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Are Filipino communities prepared for a tsunami?

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

In the event of a disaster, communities should 'act as one,' says Ishmael Narag of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

TSUNAMI. Are PH's coastal communities prepared for a tsunami scenario?

How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained?

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:30 AM

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved

WATCH: DOST’s Solidum weighs in on viral ‘resilience’ photo

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:27 PM

DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum says that Filipinos are resilient in character but the Philippines itself is not yet a 'disaster-resilient' community

DOST Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Renato Solidum weighs in on the viral "resilience" photo on August 23, 2018.

DOST chief to resign if PAGASA, Phivolcs moved to disaster resilience department

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says he would just return to private life if the two agencies are attached to the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience

DOST CHIEF. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña responds to questions in a press briefing in Legazpi City on August 8, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

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


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

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

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

5 things to make PH a better place for scientists

May 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Here s a short wishlist from the Pinoy scientists themselves

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

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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

Project NOAH 'not just about the technology' – Lagmay

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:52 PM

We have invested heavily on human resources says NOAH head Mahar Lagmay; Our intention is to maintain these disaster scientists

MORE THAN TECH. Staff of Project NOAH at work. Rappler file photo

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

Gov't to stop Project NOAH due to 'lack of funds'

Jan 29, 2017 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED Project NOAH which provides real time weather data and hazard maps for communities will only run until February 28

DISASTER. The government is set to stop Project NOAH, its flagship disaster initiative, by March 2017 due to 'lack of funds.'

DOST scientists receive AFP 'Gawad sa Kaunlaran'

Dec 30, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The awardees are DOST Executive Director Dr Mahar Lagmay and geologists Peter Khallil Figueroa Ferrer and Carmille Marie Escape

DOST researchers win P1.3 million in total prizes for published studies

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The DOST rewards researchers for having their studies published in international journals

Academician Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr. (left, back row), chairman of the Agricultural Sciences Division of the DOST-NAST PHL, joins awardees of the 2016 Intellectual Property Award for International Publication from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) during the December 1 awarding in Pasay City. FNRI researchers won a total of P600,000 for 10 published studies. Photo by Edd Usman

DOST officials liable for P10.6-M cash incentives – COA

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The Commission on Audit says this form of cash incentive has been going on since 2004 despite adverse audit reports observation memoranda and notices of suspension and disallowance

2017 budget: CHED loses P2B meant for PCARI, K to 12 transition

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The commission says the budget cut runs counter to President Duterte s 10 point agenda that puts primacy on investments in human capital development and the promotion of science and technology

DLSU admission test, DOST-SEI JLSS exams postponed

Oct 15, 2016 - 7:43 PM

La Salle s DCAT is rescheduled to November 6 Meanwhile the JLSS exam postponement covers Catanduanes Albay Camarines Sur Camarines Norte and Sorsogon in Region V and Marinduque in Region IV B

Want free public WiFi? Slash processing time of permits – DICT

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The requirements are very simple But it takes a month or two or three before [local governments] provide right of way says the department’s project manager for the free public WiFi program

FRAYED CONNECTION. The issue with LGU permits remains unresolved, hindering the speed at which the DICT and its partners can roll out its free WiFi project.

DepEd allots P15.5B for hiring of teachers in 2017

Sep 17, 2016 - 8:32 PM

We have a challenge in hiring Math and Science teachers [We need] a huge army of teachers we ll recruit more says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

P1.76B earmarked for free Wi-Fi in proposed 2017 budget

Sep 04, 2016 - 6:45 PM

With the proposed funding the project which aims to provide free broadband internet access to 1 462 towns and 44 key cities nationwide is sustained says Senator Ralph Recto

Why RH matters: Teenage moms and childhood undernutrition

Sep 01, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Government officials push for the full implementation of the reproductive health law as part of the efforts to improve child nutrition in the country

Free Wi-Fi nationwide: A rundown of government initiatives

Aug 31, 2016 - 4:37 PM

These are the elected leaders and agencies pushing for an internet for all ideal

CONNECTED NATION. The big hope is that these programs will allow more Filipinos to go online. Illustration by Nina Martinez

Gov't urged: Give undernutrition same attention as illegal drugs

Aug 30, 2016 - 5:03 PM

A research specialist from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute says that out of the 42 036 barangays in the country about 78 have at least one undernourished child

PH losing P328B a year due to childhood stunting

Aug 30, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Childhood stunting in Mindanao is at 40 which is also the average for countries in sub Saharan Africa

Western Visayas shares disaster communication tips for LGUs

Jul 08, 2016 - 6:08 PM

At the ICT Bayanihan Summit held in Iloilo City on Thursday July 7 local agencies share good practices and challenges in the use of information communication technology during disasters

PREPAREDNESS. Local government responders and uniformed personnel participate in a 2-day conference on ICT for DRRM organized by the Office of Civil Defense. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

PAGASA unveils improved smartphone app

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:51 AM

The app provides users key information on weather flooding and hazard which can help them during times of disasters and typhoons

WEATHER.  In this file photo, a vehicle drives down a flooded street as heavy rain pours in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, 15 December 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

DICT to make free Internet more accessible – official

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Outgoing ICTO Executive Director Louis Casambre expresses confidence that the Philippines can boost digital services through the newly created department

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law creating Department of Information and Communications Technology will take effect on Thursday, June 9.

