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Vol. XXVI, 1st Quarter
January–March 2008


DOST prepares to lessen the impact of climate change

doppler radarThe past year has shown that climate change is real and even the most developed nations were not spared from the nature’s wrath. If even the most advanced nations, with all their advanced technologies showed helplessness at the strike of tsunami, flood, wildfire and other natural disasters, what of the country like the Philippines?

Philippine Science High School entrance examination result

SECRETARY Estrella F. Alabastro of the Department of Science and Technology announces the successful qualifiers to the Philippine Science High School System Search for Scholars for 2008. A total of 884 examinees of the 16,075 applicants successfully hurdled the rigid two - step screening administered on October 13, 2007 and December 15, 2007, respectively. The PSHS System has nine campuses all over the country. The qualifiers will be notified directly by their respective campuses or they may get in touch with the Director of the PSHS Campus where they qualified or visit the following websites: www.pshs.edu.ph or www.dost.gov.ph

Crop and farm animal production may
decline if dry spell continues

source: www.toystadium.com

Philippine crop and farm animal production may decline if the current dry spell continues. Previous major drought events affected agriculture productivity badly. Drought episodes in 1982-83, 1991-92, and 1997-98 resulted to production losses in rice and corn. Estimated loss in rice production was 648,480 tons in 1982-83, 669,000 tons in 1991-92, and 622,000 tons in 1997-98



Pres Arroyo honors two Filipino worldclass scientists

national scientists

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred the Order of National Scientist to Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz and the Philippine Legion of Honor Rank of Grand Officer to Dr. Baldomero M. Olivera in simple rites in Malacañang January 14 this year. Both scientists had teamed up in a number of research works on conotoxins from Conus sp. marine snails (cone shells) that are collected in the tropical waters of the Philippines.

Naturally-dyed Philippine fabrics for Ms Earth beauties 2007

All reared, reeled, thrown and degummed, woven and dyed in the Philippines, raw silk fibers also made it to the collection. Unpopular as it is, Philippine silk will be presented in a rather rare form which goes against the stereotypical flowing character of silk. The drape and density of the fabrics offer a new dimension for Philippine silk which can include Filipino weave designs and patterns and thus carve its own niche as a staple textile material in the fashion scene.

South Korea's theme village concept brings revenues

Trends and policies in South Korea 's rural development policies value and utilize rural amenities, focus on software development strategies, apply substantial bottom-up decisions, among others. He said that rural development efforts in his country in general intend to improve the quality of life and vitality in rural areas, much like precedent projects like the Saemul Undong (Korean village movement) in the 70s. He however emphasized that rural development projects in his country now are more diversified.

Mindanao's high yielding sweetpotato variety

Sweetpotato is a commonly grown root crop and is one of the food staples of Filipinos in some areas of the country like Northern Mindanao . It is a good source of starch and flour; and used as ingredient in nonalcoholic beverages, catsup, jellies, jam, soy sauce, bakery and nonbakery products. Furthermore, sweetpotato is drought tolerant and grows even on soil with limited fertility.

Soya's many health benefits

soya's health benefitsSoya bean has been cultivated and used in different ways for thousands of years. In China, it was considered as one of the holy crops alongside rice, wheat, and barley. Soya bean is also regarded as a versatile food product because it can be used as whole soya beans, soya sprouts or processed as soya milk, tofu, and miso.