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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

PSHS-SOCCSKSARGEN

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

Nanotechnology

  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.

As the Philippines battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) deployed four (4) new technologies developed by Filipino researchers to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Ranging from robotics to logistics support, these are the four (4) local technologies

that provide frontliners with better ways to deal with the pandemic and help save more lives in the country:

The mobile disinfection chamber developed by USHER led by Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy to mitigate the spread of disease
 
1. GO-CLEAN Disinfection Chamber – Created by USHER Technologies Inc., a DOST-PCIEERD and Mapua University spin-off company, it is a mobile disinfection chamber that sanitizes the body of a person entering the enclosure. Proper protocols are designed in order to ensure protection of sensitive areas such as the eyes, nose, and mouth from possible irritation brought about by the disinfectant mist. It can be installed at the entrance of hospitals and other establishments, and it provides sanitation thru misting of electrolyzed saline solution or Anolyte that takes up only to 5 to 10 seconds per person. Anolyte is a lethal disinfectant for bacteria and viruses but is very safe for people and the environment. It has been well known to scientists since the early 1900s and is produced through a process of electrolysis using only brine solution and tap water. The key component produced is hypochlorous acid (HOCl) which occurs naturally in the human body; white blood cells actually produce minute quantities of HOCl when fighting off infections.
 
The unit comes in single and dual chamber variants—the wet chamber for disinfectant fog and misting, may include a thermal scanner, automatic alcohol dispenser, rack for disinfecting materials and further development will include breathing pattern determination, and coughing detection system. The biggest advantage of GO-CLEAN will be its HOCLOMAC system that will allow the chamber to produce its own disinfection solution. This will be the 1st and one of a kind in the world.

USHER Technologies has already deployed a total of eleven (11) GO-CLEAN units at the following locations: i) four (4) units in Quezon City, ii) one (1) in Camp Crame,  iii) one (1) at the Development Bank of the Philippines (Makati), iv) one (1) at the Lung Center of the Philippines v) one (1) in Camp Aguinaldo, vi) two (2) in Santiago City and vii) one (1) at the DOST Science Heritage Building.

The group can currently produce around 4 to 5 units of their Go-Clean system per week. For more information, please visit their official Facebook page: @ushertechnologies, website:http://www.usher.ph/ and/or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
TrAMS+ developed by UP Diliman is an online needs and distribution tracker for Philippine medical supplies
 
2. Tracing for Allocation of Medical Supplies (TrAMS+) – In partnership with UP Diliman, TrAMS+ is an online geographic system developed for tracking information regarding health facilities’ medical resources. This system relies on crowdsourced and volunteered information that may be used by government agencies, donors, and other interested parties as a tool for effective response in distribution of the much-needed medical resources.

The project team will regularly update its database and display the daily inventory of hospitals, improvement of website features, design of mobile app, among others. For

more information, please visit their official Facebook page: @TrAMSproject, website: https://trams-up-dge.herokuapp.com/ and/or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

UST’s LISA robot allows virtual communication between medical personnel and COVID+ patients to prevent virus transmission
 
3. LISA Robot: Logistic Indoor Service Assistant Telepresence Robot – LISA robot, developed by Asst. Prof. Anthony James C. Bautista, PME, PhD, from the University of Santo Tomas, is a remote-controlled wheeled device that offers virtual communication between medical personnel and COVID+ patients by means of a computer, tablet or smartphone with wireless internet connectivity. Also, it has a box that holds the medicines for patients.

LISA robot has three (3) levels of automation - Level 1 is the most basic automation where the medical personnel can control the LISA robot through a handheld transmitter sending commands to a receiver; Level 2 automation allows the robot to be controlled over a WiFi anytime, anywhere; and Level 3 automation is based on Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) wherein the robot makes a map of the hospital and navigates through obstacles using 2D Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor. While levels 2 and 3 automation will be implemented after the COVID pandemic due to limited resources brought by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), level 1 automation is low-cost, easy to build using readily available materials, and can be controlled by an operator at 5-10 meters away. The first model has received positive feedback from Dr. Emilito Santos of Pasig Doctors Medical Center and Dr. Marcellus Francis Ramirez of UST Hospital who tested the unit last April 6.

While the production of one unit usually takes 4 to 5 days, the project targets to produce at least four (4) units of level 1 automation for its beneficiaries including UST Hospital, Pasig Doctors Medical Center, Marikina Valley Medical Center, and

Binangonan Lake View Hospital. For the tech’s full description, please visit bit.ly/LISArobot.

 
 
Project RAMDAM serves as portal between community citizens and the government about relief distribution activities
 
4. Project RAMDAM or Resource Allocation Management, Distribution, and Monitoring – The system developed by Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. (GrIDS) in partnership with DOST, is a COVID-19 initiative composed of a Mobile App and a Web Portal that could serve as a platform for residents and LGUs to share accurate information regarding relief packs and cash assistance distribution. The system aims to provide efficient data management and monitoring for the LGUs and feedback and request mechanism for the residents. The team field tested this innovation in some barangays of Los Baños, Laguna and is currently preparing the pilot testing results for possible nationwide implementation. For more information, please visit the Project RAMDAM Facebook page @ramdamPH or email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara expressed gratitude to Filipino researchers who worked tirelessly in coming up with needed solutions and moving with top speed.   

“Getting innovative products, processes and services in the hands of those at the forefront of the Covid-19 response is our goal as we make change happen through research and development” she said. 

DOST PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit is optimistic and extremely proud about the contributions of Filipino innovators who came up with creative ways to help our frontliners.

“We are facing a challenge like never before and we need to work together. Our goal is to take down barriers and bring the best ideas to combat the virus through science, technology, and innovations. The Council, through its partner industries, will persistently provide the same incredible support and ensure safety of all Filipinos,” he said.