Entrycode Title Project Leader Sector Project Manager Description
2563Dried Cassava Grates Processing and System OptimizationDr. Daniel Leslie S. TanFoodFatima IbarretaThis is a continuation of the completed TECHNICOM project in August 2012 which aimed to commercialize the production of cassava grates and flour using technology developed at the Philippine Root Crops Research and Training Center (PhilRootCrops) and utilization of the different food products with a cooperator from Bohol island,, where there is already an existing cassava-based food products processing set-up run by Jojie’s Bakeshop. Through the project,, the complete set of machines for cassava grates and flour processing system was fabricated and improved for the use of the cooperator,, Jojie’s Bakeshop. The rotary drum dryer was scaled up to increase the capacity to 75 kg/day dried cassava grates and flour requirement of the cooperator. The standard quality for cassava grates and flour was also established with reference to some parameters set for wheat flour. Food products such as espasol,, cassava sticks,, cassava cupcakes,, and cookies from dried cassava grates were introduced in the market and market tests were done on these products. The feasibility of producing dried cassava grates and flour using the proposed processing plant in the site in Carmen,, Bohol as initially planned was done and shown to be feasible. The original location for the plant was in the town of Carmen but they encountered difficulties in securing right of way in the area. Jojie’s Bakeshop had already started using the processing line in the production of cassava grates for their food products at their commissary in Tagbilaran City while the plant and Cassava House in Panglao is being prepared. While the project was able to meet most of its objectives,, the technical panel during the presentation of project’s accomplishments recommended that further studies and improvement be done for cassava grates and flour as well as the establishment of a GMP-compliant processing plant in Bohol. Aiming to sufficiently address the recommendations of the Technical Panel (TP),, the project team proposes this project with three (3) components: • Component 1: Establishment and Operation of the Cassava Grates and Flour Processing Plant • Component 2: Storage and Rehydration Studies of Dried Cassava Grates • Component 3: Development of a Commercialization Plan for Dried Cassava Grates
3064Technical Feasibility of Putting up a Pilot Plant for the Value Adding of Philippine Iron Resources Agustin M. Fudolig,, Dr.Eng.Mining and MineralsKatrina LandichoThis study is in search of appropriate technologies for the competitiveness of our mineral industry,, particularly on the development of our iron,, coal and natural gas deposits. The search of this technology takes into consideration a state of the art facility and capabilities that will enable the downstream industries; the steel,, the foundry as well as the metals and engineering industries,, to fill gaps in their supply chain and attain global competitiveness.
3071ANEEME: Synthesizing and Sharing Animation Building Blocks for Rapid creation of 3D Motion ScenesRowel O. Atienza,, Ph.D.Information and Communications TechnologyDianne Remae San PedroANEEME is a technology to rapidly synthesize animated visual scenes. ANEEME parses a description automatically to come up with the closest animation available from its library. If the animation is not available or not what the user wants,, ANEEME utilizes building blocks to help in quickly synthesizing a new animation. Building blocks are actors (eg human),, actions (eg walk) and objects (eg ball). Building blocks are crowd-sourced contributions from volunteer artists. Building blocks can also be made by using a physical model to a character rig system. The methodology describes one method to implement model to character rig. The output of ANEEME is automatically contributed back to the online library for other people to reuse.
3398One Expert (1E): A One-Stop Portal for Science and Technology Consultancy and Technical Services[Former title Science and Technology Experts Network [Project Code: PRP#2396]]Dr. Rowen R. GelongaInfrastructure Development ProgramMarie Christie Santos, Eidel EdaThe proposed project intends to address the identified constraints in order to effectively and efficiently provide the needed technologies and related interventions to the MSMEs and other clients in the different parts of the country. In order to enhance the delivery of S&T services,, the project will develop and utilize leT-driven applications. The proposed project is likewise anchored on three major DOST policy pillars: •• An open access environment where the public can easily access the different technologies DOST has generated or helped developed as well as the various S&T services available in the agency. •• Scientific and technological self-reliance in order to avoid dependence on foreign technologies which are oftentimes costly,, difficult to sustain and with limited application. •• Focus on the development of the countryside and attainment of inclusive growth and development.
3429Establishment of a Center of Innovation and Technopreneurship @ Mindanao State University-lligan Institute of Technology (CIT@ MSU-IIT)Jinky Bomales Ph.D.Technology Transfer & CommercializationEdward ApigoThe CIT @ MSU-IIT facility shall be a multi-tenancy facility which shall provide shared services and business development services in Northern Mindanao. It is targeting graduates from MSU-IIT and other institutions of higher education,, innovators,, and technicians,, together with already practicing entrepreneurs,, particularly SMEs. The CIT @ MSU-IIT will provide a comprehensive service package,, which shall cover a wide range of activities ranging from housing.of office and/or production facilities,, consulting in areas of technical,, business management,, subsidies,, access to start-up venture capital,, organization of internal and external education and training,, promotion/marketing of the tenant's via media,, databases,, contacts and others.
3439STAMP (Standards and Testing Automated Modular Platform)Giovanni Tapang ProcessJoni Gonzaga, Neil Allen Lalusin, Mary Grace BuenavidesThe project will develop a core platform that can be used for calibration and testing of several properties needed in the industrial sector. The main measuring and testing capabilities and design of the platform will be based on the results of round table discussions with Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories. The design for the platform will be optimized an initial number of prototypes will be deployed and piloted. The development of the core platform shall be conducted and completed at the VISSER laboratory at the National Institute of Physics,, UP Diliman.
3481NatDyes Project 4. Natural Food Colors from Local Source as Food AdditiveMa. Dolor VillasenorProcessKristina Paula Anacleto  With the increasing concerns for the safety of artificial colorants,, the market for natural colors is projected to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 7.5% by the year 2020. However,, several issues on the color fastness,, instability,, difficult handling,, and dull color shades results to reluctance of food manufacturers and processors in using Natural Dyes (NatDyes). The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) will help the project coordinate with partner farmers for the supply of turmeric,, beets,, and ternate. Spirulina sp. will be sourced from SEAFDEC and Bolinao Marine Center. These NatDyes arising from these raw materials will then be applied to various processed food products such as salad dressing,, catsup,, homemade ice treat,, nata de coco in syrup,, muffin. Aside from sensory evaluation,, these food products will also undergo shelf-life studies to assess the changes in intensity and hues of the natural dyes. Moreover,, toxicity tests (LD50) will be conducted to verify and compare the applicability to the aforementioned food products of the NatDyes versus the Synthetic Dyes. To address the concern of the food processors regarding the properties of the colorants,, the study will characterize the natural dyes in terms of storage stability,, percent moisture content (%MC),, water activity(aw),, solubility in various solvents and solutions,, and the presence of microbial and heavy metal contaminants.
3482NatDyes Project 3. Extraction,, Characterization,, and Application of Natural Colorants in Nutritional Food Products Joyce R. TobiasProcessKristina Paula Anacleto, Mary Grace BuenavidesIn the Philippines,, there are a large number of plants which yield dyes!colorants. These plant species are found growing throughout the cAlong with taste and texture,, color plays a very important role in the acceptability of foods. However,, processing of food causes loss of its natural colors. To counteract this undesirable characteristics,, industries use various colorants to either enhance or restore the original appearance of food. This project aims to characterize the colorants in terms of its antioxidant properties ,, identify the bioactive compounds that have significant effect on the nutritional value of the product and study the application of natural dyes in nutritional foods developed by FNRI Three powdered and/or liquid colorants deemed applicable colorants for food products (Kamote tops,, blue ternate,, and kalabasa) will be produced by FNRI and will be subjected to toxicity test (in vivo) at the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI). Only colorants (at least two) selected that passed the toxicity test as food ingredient will be used in the study. All colorants to be used in the study will be extracted and produced by FNRI.
3483NatDyes Project 2. Development of Natural Colorants for CosmeticsSandro FloresProcessKristina Paula Anacleto, Neil Allen LalusinIncreasing awareness of the potential harmful effects of synthetics dyes has pushed for legislations to be established in controlling or prohibiting their use in western nations,, such as the United States of America,, United Kingdom,, and the European Union. This awareness has driven the market to look for natural alternatives. A decade-long research initiative by the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) has been dedicated to studying the potential of various Philippine plants in becoming sources of natural dyes. To expand the applications of these dyes beyond textile,, this project will undertake study on the development of natural colorants from plants abundantly available in the country such as pericarp of Garcinia mangostana (mangosteen),, flowers of Clitoria ternatea (blue ternate),, fruit,, bark and leaves of Syzygium cumini (duhat),, fruit of Cucurbita maxima (kalabasa) and peels/pericarp of Hylocereus undatus (dragon fruit) for use in cosmetic products,, thereby addressing the current issues associated with the use of synthetic colorants. Characterization and stability studies of these natural colorants will be conducted including prototype application in cosmetics such as lipstick,, blush,, and eye shadow. Initial acceptability test will also be performed. Microencapsulation will also be explored to provide protection of pigments against atmospheric effects and further stabilize labile compounds.
