October to December



National standards for selected Philippine ethnic foods

The Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology has set standards for selected Philippine ethnic foods.  Ethnic foods are any food, ingredients or beverages that have a particular association or closely identified with the country or place of origin. 

Although different from familiar food commodities, ethnic foods are often evaluated according to standards of products with which they have the closest similarity in western countries.  Deficiencies in the fair and objective evaluation of quality and safety of these products are often encountered.

Because of intense food industry clamor, ITDI launched a project to develop the much-needed standards to protect and assist the local industry to be globally competitive. 

Although ITDI is not mandated to develop standards, it signed an agreement with the Bureau of Food & Drugs that authorized ITDI to develop standards for selected ethnic food products. 

ITDI first created a “Commodity/Product Working Group” consisting of representatives from processors and traders of products under standardization and ITDI technical personnel.  The group prepared a preliminary draft of the standards based on information gathered from companies’ historical or technical data, analysis of samples, and review of related literature. 

The CWG then submits the draft to the Food Standards Technical Committee for review and deliberation.  FSTC is composed of representatives from the industry (processors of food under standardization), academic institutions, research and development institutes, government agencies, industry associations, consumer associations, and related professional associations.  After FSTC evaluation, the draft standard is turned over to BFAD.

 BFAD presents the draft for public review to ask for comments and suggestions from all affected sectors and stakeholders.  After consolidation feedbacks, the FSTC reviews and revises the document and finally endorses it through a BFAD administrative order and accreditation by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry as Philippine National Standards for subsequent BFAD implementation. 

The strict imposition and adoption of these new standards would guarantee consistent product quality and better competitiveness for the processors, and ensure safety and fair trade for consumers.

UN-NIP laser and optical tech lab gets PCASTRD support

Laser and optical technology are significant fields of study with key advances in recent years because of its wide applications across industries.  The automobile, air conditioning, and refrigeration manufacturing for example use laser machining systems...full story

National standards for selected Philippine ethnic foods

The Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology has set standards for selected Philippine ethnic foods.  Ethnic foods are any food, ingredients or beverages that have a particular association or closely....full story

Compostela Valley Wood Industry development project

In a bid to revive Southern Mindanao’s once thriving wood industry, the Integrated Woodworking Development Project was recently implemented jointly by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute, Department of Science and Technology—Regions XI,.... full story

Satellite toll packaging plants and services in regions

The Industrial Technology Development Institute’s Packaging R&D Center has drafted a master plan to establish “Satellite Packaging Service & Testing Centers” in strategic areas nationwide to fast track packaging assistance outside Metro Manila.

The first of these ....full story

PAGASA's five day weather forecast

If you have plans for any outdoor activities in the next five days, better check out the five-day weather forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.   The extended forecast could....full story

Search for outstanding R&D in industry and energy

The escalating energy crisis presents researchers opportunities to tap energy alternatives, innovations, and newer efficient processes and products across industries....full story

DOST, PSciJourn honor outstanding regional media

The SunStar Davao’s Stella A. Estremera claimed the top prize in the first Regional S&T Media Awards jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology and the Philippine Science Journalists Association Inc.  Central Luzon ’s Anselmo ... full story

Bicol University hosts multi-sector technology forum

The Bicol University Tabaco Campus hosted the Technology with Media Conference in coordination with the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources....full story

DOST Scholars top honors list

Scholars of the Department of Science and Technology earned top honors among graduates of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology for school year 2004-2005, DOST-10 Regional Director Angelito Alolod in a report said...full story

Zamboanga del Norte joins e-Philippine pioneers

Zamboanga del Norte became one of the few local government units in the country to first implement the government’s e-Philippines project.

Governor Rolando Yebes,..full story

Romblon international meeting

The Philippines hosted the international meeting of geoscientists last June 6-12 at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s Petrolab.  The “Romblon International Meeting” attracted 15 geoscientists from China , ....full story

Bioreactor turns Muntinlupa City market wastes to organic fertilizer

A bioreactor developed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Industrial Technology Development Institute now turns wastes into ....full story


More News

Oil price hikes drive R&D on energy options

DOST regional laboratories get ISO accreditation

Defining Excellence in Science Communication

Technopreneurship gains industry supporters

Virgin coconut oil's prime health and commercial potentials

Handmade paper unwraps business success

More than the flavor of pastel

SET-UP beneficiaries in Region 10 hit P100M gross sales

Banking on VCO's healthy future

All-Filipino digital multi-meter

Filipino inventor wins gold for skin cancer cure

Balut gourmet

Flesh eating micro-monsters

The rise of foodborne illnesses

Understanding the flu, prevention, and treatment

Your shape tells a lot about you

What you really get from "lato"

How much mothers know about the nutritinal guidelines for Filipinos?

Keep a healthy lifestyle for long life

Salt and hypertension

What exercise can do for you?

Weight-losing diets

Ano ang Syndrome X

Tama at sobrang kolesterol

Mga biyayang pangkalusugan ng oatmeal

Vitamin A fortified sugar

Kineti-Kids: It's fun to be fit!

Super fine industrial materials from discarded CDs

What does cashew nut have to do with brakes and clutches?

PCIERD starts lab-to-market step on selected technologies

Digital compendium makes mining information on Philippine mineral resources fast and easy

Barks of eight trees could clean up industrial wastewater

UN-CFC cococoir board project to boost housing, farm sectors

FPRDI's wall testing facility to deflect construction costs

Shifting RP's microelectronics sector from assembly to design

Space technology at instant noodles

Space technology eyed to enhance key national programs

DOST-MAP hold 3rd Metrology Competition

Luzon Invention Festival highlights Filipino ingenuity

DOST Scholars top honors list

Zamboanga del Norte joins e-Philippine pioneers

Romblon International Meeting

Bioreactor turns Muntinlupa City market wastes to organic fertilizer