Screenshot from the Training Launch on 10 August 2020. The activity was graced by DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo, and UP-SURP Dean Hussein Lidasan

10 August 2020 – The Department of Science and Technology and the University of the Philippines today launched an online training course for local government planners to help them project growth in their area.

Dubbed the DOST-PLANADES Settlement Model Training Module, the online course will be a useful tool in identifying suitable locations for urban expansion, predicting future demand for housing and its financial requirements, and planning for the spatial development of these emerging areas.

The training module is a product of a research conducted by the UP Planning and Development Research Foundation Inc. (PLANADES), supported by DOST and monitored by the DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit lauded the timeliness of the training module especially its shift to the online platform.

“As leader and partner in enabling innovations, we believe that the DOST PLANADES Settlement Training Module is an essential tool for local government planners who would like to come up with data-driven, science-based plan for their development. This training module will be helpful in their journey towards sustainable growth in the regions,” he said.

The training module offers an online course consisting of eight modules and is expected to be completed within 22 hours. The project will maximize the use of Canvas Network to aid the trainers and learners in completing the entire course.

The Human Settlement Modeling Project under PLANADES was created to deal with two concerns: first, to project settlements development in new growth areas in the country, and second, to estimate the corresponding housing requirements in the identified growth areas. Its four outputs are as follows:

  1. A settlement development model for new growth areas in the Philippines
  2. An estimation of projected housing requirements in the new growth areas.
  3. The adoption of a model by a pilot LGU in its Comprehensive Land Use and Comprehensive Development Plan
  4. A training module on the use of the settlements development model

PLANADES has identified nine (9) drivers of growth that would affect the development.  According to the study, they are:

  1. Internal Revenue Allotment
  2. Average Family Income
  3. Government Expenditure
  4. Resilience to Flood Hazards
  5. Presence of Ecozones
  6. Proximity to Airport/Seaport
  7. Groundwater Allocation
  8. Proximity to Road Network
  9. Within developable areas (outside Protected areas)

The research team has also identified the top 20 growth provinces.  They are:

  1. Cebu
  2. Cavite
  3. Bulacan
  4. Negros Occidental
  5. Laguna
  6. Pangasinan
  7. Rizal
  8. Davao del Sur
  9. Batangas
  10. Pampanga
  11. Iloilo
  12. Nueva Ecija
  13. Quezon
  14. Leyte
  15. Zamboanga del Sur
  16. Camarines Sur
  17. Isabela
  18. South Cotabato
  19. Misamis Oriental and
  20. Negros Oriental

Paringit expressed optimism that the outputs of the DOST PLANADES Settlement Model will boost economic activity in the region as it can pave the way for better local government planning.

“DOST PCIEERD will continue to support endeavors like the DOST PLANADES Settlement Model Project and provide solutions and opportunities that can make change happen and accelerate development in our regions,” he said.

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As teachers scramble for ways to find a viable and effective way of teaching mathematics in the new normal, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), developed an online platform that makes math more interesting, compelling, and engaging for students.

Developed by the team led by Loyola Schools Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work Dr. Ma. Louise Antonette N. De Las Penas, the “Technology Innovations for Mathematical Reasoning, Statistical Thinking and Reasoning” or Mathinic project seeks to create a digital mathematics learning environment to transform young Filipinos into proficient problem solvers using digital mobile applications and instructional materials, large-scale database of assessment results, and a database for statistical learning or Census-at-School.

“Our focus is to intuitively spark a zest among Filipinos, of varying age, to become math wizards by developing a digital classroom with sound pedagogical principles, user-friendly, aligned with the Department of Education (DepEd) curriculum, has minimum system requirements for mobiles or computers, and is cost-effective,” De Las Penas said.

The research seeks to create twenty (20) interactive applications that focus on number magnitude (for Grades 1 to 6) with accompanying user manuals, twenty (20) interactive applications in mathematics for Grades 7 to 10 with accompanying teaching guides, database for storing census results, making mathematics e-learning to be more interesting and meaningful among Filipino children.

