Screenshot of the JST-UKRI-DOST Joint Panel Meeting. In the photos are (from top) JST Director for International Affairs Mr. Osamu Kobayashi of the Japan Science and Technology, DOST Assistant Secretary Dr. Leah Buendia, and UKRI Deputy Director International Development Research Dr. Mark Claydon-Smith.

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the country’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST) virtually conducted its Joint Panel/Funders Meeting for ‘Science, Technology and Action’ Nexus for Development (STAND) last 27 August 2021. The Funders Meeting, which followed after the Joint Panel Meeting, approved the following proposals which were matched and tagged as ‘STAND’ initiatives:

  1. PlastiCount Pilipinas: counting and visualizing marine plastics pollution in the Philippines (by UPD-Marine Science Institute)
  2. Integrated network-based management for SEA coasts (InMSEA) - by UPD-Institute of Biology

It may be recalled that the three (3) countries/institutions have pushed for sustainable development initiatives in Southeast Asia by urging researchers to submit proposals for their multi-funder initiative that focuses on networking and partnership, building outreach and dissemination, demonstration and pilot activities, and working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The Call was launched last November 2020, wherein, DOST received a total of six (6) proposals in February 2021.

After a rigid domestic evaluation process, the Philippine-endorsed proposals were elevated to the Joint Technical Panel Review. Following the recently concluded Funders Meeting, the management officials from the 3 institutions approved for funding these two (2) proposals.  The Philippine government will provide a maximum budget of Php 5 million per project, implemented for one year.  This will be complemented by ¥5,000,000 (approximately Php2.3M) from JST, and an in-kind contribution from the UKRI.  The projects are expected to start by October/November of this year.


Food pack distribution in Taguig City collated from the food banking system. Photo courtesy of Rise Against Hunger Philippines (RAHP).

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 The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) expands its food banks in Taguig and Bacolod City to provide a more scientific approach in addressing food security and malnutrition of the most vulnerable Filipinos.

Dubbed as the Good Food Grocer, the first food bank was opened in May 2018 in Taguig and has now expanded to Bacolod City with Mingoy mobile food bank to improve food security, dietary diversity, and caloric intake of nutritionally at-risk pregnant and lactating women, children, and indigent families under the dietary supplementation program (DSP).

This was made possible through Rise Against Hunger Philippines (RAHP) organization with support from the DOST amounting to PHP9.4 million and in partnership with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation (NVC).

Food banks accept food donations from food manufacturers and retailers, hotels, restaurants, farms, as well as good Samaritans and then distribute these goods to the individuals who are enrolled under the DSP. Each food bank has a kitchen with ample space for proper storage of raw and stock ingredients so that volunteers can cook food for their daily distribution to food pantries, feeding programs in schools, orphanages, emergency shelters and even the homeless people. Additionally, food banks have grocery stores with nutritious food products at an affordable price.

On the other hand, the development of food donation mobile phone application is currently ongoing to reach a wider variety of donors. The app permits the donors to post the details of their donations and let the food pantries either accept or deny the goods.

For sustainable food banking system, RAHP supports the urban farming project in Taguig City known as Good Food Farm (GFF). The urban farm celebrated its first-year anniversary last January and has since expanded its produce. It serves as a source of income diversification activity for the target beneficiaries of food bank and dietary supplementation program.

DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST PCIEERD) executive director Dr. Enrico C.  Paringit expressed optimism over the impact of the food banks.

"We are confident that these food banks will help improve the nutritional needs of the communities they serve and contribute to alleviate the hunger of those who are adversely affected by the pandemic," he said. "We hope for more technology-based and systemic solutions to achieve zero hunger in the Philippines," Paringit continued.

Ensuring food security, RAHP has also joined Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (PKG). It is a national, multi-sectoral anti-hunger movement composed of more than 70 private and public sector partners that will work together on various programs with a common goal to addressing involuntary hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines.

The project team has also partnered with San Miguel Foundation, Del Monte Philippines, Century Pacific Food, Inc., Mondelez, Zendesk, Conrad Manila, Golden Acres, Coca-Cola Foundation, Alaska Milk Corporation, Unilever Philippines, Monde Nissin, Rebisco, Gamesys, and the local government units (LGU).

In 2020, RAHP received a total of P191 million with 50 percent coming from the food manufacturing industry.  Majority of food donations are on rice, bread, noodles, tubers, and cereals, followed by milk, dairy products, and egg. Other food donations include canned goods and snacks.

During the first quarter of 2021, the project team has received cash and in-kind donations amounting to PHP22,100,000.00, allowing them to serve at least 40,104 families, with 2,344 children.

The RAHP foodbank is the only foodbank in the country that is a member of the Global Foodbanking Network. GFN is an international nonprofit that works towards a hunger-free future in more than 40 countries by sustaining, uniting and strengthening food banks. GFN believed that food banks are an integral and viable solution in empowering the world to defeat hunger and change lives.

