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Vol. XXVI, 3rd Quarter
July–September 2008


Nutritious and affordable substitutes for rice

Tobit James NarcisoThe alarm set off by the supposed insufficient rice supply in the country quickly raised the staple’s prices.  The government went on rapid search mode to find food options especially for the vast majority of Filipinos with limited budget.......more

Unwrapping DOST-ITDI’s Packaging Research & Development Center

Packaging often defines the market performance of a product, especially in innovation driven globalizing market.  Intense competition offers a swarm of choices in quality, price, and function, among others. . . . . more

International partnerships help lift RP’s S&T capability, human capital

The Department of Science and Technology in celebration of its 50th anniversary recognizes the “50 Men and Women of Science” who made significant contributions to the development of science and technology in the PhiDOST’s International Technology Cooperation Unit has efficiently put together and coordinates bilateral cooperation agreements that complement the administration’s six priority agenda through 1) joint research study; 2) exchange of scientists, experts, and information, and 3) capacity building. ITCU currently steers cooperation ties with Australia, China, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and US . . . more

PTRI silkworm genetic resources bolster silk industry in Luzon

foot bridgeA stable supply of Philippine Textile Research Institute’s commercial silkworm hybrids is helping accelerate the silk industry in Luzon particularly in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Region I, and IV. 
The combined dry silkworm cocoon production of these regions over the last five years ranked second in the country’s total cocoon production. Western Visayas topped all producers . . . . more

Philippine natural fiber and dye ready to dress up high fashion

The Philippines is ready to dress up and add colors to the fashion world with its premium earth-friendly fiber and dye technology. 
“We want to launch an aggressive and fashion forward campaign on the transformation of Philippine textiles into high fashion and world class apparels,” says Dr. Carlos C. Tomboc, director of the Philippine Textile Research Institute, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology.
That transformation was in full view when Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo showed up as keynote speaker during the opening rites of the National Science and Technology Week at World Trade Center in Pasay City.  She was wearing a formal dress made of “mauve pink piña seda fabric”, designed by Anthony Legarda, an up-and-coming Fil-Am designer based in New York. . . . more

Balik Scientists jazz up country’s research system

Dr. Salvana is an expert in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and tropical medicine. He is currently chief fellow of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University, and University Hospitals of Cleveland in Ohio. He will stay in the country for three years to help set up projects in epidemiologic field studies in lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, and capillariasis.. . . . . more

Oustanding Educators awarded

The Department of Science and Technology as part of its 50th anniversary honored six eminent educators known for inspired teaching methods and instilling the importance of science and technology among generations of students.. . . . more

Science communicators make the headline

Four journalists who dedicated themselves to reporting science and technology related developments with methodical persistence and flair were honored by the Department of Science and Technology last Sept. 26 at the Manila Hotel. The journalists-a broadcaster, two veteran columnists, and an investigative reporter-joined the ranks of DOST’s 50 Men and Women of Science as part of the celebration of DOST’s 50th anniversary. . . . more