At present, the project has finalized the test structures for addition and subtraction, conducted needs and gaps assessment in two (2) grade schools and two (2) high schools in San Mateo, met with school representatives, identified least-learned topics for grade and year levels, conducted the initial meeting with Mayor and Vice Mayor of San Mateo and representatives from DepEd-San Mateo to discuss and endorse the use of technologies. The project will soon finalize its test items on multiplication, division, and fractions.

The apps can provide number sense experiences to children and support teachers who wish to integrate research-based practices in the classroom. The database for statistical learning will be the first in the Philippines giving students access to authentic data.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit recognized the value of the apps especially for teachers who are now looking for tools to aid in the blended learning method of teaching in the new normal. 

“As a leader and partner in supporting innovations, we hope that we support more technologies that can help us navigate in the new normal,” says Paringit.

Event-based wind hazard regional hourly-simulation of Typhoon Kammuri (Tisoy).  It can determine the individual wind swath of existing tropical cyclone wind events showing the location of maximum wind where damage could be significant. The wind hazard varies considerably in the surrounding areas due to local terrain roughness, the shielding due to upwind structures and topographic factors.

As the Philippines enters the rainy season, researchers from the Department of Science and Technology and the University of the Philippines unveiled the development of severe wind hazard maps for susceptible buildings around the country.

Funded by the DOST and monitored by the DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST PCIEERD), the researchers from the program “Severe Wind Hazard and Risk Assessment for Cebu City” developed fundamental datasets and information on hazard, exposure, and vulnerability of different building types against strong winds, providing critical information for local disaster response teams.

The research team from the DOST Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration developed regional wind hazard maps for the entire country. Severe wind maps for 78 provinces, and 41 local wind hazard maps for 41 provinces. The regional wind hazard maps were modified to local settings like terrain and other topographic factors.

DOST PAGASA also developed a risk exposure database for 2, 600 buildings in Cebu City to prepare local chief executives on the effects of strong winds in their LGU.

On the other hand, researchers from the UP Institute of Civil Engineering are developing building vulnerability classification system that classifies structures according to their susceptibility to damage when battered by severe winds.

DOST PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit explained that the severe wind hazard maps that will soon be made available to local government units for disaster preparedness and mitigation, Philippines being one of the most prone to tropical cyclones in the second half of the year.

“We hope these hazard maps can equip our local disaster mitigation officers in preparing, planning, responding, and mitigating hazards that are brought about by strong winds of tropical cyclones. As leader and partner in enabling innovations, we shall continue to provide solutions and opportunities that can help the Filipino people cope with the challenges of natural disasters,” he said.

DOST-PCIEERD 2018 YIP Awardees

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) announced on Monday (July 20, 2020) the 16 shortlisted applicants for its fourth edition of the Young Innovators Program.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit commended the young innovators for sharing their innovative ideas and working hard to meet any challenge.

“Congratulations to the shortlisted applicants! They are moving closer to make greater things and I hope that they stay constantly motivated,” he said.

The National Capital Region (NCR) bagged the most number of shortlisted applicants consisting of seven (7), followed by Region III, IV-A, XI and XI, each with two (2) shortlisted applicants, and Region V with one (1) shortlisted applicant.


Paringit said the Council will remain committed in honing, supporting, and preparing the next generation to thrive in the future.

“The Council, as leader and preferred partner in Science, Technology, and Innovation, will continue supporting our younger generation who aspire to transform and rebuild the Philippine society. The young people’s incredible commitment in coming up with these researches makes me optimistic about the future of the scientific community. We value their drive, grit, and deep sense of purpose when it comes to solving problems,” said Paringit.

The Young Innovators Program (YIP) is a research support program of DOST PCIEERD that provide grants to promising young innovators who want to take on pioneering works fostering quality research paper, publication or products, or inventions. This 2020, the Innovation Council shortlisted 16 applicants out of 92 proposals received last June 15.

Selected YIP grantees will receive support of up to P800,000 for their research, which includes honorarium for the teachers and the students, laboratory expenses, and testing consumables.

Here is the full list of YIP shortlisted applicants:

Environment and Pollution Control

  1. 1. Shock Electrodialysis Apparatus (S.E.A.)

