The Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) on Monday (September 6) unveiled 20 newly approved projects for the manufacturing and process sector in a bid to help businesses grapple with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the fifth leg of the Science and Innovation Budding Opportunities for Leverage (SIBOL) webinar series, DOST PCIEERD revealed projects on nanotechnology, waste processing, and textile production.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico Paringit expressed optimism in the new projects presented during the fifth leg of SIBOL and remarked how it could transform the manufacturing landscape to better thrive under the challenging conditions presented by the pandemic.

“We need to take a technological and scientific approach in dealing with the pandemic and innovative solutions through these new projects have shown that it can provide the necessary mechanisms to make progress,” Paringit said.

Among the projects launched are:

  1. CRADLE: Development of a Design Guideline Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Semiconductor and Electronics Packaging Systems for Automotive Applications by Dr. Aristotle T. Ubando of De La Salle University – Laguna
  2. Advanced Surface Coatings for Lightweight Alloys Used in Aerospace Applications by Dr. Eden May B. Dela Peña of University of the Philippines - Diliman
  3. CARRAGEEN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT LAB (CR&De-L): Developing Cold-Soluble Powders, Bioplastic Sheets, and Bioactive Hydrogels from Nano-Structured Carrageenans by Dr. Rommel Bacabac of University of San Carlos
  4. eAsia: Development of Innovative Nanobiodevices Based on Hybrid Materials by Combination of Endemic South Asian Biomolecules and Nanocarbons by Dr. Leo Cristobal C. Ambolode II  of Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology
  5. Development of Theoretical and Computational Models Based on Percolation Theory Leading Towards Durable Material Design by Dr. Jacque Lynn F. Gabayno of Mapua University
  6. Development of a Gamma Computed Tomography Imaging Device for Industrial Applications (GAIA) by Dr. Vallerie Ann Samson of DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
  7. Valorisation of agri-food waste: ultrasound-assisted extraction of oils and polyphenols from spent coffee grounds and green bean rejects of Cordillera grown arabica coffee by Dr. Roland Hipol of University of the Philippines - Baguio, College of Science
  8. Green Oil and Phytochemicals from Cashew by Dr. Annabelle V. Briones of DOST - Industrial and Technology Development Institute (DOST -ITDI)
  9. The PEEL-Good Project: Bench-scale Ultrasound-assisted Extraction of Pectin from ‘Saba’ Banana Peel Waste by Dr. Joel P. Rivadeneira of UP Los Banos
  10. CRADLE 2020: Technology Intervention to Provide an Alternative Market for Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac) as Raw Material for Jasmine Oil Production by Dr. Lemmuel Tayo of Mapua University
  11. Colorimetric and Performance Standardization of NatDyes Produced in Various NatDyesHubs in the Philippines by Dr. Julius L. Leaño of DOST Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST - PTRI)
  12. “Waste to Wealth”: Value-Adding Approaches to Transform Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Pod Husk Towards Economic Development by Dr. Myleen Corpuz of Isabela State University – Main
  13. CRADLE 2020: Application of Natural Antioxidants Derived from Sugarcane for Food, Food Supplement and Cosmetics Production Formulations by Mr. Nico Dumandan of University of the Philippines - Los Baños, National Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology
  14. CRADLE 2020: Community-level Functionalization of Handwoven Cordillera and Mindoro Textiles for Creative Protective Clothing by Ms. Zailla Payag of DOST-PTRI
  15. Diversification of Philippine Textiles through Nonwoven Innovations Program by Dr. Julius L. Leaño and Ms. Zailla Payag of DOST – PTRI with the following projects:
    1. Project 1. Technical Non-Woven Lignocellulosic Fibers for the Automotive and Air Filtration Application and
    2. Project 2. Development of Nonwoven Finishing Technologies toward Vegan Leather, both
  16. Spunlaid Nonwovens R&D: Sustainable Meltblown and Spunbonded Nonwoven Textiles Program by Ms. Josanelle Angela V. Bilo and Dr. Julius L. Leaño of Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) with the following projects:
    1. Project 1. Sustainable Meltblown Nonwoven Textiles for Protective Devices
    2. Project 2. Functional Spunbonded Nonwovens for Agro-Industrial and Geo-Textile Applications
  17. Establishment of Metals and Engineering Innovation Centers in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions I, II, III and X by Dr. Agustin M. Fudolig of DOST-MIRDC
  18. Establishment of Mold Technology Support Center (MTSC) also by Dr. Fudolig

SIBOL is a monthly presentation to the public of new projects and programs that DOST-PCIEERD is funding and creates awareness on the promising new projects and their potential impact to society.

Paringit enjoined the public to watch out for these new projects as they take shape in the coming months.

“As a leader and partner in enabling innovations, we encourage the public to be on the lookout for these new researches we are investing in.  We will continue in our pursuit of providing support to the manufacturing and process sectors and help them recover and bounce back in the new normal,” he said. 


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