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Group photo with the Data Science graduates and organizers from DOST-PCIEERD and MOOCS.PH on June 11, 2018
 

As data science becomes a permeating technology in industry, practicing professionals like Zito Relova was able to hone their talents even more through innovative learning programs that help them expand their skill set from the comfort of their own home and schedule. With the goal of further addressing this demand, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) has produced 141 data training graduates and is looking forward to training more to keep up with the market.

“Being a big believer in online courses, the training course provided me with a way to keep learning on my own time without the need to be physically present in a school,” shares Relova, a Batch 1 graduate of the training program. “The course was able to provide me with the opportunity to learn these other tools that I could integrate with my existing skill set. It also opened my mind to new ways of doing things.”

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit expressed optimism that the newly-trained data scientists will be a big boost to government, academe, and industry as they can help in crafting data-driven decisions and policies that can help shape the economy.

“The new technologies we enjoy today generates, processes, and uses enormous amounts of data which if put into good use can help solve most of our problems. The data scientists we have trained can provide a newer perspective in terms of looking for solutions or responding to the call of the times,” he said.

The trainees went through the pioneering Learning at Scale training, which was done purely online in partnership with local start-up MOOCs PH, and offers the needed trainings developed by different international universities through Coursera.

“The best part of the experience for me is the flexibility of the program. It allows people to continue learning despite having other obligations in life. You don't have to plan your life around your education anymore, you can always learn in your own time,” says Relova. “In line with that is the accessibility of the program. Massive open online courses are very affordable and can be taken by anyone with an internet connection. In my experience with online courses, I have been fortunate to meet people from all walks of life who are very grateful for the opportunities that learning online has given them.”

“Skills in data science also intends to respond to local needs and demands for science-based solutions,” adds Paringit. “In order to cater to this, we need to grow our own talent pool and community of experts in the field who can help address these demands and bring up our global standing in terms of data analytics.”

The course consists of four modules, namely: (1) The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, (2) R Programming, (3) Getting and Cleaning Data, and (4) Exploratory Data Analysis. Apart from this, Coursera also offers an additional wave of learning tracks with further topics centering on data and its applications to studying trends, global movements, human behavior, and the like.

These 141 graduates were automatically accepted for the next four advanced courses of the entire data science track training program, allowing them to maximize what they have learned and applying them to real life situations and at work. The advanced courses tackled Modules 6-8 of the Data Science specialization by Johns Hopkins University.

“Data science in the Philippines is still very much in its infancy. Only a small percentage of people are familiar with the field. Despite this, there are actually a lot of people who want to break into data science but are just not sure how to do it,” adds Relova. “The training definitely helped me expand my skill set. As a data scientist, I had always used a specific set of tools for my work. I knew about the other tools that existed but never really taught myself how to use them.”

Paringit said that the data science training provides the government opportunities to be more innovative and improve services, building a community of skilled experts that can increase the country’s global competitiveness in the field.

“It’s not just data science as it is,” adds Paringit. “Matching the right talents with the right skills will enable us to address common needs of the Filipino: internet usage, speech and image recognition, fraud and risk detection, logistics, and so much more.”

Interested partner institutions and/or employers can get in touch with the training graduates through PCIEERD’s Human Resources and Institution Development Division (HRIDD) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information and new updates on DOST-PCIEERD’s online learning modules, interested applicants may visit the Innovation Council’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dostpcieerd or the official website at http://pcieerd.dost.gov.ph.
 
 

In its bid to leapfrog ASEAN countries in the additive manufacturing industry, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched two 3D printing research facilities in the country.

 

PCIEERD Project Managers pose for a photo with AMREL Project Leader Prof. John Ryan Dizon (fourth from the right).

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and other DOST officials recently inaugurated the Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory (AMREL) at the Bataan Peninsula State University, a state-of-the-art 3D printing research facility equipped with the latest machines on additive manufacturing.

 

(From left) DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit, ITDI Project Leader Dr. Blessie Basilia, DOST-MIRDC Director Engr. Robert Dizon, DOST-ITDI Director Dr. Anabelle Briones, DOST Secretary Fortunato De La Peña, AMCen Consultant Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, DOST Undersecretary for R&D Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, and DOST-MIRDC Project Leader Engr. Fred Liza.

Dela Peña also led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMCen) at the Metals Industry Research and Development Center, a facility which aspires to be the country’s leading research center in innovative 3D printing technologies, processes, and materials.

DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit expressed optimism over the prospects of additive manufacturing in the country with the opening of the two new facilities.

“We are launching two centers for 3D printing research and development and we, in DOST-PCIEERD, are privileged to be part of this game-changing initiative. The additive manufacturing research industry will open the doors to previously unimaginable possibilities, and every single 3D-printed product will unfold more innovations. Soon, how we create things will be different from what we’re used to,” said Director Paringit.

