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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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Department of Science and Technology
Regional Office No. IX
Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City
Tel.: (062) 991-1024
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