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Research and testing institutes as well as regional standards and testing laboratories under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are now better equipped to handle requests for research, testing and validation services from manufacturers, researchers and students.

From 2007 to 2011, the DOST allocated P365 million for the upgrade and renovation of its seven research and development institutes (RDIs) to address the need for safe, accurate and cost-effective testing services in the food, metals, furniture, textile, cosmetics and other industry sectors.

The research institutes that were upgraded include Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Industrial Technology and Development Institute (ITDI), Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).

Additionally, the DOST allocated P156 million to upgrade the facilities and expand the scope of services of its 14 Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories (RSTLs) by building capacity on specialized tests, enhancing manpower capability, and providing appropriate safety equipment and support to laboratory wastes treatment.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara as the new Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The appointment of Dr. Guevara comes after the recent appointment of Dr. Amelia P. Guevara, erstwhile PCIEERD Executive Director, as DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development.

A well-respected engineer and educator, the new Executive Director of PCIEERD specializes in speech and audio signal processing, time-frequency analysis and synthesis, and artificial intelligence.

As an educator for 27 years, Dr. Guevara began as an instructor and is currently a professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman. From 2004 to 2010, she served as Dean of the UP Diliman – College of Engineering and was Executive Director of the UP National Engineering Center.

From April 2007 to July 2010, Dr. Guevara was the program leader of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) of the DOST. The ERDT Project, which is being implemented through a consortium of eight universities in the Philippines, aims to upgrade the qualifications of local engineers and to increase the number of MS and PhD graduates in Engineering.

Additionally, Dr. Guevara has been the recipient of several awards in engineering and education, including the 2010 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines for the higher education category.

As the new Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD, Dr. Guevara will be responsible for leading one of three sectoral planning councils of the DOST. DOST-PCIEERD is the lead agency for the planning, promotion and management of scientific and technological research for the industry, energy and emerging technology sectors. (Margarette T. Maceda, RITTD-PCIEERD)

Caption: DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo swore in Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara as the new Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD on July 2, 2012. Also in the photo are (left to right) USec. Fortunato T. Dela Peña, USec. Amelia P. Guevara and USec. Carol M. Yorobe.

As promised by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), secondary senior students who have qualified for the college scholarship exam may now also access the online reviewer in preparation for their entrance examination on September 22, 2013. The scholarship program is under the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the DOST. 
  
In her interviews, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) said the online reviewers for both PSHS scholarship and SEI college scholarship will help applicants familiarize with the examination and make the scholarship even more accessible. More scholars mean more students taking up courses in science and engineering.  The college scholarship reviewer is ready and may be accessed at www.dostseireviewer.org.  Like the PSHS reviewer, this is internet-based and is accessible to any interested party, most especially to those who wish to simulate the examination, or those cannot afford to enrol in private review centers or have no access at all to such reviewers.
 

Nowcasting.  Yes, there is such an activity which the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) defines as the detailed description of the current weather along with forecasts obtained by extrapolation from the current time to six hours ahead. In this time range, it is possible to forecast small-scale features such as meso-cyclones, thunderstorms and tornadoes with reasonable accuracy”.
 
In its resolve to attract and encourage students to embrace the science of Meteorology, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology came up with the Nowcasting Competition. They will be challenged to use their research and computer programming skills in providing short-ranged weather forecast.
 
With the recent natural disasters caused by climatological changes, nowcasting could very well become a useful tool in the government’s efforts in disaster preparedness.
 

Eighteen Qualified Entries Move Up to Next Stage in PCIEERD Electronics Design Competition

As announced during the PCIEERD 3rd anniversary celebration last June, two competitions are now underway that intend to spur innovations and stimulate or challenge the tinkering ability of young minds particularly engineering students and researchers. The Electronics Design Competition, which kicked off in July, challenges engineering students in the electronics, electrical and computer engineering fields to create practical applications of electronic products that are designed and manufactured in the Philippines. The Nowcasting Competition, on the other hand, aims to attract and encourage students to embrace the science of Meteorology by utilizing their research and computer programming skills in short-ranged weather forecasting.


“We believe that competition brings out the best among the universities and researchers.” This was the message of Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) when she announced the competitions last June 2013. She added that thru competition, students and researchers will enjoy in taking up the challenge, learn more from the experience while aiming for the big prizes at stake - P200,000.00, P100,000.00 and P 50,000.00 for first, second and third winners, respectively. The faculty advisers will get 25% of the total prize.