3D printing, from small parts to big structures, will be used in aerospace, defense, biomedical, healthcare, printed electronics, agricultural machinery, and automotive industries.

AMREL is the first additive manufacturing research laboratory in the Philippines and since July 2, 2018, AMREL has been utilized to conduct research for undergraduate and graduate theses. Prof. John Ryan Dizon, project leader of AMREL, proudly shared these studies on the applications of 3D printing for defense applications and health care. He was also able to do technology demonstration with junior high school students of the Bataan National High School who then successfully created a 3D printed drone.

“These are all blessings for all of us, and for the future generations,” Dr. Gregorio Rodis, president of BPSU expressed his gratitude being the first recipient of a research laboratory that focuses on 3D research and development.

AMREL will be used for the following thrusts: development of new materials; testing and characterization of materials; faculty and student sharing and creating of ideas; rapid prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing; training, education, and empowerment; and designing and analysis of parts and systems.

Meanwhile, two DOST agencies will lead the management of AMCen: the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) will develop new materials for additive manufacturing, while DOST-MIRDC will handle the advanced prototyping. 

 

The proposed Additive Manufacturing Center building design.

In the groundbreaking ceremony of AMCen, industry representatives from the manufacturing sectors were also present. De la Peña emphasized the importance of partnerships with different agencies—national government organizations, non-government agencies, private companies, and the academe—in optimizing the program objectives.

“With the recent trends in the Industry 4.0, advance additive manufacturing will support our independence from many imported items as well as sustain our development. It will also serve as buffer with regards to the economic effect of importation, inflation, and dollar fluctuation while enhancing the technical support of the government to the industry,” remarked DOST Undersecretary for R&D, Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara.

Furthermore, Undersecretary Guevara encouraged the academe and the industry to collaborate with AMCen to produce new products, substitutes for parts/components, and/or realize other applications of 3D printing.

AMCen is expected to rise after nine months, and will be operational in its second year of implementation.

TAGUIG CITY, Philippines, March 27, 2019. – The Philippines’ small satellites have found a new home.
 

The Mind Museum, together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), is launching exciting new exhibits to popularize the Philippines’ use of space technology and entice students to get into careers in science.  

Permanent exhibits at the Universe Gallery and a nook at the Space Adventure Travelling Exhibition of The Mind Museum will showcase the different space technology projects spearheaded by DOST in a popular and highly interactive form.

The new exhibits are designed to capture the interest of guests of all ages, from young children to adults. The exhibits include games and even virtual reality tours that showcase how we all benefit from space technology in our everyday lives. The exhibits will also highlight the purpose and function of the Earth-observing microsatellites Diwata-1 and Diwata-2, which were made by Filipino engineers from the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) and the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), in collaboration with Japan’s Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. There will also be a feature on the Maya-1, the Philippines’ first nanosatellite, which was built and designed by Filipino scholars participating in the BIRDS-2 Project in Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech).

“There is something deeply human about the excitement for space exploration,” says The Mind Museum curator Maria Isabel Garcia. “Just look at how excited young kids can be about outer space. Through these exhibits, we hope to show to kids that they actually can pursue a career based on their sense of wonder and adventure.”

Officials from DOST are also excited that the country’s efforts in space science are getting a wider audience. “The projects to use space technology are for the benefit of Filipinos,” says Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD). “Since these projects are publicly funded, we at DOST believe that communicating our projects’ benefits to Filipinos is a crucial part of what we do.”

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña also welcomes another avenue to popularize a project of Filipino scientists and engineers. “This is an important step in advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country,” De La Peña says. “By showing to young Filipinos what our scientists and engineers have accomplished, we can inspire students to go into STEM fields and contribute to science in the country.”

Some of the exhibits will be housed permanently at The Mind Museum, which is found in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Meanwhile, other exhibits will be included as part of Space Adventure. Space Adventure is one of the museum’s traveling exhibitions and will be in the Canopy Plaza of The Mind Museum until April 21, 2019. After that, Space Adventure will go to different sites in the country to bring the excitement of space exploration to more guests.

The exhibits were designed and created by The Mind Museum, with support from DOST-PCIEERD, DOST-ASTI, UPD, and the Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program which is succeeded by the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program.

“The STAMINA4Space Program appreciates the efforts of DOST-PCIEERD and The Mind Museum in showcasing the outputs of the program to young Filipinos,” says STAMINA4Space Program Leader and DOST-ASTI Acting Director, Dr. Joel Marciano, Jr. “We look forward to continued partnership with The Mind Museum in pursuit of our objective of advancing and promoting space technology research and development for the benefit of Philippine society.”
 
 
A closer look at the making of a 3D map that will soon guide firefighters.
 

Widespread fires would soon be a thing of the past as a Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)-funded technology maps out fire hazards and where it may spread, helping authorities to outsmart the disaster.

