“This is the first time that the Department of Science and Technology will be doing a simultaneous celebration of the National Science and Technology Week in the different regions of the country.” This was emphasized by Dr. Paulina P. Nebrida, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations during her welcome remarks in the S&T Fora on 25 July 2016 held at the Function Hall of Jollibee Plaza, City of San Fernando, La Union.
In one of the several topics under the thematic area on “ICT-based Learning and Empowerment”, DICT OIC-Director William B. Rojas, who gave the lecture on “Free WIFI Internet Access in Public Places” which was dubbed as “Juan Konek!”, said that the goals of the project is to connect and educate less fortunate brothers and sisters to internet and for them to become digitally-empowered citizens so that no Juan gets left behind. Places covered by Free WIFI are as follows: Plazas and Parks; Public Libraries; SUCs; RHUs and Government Hospitals; Train Stations, Airports and Seaports; including NGA and LGU Offices.
Director Rojas also added that the project aims to provide free broadband Internet Access to 1,462 Class 1 to 6 Municipalities and 44 Key Cities nationwide.
Also, a topic on Tech4Ed or Technology for Education to gain Employment & empower Entrepreneurs towards Economic (4E's) Development, was discussed by Ms. Mary Jane B. Nerona of DICT Luzon Cluster 1. This project will provide equal opportunities and empower people towards creating a progressive community in all barangays for the benefit of out-of-school youth & adults, PWDs, Senior Citizens, indigenous peoples and others.
Furthermore, the DOST Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk System, known as STARBOOKS, the first Philippine Science Digital Library was likewise, facilitated by Mr. James D. Prepose of DOST 1.
Among the participants in the S&T Forum came from the various Municipalities of the Region as well as representatives from different National Government Agencies and Academe.
“Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice in terms of niacin, thiamin, phosphorus and calcium.”
This was underscored by Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia, Supervising Science Research Specialist of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in a Technology For a conducted at the Jollibee Plaza Function Hall, City of San Fernando last July 28, 2016.
“Kaninyumanggi” is actually a coined term for “kanin” (rice) and “kayumanggi” (brown), literally “brown rice.” The nickname originated from DOST, she explained.
Engr. Garcia noted that eating two or more servings of brown rice per week was associated with a lower risk of disease like anemia and zinc deficiency. Brown rice is a healthier alternative that will hopefully reduce the demand for white rice while increasing the intake for micronutrients and dietary fiber. These nutrients have been associated with the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies and lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes and certain forms of cancer.
Based on the FNRI 8th National Nutrition Survey, three out of ten Filipinos were found obese. Likewise, one in every 16 persons has diabetes. As an advocate of healthy lifestyle, Engr. Garcia said, they are on the process of conducting technology promotion and demo activities on brown rice consumption catering to large rice millers in Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Tuguegarao, Tacloban and Camarines Sur.
“Our optimized brown rice is the most shelf-stable brown rice among commercially available brown rice in the local market because of a simple technology which extended its shelf-life and made brown rice easier to cook while retaining all its health benefits,” she added.
Mainly, individuals who consumed brown rice for six months, exhibited greater decreases in levels of Fasting Blood Sugar, Postprandid Glucose Test, Body Mass Index, weight and Blood Pressure at endline. Moreover, Engr. Garcia clarified that “Kaninyumanggi” provides all the necessary carbohydrate requirements of an individual just like white rice. The dietary fiber it contributes is attributed to the prevention of risk of obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and some forms of cancer.
In its effort of building scholars to become start-up business owners using proven methods of developing ideas into products and services, the Metro Dagupan Information and Communication Technology(MDICT) Council has trained around 60 DOST scholars undertaking their thesis study at the Audio Visual Room of Lorma Colleges in San Fernando City recently.
Dubbed as “Thesis to Business (T2B) Program: A Technopreneurial Seminar-Workshop for Ongoing DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholars Under RA 7687 and RA 10612,” the training was aimed at bridging the scholars’ potential thesis into workable and viable business by way of a designed training intervention, Thesis Mentees Program.
Ms. Ginee Tacasa, Scholarship Staff also said that the seminar will enable them to have linkages with key experts and veteran practitioners through interactive meetings and interviews leveraging on their best practices in their respective field of study, “Mentor –Mentee Meet-up.”
During the program, DOST 1 Regional Director Armando Q. Ganal acknowledged Lorma Colleges for hosting the training and emphasized the close collaboration with MDICT Council thru the T2B Training Program with funds provided by the Science Education Institute of DOST and hopes to become start-up project with funding from potential or angel investors.
Moreover, MDICT Council President Francis Divino A. Fernandez emphasized that the scholars are expected to become technopreneurs thru the one-day activity facilitated by MDICT in partnership with DOST.
Dr. Ronnalee N. Orteza, Director of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS)-Ilocos Region Campus is encouraging high school students to apply for scholarships with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) enabling them to become world-class Filipino Scientists of tomorrow.
Dr. Orteza made the statement during the Science and Technology Fora dubbed “Nasa Syensya ang Pagasa! Maging DOST Iskolar Ka!” which was participated by various students and representatives from Local Government Units in La Union on July 29, 2016 at the Jollibee Function Hall, City of San Fernando.
“We are the leading science high school in the Asia Pacific Region, preparing our scholars to become globally-competitive Filipino scientists equipped with 21st century skills and imbued with the core values of truth, excellence, and service to the nation,” she said.
Applicants should be a grade 6 elementary pupil from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education. Once screened, they will have to take a National Competitive Examination before being accepted into the program. For this year, the examination will be held on October 22, 2016.
Dr. Orteza also told that Pisay offers free tuition, monthly stipend and loan of available textbooks to scholar awardees. Also, a monthly living allowance determined by the Scholarship Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees shall be given to those who financially deserve the assistance.
“I hope we can convince you including your friends and relatives this school year's high school seniors to help build a technology-driven future for the country”, she further said.