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The Titay Municipal Hall on the SFTP Festival opening day

In its bid to bring the gains of science and technology closer to the people, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST-IX) brought its fiesta-inspired version of the agency-wide Science for the People (SFTP) to the municipality of Titay in Zamboanga Sibugay Province.

The celebration of the SFTP Festival aims to reduce demographic inequality, create opportunities for businesses and employment, build and strengthen partnerships with local organizations, and expand the potential for growth in the countryside.

Through the SFTP Festival events, communities are set to benefit from the opportunities to be created by tech bazaars and exhibits, technology business fora, and various S&T trainings, among other enriching activities.

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              As in Pinoy love stories where lovers are described as Langit ka at lupa ako, Diwata and Pedro has a similar situation.

            While Diwata-1, the Philippines’ first microsatellite launched into orbit last April 27, 2016, flies in the sky to capture photos and images using its high precision telescope, space borne multispectral imager, and wide field camera for observing large-scale weather patterns and monitoring bodies of water and vegetation; there will be a PEDRO or the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center.DIWATA 1 PHILIPPINES FIRST EVER MICRO SATELLITE FOR MULTI SPECTRAL HIGH PRECISION EARTH OBSERVATION

            PEDRO is one of the five components of the PHL-Microsat program of DOST. It is poised to be the satellite ground station, always ready to receive data and satellite images from Diwata-1 at a speed of 2.4Mpbs.

            Pinoy scientists and analysts will process received data into various spatial data that will be useful to the Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, and National Defense, to name a few.

            In layman’s term, data from Diwata, will be received by PEDRO and processed for use in crop management especially in times of supply shortage, for example. This technology is a very important tool for the government to better anticipate extreme weather events such as the El Niño Phenomenon.

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    The Philippines hosted an international competition for the gifted in science last June 13-18, 2016 in UP Los Baños.
    Dubbed the 5th ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey (APTJSO) with the theme Climate Change and the Rainforest. 13 countries who vied for the top, which throughout the tilt’s history, has been dominated by Philippine delegates.

    The 5th APTJSO is a six-day education event that will alloq gifted students from the Asia Pacific plus three other countries, namely Japan, South Korea, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Mlaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines to interact with experts on climate science and put their scientific skills to test with their colleagues.

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Sec MGMIn a bid to make science and math learning more accessible to students and help teachers find ways to teach in a more effective way, the Department of Science & Technology- Advance Science &Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) has been developing Science and Mathematics courseware for elementary and highschool students and teachers since 2006 with support from the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

A Facebook netizen said, “The courseware project will be very helpful to my nieces and nephew” in a message sent via the courseware’s Facebook page.Courseware

    “The coursewares make full use of information technology to aid our classrooms and teachers in enriching the students’ learning environment in science and mathematics. These tools are developed by Filipinos for Filipinos, hence teachers no longer have to use foreign materials” said DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo.

    The project is internet-based, which makes it more appealing to students whose interest are into information technology and computers. The said resources are made accessible for free to public schools and online through the web at, which was created by DOST-ASTI in 2014 making the materials available downloadable for free.

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lady logo ver2 lowresUnder the program Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines (SARAI), the effects of Climate Change in farming, fishing, and even our natural resources will be addressed.

    The project, which will run for 3 years was launched by the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) during the Strategic Industry Science and Technology Program for Agri-Aqua Growth or SIPAG Fiesta last March 2-4, 2016. During this time, SARAI will be implementing various projects on decision-making tools in agriculture to include weather forecasting and new methods in farming.SARAi

    Several technologies, systems, and products have been implemented in line with SARAI. One of which is the Smarter Pest Identification Technology (SPId Tech), a type of mobile application that has the ability to identify pests in farms through image scanning. After identification, strategies on crop management are also given to farmers.

    Other smart farming technology on crop monitoring includes a system in irrigation management based on decision support system. This system determines thelack of soil humidity in crops like rice and corn. Through this, farmers are informed of the impending ‘water stress’ in their crops. Aside from this, the program also has a system that could monitor crop growth and its condition through satellite and unmanned aerial drone technology; all these systems are available for free. (DOST IX Press Release)

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Medical Doctors from the Zamboanga City Medical Center and Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine emerge as Regional Qualifiers for the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) Philippine National Health Research Week (PNHRS) Week Professional & Student Categories.

As one of the regional qualifiers for the professional category, Dr. Alex Yongco-Pang, Jr., DPCP from the Zamboanga City Medical Center with his research entitled Clinical and Metabolic Profile of Male-to-Female (MtF) Transgenders Based in the Zamboanga Peninsula, sought to determine the clinical and metabolic profile of MtF transgenders in Zamboanga Peninsula on self-prescribed and unsupervised cross-sex hormone therapy and describe any cardiovascular complications among MtF transgender currently or previously on unsupervised cross-sex hormone therapy.

