation, and caster wheels for easier mobility

Photo courtesy of Department of Science and Technology

DOST-PCHRD scholar is PH's finalist to the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2020

May 20, 2020 - 2:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Maria Ruth Pineda-Cortel of the University of Santo Tomas is chosen as the finalist for the ASEAN-U.S Science Prize for Women 2020 for her project on gestational diabetes

PH tech initiatives in the fight against the coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:12 AM

From providing tangible assistance to frontliners to simple yet important actions like tech support for research initiatives, here’s a list of the things being done by the local tech scene in this crazy world we live in today

Coronavirus can go from 1.5M to 15,000 cases with better testing – forecasting tool

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:17 PM

A DOST tool shows that the biggest factor in flattening the coronavirus curve in the Philippines may be the strengthening of the country's testing capabilities, from availability of test kits to availability of health workers, facilities, and devices

FASSSTER. Photo and screenshots from DOST


DOST now producing 5,000 face shields daily

Apr 06, 2020 - 3:48 PM

From an initial 50 a day, the science agency says it's now dedicating more resources to the production of the protective gear

FACE SHIELDS. Fred Liza, center, and his team at the Additive Manufacturing Center of the DOST-MIRDC. Photo from DOST

DOST to study use of virgin coconut oil as coronavirus treatment

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The Department of Science and Technology is working with UP-PGH and the Philippine Coconut Authority to conduct clinical studies

Photo from Shutterstock

PH kits for 120,000 coronavirus tests available by April 4

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The DOST and the UP National Institutes of Health Project will prioritize 1,300 kits – good for 26,000 tests – to be distributed to 6 hospitals in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao

TEST KITS. File photo of test kits for the novel coronavirus disease

DOST-SEI announces 9,788 new science and technology scholarship qualifiers

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:03 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 5,917 passers qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, while 3,871 qualified for the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program

DOST opens applications for 2020 Junior Level Science Scholarship Program

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:46 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Junior Level Science Scholarship Program is intended for incoming third year college students who are enrolled in priority science and technology courses

DOST, private partners to produce 500,000 reusable face masks

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:25 PM

The Philippine Textile Research Institute hopes to start production by end of next week

Photo and logo from the DOST-PTRI


DOST offers scholarships to grad students from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:57 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Graduate students from the 3 ASEAN member states may pursue their masters and doctorate degrees in various fields of science and engineering at partner universities

7 Filipino-made tech and products hoping to hit the market in 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says DOST has started to promote their technologies in specific forums catering to different sectors, technologies, and products

PH chemists invent abaca-based fabric to filter toxic pollutants

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:40 AM

The invention was declared as the regional winner for the Outstanding Utility Model Award at the 2019 DOST Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits

DEMO. During a training course hosted by the Philippines under the International Atomic Energy Agency, representatives from the Asia-Pacific observe as a researcher demonstrates radiation grafting procedures at the PNRI Chemistry Research Section. Photo from DOST

2020 NAST, DOST awards now open for nominations

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:46 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Except for the Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award, the deadline for the submission of nominations for all awards is on the last working day of November 2019

HS students from Pitogo, Caloocan, and Malabon top local robotics competition

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:13 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Pitogo High School is named Best Team while Malabon National High School and Caloocan National Science High School win Best Alliance at the 2019 Tagisang Robotics

THREEPEAT. For the third time, Pitogo High School secured the Best Team Award in the returning Tagisang Robotics Competition organized by DOST-SEI. Photo courtesy of DOST-Science Education Institute

DOST honors 9 groups for PH victories in internat'l science, math competitions

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

'The fact that we are excelling in these fields in the global stage says that we have the potential to make wonders in other disciplines as well,' says DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña

Go for Gold. DOST-SEI Deputy Director Albert Mariño encourages national organizers to seek support from DOST and motivates Olympiad winners to go for gold in future competitions. Photo Courtesy of DOST

DOST Filipino scientists and engineers bag 2019 Presidential Lingkod Bayan award

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is given to outstanding civil servants for their exceptional contributions with nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony

TRAILBLAZERS. DOST's Advanced Space Technology Research and Services is awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award for placing the country in the space technology map through the development of DIWATA-1 and 2, the country’s first microsatellite, and the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center on September 10, 2019. Photo from DOST-ASTI

Innovation that aids locked-in syndrome patients nabs top prize in 30th BPI-DOST Science Awards

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Jay Patrick Nieles is also the recipient of the Best in Innovation Award for the same study

DOUBLE VICTORY. Jay Patrick Nieles of the University of Santo Tomas (3rd from left) bagged the Project of the Year award and one of two Best in Innovation awards in the 30th BPI-DoST Science Awards. (From left) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation Executive Director Maricris San Diego, Best in Innovation awardees Christian Badua of the University of the Philippines Manila and Jay Patrick Nieles, and DoST-Science Education Institute Deputy Director Albert Mariño. Photo from DOST

DOST chief receives UPAA Lifetime Achievement Award

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:05 PM

DOST Secretary De la Peña is one of the only 4 alumni recipients of the said award

DOST chief receives UPAA Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by DOST

U.P., DOST institute set up joint lab for space tech

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The new lab aims to develop a sustainable space program in the country and empower Filipino students to pursue careers in space technology

SPACE TECH. Visitors take pictures inside the full anechoic chamber of the newly opened ULyS3ES on August 31, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOST-ASTI

Applications for DOST undergraduate S&T scholarships open until September 6

Aug 29, 2019 - 10:44 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The nationwide examination will be held on October 20, 2019

DOST's program for small businesses called out for wasting millions

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) has not been able to get back P461 million worth of refunds from businesses for over 10 years now