3485NatDyes Project 1. Commercial Scale Verification of Natural Dyes for TextilesEvangeline Flor ManalangProcessKristina Paula AnacletoNatural dye is a potential market growth driver in both local and global trade,, with high demands for application in different industries such as textile,, food,, and cosmetics,, brought about the shift in consumer preference to natural product,, food safety issues,, and promoted environmental awareness. According to statistics,, the global demand for natural dyes is expected to show an increasing trend of 6% annually until 2019. With the continuous efforts of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) to increase competitiveness of local textiles without compromising its quality and value,, current R&D projects being undertaken by the institute include establishment of sustainable natural dye sources in the countryside,, development of optimum parameters for the laboratory-scale production of crude aqueous form of natural dyes,, and nanofinishing technologies on blended yarns,, among others. The recently concluded R&D program of PTRI,, The Revitalization of the Philippine Textile Industry though Science and Technology,, will provide the input resources for the proposed activities of this project in terms of established handloom weaving centers across the country,, identified natural dyes production hubs,, indigenous yarns and fibers from the Innovative Center for Yarn and Textile,, and the baseline data for the natural dyes extraction and production. This proposal aims to commercialize the production and application of natural dyes for textiles through establishment of a facility in collaboration with industry partner that will be capable of producing and marketing natural dyes. In addition,, to further maximize the potential of natural dyes on textiles,, process improvement in terms of extraction efficiency,, stabilization of crude extracts,, dyeing and printing applications of natural dyes,, as well as development of packaging and labeling will be conducted with the end in view of a market ready and market available natural dyes. To further increase the marketing value of the natural dyes for textiles,, the project will address gaps from previous projects such as stabilization of natural dyes to prolong shelf life,, optimization and exhaust extraction of natural dyes for more economical natural dye powder production,, characterization and property evaluation of natural dyes powders,, and improve the packaging and labelling of natural dyes and its products.
3492Establishment of QBO Innovation HubKatrina Rausa ChanTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Jejomar CarlosThe Innovation Hub is an enabling environment or ecosystem where diverse stakeholders of the Philippine startup ecosystem can come together to drive growth,, develop ideas,, and create knowledge. First,, the Innovation Hub will serve as a physical facility equipped with tools and resources necessary to 'turn ideas into reality' and foster the growth and commercialization of startup businesses as a product of science and technology. Second,, the Innovation Hub will have a 'software' element- programs and events for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators and will bring together support mechanisms from the corporations,, investors,, academe,, government agencies and ,, other stakeholders that seek to develop nascent,, innovative ventures. The Innovation Hub would hence provide a center in which the various efforts to nurture the local startup ecosystem could be coordinated.
3493Establishment of the Mindanao University of Science and Technology Digital Incubation HubWendell TalampasTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl SuenoThe proposed technology business incubation center will be the first of its kind in' Northern Mindanao aimed at providing ITIICT-based start-up and budding industries and individuals a suitable venue to promote growth and development in the fields of software and application as well as multimedia development. The TBI provides a range of resources,, services and facilities to ensure that tenant entrepreneurs will have fully experienced the needed capacity building and acquire the necessary skills to mature as a financially viable and market competent industry. The MUST Business Incubation in Information Technology (MUST HUB) Is a tryout facility as well as a program envisioned to address the growing needs of ICT MSMEs in the Northern Mindanao region to develop and innovate IT/ICT-based products and services. The TBI will be equipped with the latest IT/ICT equipment and facilities as well as trainings that will guarantee growth and development of tenants during their stay in the TBI.
3501Innovation Hub: DilimanLuis SisonTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Jejomar CarlosThe Innovation Hub is an enabling environment or ecosystem where diverse stakeholders of the Philippine startup ecosystem can come together to drive growth,, develop ideas,, and create knowledge. First,, the Innovation Hub will serve as a physical facility equipped with tools and resources necessary to 'turn ideas into reality' and foster the growth and commercialization of startup businesses as a product of science and technology. Second,, the Innovation Hub will have a 'software' element- programs and events for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators- and will bring together support mechanisms from the corporations,, investors,, academe,, government agencies and other stakeholders that seek to develop nascent,, innovative ventures. The Innovation Hub would hence provide a center in which the various efforts to nurture the local startup ecosystem could be coordinated.
3503Field Testing of Eco-Friendly Septic System (Eco-Sep) for the Tourism Sector in Siargao Island,, Surigao del Norte (Project FRESH)Dir. Dominga D. MallongaEnvironmentLaarni PilotonSiargao Island is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the Philippines dubbed as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. Recently,, it was considered one of the best surfing sites of the world. Other than that,, the island is also endowed with beautiful beaches,, diving spots,, and other unique locations for non-surfers. With this,, the Island posted a high growth rate in tourist arrivals. With the fast growth of tourist arrival the establishment of several resorts had also accelerated. Although this provides ample source of employment and contributes to the economic development of the island,, this also poses a threat of environmental degradation due to the environmental pollution these resorts will bring. This is very critical considering that the island has no well-established sewerage systems. There is therefore a need to implement a technology which will treat the effluents from the resort to ensure a sustainable tourism industry in the island.
3516Package Development of Bakery Product and Field Testing of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Smoked Fish Rice Meal and Sweet Potato as Disaster/Relief FoodsMs. Daisy E. TañafrancaFoodMaria Chelsea UgayThe proposed project focuses on packaging research and devvelopment and building infrastructure for disaster response. The aftermath of typhoon Yolanda last 08 November 2013 and earthquake in Bohol last 15 October 2013 have raised the need to prepare for major earthquakes,, typhoons,, and other disasters likely to occur in the future. One of the pressing issues is to create disaster preparation food stockpiling systems and build substantial disaster preparation food stockpiles.   The project will serve as a follow-up to the project "Field Testing and Validation Study of Retort Food (Chicken Arroz Caldo) as Disaster Mitigation/Relief Food using DSWD's and LGU's Distribution Protocol". The technology on Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Chicken Arroz Caldo was already adopted and being commercialized by Kai-Anya Foods,, Inc. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has made an initial orders and distribution for Tacloban.  
3526Development of Generic Packaging Materials and Technology for Selected Food Products of Food Innovation Centers (FICs) and MSMEs in the RegionsDaisy E.TañafrancaFoodFatima IbarretaThe proposed project which is one of the components of the Packaging Program (see attached) aims to enhance the current capability of DOST packaging coordinators in the region which will redound to accelerating packaging development in the countryside.
3535Exploratory Characterization of Scandium and Rare Earth Elements in Zambales, Palawan, and Surigao del Sur Nickeliferous Laterite DepositsCARLO ARCILLA Mining and MineralsKatrina LandichoNotwithstanding the challenges that the local mining industry faces,, it cannot be discounted that this sector has the potential to be a major driver of economic growth. Mineral resources have the capacity to help propel the country towards industrialization. In order to do this,, appropriate scientific,, technical and management skills are necessary to maximize the benefits from these high value resources. The glaring knowledge gap that has to be addressed is the absence of data on the absolute occurrences bf all valuable elements in direct shipping ores. If these elements are characterized,, their potential added revenues might help address the problems related to the high cost of production. Thus,, the first step in maximizing the potential of our mineral resources is through the full characterization of ores and tailings that we are producing so that our resources are bought for their real worth. The figure above (George Bjutor, unpublished, 2014) shows that the country only gets 10% of the LMEprice for its nickel ores (the exception is copper) because of lack of vertical integration! After decades of an established mining industry, vertical integration (except for copper, with PASAR)has not happened due, in a significant part, from ignorance about the accurate element contents of exported ores aside from outstanding economic and institutional issues. The Philippines could process its own ores if other precious metals can be detected in these ores and if the power rates are reduced. Lowering power rates is not the purview of this study but the possibility of adding extra revenues from recovery of precious metals not before recognized. Notwithstanding the challenges that the local mining industry faces, it cannot be discounted that this sector has the potential to be a major driver of economic growth. Mineral resources have the capacity to help propel the country towards industrialization. In order to do this, appropriate scientific, technical and management skills are necessary to maximize the benefits from these high value resources. The glaring knowledge gap that has to be addressed is the absence of data on the absolute occurrences bf all valuable elements in direct shipping ores. If these elements are characterized, their potential added revenues might help address the problems related to the high cost of production. Thus, the first step in maximizing the potential of our mineral resources is through the full characterization of ores and tailings that we are producing so that our resources are bought for their real worth.