Firecheck, a fire hazard mapping and fire spread modeling project implemented by the University of the Philippines - Cebu, seeks to provide emergency fire responders and officials, strategic planners, and policy-makers a wealth of information for fire disaster assessment and risk evaluation to be able to combat, if not mitigate, the negative consequence of fire.

UP Cebu Professor and Firecheck Project Leader Aileen Joan Vicente said Firecheck’s hazard maps identify highly-dense residential areas in the cities that are prone to fire incidents considering the construction materials used in the area, building density, and urban heat island.

“Fire hazard mapping is a vital step in acknowledging fire as an inevitable disaster that must be accommodated similarly to how we prepare  for disasters,” she said.

Vicente said that besides the hazard maps, her team also created 3D maps of high-risk communities and fire spread models and simulation that can provide predictive information on the possible extent of the fire and its potential damage. 

She said that information from these maps, models, and simulations can be used to improve pre-fire plans, evacuation plans, and investment plans for fire fighting facilities and mitigation plans.

At present, Vicenete’s team is working with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, City Planning and Development Office, and Bureau of Fire Protection  (BFP) Regional Office 7 to cover the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu in verifying the fire hazard maps that they have created.

She noted that they are also testing the FireCheck Attribution App, a mobile application that can display the community’s 3D maps tagged with information necessary for pre-fire response planning such as building properties and road attributes.

Vicente said that they have tested this app during their pilot field survey in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City and is now undergoing modifications to improve its features.

She added that her team will train more users on the  mobile app, develop evacuation plans, and validate the generated maps.

“It is now high-time that not only Metro Cebu, but also the whole country, take a scientific and proactive approach to fire disasters based on adequate preparedness, prevention, and mitigation, ensuring that the fire will be put out even before it begins,” she said.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit expressed confidence that the project will greatly benefit fire authorities in mitigating and controlling damage with the use of modern technology.

“With Firecheck, we can provide a smart solution in increasing the community’s resiliency against fire disasters.  We look forward to the day that Firecheck spreads across the nation and ignites the consciousness of our Filipino people in using technology to outsmart natural and man-made disasters,” he said.
 

USHER Lead Inventor Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy of Mapua University and Chief Technology Officer Engr. Donato Santiago receive their prizes at the 2019 World Summit Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.

Besting 430 nominations from 182 participating countries, Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System (USHER), a Department of Science and Technology-funded technology, was selected as one of the forty-five (45) Global Winners of the World Summit Awards (WSA) and the only Southeast Asian winner in the category "Smart Settlements and Urbanization".

USHER Technologies won the award for its cost-effective 24/7 Structural Health Monitoring System for buildings and bridges that enables economical and hassle free compliance to the National Building Code. It is composed of an accelerograph sensor and a web portal system that can be installed in building of all types, allowing building managers to monitor the structural integrity of the building.

WSA is a highly diverse and democratic award system that selects and promotes the world’s best digital innovation with impact on society. Running for 15 years, it has become a quality seal for digital content with societal impact. WSA is also a nomination-based award system - for a technology to be included in the winners’ circle, it has to be nominated by a WSA National Expert as the best national digital application in one of the 8 categories based on the following criteria: Content, Functionality, Design, Technology, and Innovation.

Compared to other existing products, USHER streamlined and tailored the system to fix the local market at a remarkably lower cost while still offering a complete solution to ensure business continuity. Last 2018, USHER won the Best R&D Award during the 8th Anniversary of DOST-PCIEERD.

DOST-PCIEERD’s Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit lauded the USHER Team for bagging the award and showing to the world how local technologies can be world-class. “We congratulate USHER for showing to the world what we can do here in the Philippines and how we can optimize innovation to the benefit of the Filipino people.  USHER’s win is an icing already to the number of lives that they have been saving with the technology they developed,” he said.

USHER Lead Inventor Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy expressed elation over the recognition given to them by WSA.  “Now we are more than ready to distribute USHER in the Philippines and we hope that with this international confirmation, we patronize technologies of our own people that was made by our people, for our people in USHERing a safer and more resilient Philippines,” he said.

As one of the winners of the WSA, the team was invited to attend the WSA Congress to personally receive their awards during the awarding ceremony. They also had the opportunity to network with the other global winners, speakers, jurors and international guests. The DOST PCIEERD provided financial support for the attendance of the two members of the team to the WSA Congress.

Among the perks of being a WSA winner is the integration of USHER into a network of internationally recognized digital content developers. They will also have access to the WSA community of global experts and industry leaders in over 180 countries and special placement on WSA website, Youtube channel and social media promotion. The WSA is a non-monetary award system with a focus on sustainable knowledge transfer through a worldwide network. Winners benefit not from a one-time financial reward, but a lifelong partnership and integration.