Senior high students battle it out in tech contest imake.wemake

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:07 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Senior high school students can now apply to participate in the 3rd imake.wemake tech competition

DOST-SEI invites Grade 12 students to apply for S&T scholarships

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:50 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline for the submission of applications for the 2020 Undergraduate Scholarships Program is September 6, 2019

Philippine Robotics National Team bags gold award in Turkey

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The national delegation comes home victorious after winning a Gold Award for Project Presentation and Finalist on Project Research

DOST-SEI opens innovation contest for science, math teachers

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The deadline for submission of proposals is on July 12, 2019

A student from the Philippine Science High School-Central Visayas Campus flies a drone to collect data on different environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and gas concentration. Photo from DOST-SEI

Carpio: Protest China’s ‘rescue center’ in West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

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DOST appeals for space agency bill approval before Congress adjourns

Jan 31, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'We are proud to say that we are capable and ready for a Philippine space agency,' says DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña

DIWATA 2 REPLICA. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Pinoy science docus reap awards in 3rd Indie-Siyensya film contest

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 7 films earn the nod of judges and selected viewers in the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition

Philippine Science High School applications for 2018-2019 now open

May 25, 2018 - 4:47 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline for filing of application is on September 14, 2018. The date of the examination is on October 20, 2018.

DBM to use satellite image data to monitor gov't projects

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Through Project Dime, high-value projects will be monitored through LiDAR technology and satellite imaging

COLLABORATION. DBM is partnering with DOST in monitoring the status and speed of implementation of government projects. Photo courtesy of DBM

P100,000 at stake for nominees to DOST science journalism awards

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The 'Bantog Awards' will also reward 2nd prize winners with P50,000 while 3rd prize is at P25,000

BANTOG AWARDS. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña (3rd, left) leads the unveiling of one of the trophies for winners of the 'Bantog' Science Journalism Awards in 2018. Others in the photo are STII Executive Director Richard Pomar Burgoz (2nd, right), DOST Undersecretary Emmanuel Galvez (right), STII-Communication Resources and Production Division chief Dr. Aristotle Carandang (left), and Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) Director Edgar Garcia (2nd, left). Photo by Edd K. Usman


Mayon victims sent home to prevent outbreaks in evacuation camps

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Office of Civil Defense is prepared should the alert level rise and force further evacuations, however

EVACUEES. A Mayon evacuee takes care of her child. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Rappler Talk: How serious is the Mayon Volcano threat?

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz talks with Phivolcs chief Renato Soldum Jr about the threat of a 'hazardous eruption' from one of the 6 most active volcanoes in the Philippines

Going the extra mile: How DOST’s bus bridges science teaching gaps

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The Explorer Bus aims to encourage students around the country to appreciate science concepts by taking part in the experience of learning

Bohol teachers hope gov’t info portals can revive interest in libraries

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Technology has made students shun libraries and do research on their gadgets instead, say the teachers. They're banking on the DOST's Starbooks learning stations to change that.

Photo from DOST Starbooks Facebook page

Silicon Valley tech guru on AI's effects on PH BPOs

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Fil Am Antonio Yobie Benjamin identifies improvement of internet services and knowledge enhancement as elements that will help the industry prepare for AI

ANTONIO BENJAMIN. The Fil-Am Silicon Valley entrepreneur speaks at 2017 Geeks On A Beach conference in Palawan. Photo by Edd K. Usman/Rappler.


LGUs, private companies participate in the 3rd #MMShakeDrill

Jul 14, 2017 - 6:21 PM

The scenarios performed by the different local government units for MMShakeDrill seek to foster a culture of preparedness in anticipation of the movement of the West Valley Fault

JUST A DRILL. Responders simulate a fire scenario at the inside the Mandaluyong City Hall complex. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Phivolcs finds ground rupture in quake-hit Leyte

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:36 AM

The magnitude 6 5 earthquake in Leyte is generated by the movement of the Leyte Segment of the Philippine Fault

WAITING FOR REPAIRS. Residents gather on a road damaged by the quake. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Disaster imagination: 3 steps toward disaster preparedness

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:30 PM

We need [imagination] for disaster preparedness Science Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr says at the Agos Summit

Department of Science and Technology undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate Renato Solidum Jr., during Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Phivolcs to Batangas residents: No tsunami after quake

Apr 08, 2017 - 8:25 PM

UPDATED DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr concurrent Phivolcs director urges the public to stay calm and review their preparedness and response plans

QUAKE DAMAGE. The magnitude 5.6 quake that hit Mabini town in Batangas province on April 8, 2017, causes damage to Camp Netanya Resort. Photo by Ryan Valle

Phivolcs chief Solidum appointed as DOST usec

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Renato Solidum Jr will continue to head the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology as officer in charge says Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña

NEW DOST UNDERSECRETARY. Science Secretary Fortunato dela Paz (left) administers the oath to new DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr on February 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of DOST

De Lima arrest, Villegas vs Duterte, Project NOAH | Midday wRap

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:13 PM

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'New lease on life': UP adopts Project NOAH

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Project NOAH has literally been a lifesaver for millions of Filipinos threatened by natural disasters like floods landslides and storm surges UP is happy to welcome it into its fold says UP president Danilo Concepcion

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 31, 2017

Jan 31, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

How does Project NOAH contribute to PH's disaster management?

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The country s flagship disaster prevention and mitigation program aids Filipinos during times of calamity Here s what you need to know

Pagasa to take over Project NOAH, says DOST

Jan 30, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Project NOAH has reached its completion and project ending date New project proposals are welcome if there is a new study to be made the science department says

Disaster responders urge Duterte to #SaveProjectNOAH

Jan 30, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Project NOAH has averted at least 13 disasters since it was introduced in 2012