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Are you planning to engage in new business? If yes, then the Department of Science and Technology IX – Science and Technology Information Center (DOST IX - STIC) is ready to assist you with the available easy to follow how-to guides to jump start your livelihood or business project.

The DOST IX-STIC, in its new location at 2/F MCC Building (fronting East Central School and adjacent to Cases Clinic),  San Jose Road, this City,  offers  vast resources on livelihood technologies in various formats which can be very helpful to existing and prospective entrepreneurs.

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Inauguration of PPRPC

NAGA, Zamboanga Sibugay – In its bid to upgrade rubber industry in the region, the   Department of Science and Technology (DOST-IX) led the inauguration of a multi-million improved rubber processing facility of Philippine Pioneer Rubber Products Corporation (PPRPC) last May 27 at Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.

DOST-IX Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano said that the funding support came from the agency’s flagship Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).   “SETUP funded the project amounting to P8,276,800 for the acquisition of processing equipment needed  by the firm,” she disclosed.

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The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX) is now accepting applications from all qualified graduating elementary students who wish to study in the DOST - Philippine Science High School (DOST-PSHS) system. Deadline for the filing of application is on July 13, 2012.

The PSHS is an academic institution under the Department of Science and Technology. It is the first science high school in the Philippines which rears students to become scientists and technologists in the future. It has a curriculum designed to prepare the scholars for careers in S&T.

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The Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST-IX), together with the Department of Education IX (DepEd-IX), Department of Health IX (DOH-IX) and the various City Health Offices (CHO) will deploy the DOST-ITDI Ovicidal/Larvicidal Traps (OL-Traps) in selected schools in Region IX. This is in line with the project “DOST OL-Trap System Nationwide Roll-out” spearheaded by DOST.

The DOST OL-Trap System Nationwide Roll-out is a project strengthened by the collaborative efforts of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and Department of Interior Local Government (DILG).

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The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX) announces the 2011 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration which will be held on July 4-10, 2011 in Dipolog City.

This year’s theme, “Nasa Siyensiya ang Pag-asa”highlights the importance of science and technology (S&T) in the country and the role of DOST IX, as a leader in S&T innovation in the region. This year, the focus in on YOU ! -- take time to celebrate with us !

Get Involved – attend an event ! Recognize the role of science and technology in your everyday life. Learn more about science and technology in the country and the region in particular. Look around and see its everyday influences.

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To determine the impact of the organic faming technology that the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX has previously supported, DOST IX provided assistance to the Josefina H. Cerilles State College (JHCSC)–Dumingag Campus to undertake the study entitled “Assessment of Farmers Adopting Organic Farming in the Municipality of Dumingag”. The grant, amounting to P374,040.00, is funded under DOST Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Program.

Organic farming is considered a vital solution in revitalizing the fertility of the soil and bringing back its humus and productivity. Farmers in the Municipality of Dumingag were using synthetic fertilizers for more than a decade. Farm inputs specially inorganic chemicals and fertilizers are now sky high and income of farmers is getting smaller every year due to the production cost of the inorganic inputs.

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In line with its priorities and thrusts in harnessing the country’s scientific and technological capabilities for sustained economic growth and development, the Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST-IX) has recently approved / released the grant of financial assistance to the LGU of Molave to implement the project on “Establishment of Automated Weather Station in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur”.  The project cost amounted to One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P150,000.00) funded through the DOST-Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Program.

Specifically, DOST’s interventions involve training from PAGASA/ASTI/DOST on proper reading and interpreting the data gathered from the equipment; (2) improving the system of identifying early warning for possible occurrence of floods; and (3) acquisition of automated weather station from ASTI.

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The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in coordination with the DOST Regional Office in Region IX and the Local Government of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay conducted a simple launching ceremony of the Siglang Pinoy Project last April 26, 2011 at the grounds of Barangay Buluan, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The launching activity was attended by representatives from the Office of the Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay, Provincial Nutrition Action Office, Offices of the Municipal Mayor and Vice Mayor, members of the municipal’s Sangguniang Bayan, barangay nutrition health workers, and the targeted beneficiaries.

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Upgrading / expanding any business is very tricky especially if it is a bakery business. Every item needs specific materials for its preparation and so requires proper procedures, maintenance, good administration as well as marketing.

Café Antonina, producer of breads, cakes, pastries, pies, rolls and other bakery products in Dipolog City desires to improve their productivity through technical assistance from the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX) under the “Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP)”

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The DOST’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI-DOST) in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX) will be conducting a Media Forum for Nutrition Communication Network Region IX (NUTRICOMNET-IX) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Jardin de la Viña Hotel & Restaurant, Zamboanga City.