3536Establishing Neutron Physics and Dosimetry Research through the Upgrade of the PNRI Neutron Laboratory [Project Code:PRP#2489]Kristine Marie RomallosaInfrastructure Development ProgramEidel Eda, Marie Christie SantosAccording to the profile done by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),, the Philippines is not engaged in any advanced nuclear technology development. With the increasing demand and need for future nuclear technology projects,, the PNRI recognizes the need of the Philippines to have a deep understanding of neutrons properties. Neutrons have unique characteristics which have been used in areas of environmental science,, agricultural research,, pharmacology & medical research,, nanotechnology,, material science and nuclear physics. The shutdown of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) and the Philippine Research Reactor – 1 (PRR-1) led to decline of nuclear science knowledge and expertise. The revival of interest in nuclear energy as an alternative energy source creates the need to start the development of local competence in nuclear science and engineering programs. The PNRI initiated the IAEA – Technical Cooperation (TC) Project to start rebuilding the country’s nuclear science knowledge and expertise. The TC project to be fully implemented required a fully equipped laboratory where neutron dosimetry,, neutron and reactor physics studies can be conducted. The project proposal entitled “Upgrading the PNRI Neutron Laboratory for Neutron Physics and Dosimetry Research" will be the national counterpart of the IAEA – TC Project. The project aims to study radiation protection for neutron exposure and neutron beam properties. This project will advance PNRI’s knowledge and techniques for future nuclear technology and ensure protection of users and public against radiation will greatly benefit the Philippines and serve the best interest of the Filipino people.
3543Development of a Cost-Effective Colorimetric Packaged/Frozen Fish Freshness Sensor Using Food-Compatible MaterialsArmando S. SomintacMaterial ScienceEdna NaciancenoGas sensing is currently a popular research topic because of its wide range of applications. One of these is food quality monitoring by taking advantage of the vapors emitted by food products as they go through the ageing process. The development of gas sensors targeted for ensuring the safety and quality of food products will greatly benefit monitoring agencies and the consumers. This project aims to fabricate a gas sensor using suitable dye/s and a compatible metal oxide substrate. Furthermore,, the sensor will be designed for integration with food packaging technologies. Food-grade dyes will be obtained from edible sources like turmeric and red cabbage. The extraction process will be carried out using a suitable organic solvent. A suitable dye will be selected from the lot by valuating the sensitivity and vividness of the resultant color from its reaction with the gases evolved from the ageing food product. The substrate for the dye will be selected from metal oxides that will include titanium dioxide (TiO2),, zinc oxide (ZnO2),, and tin oxide (SnO2). The suitable substrate will be selected depending on human safety and good adherence of the dye. Actual testing of the fabricated sensor will involve prepared concentrations of the analyte gas,, and food products. Optical characterizations will be carried out using UV-Vis and Colorimetry. At the end of the project,, the experiments with the dyes and metal oxides will determine the parameters to be followed when fabricating the colorimetric sensor. In addition,, integration of the sensor to food packaging will be explored. The graduate and undergraduate students who will be working in this project have shown skills in fabrication and characterization of devices. In addition to this,, they have been selected for their critical thinking skills which will be essential in overcoming problems that might be encountered.
3544Development of a Raman Microscopy and Spectroscopy (RMS) SetupArmando SomintacPhotonicsMeraida Reyes, Desiree VeraIn this project,, we intend to build a cost-effective,, and research oriented MRS system that can be used in different research fields.  A complete MRS system similar to those commercially available will be developed.  We will build the setup,, write a computer program to scan samples,, and do initial tests on different samples.   A user manual for the setup as well as a technical manual for the service personnel will also be developed. At this point,, the proponent has already conceptualized the design of the micro-Raman setup (Figure 3). Figure 3. Schematic of the proposed micro-Raman Spectroscopy setup   To test the usefulness of the system,, the setup will be used for several applications using samples from different research fields.  The target applications are: (1) cancer detection in tissues using samples from UP-Manila,, (2) Pesticide detection in agricultural products in collaboration with UP-Los Banos,, (3) Characterization of graphene and carbon nanotubes from UP-Baguio and (4) Characterization of fullerenes from UPD-IESM. 
3547Fabrication of Highly C-axis Oriented YBCO Superconducting Thin Films by Sedimentation DepositionRoland Sarmago, Ph.D.Material ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene Mendoza The discovery of high temperature superconductors has been groundbreaking, allowing numerous potential technologies that are unimaginable in the past. It is the main vision of this proposed project to create and revolutionize our current technologies using high temperature superconductors. Technologies that produce superconductor thin films will be essential to initiate advances in micro- electronics, energy sector, medicine, defense and security. In fact, a film technology suitable for flexible ceramic tapes will be a breakthrough turning point for the energy sector. All magnetic scanning technologies like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), radiation shaping and scanning, etc. will be enhanced and a large portion of Medical technology will be revolutionized. In addition, an HTS thin film technology can potentially introduce new intense sources for terahertz radiation and detection, which will improve our defense and security sector. However, there is a need to optimize these technologies as they are the first step to realize these advances. The need for innovations in these different sectors do provide business opportunities involving superconducting film technology. The beneficiaries of such business opportunities are quite large since the health and energy sectors are a few of the sectors important in a society. This project will introduce a new method of film fabrication technology. This method relies purely on mechanical and thermal techniques to produce high quality thin films that  meet industry requirements by providing the required size and film quality needed. This solves the critical part of problem identified and will allow a one big step closer to realize the advances proposed. However, this proposed method of fabrication only addresses the problem in producing high quality films. It does not address the problem of using these high-quality films and realizing different devices for micro-electronics, medical technology, and other disruptive technologies. Currently, there is no film fabrication technology that satisfies the needed film size and quality. Chemical and vacuum methods of fabrication failed on meeting industry requirements. Compared to other methods, the proposed technology is simple, scalable, and cost-effective. It does not involve complex chemistry and vacuum technology used by other fabrication methods. Due to its simplicity, it offers an efficient and cost-effective fabrication route which does not compromise the resulting film quality. New ideas and information may certainly be generated during the development stage of the film fabrication technique. Optimization of fabrication parameters and synthesis of known concepts during the development may lead to the generation of new knowledge. In addition to providing solution to the critical part of the problem, the method itself consists of new techniques and ideas that can be protected by at least one patent. A successful film fabrication technology will surely benefit different sectors most notably the computing and electronics technology sectors. Since high quality films made from high temperature superconductors are the primary raw materials for fast and efficient devices, our proposed fabrication technology will be able to provide and sustain the demand. The use of these superconducting films as replacements for existing technologies will provide the beneficiaries better and improved devices, i.e. faster and power-efficient ones.     
3553Establishment of Common Service Facility for Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining in MindanaoEphraim E. IbarraMining and MineralsAiress CasimeroMany of the methods utilized today for gold recovery are based on practices that have been known or established for many centuries. The earliest known recovery method of gold,, dating back thousands of years is gravity concentration. During the gold rush era,, beginning in first half of the 19th century,, gravity concentration equipment was developed to treat a wider variety of ore types on an increasing scale. During this period of development,, gravity concentration and amalgamation were used in crushing circuits to recovery gold at the earliest possible stage in the flowsheet; a principle in flowsheet design that is still valid today. For these basic reasons,, the pursuit of technological innovations in the field of metallurgy focuses on the check and balances of mineral resources. As we put interest on search of environmentally-friendly and economically process that can recover fine gold. Further,, we extend the potential of utilizing mining waste,, tailings,, as a cermet material to obtain its economic benefit. Thus,, the present proposal is to design and build an economically and environmentally-friendly pilot plant for small-scale artisanal gold mining using gravity concentration and to further gain economic benefit from mine tailings by utilizing it as cermet material.
3555Development of Intermediate Food Products from Tulya and Dilis Bagoong and Other Products from Region 2 Engr. Arthur G. IbañezFoodFatima IbarretaUtilization of gamet,, tulya,, and dilis,, through the use of HITS Equipment and other food processing and packaging equipment available in the FIC,, is viable in the development of valueadded indigenous products such as gamet soup mix,, gamet cracker,, vacuum fried gamet,, gamet wrapper,, gamet pasta sauce,, tulya seasoning mix,, tulya cracker,, vacuum fried tulya,, and dilis bagoong mix,, among others. This will impact coastal communities through opening of chain opportunities from raw material outsourcing,, creation of small cooperatives,, and establishment of small processors into commercialization of products developed.
