Eco-Friendly Septic System (Eco-Sep) not only for Temporary Shelters but also for Households and Condos
A newly-developed portable eco-friendly septic system enhanced with organominerals meant for disaster areas is also applicable in condominiums and other housing projects.
Following the many big disasters that happened in the country, the DOST resolved to look at rehabilitation measures and programs on a macro scale, taking into consideration all scenarios and looking at possible S&T interventions for rehabilitation. The immediate need for relief or emergency food has been addressed and the DSWD has started to order in bulk DOST-developed emergency foods for future eventualities. Another immediate problem is wastewater and sanitation in communities where households are displaced from their private homes. For this, the DOST saw the need for an efficient sanitation management to address the vulnerability and risks caused by sanitation problems particularly in temporary shelters.
An Anti-Microbial Water Filter for EveryJuan
Researchers at DOST are excited about their newly-developed anti-microbial water filter technology that uses local clay material.
Water, water is everywhere, so goes a nursery rhyme. But did you know that the Philippines, known to be a water-surrounded country, has still areas deprived of clean drinking water even outlying areas that are nearby water bodies? To further confirm this, the country's main sources of freshwater are rainfall, surface water which embrace water bodies like rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, and groundwater. There are 18 major river basins and 421 principal river basins in 119 proclaimed watersheds located in the country. It also has 79 lakes covering an area of 1,830 square kilometers or 0.61 percent of the national area. The Philippines also possesses groundwater reservoir of 1 about 50,000 square kilometers as part of the 14 percent of the national water resource potential.
What is even more mind-boggling are the following statistics. The 2002 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey performed by the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported that 20% of the total population or 3.2 million families have no access to potable water. Moreover, according to DILG, there are 432 waterless municipalities or 1.5 million households outside Metro Manila have no access to safe drinking water in 2010. Municipalities with less than 50% service coverage are identified as 'waterless municipalities'.
DOST-PCIEERD delegate receives Best Participant Award in the Professional Diploma in Total Quality Management Programme in Malaysia
Mr. Rolando A. Yanquiling of DOST-PCIEERD (center) with Dr. Samuel T.M. Tan, President of The Institute of Management Specialist (UK) - Malaysia Chapter (left) and Dr. Mohd Syazwan, Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure Enviro-Water Management SDN. BHD.(right)
In its commitment to achieve excellence and continuous improvement of its core business processes and services for its clients and partners at all times, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development, through its delegate, Mr. Rolando Yanquiling, participated in the Professional Diploma in Total Quality Management (TQM) Programme last November 16 to December 16, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Staying true to PCIEERD's core value of upholding excellence in work, Mr. Yanquiling, PCIEERD Quality Management System (QMS) Coordinator, even bested 16 other delegates from Asia and Africa and received the Best Participant Award during the programme's closing ceremony held last December 15, 2014 at the Hotel Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Selection of Best Participant Award was done through the meticulous assessment of the participants' exercises, outputs and examinations. The said award entitles him to a membership to The Institute of Management Specialists (UK).
Developments in the prototypes of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) Automated Guide-way Transit System (AGT) sheds more light in addressing the grave lack of environmentally sustainable technology that will ease the country's air pollution and traffic.
With air pollution in Metro Manila hitting higher than the acceptable level set by Republic Act 8749, and congested roadways causing high traffic related costs, the need for sustainable technology alternatives in the transport industry is imperative.
Based on the Philippines' Republic Act 8749, also known as the Philippine Clean Air Act, the allowable total suspended particulates (TSPs) or amount of dust and solid pollutants in the air is 90 ug/Ncm. However, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau, the TSPs in Metro Manila for 2013 reached 118 ug/Ncm and is triggered by smoke-belching vehicles.