#Du30Cabinet Watch: Netizens suggest Mahar Lagmay for DOST

May 27, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Who could be the next Department of Science and Technology DOST head in the Duterte administration? Netizens weigh in

3 things I learned as a millennial in government

May 14, 2016 - 8:30 PM

I am proud to say that my short stay in government gave me insights and lessons impossible to summarize in a list

PH microsatellite Diwata-1 launched into space

Apr 27, 2016 - 2:23 PM

3rd UPDATE Diwata 1 the Philippines first microsatellite is deployed into space to start its mission to be the country s eye in the sky

The microsatellite Diwata-1 being deployed into space. Photo courtesy ESA/Astronaut Tim Peake/Twitter

Palace official to DOST: Why not hire Comelec hacker?

Apr 23, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III says this would be a clever way to make use of expert knowledge to help improve the security of government websites

National survey: Chronic malnutrition in PH worst in 10 years

Apr 21, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Hunger malnutrition is a man made problem we create this situation and it s completely preventable says Save the Children

PH microsatellite Diwata-1 reaches Int'l Space Station

Mar 27, 2016 - 8:10 AM

The unmanned space freighter Cygnus carrying the Diwata 1 microsatellite in its payload of experiments and supplies successfully docks at the International Space Station

ARRIVAL. A computer overlay with engineering data provides video of the Canadarm2 robotic arm maneuvering to capture the Orbital ATK Cygnus space freighter. Credit: NASA TV

Excitement, hope as PH launches own microsatellite

Mar 23, 2016 - 3:55 PM

After a successful launch into space the Philippines now looks forward to the deployment of its first microsatellite Diwata 1

The Atlas V rocket lifts off. Image courtesy NASA

PH microsatellite Diwata-1 heads to Int'l Space Station

Mar 23, 2016 - 11:11 AM

The Philippines first ever homegrown microsatellite the Diwata 1 sets off for the International Space Station aboard the Cygnus resupply mission

LIFTOFF. The Atlas V rocket, carrying the Cygnus resupply mission, lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 22, 2016. Frame grab courtesy NASA TV

WATCH: Cygnus sets off for ISS with PH microsatellite Diwata-I

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED NASA partner Orbital ATK sent its Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station with it the Philippines first microsatellite the Diwata I in its payload

The Atlas V rocket lifts off. Image courtesy NASA

Philippine microsatellite Diwata-I set for launch

Mar 22, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The Diwata I microsatellite is set to be brought to the International Space Station ISS on Wednesday morning March 23 Manila time

HELLO, DIWATA! Diwata 1, the first Filipino-made microsatellite, is surrounded by Filipino and Japanese scientists in this photo during its turnover to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), January 13, 2016. Photo courtesy Department of Science and Technology

FNRI website 'a big milestone' for public health despite limitations

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:35 PM

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute s website looks to improve the health of all Filipinos but Internet speed may put a damper on those plans

WEBSITE. The Food and Nutrition Research Institute is looking to the internet to deliver their services to a wider audience. Image courtesy of Mara Mercado

Bumper crop of int'l math, science medals for PH in 2015

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:23 PM

Filipino students continue to show that they are competitive in the fields of science and math

Image courtesy Marco Melgar. Processed by Alyssa Arizabal / Rappler.

Teachers on poll duty to get extra P2,000 – Comelec

Jan 29, 2016 - 10:43 AM

It’s really part of their patriotic service to the community to ensure that we have clean elections says Comelec chairman Andres Bautista

TRAINING TEACHERS. Public school teachers who will be chosen to render their services during the elections will be trained for the 3rd time in a row by the Department of Science and Technology. File photos from AFP and Rappler

Diwata microsat: DOST scholars' way of giving back

Jan 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The country now harvests the benefits of years of steady investments in education

One giant leap: PH microsatellite a step closer to launch

Jan 13, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The Philippines Diwata micro satellite is formally handed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA in preparation for a launch into space by April

HELLO, DIWATA! Diwata 1, the first Filipino-made microsatellite, is surrounded by Filipino and Japanese scientists in this photo during its turnover to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), January 13, 2016. Photo courtesy Department of Science and Technology

Cavite pioneers province-wide free WiFi

Dec 13, 2015 - 8:47 AM

In its initial stage registered users can tap the service for an hour daily Priority is given to students teachers and civil servants involved in public safety and disaster management