3566Heavy Rain Monitoring and Forecasting in the Mountainous Area and Early Warning Landslides - Project 2Dr. Decibel V. Faustino-EslavaDisaster MitigationJohanna Marie Gonzales, Ariadne Victoria Pada, Rowena GabuaMass wasting or landslides are destructive natural phenomena that frequently lead to serious problems in hilly regions, resulting in negative impacts on lives and properties. They are fairly common occurrences in volcanic areas characterized by high relief, rugged terrain and underlying rocks weakened by previous geothermal activities. The presence of fumaroles and mud pools above slopes and the numerous crosscutting fracture zones are also important factors that could increase the chances for mass wasting. In the Philippines, climatic factors significantly aggravate these physical conditions with the typically high rainfall rates, most especially during the rainfall season. Damages incurred from landslides vary from simple small road nuisances to total obliteration of communities. Despite the frequent occurrence of rain-induced landslides and debris flows in mountainous areas in the country, a lot of work remains to be done for establishing the rainfall thresholds of landslides and similar physical phenomena for various regions. The sparseness of rainfall monitoring stations, the lack of historical data on landslide occurrences against rainfall rates, and insufficient site-specific geophysical information, among others, restrict our current capacity to generate such thresholds. From the works of Caine (1980), Aleotti (2004), Guzzetti et al. (2007;2008), Cannon et a!. (2008, Dahal and Hasegawa (2008), and Coe et al. (2008), rainfall-induced landslide is directly related to rainfall intensity and duration (I-D). At a certain threshold level of I-D, slopes start to fail. In order to define the threshold conditions that must be used in the development of an Early Warning Protocol, a means to monitor real-time or near-real-time landslide triggers must be devised. Rainfall intensity and duration, cumulative event rainfall,, and antecedent rainfall are the most commonly investigated variables in this regard. The I-D threshold approximates how much rainfall is required to cause slopes to start failing. Similarly, flood modeling can be done by combining information on slope,, land cover/land use, soils, elevation, stream buffer and stream discharge capacity. In the Philippines, the lack of such information has led some workers to utilize empirical thresholds from statistical analyses of the relation between rainfall and landslide occurrences in Taiwan (e.g., Chien-Yuan et al., 2005). However, despite the similar tectonic and climatic conditions of the Philippines with Taiwan, I-D thresholds are site-specific parameters that must be developed with local physical characteristics in mind. A prototype work along this line was carried out for several geothermal production fields in the Philippines (Cruz et a!., 2013). However, difficulties with acquiring historical information on rainfall-landslide relationships hindered the formulation an I-D threshold that can be easily validated. The difficulty lies in the actual absence of such data. The proximity of the University of the Philippines Los Banos to a volcanic mountain, Mount Makiling, presents the best opportunity to study the controls to mass wasting and flooding in the region. With the right number of monitoring stations, remotely-sensed data, other supporting technologies, coupled with sufficient geophysical information, and a reasonable amount of observation period, it is feasible to model a rainfall intensity-duration threshold that can help establish a dynamic early warning system for mountainous volcanic regions. The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR)is an ASEAN Heritage Park that spans a total of 4,244 hectares. This reserve is managed by the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) under the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB. The availability of supporting facilities and manpower can help facilitate a more efficient conduct of this proposed research.
3568Coastal tectonics of central Philippine islands and its implications for seismic hazards - Project 2Dr. Noelynna T. RamosDisaster MitigationMary Catherine Elizabeth Baliguas, Ariadne Victoria PadaThis study seeks to integrate new geological,, geomorphological,, and geophysical data to constrain the geotectonic setting and geomorphologic make-up of Cebu and Bohol islands. Systematic mapping of emergent sea level indicators (e.g.,, marine terraces,, notches) and fluvial features in Cebu,, Bohol,, and nearby smaller islands will be carried out to evaluate the neotectonics of these central Philippine islands. Understanding the uplift mechanism of these geomorphic features may not only provide constraints on the activity and/or seismic potential of intraplate faults within the region but also an understanding of the hazards these tectonic structures pose to surrounding islands. Data generated may also contribute in refining hazard susceptibility maps in densely populated cities and coastal regions. These fundamental and useful science-based information will be beneficial to communities,, local government units,, land use planners,, and policy makers in their disaster preparedness,, adaptation and mitigation efforts.
3569Geophysical characterization of the western Philippine subduction zones - Project 3Dr. Carla B. DimalantaDisaster MitigationMary Catherine Elizabeth Baliguas, Ariadne Victoria PadaThis research is being proposed to help increase the Philippine's competency,, not just in the basic geosciences,, but also in the application of basic geoscientific information in geohazards studies,, natural resource evaluation and related environmental studies. In order to achieve these goals,, a two-pronged approach is being proposed for this research project: a geodynamic study on the island of Cebu,, which is the oldest part of the Philippine archipelago,, and of its modem day analogue,, the Manila Trench. For the Cebu study,, correlative work will be done within the Central Philippine region,, with primary focus on the island of Cebu,, to understand its geodynamic setting. Field geologic mapping,, paleomagnetics and geophysical techniques will be employed towards this objective. The Manila Trench study will involve the offshore marine geophysical investigations to ascertain the subduction systems' present day behaviour. There is currently poor data coverage on the Manila subduction zone west of the Luzon Island. Geologically,, it is poorly understood. However,, it is considered to be one of the most seismically hazardous areas,, where catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis can be generated. By combining the outputs of these two-pronged approach,, it is hoped that a holistic understanding of these aspects of the Philippines' geodynamics can be generated with the end-goal of contributing to the region's smarter development planning.
3570Pilot Plant for the Production of Organo Mineral Products for Effective Waste Water Treatment and Septic System ManagementDr. Merlinda PalenciaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Al BeatoThe application of Vigormin by powder dispersion can significantly improve the characteristics of domestic wastewater,, and can result to 60.5% TSS reduction,, 93% decline in VOC,, 83% decrease in BOD and 60% reduction in COD. DO can increase significantly from 0.0 to 5.7 mg/L. Hence,, its application present an effective water remediation/ treatment technology. A solution of Vigormin in water is also effective in neutralizing strong wastewater or septic odor. The solution can also neutralize strong,, decomposing or rotten odor from organic waste in landfill or material recovery facilities.
3573Contactless Apprehension of Traffic Violators on 24-Hour Basis and All-Vehicle Detection System (CATCH-ALL)Dr. Elmer P. DadiosTransportationRachel HabanaThe focus of this study is the intersection along Strada Street and Taft Avenue in Malate,, Manila. Two cameras will be installed at the intersection. Part of the study is to locate the actual position of the cameras within the area to get maximum visibility of the plate of the vehicles passing through along the intersections. The introduction of a contact-free violation tracking and apprehension system presents several key benefits to the existing systems. The use of real-time monitoring will improve the fairness of the apprehension systems by ensuring that most violators are equally tagged. In the long run,, this may instill a more disciplined form of driving within the country. A reduction in traffic jams is also expected as a result of the system. By addressing the issue of blocked intersections,, the flow rates through intersections should improve while avoiding the locking of the entire grid. By avoiding the delays of the more traditional contact-based apprehension,, a smoother flow of traffic may be expected as well.
3580Strengthening SLSU's Capability in GIS Technologies in Support of Southern Leyte's Competitiveness and DevelopmentDr. Prose Ivy G. YepesInfrastructure Development ProgramGlenda SacbibitThe emergence of geographic information system as versatile tool has recently revolutionized decision making at all levels of organizations. GIS cuts across many disciplines and has seen wide applications in education,, business,, industry,, and local government. GIS is a powerful spatial analytical technique that recognizes and leverages the unique location of people,, things,, places on Earth – what they are and what are in them,, where they are,, and how they relate with their neighbors – within a defined geographical entity. The result is the discovery of spatial relationships,, patterns,, and trends never before known. It is a useful tool in simulating real-world events,, by saving much time,, resources,, and effort. GIS applications and teaching are especially useful for higher educational institutions (HEIs) such as SLSU. GIS techniques enhance teaching,, research,, extension,, and income generation activities,, as well as campus management. The teaching of GIS produces GIS-skilled graduates and increases analytical thinking power. GIS adds value to research and extension by integrating spatial analysis and visualization. Furthermore,, GIS techniques help in increasing the efficiency of campus management through effective facilities and asset management. Strengthening SLSU’s GIS capacity will equip faculty and students with knowledge applicable to the development of technologies that can be used for the improvement and allocation of the province’s resources and delivery of services that will redound to economic benefit.
