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Screenshot of project leaders who presented their projects during the SIBOL 2022 on May 17, 2022 via Zoom

Next admin can capitalize on value-adding research on food

As the Philippines turns a new leaf with the conclusion of the national elections, the next administration can expect new technologies they can leverage to address the country’s problems on food security.

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) is set to launch the second of the Science and Innovation Budding Opportunities for Leverage (SIBOL) 2022 on May 17 this year focused on food security.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit said that the projects featured in SIBOL can be used by the next administration to address the country’s concerns on food security.

“The technologies lined up have enormous commercial potential and can be further improved with proper funding.” Paringit said.

This year, DOST-PCIEERD is supporting 238 new projects this year with a total funding of more than Php 1.7 billion.

Presented in the second episode of SIBOL 2022 for Food Security are: 

  • Establishment and Operationalization of Integrated Research and Development Laboratory (IRDL) by the University of Antique (UA). The project seeks to capacitate the university, students, faculties, researchers, government agencies, and private industries   in   the   province   of   Antique in their research and analytical testing needs through the establishment and operationalization of the IRDL Laboratory in UA.
  • Establishment of ParSU – MTL (Microbiology Testing Laboratory) by Partido State University in Goa, Camarines Sur. The establishment of ParSu-MTL aims to provide services to the community with the help of LGU in assessing different food products being produced by different establishments.
  • Upgrading of the Vacuum-Fried Fruits and Vegetables Production in the Western Visayas Food Innovation Center by the Guimaras State College. The project aims to upgrade the West Visayas Food Innovation Center’s equipment to maximize vacuum-fried fruits and vegetables production for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Utilization of Banana Peel, Canistel Fruit and Brown Rice in the Development of Composite Flour by the Iloilo Science and Technology University. The project aims to utilize banana peel, canistel fruit (chesa), and brown rice as main ingredients in developing functional food for lactating mothers.
  • Characterization and Utilization of Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) Peels, Seeds, and Rinds Extracts as Food Preservative and Fortificant for High-Fat Foods also by UA. The project is based on the characterization and utilization of watermelon peels, seeds, and rinds extracts as food preservative and fortificant for high-fat foods.
  • Adulteration Detection and Fingerprinting of Philippine Honey Using Stable Isotopes (Phase 2) by the PNRI. This project will pursue honey adulteration survey in the Philippine market, expand coverage of honey fingerprinting of bee species, convene national forums and feasibility study in establishing the National Isotopes Center – Food Authenticity Laboratory (NIC-FAL) to help protect the honey industry and its consumers from adulteration and fraud.
  • Stable Isotope and Multi-Elemental Profiling of Coffee and Cacao Beans in the Philippines by IRMS and XRF for Origin Identification by the De La Salle University (DLSU). It aims to deep-dive into multi-elemental profiling of coffee and cacao beans in the country.
  • Tracing the Geographic Origin of Philippine Carabao Mango Through ChemoIsotopic Fingerprinting by the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), DOST. This project aims to determine the traceability of Philippine carabao mangoes in the local market.
  • Development of Halal Compliant Restructured Goat Meat Products Freeze-Dried Mango-Yogurt by Sultan Kudarat State University-Tacurong Campus. The project aims to develop technologies to make goat meat products and mango-yogurt snacks halal compliant. This has arisen from the growing demand for halal-certified products and consumers demanding convenience, variety, healthy, and quality meat and dairy products.
  • Complementing Conventional Techniques with Isotope Techniques to Detect Inorganic Fertilizer Application and Haram Ingredients in Food Production by PNRI. The project will develop, optimize, and evaluate nuclear and isotope analytical techniques for the authentication and geographical fingerprinting of organic food, halal meat and gel capsules.
  • Establishment of Halal Assurance Management System and Halal-compliant Standardized Process for Spa Skincare Products for the Halal Tourism Industry by the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute. The project will focus on the development and establishment of Halal Assurance Management System (HAS) and Halal-compliant Standardized Process on Spa Skincare Products such as massage and body oil, body scrub and body cream.
  • DOST ETCH: Enhanced Testing Capabilities of DOST Halal Verification Laboratories (HVLs) in Support to Philippine Tourism Industry by DOST Region IV-A. The project aims to support Halal tourism development in the country through the provision of internationally accepted halal and tayyib tests for local products and provide technical assistance on the Halal assessment of hospitality industries.
  • Development and Deployment of Halal Tourism Training Module and Halal Assurance Systems (HAS) to Secure Halal Compliance of Tourism Establishments by DOST Region XI. This project proposal intends to strengthen and secure compliance of tourism establishments and enterprises with Halal standards through the strengthening of three components: 1) Development and deployment of training modules on Halal Tourism, 2) Development of Halal Assurance Systems for selected tourism establishments and enterprises, and 3) Establishment of a Halal food service establishment which shall serve as a model for Halal food establishments in the country.