PSHS-Main Campus

This project seeks to provide a more accessible source of clean freshwater by creating a compact desalination device which uses shock electrodialysis technology to desalinate saltwater

Team Members: Paris Miguel U. Bereber, John David F. Magnaye, and Davis Nicholo A. Magpantay

Mentor: Engr. Boon Kristoffer P. Lauw

  1. 2. Fungal chitosan- based Microbeads: A Heavy Metal Soil-based biobsorbent

Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Sta Mesa

The study aims to innovate fungal chitosan microbeads to help treat a heavy metal polluted soil-

Team Members: Irah Faye B. Garzon, Raven Elyze E. Laurella, and Ghimel P. Espinosa

Mentor: Dr. Lourdes V. Alvarez

  1. 3. Landfill Bioremediation through Biodegradative activities of Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom) to High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Angeles University Foundation Integrated School

The study is aimed at determining a more ecological approach to address plastic garbage concerns.

Team Members: Nikka C. Banez, Princess Angelica S. Besonia, Kyla Carmina F. Consul, Jules Hyacinth B. Macasaet, and Ma. Angelica D. Gomez

Mentors: Dr. Analiza J. Molina and Mr. Emmanuel Carbungco


ICT, Electronics and Semiconductor

  1. 1. Abot (Anti-Biohazard Robot): Arduino Based Internet of Things Robot Controlled by Mobile Phone via Blynk for Waste Collection and Disinfection by Using Mist Fogging System Designed for Biohazarad Wastes

Navotas National Science High School

The project seeks to build a robot that will collect the waste products of COVID-19 patients and suspected ones.

Team Members: John Emmanuel G. Javines

Mentor: Mr. Don King O. Evangelista

  1. 2. Arduino-based Physical Distancing Face shield for the Visually Impaired

South Hill School, Incorporated

The project is aimed at making special face shields for visually impaired individuals to protect them from airborne infections.

Team Members: Renzo Batacan, Francis Sean Trillana, Rafael Carlos Landicho, Jerome Christian Borines, and Jonathan Peria

Mentor: Engr. Amando Perfecto Dela Cruz Molin


  1. 3. SNAP: A Facial Recognition System for Contact Tracing

MSU - General Santos City

This project will develop a system that provides a more efficient and convenient way of contact tracing by using image processing.

Team Members: Mark John Lerry Casero, John Rannilo Ortiz, and Lloyd Jayson Ca-ong

Mentor: Dr. Cristina P. Dadula

  1. 4. An Application of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Preventing Covid-19 Cross Infection in Philippine Hospitals

Mapua University

The research is focused on determining the key factors contributing to cross contamination and the underlying root causes that warrant the use of artificial intelligence technology and robotics.

Team Members: Alliah Jae G. Vasquez, Jasper D. Tibong, and Jay Van N. Villaflor

Marvin I. Norona

Mentor: Mr. Marvin I. Norona

  1. 5. SPHERE: An Ultra-wideband Technology-based Innovation for Search and Rescue Operations in the Philippines

Mapua University

the study is aimed at developing a device will hasten the search phase of the search and rescue activity in locating victims and survivors underneath debris and heavy mudslides in the soonest of time and least effort.

Team Members: Ma. Cathyrine Ravina, Denisse Joy Dayao, and Janela Zambrano

Mentor: Mr. Marvin I. Norona

  1. 6. The study of a systematic and efficient device called SALER PADAR (System of Accurate and Logistically Effective Relief in times of Pandemic and Disaster and Risk Reduction) in terms of the distribution of relief goods during a crisis

Filemon T. Lizan Senior High School

The project aims to create a system to aid the government in the distribution of relief goods using the integration of GSM system and the bar code system.

Team Members: Fererico D. Chavez III and Deowin A. Bagkus

Mentor: Engr. Anthony V. Abesado

  1. 7. SAKAY NA: An App-Based System Approach in the Reduction of Commuter Build-up and Sidewalk Congestion

Mapua University

The study will explore the different factors that will rationalize a consortium lead initiative in giving real time information exchange to have a seamless commute of people and products.