3608Development and Improvement of a Novel Rain Acoustic SensorMaria Leonora GuicoDisaster MitigationAriadne Victoria Pada, Johanna Marie GonzalesThis project involves the design and development of rapidly deployable acoustic rain sensor network. This is the second phase of the proponents’ previous research work that resulted to the development of the 1st gen of acoustic rain sensors. To our knowledge,, we are the first,, if not the only research team,, that is working to develop these novel sensors for rain measurements. In this proposal,, we aim to improve on the previous design and be able to field test the 2nd gen of acoustic rain sensors at the selected implementation sites. The sensors are capable of uploading data files to a server. Rainfall data from the sensors are to be graphed,, analyzed,, and compared vis-à-vis data from tipping bucket rain gauges or automated weather stations. The analysis features and performance of the acoustic sensors directs to the development of low-cost devices for gathering rain data,, which can supplement standard rain measurement devices. The acoustic sensor design is implemented via smartphones acting as acoustic sensors. The rain event is monitored using the Android rain sensor and the data is sent to the server. The rainfall data is analyzed and summarized and may be accessed over the web. Acoustic sensors have been used in previous studies as point sensors for rainfall. The sound produced by the impact of raindrops on the sensor surface provides information about the rain event. Higher levels of rainfall sounds have been shown to correspond to higher rain rates. Acoustic point sensors can be deployed in high densities to gather rainfall data at higher spatial resolutions. Such deployments can show the variations of rainfall intensities in sub-kilometer areas. Because acoustic sensors have no mechanical moving parts,, they can be made at lower cost,, are more robust,, and can be deployed at higher densities. The software component to be developed has a function that uploads the gathered acoustic signal power data to a server after each time interval when a Wi-Fi or 3G network is available. This feature will be integrated with a web-based user interface,, which enables users to access the data gathered from the Android-based acoustic rain sensor network. Furthermore,, a solar-power supply will be developed to provide the power requirements of the sensors.
3609Characterization of Mercury Fractionation and Distribution on Artisanal Gold Mine Tailings in Key Areas of Mindanao and its Implication for Mercury DetoxificationEinstine M. OpisoMining and MineralsKatrina LandichoDetailed characterization of the physico-chemical and mineralogical properties of the mercury-contaminated gold mine tailings in various key areas in Mindanao will give insights on how to mitigate mercury and recover residual gold found in these wastes. For example,, if bulk of mercury is found adsorbed onto minerals like clays,, we can utilize a combination of desorption/chelation-precipitation/liquid extraction techniques. In other words,, we can remove mercury from the tailings by resuspension or redissolution followed by its precipitation into more stable and less reactive mineral phases or its extraction in the metallic form. Similarly,, a detailed characterization of where the residual gold is found will help us develop to more effectively recover it from the tailings. For example,, if these residual gold is found as "invisible" gold,, we have to consider a finer size distribution in order to liberate gold from the pyrite matrix. The development of best treatment technology in the detoxification of these mine tailings and the recovery of residual gold can significantly help the government to economically rehabilitate such contaminated sites in several key areas of Mindanao. With the millions of tons of mine tailings that have been accumulated over the last two decades,, the success of this project can greatly contribute to the improvement of the social,, economic and environmental aspects of communities impacted by these mercury contaminated mine tailings.
3623 Sonochemical Synthesis of Cobalt Oxide and Copper Oxide Nanostructures as Electrodes in Photoelectrochemical Water-Splitting ApplicationsMenandro C. MarquezNanotechnologyErika GawThe project is designed to develop a scalable synthesis of nanocomposite electrodes composed of oxides of cobalt and copper by using sonochemical assisted solution route. In this research,, the application of ultrasonic sound on the production of nanoparticles will be elucidated by looking at the effect of varying the sonochemical parameters on the morphological,, optical and electrochemical properties of the synthesized nanoparticles. The experimentation is designed to arrive in a product with tailored nanomorphology,, optical and electrochemical property for photoelectrochemical water splitting application. This scalable procedure for synthesizing nanoparticles could pave way in developing materials that could be applied in fabricating cost effective devices for energy applications. This research will benefit the scientific community in terms of the knowledge it can contribute by pushing the use of cheaper and readily available materials which opens to a more sustainable research and development in terms of material source and fabrication techniques involved.
3624Detection and Identification of Legitimate Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) Along various road netWorks (DILAW)Wilson M. TanTransportationRachel HabanaThe primary hardware component of the WSN-based system will consist of two parts. The first part is the WSN node,, which is to be carried by all legal PUVs. The second part is the base station,, which can be a netbook,, laptop or (eventually) cell phone,, which is to be carried by the traffic agency operative. The WSN node regularly broadcasts packets,, which are received by the base station. The base station processes the packets and provides information to the traffic agency operative. By cross-referencing the information provided by the base station with what he/she is seeing,, suspicious PUVs can then be flagged down for inspection. This by itself is a great improvement over the current system where all PUVs are under suspicion whenever there is an "operation". The WSN node effectively identifies the vehicle to the base station. The packet broadcasted by the WSN node will contain basic information about the vehicle,, enabling the traffic operative to immediately spot suspicious traits (mismatch in plate numbers,, operating out of route,, etc.). Note that the vehicle "not appearing" in the base station screen/output immediately makes it suspicious. Nevertheless,, the information that can be conveyed in a WSN packet is highly limited. To address this,, the base station will also run an application which connects to a cloud-based database,, enabling the traffic agency operative to acquire more information about the PUV (photos,, markings,, etc.). We note that while being able to connect to the Internet tremendously extends system's effectiveness,, it would still be reasonably functional without one. The design and implementation will focus on three problem areas: protection against tampering,, protection against transplantation,, and protection against sophisticated technical attacks. The node and its data must be protected against tampering or modification by unauthorized parties: only the traffic agency must be able to change the data contained (and broadcasted) by the node. The system must be able to withstand sophisticated technical attacks. To protect against “replay” attacks,, a nonce-based interrogation approach will be used: the base station will have the WSN node perform unique simple computations to ascertain that the other party (the WSN node) is “live” and not an impersonator playing back the output of a valid device.  To protect against reverse engineering,, “ROM dumps”,, and cloning,, each WSN node will be made certifiably unique at the hardware level through a serial identification chip. On the software side,, the cloud-based database will also be sufficiently secured to protect against unauthorized access.
3634Geophysical Exploration Instruments with Micro-seismic Imaging and Tomography for Energy Exploration in thePhilippines - Project 1Emmanuel G. Ramos,, Ph.DTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJohn Mark BatangTekton GeoMetrix Inc. (TGI) proposes to convert TRx (its prototyped high-rate data recorder) into the QEx system for imaging and tomography of geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoir. Based on TGI’s previous experience in instrument development and geophysical surveys,, tangible results are expected within a period of two (2) years: the first six (6) months are for the development of the QEx units,,while the remaining 18 months will be spent on developing software on data analysis and on using the system in actual energy exploration. TGI proposes to equip QEx with high sensitivity 3-component geophone sensors and then create sufficient quantity of QEx field units and deploy at least 25 instruments per exploration site.   TGI proposes to install QEx in three (3) exploration sites to test the geophysical concepts it is promoting: Two (2) sites for geothermal energy development and one (1) site for natural gas are being eyed for this development. These tree (3) sites are needed to ensure that QEx will encounter and identify a new geothermal or natural gas deposit. The incremental cost of producing the instruments for these test sites are small compared to the immediate benefits that the test will potentially generate. Furthermore,, the exploration company hosting the test sites will be encouraged to subsidize the project’s logistical expenses in exchange for the benefit they will gain from the test exploration. TGI proposes to operate the QEx instrument network continuously for six (6) to 12 months in order to generate the required number and density of micro-ray paths. During the time of field deployment,, the software of data processing will be assembled and tested while being progressively enhanced. After this test deployment,, the processing results are expected to immediately convert to additional geo-scientific information on the country’s green energy resources. The investment of DOST in this project will directly result to the enhanced delineation of geothermal and hydrocarbon resources. The activities contained in this propoject cover three (3) aspects: 1. Conversion of the TRx data recorder into the QEx micro-seismic tomography instrument. This will entail integrating highly sensitive geophone sensors for detection of very small seismic events,, and designing QEx for unattended data collection for extended periods.  This phase also includes the production of 65 units of QEx,, properly encased for fieldsite conditions,, and tested for high-quality electronics and software performance; 2. Deployment of QEx units to demonstrate its use by mapping potential drilling targets in three (3) geothermal and hydrocarbon exploration areas. This activity shall be undertaken in collaboration with Filipino energy exploration companies; and 3. The final phase involves 3D imaging and tomography of the geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoirs using a set of computer programs that will analyse the micro-seismic data collected by the QEx field units. The software shall create 3D images of structural (faults and fluid migration patterns) and identify the regions within the reservoir where fluids are present by detecting seismic velocity anomalies,, low Vp/Vs ratio,, shear wave splitting and S-wave attenuation anomalies. These 3D images are of very significant use in exploring geothermal energy and hydrocarbon resources.