The media forum will provide local media practitioners and information officers with data and information on the recent results of the 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) particularly on infant feeding practices, household food consumption and vitamin A deficiency.

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In its effort to help develop and strengthen the science and technology (S&T) production sector, the Department of Science & Technology IX (DOST IX) has recently approved / released the grant of financial assistance to Silsilah Dialogue Movement to carry out the project entitled “Upgrading of Village-Level Corn Mill Facility”. Silsilah is a dialogue movement promoting deeper understanding and better relations between Muslims and Christians, and together, with people of other faiths and traditions.

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The Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) is now accepting nominations for the DR. ELVIRA O. TAN MEMORIAL AWARDS for two (2) Outstanding Fisheries Publication; one (1) for Marine Fisheries and one (1) in Aquaculture/Inland Fisheries for 2011.

To qualify for the nomination, the paper to be considered should: (1) be published in refered journals; (2) be an original paper; (3) be of Filipino author (main or senior author); (4) not be a review paper or manual; and (5) have been published either in foreign or local journals within the last five years prior to date of the award in July 2011.

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The Department of Science and Technology–IX (DOST-IX), in cooperation with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) and various inventors’ organizations in the region, is staging the 2011 Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE 2011) in May this year. RICE 2011 is the elimination/qualifying round for the National Invention Contest which will be held in July 2012. The competition shall serve as venue for showcasing the products of creativity /inventiveness/ingenuity of local inventors and researchers. It is one of the Department’s initiatives to help develop a more productive and innovative S&T sector.

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Local researchers and inventors who have developed new and innovative projects / models are invited to participate in any of the six (6) categories: 1) Invention (Tuklas Award); 2) Utility Model; 3) Industrial Design4) Creative Research (Likha Award)5) Student Creative Research-College Level (Sibol Award); and 6) Student Creative Research-High School Level (Sibol Award).

Application forms and other details about the Competition may be secured from the DOST-IX Regional Office at Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City. (DOST-IX PRESS RELEASE)

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Thirteen (13) high school graduates from Region IX passed the highly competitive S&T Scholarship Examination of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) given last November 21, 2010. According to DOST-IX Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano, of the thirteen (13), eight (8) qualified under RA 7687 Scholarship Program while five (5) for the Merit Scholarship.

The qualifiers for RA 7687 are Fretz E. Acaylar, Sulangon National High School; Andre F. Alcaraz, Basilan National High School; Meliton R. Chiong III,Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Eric G. Lauron, JH Cerilles State College-Dumingag Campus; Hande Marl Y. Pahunao, Bayog National High School;Garyl Jay N. Pepito, San Isidro High School; Diane C. Rodriguez, PSHS-Central Mindanao Campus; and Rey Jean G. Tura, Regional Science High School.

The Merit Scholarship qualifiers are Dominic S. Albao, PSHS-Diliman Campus; Christian M. Camache, Zamboanga del Sur NHS; Dominique S. Lim,Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Lean Carlo Q. Macoto, PSHS-Central Mindanao Campus; and Daniel F. Marquez, RegionalScienceHigh School.


As scholars, these students will get a monthly stipend in addition to free tuition and miscellaneous expenses. The program will also provide uniform and transportation allowances to the grantees.

In return, the scholars have to enroll in science and technology courses such as engineering and natural and physical sciences or other disciplines identified as priority courses under the program. Scholars are also expected to maintain the highest standards of scholastic achievement and behavior while in school.

Dir. Nazareth-Manzano said the scholars will be properly notified for the signing of the Scholarship Agreement.

For more information about S&T scholarship, interested parties may visit or call the DOST-IX Regional Office at Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City with telephone numbers (062) 991-1024 or any of the Provincial S&T Centers: Dipolog City -(065) 212-2244; Pagadian City - (062) 925-1152; and Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay - (062)333-2793. (DOST-IX PRESS RELEASE)

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST IX), in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH-IX) and the City Health Office (CHO) is launching the DOST-ITDI Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Trap in Region IX on Friday, April 1, 2011, 9:00AM at the Tumaga Elementary School, Barangay Tumaga.

This nationwide project aims to decrease the number of dengue-carrying mosquitoes and subsequently bring down the number of dengue cases in the country.

The Honorable Mayor Celso L. Lobregat is expected to grace the event together with DOH Regional Director Dr. Aristides Tan, DOST-IX Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano, and City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos.   Barangay Tumaga officials led by Barangay Chair Carol Gaganting, other government officials / representatives and some participating households are also expected to attend.


After the launching, a press conference will follow.   The mapping / identification of participating households will start on April 4, 2011, after which the OL Trap kits will be deployed. Ten (10) full-time workers, named as “Ovi Trappers” will map the recipient- households, distribute and monitor the OL traps.

The Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Trap is simple device developed by the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). It attracts the dengue-carrying female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and kills the eggs trapped in the kit. The OL trap kit includes three components: a black tumbler, a lawanit board and organic pellets.

The DOST is set to distribute a total of 200,000 OL Trap kits nationwide. Except for NCR, each region will receive 11,200 OL Trap kits to cover 2,800 households. NCR will get 20,800 OL trap kits to cover 5,200 households.   Each recipient-household will receive a set of (4) four OL Trap kits and a six-month supply of the organic pellets formulated by DOST-ITDI. The traps will be inspected / cleaned thoroughly every after 6 or 7 days. The organic pellets will also be replaced every week for the period of six (6) months.

In Region IX, the selected households-recipients are Barangay Tumaga, Zamboanga City (1,960 households); Dipolog City (560 households) andPagadian City (280 households). In 2010, DOH-IX recorded a total of 4,686 dengue cases in the region.   Of this, 70 % is in ZamboangaCity while 20 % and 10% are in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, respectively. Barangay Tumaga recorded the highest number of cases for the last three (3) years, according to the DOH-IX. It is expected that the dengue cases in the area will be reduced because of this intervention.   (DOST-IX PRESS RELEASE)

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List of Qualifiers for SY 2011 -2012                  

RA 7687 

  1. Fretz E. Acaylar, Sulangon National High School
  2. Andre F. Alcaraz, Basilan National High School
  3. Meliton R. Chiong III, Zamboanga Chong Hua High School
  4. Eric G. Lauron, JH Cerilles State College-Dumingag campus
  5. Hande Marl Y. Pahunao, Bayog National High School
  6. Garyl Jay N. Pepito, San Isidro High School
  7. Diane C. Rodriguez, PSHS-Central Mindanao campus
  8. Rey Jean G. Tura, Regional Science High School

Merit Scholarship

  1. Dominic S. Albao, PSHS-Diliman campus
  2. Christian M. Camache, Zamboanga del Sur NHS  
  3. Dominique S. Lim, Zamboanga Chong Hua High School
  4. Lean Carlo Q. Macoto, PSHS-Central Mindanao campus
  5. Daniel F. Marquez, Regional Science High School


  1. Alban, Jeshrun Ephraim Camero (Central Mindanao Campus)
  2. Alfad, Meella Rixsa Aming (Central Mindanao Campus)
  3. Nururrin, ahmad Al-Abidin Sanusi (Central Mindanao Campus
  4. Sarapuddin, Rajiv Burahan (Central Mindanao Campus)
  5. Abello, Christine Lyka Cacanog (Central Mindanao Campus)
  6. Barluado, Maye Maxinne Villoria (Central Mindanao Campus)
  7. Bojos, Ena Margarita Osano (Central Mindanao Campus)
  8. Edquila, Kathleen Mae Valleja (Central Mindanao Campus)
  9. Laygo, Colleen Cleo Bulac (Central Mindanao Campus)
  10. Ruda, Rosal May Gomera (Central Mindanao Campus)
  11. Trani, Rova Maye Adrias (Central Mindanao Campus)
  12. Ualat, Shaina Lou Bael (Central Mindanao Campus)
  13. Velasco, Dwight Louis Hamoy (Central Mindanao Campus)
  14. Villarin, Ailyn Quintero (Central Mindanao Campus)
  15. Campos, Twina Jame Carballo (Central Mindanao Campus)
  16. Englisa, Ronna Christma Caalim (Central Mindanao Campus)
  17. Gasalatan, Armarie Mendoza (Central Mindanao Campus)
  18. Mainit, Shaina Chelsey Tirol (Central Mindanao Campus)
  19. Narciso, Mindette Love Mirafuente (Main/ Central Mindanao Campus)
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The Department of Science and Technology - Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) in collaboration with the DOST Regional Office No. XI in Davao City, invites local inventors, makers, designers, creative researchers, students (both college and high school levels) and other interested groups in the region to participate in the 2010 Mindanao Invention Contest and Exposition on July 22-25, 2010 at the Ground Floor Activity Areas, NCCC Mall, Matina, Davao City.

The qualified participants are eligible to join in any of the six contest categories of the invention contest: 1) Invention Category (Tuklas Award); 2) Utility Model Category; 3) Industrial Design Category;  4) Creative Research Category (Likha Award); 5) Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for High School; and  6) Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for college.

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The DOST’s Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is pleased to announce that the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) is conducting a search on Best Mentor in Health Research Award.

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Department of Science and Technology
Regional Office No. IX
Pettit Barracks, Barangay Zone IV, Zamboanga City
Tel.: (062) 991-1024
Fax: (062) 992-1114