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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

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

The era of mental conversations has begun

Aug 04, 2019 - 11:00 AM

What is the latest happening on the ground with ordinary mortals who are doing science to try to read people's minds?

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

Court junks drug charges vs North Cotabato state college president

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court Judge Henelinda Diaz says the search warrants used to conduct the raid on the home of then CFCST president Samson Molao are invalid

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

PH robotics team wins big at FIRST Lego League World Championship

May 18, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Young Filipino students bested other teams from all over the world at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Lego League World Championship in Houston, Texas

WINNERS. DYCI Blue Ocean's 10 with Mylene Abiva (left) of FELTA Multi-Media at the FIRST Lego League World Championship in Houston, Texas, USA. Photo courtesy of FELTA

DOST-SEI offers overseas scholarships for science, tech graduates

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The DOST-SEI is offering foreign graduate scholarships in specialized priority science and technology fields to develop the country's pool of talent

Background photo from DOST-SEI

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


How Tropical Depression Usman affected schools

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Aside from damage to school infrastructure, Tropical Depression Usman also placed students' lives in danger

FLOODED SCHOOLS. Several schools in Camarines Sur and Oriental Mindoro experience flooding due to Tropical Depression Usman. File photos from Roel Paul Registrado and Twitter user @opparisyon

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

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.

2018 Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award open to nominations until Sept 17

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The deadline for the submission of nominations is extended until September 17, 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.

Nigeria's Buhari meets parents of kidnapped schoolgirls

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The jihadists are still holding 112 students they abducted from Chibok, which sparked a global campaign for their release. The Dapchi kidnapping has been given less attention.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS. Parents go through list of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigerian on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

Senate committee to probe new threat vs BPO sector

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This comes after a Malacañang veto effectively raised the cost of doing business in the Philippines, says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

TRAIN EFFECTS. The Senate Committee on Science and Technology is set to probe tax reform effects on the Philippine BPO sector. File photo by AFP

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

Senate committee set to investigate 'nakaw-load'

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Let us not allow our countrymen to be victims of theft,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as his committee is set to probe the 'nakaw-load' scheme

PROBE SET. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino called for the probe on 'nakaw load'. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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


Scientists, military officers to attend Benham Rise hearing at Senate

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bam Aquino is set to lead the hearing

HEARING STARTS. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

National Scientist Bienvenido Juliano dies

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:56 PM

'His important research activities in collaboration with scientists in related disciplines had produced socio-economic impact among the rice-eating countries of the world,' says the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines

NATIONAL SCIENTIST. National Scientist Bienvenido O. Juliano  was known for his contributions to the chemistry and technology of rice and rice food products. Photo courtesy of NAST, PHL

College president linked to drugs remains at large – PDEA chief Aquino

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Samson Molao, president of the Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology, is accused of operating a drug den inside the school

AARON AQUINO. PDEA Chief Director General Aaron Aquino insists Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology Foundation president Samson Molao is wanted for his alleged illegal drug-related activities. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Shabu, firearms found inside college president's staff house

Jan 30, 2018 - 8:23 AM

Anti-illegal drug enforcers retrieve several firearms and substances believed to be shabu inside a staff house of a state-run school president in Cotabato

Scientists' group refutes Roque, says local experts can do research in Benham Rise

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATES) To utilize resources in Philippine territories, a scientists' group urges the government to support Filipino scientists 'instead of being servile to China in exchange for foreign aid'

BENHAM RISE. Researchers aboard boats in the waters in the Benham Rise area. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

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Senators condemn killing of university president in CDO

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, who hails from the city, calls for swift justice for the killing of University of Science and Technology of Souther Philippines president Dr Ricardo Rotoras

JUSTICE. Senators seek swift justice for the killing of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

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

University president killed in Cagayan de Oro

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Dr Ricardo Rotoras is the president of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

DR RICARDO ROTORAS. University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

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

Japan scientists grow drugs in chicken eggs

Oct 09, 2017 - 3:07 PM

If scientists are able to safely produce 'interferon beta,' a type of protein used to treat illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and hepatitis, by rearing the hens, the price of the drug could fall significantly

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

Getting more girls into science and tech

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Professor Didith Rodrigo approaches her task in part by showing that science is not all in the lab

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

North Korea detains another U.S. citizen – state media

May 08, 2017 - 12:55 AM

The arrest of Kim Hak Song means Pyongyang now is holding 4 American citizens

MILITARY PARADE. Musudan-class missiles are displayed during a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

College confirms North Korea detains U.S. citizen amid tension

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Kim Sang Duk or Tony Kim was arrested at the capital s airport Saturday as he was about to leave after teaching at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology PUST for several weeks the school says

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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