3635Cost-Efficient and High-Quality Accelerograph for Disaster Preparedness in BuildingsRodolfo Alfonso R. SabioTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar Carlos, Edward ApigoTekton GeoMetrix Inc. (TGI) proposes to convert its prototype TRx high-rate data recorder system into the QBx accelerograph that complies with the specifications of DPWH. Based on TGI’s previous experience in instrument development and installation of accelerographs in buildings,, it is confident that it can produce the initial 60 units of the QBx within the first six (6) months of this project’s implementation. After these units have been tested and ensured to function according to specifications,, TGI shall install three (3) instruments each in 20 pre-selected government buildings in order for them to be compliant to NSCP rules.  TGI has already developed the software for data-operating these accelerographs,, including the algorithm for event detection,, magnitude calculation and event recording and archival.  TGI shall couple the new QBx instrument with its tried and tested Trion Earthquake Information and Warning System to enhance the earthquake preparedness in the public buildings where these instruments are installed. This system has proven to be very useful in guiding building safety officers and residents in Metro Manila buildings by providing automated earthquake disaster preparedness and response specifically suited for the intensity detected by the instruments. The Trion Earthquake Information and Warning System is also equipped to send out email and SMS notification messages to building managers. These units have been operating for the past 3.5 years without any maintenance issues and with good reviews and feedback from Trion earthquake information system users. To ensure that the QBx shall perform to specifications,, TGI proposes to use high quality and critically calibrated accelerometers used in the precision seismic accelerographs in the market. The involvement of ASTI in the design and QA/QC of the QBx shall also integrate into the system the high quality (low maintenance,, long service life,, performance to specifications) that is hallmark in the ARq system now being used by the Project Noah of DOST. TGI proposes to install the QBx system in at least 10 government buildings and facilities that are required to install seismic instrumentation but has continuously failed to comply. TGI proposes that most of these buildings to be fitted with the QBx be at Metro Manila although it shall consider other government buildings also in Cebu,, Bohol,, Baguio and other seismically active areas. TGI also proposes to conduct trainings of LGU building safety officers and building engineers focusing on building structural safety,, seismic effects on building structures,, and post-earthquake seismic data processing and structural interpretation. This is critical as TGI recognizes the crisis that building engineers will face in the event of an earthquake,, since they will have to evaluate seismic records from various instruments and from hundreds of buildings,, each one requiring individual inspection and evaluation whether these are still suitable for reoccupation and use. This issue shall become the bottleneck since no business can proceed or residential unit be used unless each is cleared for reoccupation. TGI proposes to put an on-line service where its suite of seismic data analysis and interpretation software shall be available for free use and thus,, people with accelerometer records can assess their own data and evaluate the performance of their buildings based on an earthquake strong motion record. The activities contained in this proposed project cover three aspects:      Conversion of the TRx data recorder into the QBx building strong motion accelerograph. This will entail integrating highly sensitive and calibrated accelerometer sensors for unattended detection of strong seismic events.  This phase also includes the production of 60 units of QBx,, properly encased for fieldsite conditions,, and tested for high-quality electronics and software performance;      Deployment of QBx units in 20 government buildings to enable these facilities to comply with NSCP and DPWH regulations. This activity shall be undertaken in collaboration with city and LGU engineers; and      The final phase involves training of the city and LGU engineers on building strong motion instrumentation,, accelerograph data analysis and interpretation. TGI shall also orient these LGU officers and engineers on the use of special software for seismic data analysis and structural interpretation,, These officers and engineers shall also be exposed to an internet-based data processing system that TGI shall put up and make available as free service as part of this project.  The software takes in strong motion accelerograph records,, conducts mathematical transforms and plots results so that structural engineers can assess whether the specific seismic events are of structural concerns to the buildings.
3640Development, Characterization and Performance Evaluation of Polymeric Separation Membrane for Industrial Applications using Local Materials (Phase 1)Blessie A. Basilia,, PhDMaterial ScienceMarietta Valdez-LiuThe research study involves the establishment of a membrane research facility for the development of local membrane suitable for water desalination. Different polymeric membrane materials and hollow fiber spinning technique will be developed. Local materials such as cellulose from kapok and abaca,, local halloysite nanotube (HNT),, montmorillonite and nanozeolite will be incorporated in the fabrication of membranes to enhance its stability and performance. Developed membranes would undergo different characterization to validate the preparation and fabrication processes. The actual performance of the developed,, scalable membrane will then be evaluated and validated using simulated feed experiments.
3643Disaggregated Electricity Consumption Baseline Measurement of Micro,, Small,, and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines and Behavioral Response Analysis to an Intelligent Energy Management Platform using Real-Time Electricity Monitoring with Integrated Analytics and Recommendations EngineJan Aaron Augustus GarciaEnergyJulius MayorgaThe project aims to establish a baseline measurement of energy consumption behaviors by MSMEs. This dataset consists of: 1. Main feeder measurement,, that allows power supply and peak demand analysis 2. Branch circuits measurement,, that allows disaggregated load analysis and equipment and appliance analytics 3. Real-time analysis,, allowing for operational and behavior analytics 4. Historical Data,, allowing for seasonal analysis and sales/productivity assessments Of the approximately 850,,000 MSMEs,, a sample size of 150 sites,, will allow for a 95% confidence level,, and 8% margin of error. This becomes a statistically relevant source of data that is actionable and uncontestable. This can guide future investments into energy efficiency projects,, target energy efficiency policy,, target power supply decisions for businessmen. The project also aims to assess the behavioral response of MSMEs to recommendations based on actual measurement. The system automatically calculates and provides recommendations to users. After a specified duration,, these recommendations are given to the MSMEs,, and changes in energy consumption behavior will be assessed through the same real-time electricity monitoring platform. This project will benefit not only the MSMEs but also the academe,, industry stakeholders and policy makers as well. The end-use appliance specific information and database could propel the development of innovative solutions to improve energy efficiency of appliances and electronics. The database of actual load profile of MSMEs can help electric utilities to effectively implement demand side management programs. The data collected on actual energy consumption leads to a better understanding on how MSMEs use energy and how their future energy demands might change as well as their attitude towards energy saving can be used to provide additional support to Department of Energy’s efforts on Philippine demand analysis,, forecasting and planning.
3645Up-Scaled Solution-Phase Synthesis of Metal Nanowires and its Application in Transparent Metal Nanowire Touch Panel Mary Donnabelle BalelaNanotechnologyDesiree Vera, Erika GawThe future electronics will be transparent,, soft and flexible.  However,, conventional electronic materials like indium tin oxide in transparent conducting electrodes are usually brittle.  A transparent conductor is a key component in many optoelectronic devices,, such as touchscreens,, light emitting diodes,, and solar cells with have been showing tremendous rapid development recently.  As mentioned,, indium tin oxide has been the most dominant transparent conductor material.  However,, further development and application of indium tin oxide has been receded due to issues of its scarcity of supply and fragile ceramic nature.  These two key issues in the use of ITO are being addressed by the emergence of the next generation flexible transparent materials,, such as conducting polymers,, carbon nanotubes,,and metal nanostructures.  In our previous project,, we have successfully demonstrated the applicability of metal nanowires,, specifically Ag and Cu,, in the fabrication of transparent conducting electrodes.  Metal nanowire electrode with sheet resistance as low as 62 W/• and optical transmittance of about 81%,,  was achieved using Ag nanowires with mean diameters about 90 nm and lengths up to about 40 mm.  Therefore,, in the proposed project,, an upscale synthesis of Ag and Cu nanowires in solution is proposed.  Approximately 1 g of metal nanowires is expected to be produced in a single batch process. Recyclability of key reagents like the solvent ethylene glycol is also going to be studied to further reduce material cost.  Metal nanowire ink formulations suitable for industrial printing technology like ink jet printing will be created to print antennas for high frequency applications.  Lastly,, a transparent metal nanowire touch panel will be fabricated.