“We are confident that these projects will bear fruit and pay dividends in the coming years considering their potential to create or add value to our citizens and to our country.” Paringit said.

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


(From left) NIA Deputy Administrator Engr. Czar M. Sulaik, NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo Visaya (ret), DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit, and DOST-PCIEERD Chief of EUSTDD Engr. Nonilo A. Pena.

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) has forged a 6-year partnership with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on Friday to further capacitate the latter in delivering science-based services toward effective water management of irrigation in the country.

The ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) was attended by DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, NIA Administrator General Ricardo Visaya (Ret), and Deputy Administrator Engr. Czar M. Sulaik at the NIA head office in Quezon City.

“With the rapid advancement of science and technology (S&T), coupled with the growing challenges brought about by climate change, there is a need to continually develop new strategies in enhancing the local governments’ disaster resiliency as well as its adaptability to infrastructure development and investment,” Paringit said.


(From left) NIA Deputy Administrator Engr. Czar M. Sulaik, NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo Visaya (ret), DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit, and DOST-PCIEERD Chief of EUSTDD Engr. Nonilo A. Pena. At the back witnessing the signing of the MOU are representatives from both agencies.

“We, at the Council, are glad to have entered this collaboration with NIA as we continue advocating for a stronger tie with our public and private, as well as academic partners, for the eventual adoption of R&D,” he added.

Both parties have agreed to formally collaborate through the Water Resource Management and Climate Resilient Infrastructure Initiative Program (WRMCRII) to address challenges in the sector by planning, programming, crafting policies regarding harmonized water resource management, disaster resilience, climate change adaptation, and mitigation program based on research and development (R&D) agenda and S&T intervention plan.

The potential S&T collaboration areas are, but not limited to allocation of flood control in all dams; severe sedimentation-desilting; real-time monitoring during floods; dam break scenario-affected communities; inter-agency collaboration-watershed rehabilitation; enhanced forecasting during floods; hydrological and river flow modelling; groundwater modelling and monitoring for irrigation well areas; shallow tube wells for aquifer recharge; and smart farming innovative water management systems.

DOST-PCIEERD and NIA will also create an oversight committee equally representing both parties to monitor project accomplishments and the recommended succeeding steps during the implementation of the program.


E-trike charging at the station in UP Diliman EEEI Building

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has declared that it is continuously prioritizing an ecosystem of e-mobility solutions for the country's transportation sector since fuel prices have reached new highs.

When the Department of Energy (DOE) is planning to procure the E-trike units, the DOST had anticipated the need for S&T interventions such as EV charging needs, low-cost battery storage system, battery management system, low-cost materials and production for e-trike, battery parts and components, mining technology to source out raw materials, etc. Some of these technologies were featured in different news articles*.

Therefore, the agency has invested over PHP 321M on e-mobility related projects to modernize and uplift the transportation sector and reduce GHG emissions to save the environment.

Dr. Enrico Paringit, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) urged the public to support efforts to boost financing for e-mobility research and development and use and adoption of research-based technologies in the transportation industry and stressed the lower value of e-mobility, which costs 40% less than gasoline.


Prototype of the Electric Jeepney and Electric Van

During a virtual press conference, DOST announced 16 e-mobility initiatives that target diverse areas of the transportation industry. The following are the projects:

  • E-Mobility R & D Center: This will be the country's first e-trike center which will be built in Cagayan. There are other projects under these, which are: Project 1: Design, Development, and Fabrication of the E-Trike's Different Parts and Assemblies; Project 2: Design, Fabrication, and Testing of a Locally Developed E-Trike's Electrical and Electronic Systems; and Project 3: Viability Study of Conversion of Conventional Tricycle To E-Trike
  • Intelligent Electric Transportation Systems: The DOST has helped to develop automobiles made from locally available materials and designed and manufactured by Filipino engineers. Two of them are the Hybrid Electric Train (HET) and the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT). Under this initiative, there are three more projects: Project 1: Ad-Hoc Vehicle Infrastructure Cooperative Environment; Project 2: Emocion: Electric Mobility and Charging Infrastructure Operating as a Network; Project 3: E-Trike Deployment and Utilization Investigation
  • Charging in Minutes (CharM): The Charging in Minutes project, commonly known as "CharM," attempts to reduce the time it takes to charge electric automobiles. In comparison to the traditional 4-6 hours of sluggish charging, this fast-charging system can fully charge electric automobiles in 30 minutes. The capabilities of the CharM are crucial in aiding the country's development of a more flexible and ecologically friendly mass transportation system.
  • 23-seater Electric Jeepney (E-Jeepney): Design, Development, Demonstration and Business Planning of a Flexible Electric Van (Flev) for Logistics and Passenger Transport
  • Safe, Efficient, and Sustainable Solar-Assisted Plug-In Electric Boat (Sessy E-Boat)
  • E-Boat Chargers
  • Design of a Modular Stator, Segmented Rotor Switched Reluctance Motor
  • NICER R&D Center for Advanced Batteries: This is one of the most well-known new R&D centers, which will collaborate with host universities to develop strong R&D capabilities in the region. Three additional projects are listed under this:
    • NextGen: Advanced Cathode Materials for Next Generation Batteries
    • REBCell: NiFe High Energy Density Batteries
    • ALAB-EU: Advanced Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Fabrication of Aluminum-Air Reactor Battery

According to Paringit, e-mobility solutions are less expensive to maintain since the battery has fewer moving parts than a traditional automobile, making maintenance easier, less frequent, and more economical overall.

Paringit believes that electric vehicles will help minimize harmful air pollution by not generating any emissions. E-mobility solutions will help alleviate the Philippines' energy challenges as the country transitions to renewable energy sources.

“DOST-PCIEERD welcomes the public to join us in speeding the country's transition to e-mobility as a pioneer and partner in facilitating innovations, " he added.

With the gradual decline of COVID-19 cases and nearing return to normal, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) launched new innovations for this year’s Science and Innovation Budding Opportunities for Leverage (SIBOL) 2022.

DOST-PCIEERD is set to support 238 new projects this year with a total funding of more than PHP1.7 billion. At least 100 of these projects will be showcased this year.

Kicking off the first of 10 webinars, the first SIBOL on March 15, 2022 focused on health, governance, education and human security.

Filipino scientists and innovators presented these latest innovations in the field of nanotechnology, governance, education and human security:

  • AeroComp: Enhanced Lightweight Fiber-reinforced Composites Structures for Defense Applications by Eduardo Magdaluyo of the University of the Philippines Diliman - Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The project seeks to find a cost-effective alternative to ballistic protective materials used by the armed forces through the use of fiber-reinforced polymer.
  • Development of Platform for Short Range, Heavy Payload, Multi-Mission Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) by Engr. Arnaldo Gutierrez of Holy Angel University. The proposal aims to develop an unmanned aircraft system specializing in the transport of essential goods and supplies for emergency situations and in far flung areas.
  • Development and Institutionalization of DOST Foresight Framework and Protocol by Mia Barbara Aranas of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST-PCAARRD). The project aims to institutionalize a foresight framework protocol that would monitor and strategize incoming trends in science and emerging technologies.
  • Establishment of AI Research Center for Community Development (AIRCoDE) by Joseph Onate of the Camarines Sur Polytechnic College. AIRCoDE seeks to establish an artificial intelligence research laboratory where AI enthusiasts, faculty and students can study and research about deep learning, computer vision, etc.
  • Establishment of Mindanao Natural (MinNa) Language Processing (LProc) Research and Development Laboratory by Kristine Mae Adlaon of the University of the Immaculate Conception. The proposed research facility aims to be the library of endangered languages in the Minaoan region. The project is centered on the production of ethnographies of indigenous peoples of the Philippines, whose’ languages are slowly dying out for fear of discrimination.
  • Project AutoLABS: RFID-based Automated Equipment Borrowing and Management System with Mobile App Reservation for School Laboratories by Davie Jone Niverca of Adamson University. Project AutoLABS is an automated logistics management system designed for the school setting.
  • Establishment of IoT Research Laboratory and Training Center by Engr. Mariciel Marcial-Teogangco of the University of the Perpetual Help System DALTA. The proposed research laboratory focuses on the Internet of Things which can provide the environment needed to simulate the implementation of IoT.
  • Proposed Installation Of AGT In BPSU Main Campus (As Laboratory facility of the Proposed Railway Engineering Program and Existing Engineering Programs) by Nelson Andres of the Bataan Peninsula State University. The proposal aims to run and operate the DOST-donated AGT coaches inside the BPSU campus. The project will also serve as a laboratory for the proposed railway engineering program of the university.