Team Members: Lorentz Benedick Angelou V. Miranda, Allysa L. Yu, and Darryl P. Pescador

Mentor: Mr. Marvin I. Norona

  1. 8. FIBER: Fabric Installed Body Energyharvester via Raspberry Pi

University of Nueva Caceres

The project aims to create a wearable energy harvesting device  that can  generate electric power from the foot step movement.

Team Members: Jonna Mae E. Bagasbas, Jerome S. Del Castillo, and Modesto D. Remo Jr.

Mentor: Engr. Edgardo N. Martinez

Material Science

  1. 1. PROJECT LINGAP LANGHAP: A Low-cost 3D Printed Air Purifier System using Activated Carbon Biomass Filter and Philippine Bamboo Exterior

PSHS-Central Luzon Campus

The study seeks to develop a low-cost indoor air purifier using activated carbon biomass filter.

Team Members: Carlos Jerard Dela Cruz, Jan Paolo Pineda, and Maria Michaela Tumonong

Mentor: Mr. Joel Bautista

Metals and Engineering

  1. 1. Design and Development of Kulintang Manufacturing Machine


Project description: The research aims to design, fabricate and evaluate kulintang manufacturing machine.

Team Member/s: Kriestienne Marie Jyka D. Garcia, Maita T. Pedrajas, and Jule Cyrus F. Arabit

Mentor/s: Engr. Jefrey M. Bagasbas


  1. 1. Hg and Pb Detection Kit Utilizing DLimonene from Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Peelings

University of Mindanao - Main

This project aims to make an easy and efficient Hg and Pb detection kit for water sources contaminated by mining wastewater

Team Member: Steph Kier S. Ponteras

Mentor: Dr. Chosel P. Lawagon (BSP Awardee)


  1. 2. Synthesis of nanocellulose from durian rinds and nanosilica from rice hulls for the preparation of a self-healing smart concrete with augmented mechanical properties

University of Mindanao - Main

The study aims to lessen the occurrence of cracks in cement-based products through upgrading self- healing ability of the cementitious matrix using nanocellulose from durian rinds and nanosilica from rice hulls

Team Member: Ivanbert Y. Damasco

Mentor: Dr. Chosel P. Lawagon (BSP Awardee)

Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Solutions

  1. 1. Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Using Electrode Processed from Kaong Waste Product

Cavite State University

This project will utilize sugar palm (kaong) waste product to produce potable water from wastewater and serve as a voltage source.

Team Members: Alexis Anne Cruto Bonus, Renz John Kurt Sorrera Reyes, and Vien Isabella Roraldo Rom

Mentor: Ms. Sheryl D. Fenol


The winners of the grant will be announced on September 22, 2020. Stay tuned to DOST-PCIEERD social media accounts for more updates and/or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inquiries.

DOST Smart Food Value Chain Program

Manila -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Chamber of  Agriculture and Food, Inc. (PCAFI), and Air21 Global forged a partnership to implement a smart food value chain program to guarantee food security in the new normal.

The collaboration will cover food production, food processing, logistics supply chain and resources management system, and smart retailing systems.

In a virtual meeting, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena sealed the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PCAFI Chair Mr. Philip Ong and President Mr. Danilo Fausto, and with Air21 Global President Ms. Judy Ascalon.

"This is a milestone that will surely strengthen the cooperation between DOST and its partner industries, PCAFI and Air21, to heighten food production, processing, and extending the shelf-life of local food for national consumption," DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit said.

Accelerating local food production and generating market opportunities for farmers, the DOST through PCIEERD, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), and partner state university and college (SUC) as well as Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have developed several technologies that will be integrated to complete the value chain.

Smart technologies such as Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines (SARAI) of DOST-PCAARRD and artificial intelligence to process data across the value chain will be used in the undertaking.

The Food Value Chain (FVC) is a series of activities that aims to build and create values from each stage, from agricultural production, processing and manufacturing, distribution up to consumption.

Its goal is to develop a sustainable food value chain in the country—from farms to firms and their successive coordinated value-adding activities that produce particular raw agricultural materials and transform them into particular food products that are sold to final consumers and disposed of after use, in a manner that is profitable throughout, has broad-based benefits for society, and does not permanently deplete natural resources.