3647Regional scales of variability in precipitation (RSVP)Dr. Olivia CabreraDisaster MitigationJohanna Marie Gonzales, Ariadne Victoria PadaThe project "Regional scales of variability in precipitation (RSVP)" is characterization of the diurnal and other temporal cycles of precipitation and the factors affecting the amplitudes of these cycles throughout the Philippines and over time. Also to provide estimates of the contribution of the diurnal precipitation cycle to total precipitation. It is possible that not considering the diurnal cycle can cause underestimation of precipitation and better characterization may lead to better rainfall forecast which in turn could lead to better preparation for the impact of extreme rainfall events. This project is also proposed to do initial background analysis for the development of a Philippine-wide field-based program to coincide with the international research program entitled "Years of the Maritime Continent, 2017-2019).
3654Green Synthesis of Carbon Quantum Dots from Biowaste for Biomedical and Industrial ApplicationsPersia Ada N. de YroNanotechnologyErika Gaw, Desiree VeraBiowaste disposal is becoming a burgeoning problem,, in addition to this; improper management of waste agricultural biomass is contributing towards climate change,, water and soil contamination,, and local air pollution. This type of waste is of high value with respect to material and energy recovery. The project aims to utilize biowaste in the carbon quantum dots (CQD). Carbon-based quantum dots with fascinating properties have gradually become a rising star as a new nanocarbon member due to their nonthreatening,, abundant and inexpensive nature. This study will report on a simple,, economical and green preparative strategy toward water soluble fluorescent carbon quantum dots (CQDs) using low cost biowaste,, starting with kalamansi peels,, as a carbon source for the first time in the Philippines. Kalamansi peel,, water hyacinth and pineapple peels are renewable source with no other known potential usage. It has been chosen because of its availability,, being easily obtained all year round from tropical countries like the Philippines. The temperature to be used in the carbonization of the precursor will be determined using thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). An autoclave will be used in the pyrolysis of the sample and a domestic microwave oven (900W irradiating at 500W-800W power) will be used for surface passivation. The samples will be filtered using Buckner funnel using 0.22 micron filter medium. The CQD will be characterized with UV-Vis,, Spectrofluorometer,, FTIR,, XRD,, and TEM. The Quantum Yield(QY) will be determined and the CQD produced from the parameter with the optimum QY will be tested in different possible in biomedical,, optronics,, catalyst or chemical sensor applications. This study will demonstrate and focus on the technical feasibility of developing CQD from biowaste. In addition to this,, the study also aims to to evaluate the possibility of using the synthesized CQD in the detection of E. coli bacteria in water.
3668Production of Nanocellulose from Indigenous Natural Fibers and Agricultural Wastes Glenn AsilumNanotechnologyDesiree Vera, Erika GawNanocellulose is an emerging new material which demonstrates exceptional properties and shows potential for a wide range of applications: paper,, composites,, medical,, cosmetic,, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. Additionally,, because it is obtained from a renewable resource – cellulose,, which is a building block of natural fibers – global interest in the research and development of this material has surged in the recent years.   This project shall develop optimized and efficient extraction processes for nanocellulose from three locally available fiber materials,, namely,, water hyacinth,, pineapple leaf fibers and banana pseudostem. The results of the research work are expected to boost the local research and development capability on nanocellulose production,, and possibly pave the way for potential upscaling of nanocellulose production. This could also be considered as a value-adding activity for otherwise waste agricultural materials. In the long term,, it is projected that the fundamental results of the current research will be of significant use in developing technologies and processes that would contribute to the upliftment of the grassroots level of the agricultural sector.  
3679Ionic Liquid-Assisted Electrospinning of Conductive Nanofibers as Solid Polymer Electrolyte/ Separator Membrane of Solid State SupercapacitorSusan ArcoNanotechnologyJezzel JaoThis study focuses on the fabrication of conductive polymeric nanofibers doped with ionic liquid that can serve as polymer electrolyte for supercapacitors.  The ionic liquids that will be used vary in terms of alkyl lengths and anions. Nanofibrous and porous conductive polymer electrolyte will then be obtained by electrospinning the polymer solution with ionic liquids onto a surface. The product obtained will then be subjected to different characterization techniques as to establish its physical and electrochemical properties. Also,, the effect of varying lengths and anions of ionic liquids on the nanofiber’s properties will be studied and correlated to the over-all performance of the fabricated nanofibers. Fabrication of conductive polymeric nanofibers doped with ionic liquid via this electrspinning could provide higher surface area and more participation in the redox reaction due to rapid ion diffusion therefore increasing its ionic conductivity and better electrochemical performance. The simplicity of the process offers for a viable larger production of flexible,, portable membranes with applications not only in energy storage devices but also in other fields. 
3692Product Development of AquoSense - a portable water quality sensor systemEngr. Jose Claro MonjeTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJulius Carlo GuintoThe commercialization strategy for this project starts with finding the right product-market fit which will require introduction of the prototype to the target or potential customers,, and demonstrating/educating them on the features of the water quality sensors that will address their specific needs (or customer pain points).  Table 1 summarizes the initial products that are planned to be developed for these specific market segments. Table 1.  Summary of target products for the different target market segments   The strategy for this project is closing the cycle of commercialization process by bridging the sub-processes in a more lean and flexible strategy which usually incorporates the market research and validation even at the early stages of development of the product.  This contrasts with the traditional sequential process of research,, development,, engineering,, manufacturing,, and marketing as shown in the comparison flowcharts below—comparing the old,, sequential approach to one that follows closely the more modern,, rapid prototyping approach: [i],, [ii]   [i] Jolly,, V.   Commercializing New Technologies: From Mind to Market (Harvard Business School Press,, 1997). [ii] E. Ries. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses (Crown Business,, 2011).  
3696Development of Wireless Sensory Network System for Structural Integrity Monitoring of Bridges (SMART BRIDGE)Dr. Francis Aldrine A. UyDisaster MitigationCarluz BautistaThe project supports the Smarter Philippines Program of DOST through the advancement of our civil system in bridge monitoring and maintenance. The locally developed micro-electro-mechanical system (remote sensing technology) will be deployed and utilized to assess and monitor the structural integrity of bridges. DPWH will conduct monitoring through remote based condition-monitoring tool rather than actual/physical inspection.
3699Indoor Light Energy Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Network ApplicationsChinet O. Mocorro-OverstreetElectronics TechnologyDanilo Pateno , Jayson Nuval    Previous work architecture was reported using inductive boost converter targeting solar cells at indoor conditions. The converter bridges a solar cell array and an energy storage system (ESS). It employed several functional blocks to drive the power MOS or any other circuit controls,, however,, the implementation of inductor into the chip for dc to dc converter is costly besides the controlling algorithms that consumes power and chip area.      To avoid the costly implementation of on-chip inductor as well as power consuming complicated control algorithms,, a switch-capacitor converter such as charge pump was being utilized in other energy harvesting system design. This is one practical choice to minimize costly chip area; however,, charge pump could only supply power to the load at half period of time. Transferring of charge to the load only happens during the first half stage of the cycle,, while the other half cycle is when the capacitor is connected across the supply to collect a charge.     Another energy harvesting architecture used for low power application was presented. This system that does not employ maximum power point tracker (MPPT) for the reason that,, in an indoor condition,, the light radiation does not vary in time unlike the sun changes its position from day and night,, and from one season to another. Moreover,, utilizing MPPT unit circuit adds extra cost and power consumption and tracking system could not increase the output power of the system as much power as it consumes.    Light energy harvesting system with rechargeable battery used for ultra-low power devices in an indoor application is presented. The rechargeable battery serves as a back-up supply to provide power to the load when the light source is out there by extending the device performance to almost indefinite period. It eliminates the use of alkaline (primary) batteries that requires a regular replacement from time to time.  
3700Power Management Unit using Low Drop-out Regulator and Switched Capacitor DC-DC Converters Allenn C. LowatonElectronics TechnologyDanilo Pateno , Jayson Nuval    Power management integrated circuits (ICs) are critical building blocks in state-of-the-art portable applications,, where they efficiently and accurately transform a battery supply into various regulated voltages,, as required by their loads. A wireless sensor node is a portable communication device. As such,, its load conditions usually change drastically from high to low power levels,, such as from standby-by-mode to talking mode. Improving light-load (standby-by mode) efficiency of these power management ICs is important for extending battery life,, since these devices operate at stand-by mode for most of the time. Hence,, high efficient DC-DC converter with wide operating current range becomes crucial for these devices. Pulse with modulation (PWM) control and pulse frequency modulation (PFM) control schemes are widely used in high conversion efficiency switch-mode.  