RAHP Director Jose Mariano Fleras said that amid the public health emergency announcement, project activities were still implemented by integrating COVID-19 protocols to all activities such as online courses and distribution of goods for beneficiaries who lost their access to food due to the current pandemic.

“As the pandemic adds fuel to the fire of this growing hunger crisis, our food banks will continuously provide the needed assistance. We are mobilizing food manufacturers to donate their surplus inventory and distribute it to those in need. We are currently distributing food in different areas of Metro Manila and the provinces of Isabela, Laguna, Pangasinan, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Iloilo, Misamis Oriental, and Davao,” he said.

RAHP ensured that food distributed in DSP areas and other food bank beneficiaries are safe to eat by following the nutrition and food safety guidelines for food banking system.

“In many parts of the world, food banking has been proven as effective in addressing food and nutrition insecurities. This research grant from DOST will be able to scientifically prove the impact of food banking,” Fleras added.

In the coming months, the team targets to enhance their food distribution system and forge new partnerships with possible donors and organizations. To engage with them, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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. 



To help enhance the technological capabilities of ASEAN countries and remain globally competitive, the Philippines organized a five-day online training on multi-tasking artificial intelligence (AI) for ASEAN Member States.

Implemented by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) from 23 to 27 August 2021 via Zoom Videoconference. The 21 ASEAN delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, and Singapore were able to complete the online training course and learned about the most recent advances in AI, available technologies to create more innovations, and how to use AI for various applications.

“Learning about multi-tasking AI arms ASEAN countries with ample knowledge to employ AI tools in a gamut of applications or tasks, this allows seamless image and speech recognition, translation and sentence analysis, and many more game-changing processes. This is the Philippines’ contribution to the ASEAN and the world in spurring sustainable economic development,” said Project Leader and DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.

The five-day training enabled the participants to fully grasp the whole AI process from acquiring data, processing, interpreting, and quality assessment.

These are the specific topics that the participants learned through lectures and hands-on exercises in a collaborative environment:

  1. Introduction to AI
  2. Recent Trends in Machine Learning (ML) Research
  3. Keras and Tensor Flow
  4. The Power of Data
  5. Convolutional Neural Networks
  6. Recurrent Neural Networks and Long Short-term Memory Networks
  7. AI in Policy Making and Other Applications 
  8. Multi-tasking AI Using Neural Network
  9. Multi-tasking AI Using Natural Language Processing
  10. Basic Remote Sensing Concepts and QGIS Walkthrough
  11. Deep Learning Applications on Remote Sensing
  12. Connecting to CoARE VM
  13. Training Data Preparation
  14. Training and Prediction Using QGIS Plugin

The DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) provided support in the conduct of activities, specifically in the use of the CoARE facility for the data, DOST’s high-performance cloud computing facility that allows free access of its services to Filipino students, researchers, and data analysts.

After the training, the ASEAN participants shared their AI initiatives in their respective countries and possible areas for collaboration.

“As a leader and partner in enabling innovations in the Philippines, DOST-PCIEERD also sees to it that it uplifts the Asian region through the online training on

multi-tasking AI for ASEAN Member States. Initiatives like this strengthens the bond between countries and births new collaborations that spur regional growth,” said Paringit.


Motivated by a mission to preserve and save endangered Filipino Languages, a community-built online web dictionary platform was developed through Project Marayum by a team of computer scientists and linguists as led by Mr. Mario Carreon, Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Science at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and monitored by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), the project sought to produce an online language dictionary which can be modified by registered members of a specific community who mainly utilizes the language.

During its initial development, the first dictionary uploaded was the Asi-English language dictionary. Revisions to the dictionary are allowed only to registered Asi language speakers with entries reviewed by a group of assigned language experts.

Project Marayum was built through a collaborative effort of different communities. As an online dictionary platform for Philippine languages, it aims to empower native language speakers to create and curate an online dictionary of their language without needing to have technical expertise in website design, implementation, and maintenance.

On the other hand, DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit expressed support to the project which paved the way for further communication through innovative solutions. He underscored the project's importance in celebration of Buwan ng Wika.

"The national language is as symbolic as the country's own freedom, giving it its unique identity as a sovereign nation. This Buwan ng Wika, we can also celebrate other local languages in the country through this project," Paringit said.

The Marayum website is now available online at with an initial layout of four dictionaries: Asi-English, Cebuano-English, Hiligaynon-English, and Kinaray-a-English.

Other dictionaries are currently being collated using Marayum which include Bikol-Buhi’non, Bikol-Central, Bikol-Rinconada, Masbatenyo, Kapampangan, Chavacano, Gaddang, Inakyeanon, Waray, and Ilocano with corresponding English translations. All the dictionaries are being managed by their communities and assigned linguists.