Vol. XXV, 4th Quarter
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Two Philippine entries made it to the list of five qualifiers chosen among 22 semifinalists from nine participating countries at the 2007 World Cup of Computer Imple-mented Inventions (CII) Semifinal segment for Asia, Africa, and Australia September 27-30 at the Taipei World Trade Center in Taiwan. The Smart bomb disposal robot by Dean Roel John Judilla of Mapua is a robot equipped with an arm, gripper, and sensors. It is digitally controlled by a computer program to disarm and neutralize explosive devices.
“An earth observation system will be very beneficial to the country,” says Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, Executive Director of Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCASTRD), convenor of the congress. “The Philippines is perennially affected by natural disasters, making timely, synoptic space-based information a necessity.”
Sec. Alabastro was cited for her “achievements and contributions to the development of science and technology in the country.” Particularly, she was commended for successfully coordinating and implementing science and technology programs and projects in the country in her various roles as cabinet secretary, chairperson, and official..
This new use of young coconut husks offers additional income from what was formerly considered as waste. Likewise, compulsory chopping before extraction facilitates rapid decomposition of the by- product unlike halved young husks that endanger the waterways and drainage systems because they take long time to decompose. Most importantly, the emerging natural dye industry would run complimentary to the National Coconut agenda as it does not compete with the food and health sector in the use of coconut.
For the second time around, the PCIERD Accounting Office received the 2006 Most Outstanding Accounting Office Award (National Government Category – Small Agency). The Commission on Audit (COA), through its Government Accounting and Financial Management Information Services (GAFMIS), conferred the award to PCIERD during the National Convention of the Association of Government Accountants (AGAP) on October 17, 2007 at the Crown Regency Suites, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu. The award was given to PCIERD for having exemplary met the criteria of accuracy, timeliness, reliability and compliance to accounting rules and regulations set by the Committee on Awards.