“Let’s start the year by hitting the ground running and planting the seeds of innovation.  We hope that through the SIBOL launches, we can inspire researchers to hope for a brighter Philippines,” DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit said.

SIBOL is the annual showcase of Filipino ingenuity and creativity in science and technology as they present their innovations thru a series of webinars hosted by DOST-PCIEERD. Last year, 11 SIBOL webinars were held, showcasing 149 research projects by our local scientists and researchers, and attended by 2,686 participants via Zoom.

To help boost businesses in the science and technology (S&T) sector, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will showcase innovations from Filipino tech start-ups, businesses, and its Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) in a business forum and matching event with investors from the Middle East on 15 March 2022 from 2:00 - 5:00 P.M. (PH Time) / 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. (UAE Time).

"As the Philippines is brimming with brilliant and talented scientists and researchers, it is just necessary for us to proudly introduce their innovations and link them up with international partners. Noting the great opportunity of science, technology, and innovation in the Middle East, we are glad to pursue synergies with them. The Department sees this event to leverage our assisted enterprises and create more impactful collaborations.” said Dr. Leah Buendia, DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation.

The Department will feature ten (10) technologies focused on five strategic areas of cooperation such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Energy Management, Water Management, Smart City Development, and Textiles:

  1. CROPITAL - A credit scoring model that directly interacts with farmers and localized data provided by the community/farmers to determine the weights of different attributes in farmer’s repayment.
  2. AI for Water Management (AI4WM) - An enhanced forecasting model for complex water supply systems of the East Service Area of Metro Manila.
  3. Intellex - A cloud-based data analytics platform for smart energy management and electricity cost reduction.
  4. CHARM - A fast charging system that can fully charge electric tricycles in 30 minutes.
  5. Vigormin - A wastewater treatment and odor-reducing formulation composed of naturally occurring organo-minerals that stimulate growth of indigenous aerobic microorganisms in wastewater and boost the degradation of organic pollutants.
  6. RTAP - An advanced pressure management system that optimizes pump operation for a significant reduction in non-revenue water (water loss) and power consumption.
  7. Axis Knee System - A total knee replacement system that is designed for a wide range of sizes.
  8. USHER - A 24/7 economical and hassle-free system that allows building managers to objectively monitor the structural integrity of buildings and bridges
  9. Yarn and Natural Dye Kits - Eco-friendly yarns and colorants derived from plant materials and produced using an industry-scalable technology of DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI).
  10. Philippine Tropical Fabrics - a patented PTRI technology for the production of natural textile fiber-blended yarns using natural fibers like abaca, banana pseudostem and pineapple leaf.

These innovations were developed through the technical and financial assistance from DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI).

"PCIEERD, as the country’s leading government agency in spurring change through S&T, deems this event as a good platform to help DOST-supported researchers expand their horizons, collaborate with the international community, and spread the ingenuity of Filipinos,” said DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit.

After the pitching activity, the presenters will participate in a business-to-business (B2B) matching with investors from the Middle East. Hopefully stakeholders will be able to forge partnerships that will strengthen each other’s businesses, and contribute to both countries’ thriving economy.

"We thank our friends from DTI and PTIC-Dubai for inviting and supporting DOST towards conducting this initiative. This event exemplifies our advocacy that technologies shared and used for the common good are catalysts of long-run growth,” said DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy Decena.

All interested parties who wish to attend the Forum may directly register through this link: www.bit.ly/DubaiExpoSnTForum.

The event is conducted on the sidelines of the Philippines’ participation to the 2020 World Expo hosted by Dubai, UAE - a global platform that champions innovation, technology, art, creativity, heritage, and culture to showcase human brilliance and excellence.