3701Development of Microprocessor for Wireless Sensor Network ApplicationJefferson A. HoraElectronics TechnologyDanilo Pateno , Jayson Nuval     This research is aimed for the design of the microcontroller unit for the WSN. The proposed research will also serve as a guide fordeveloping microcontrollers and microprocessors. The design is developed using Verilog language,, and is designed to take functions only needed by the WSN. The design is to be implemented and tested in an Altera DE-1 board,, and finally fabricated using 65nm CMOS standard cells. At the end of the year,, the WSN microcontroller will be integrated with Project 1 together with Projects 2.
3717Cartography of Old Informs the New (COIN)Maricor N. SorianoPhotonicsMeraida ReyesWe will digitally scan historical maps of towns and cities. Using road networks and buildings that have existed in the past and are still used in the present,, we will align the image of the old map to a modern map (e.g. Google Map). Changes in the waterways will be automatically detected by an algorithm we will develop. Places where the waterways have vanished will be tagged as a flood risk. The flood risk assessment will be overlaid on the freely available flood hazard map created by Project Noah as a layer that can be labeled as Historical Land Use Change. 
3729e-Asia: Development of Information Gathering and Utilization Systems using small Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs) for Disaster Risk Assessment,, Monitoring and ResponseArturo DaagDisaster MitigationElisa SantosThis project is being proposed under the e-ASIA Joint Research Program with the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) of Japan as the lead organization. Four countries will be joining this project consisting of Indonesia,, Thailand,, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Philippines will be represented by PHIVOLCS. The purpose of this proposal is to provide the needed budget in order to enable PHIVOLCS to participate as counterpart organization. PHIVOLCS deemed it very important to take this opportunity in order to build its capability on the use of advance and modern technology (particularly on the application of UAVs) in disaster preparedness and risk mitigation. In highly developed countries,, UAVs had. been extensively applied in different aspect of disaster preparedness and risk mitigation. The Philippines,, being highly prone to disasters will benefit a lot if this recently evolving technology is adopted at the earliest time possible. PHIVOLCS has many possible applications for this technology that will further enhance its capability.  
3743Testing for Standardization and Optimization of five Coach Hybrid Road Train Phase IIIRommel Corona TransportationElisa SantosAt present,, our country lacks the availability of standard test protocols for electric and hybrid vehicles suitable for local applications. Several institutions such as the academe conduct evaluation using their own established methods for electric vehicles with focus on operational and performance. This project,, however,, takes also into consideration the improvements that can be implemented to the prototype Road Trainset in order to address safety of the said vehicle. Critical components identified were taken from the results of performance testing of Road Trains. The field testing and promotion allows us to showcase the first Filipino made Hybrid Road Train and promote the advantages of the mass transport system in the emerging metropolis in the Central Luzon,, Metro Cebu and General Santos City. This will also generate the much needed baseline data to enhance the capability and the existing design for its optimization. Also,, this will allow the Local Government Unit (LGU) to include an infrastructure on the mass transport system in their respective plans and programs. Furthermore,, the application of hybrid electric vehicle technologies can provide a scalable solution that improves the fuel mileage of the vehicle,, and decrease emissions. The Technology Promotion of Hybrid Road Train will be demonstrated in the,, Central Luzon,, Metro Cebu and General Santos City wherein the public will be informed of the new technology that can effect improvement in their transportation needs. Moreover,, it is considered the right approach to encourage a low-polluting mass transit system.
3748Design and Optimization of Austenitic Manganese Steel Liners for Philippine Aggregates and Mineral Processing - Project 3Lemuel N. Apusaga Metals and EngineeringRonaldo DominguezAs of 2014,, the DENR-MGB has granted permits to 196 industrial sand and gravel companies and84 mineral processing companies,, Developing local capability for crusher liners and other cast wear products shall benefit the aggregates and mineral processing plants in the Philippines. The demonstration of MIRDC's capabilty to design,, customize and optimize steel crushers for specific applications/operations shall help drive down the buying cost and reduce the delivery lead time of crusher liners.
3791Integrated Scenario-based Assessments of Impacts and Hazards (ISAIAH)Dr. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. LagmayDisaster MitigationKasfhi Nicole PatricioThe project involves six major phases to create a holistic and integrative approach in Disaster Risk assessment. This will leverage the existing high-resolution hazard susceptibility maps for floods,, storm surges,, and landslides generated by Project NOAH. Nonetheless,, recognizing the complexity of hazard phenomena,, specifically landslides,, more in-depth research needs to be done to represent well the diverse geologic controls. Understanding how varying factors play will help to characterize better how these hazards could pose a threat to lives and property. One of the major phases of the project is the creation of probabilistic flood,, landslide and storm surge hazard maps. The second phase involves the mapping of exposure elements. This includes the refinement of national population density map by integrating remotely sensed images and information from the latest nationwide census. This also includes extraction of of building footprints and critical facilities mapping using LiDAR,, GPS surveys and interpolation from images from satellites and UAVs. The third phase requires the creation of database of vulnerability indicators. An improvement of estimation of vulnerability levels. The fourth phase will concentrate in the development of survey tools for local government units in their disaster risk reduction and management. This will estimate the level of their organizational preparedness against hydrometeorological and landslide hazards. The creation of accessible tools for disaster risk assessment is the primary endeavor for the fifth phase of the project. This incorporates and integrates the output of the first three phases into NOAH hazard maps to come up with a standardized method in assessing risk. This risk assessment tool is intended to be integrated with the current WebSAFE feature in the NOAH website. This also includes the continued maintenance and development of additional features of the NOAH website,, such as incident reporting application and visualization. The final phase involves the rolling out of more Information,, Education and Communication campaigns for the use the Project NOAH website and its allied tools. This phase also includes the training of local government units in the enrichment of risk information datasets and in the use of disaster risk assessment tools.
3802Design and Prototyping of Salt Processing Equipment (Washer,, Dryer,, lodizer,, Crystallizing Pan,, Furnace,, Concentrator (Ion-exchange membrane) Annabelle BrionesMetals and EngineeringStephanie BlancoRegion 1 is the largest producer of cooked salt as well as solar salt. In Dasol,, Pangasinan,, 8 barangays are engaged in commercial salt production. These are the barangays of: Uli,, Malacapas,, Magsaysay,, Bobonot,, Poblacion,, GaisGuipe,, Amalbalan and Hermosa. The towns of Infanta,, San Carlos,, San Fabian,, Bugallon,, Alaminos,, Bani,, Anda and Bolinao in Pangasinan are also engaged in salt business. In 1I0cos area,, the most important area of salt evaporation beds are located near the mouth of Abra River and in the municipality of Pasuquin (liocos Norte) with Narvacan (liocos Sur). The province of La Union is also engaged in salt business with participating towns of Luna,, Balaoan and Sto. Tomas. In the recent salt industry forum held on September 11,, 2015 at Calasio,, Pangasinan,, the producers which are mostly small to medium scale entrepreneurs were clamoring for technical assistance on: production aspects; quality of salt; iodization techniques; high-value products; waste disposal and alternative fuel source. The project therefore is to uplift the salt industrY in Reoion 1 to become self sufficient in 2020.
3803Development of Gourmet Salt Products and Micro-sized Salt in Laboratory Scale Annabelle BrionesFoodFatima Ibarreta, Ana Mithuzela EspigolDevelopment of nano salt is important as reducing the particle size of salt to approximately 1.5 ~m would increase its surface area,, leading to increased dissolution rate in saliva and more efficient transfer of ions to taste buds,, and hence,, perhaps,, a saltier perception of foods. This has a potential for reducing the salt level in surface-salted foods. Nanomaterial application is acknowledged as one of the most important industries in the 21st century and is expected to create great economic value in almost every aspect of human life.
3829Development of Food and Non-Food Products from Abalone Dr. Benjamin J. GonzalesFoodFatima IbarretaThis project hopes to develop abalone as a take home novelty product from Palawan. This program is a joint project of two universities from the Sothern Tagalog Region of MIMAROPA. Hence the General objective of this project is to identify more products from abalone and optimise its utilization in Palawan/MIMAROPA.
3830Technology Business Incubator (TBI) at DLSU-STC CampusMr. Federico C. GonzalezTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEarvin Jay Enriquez, Jhon Louis SalomThe TBI will be operated by the DLSU Animo Labs Foundation,, the non-profit corporate vehicle of DLSU for incubation and commercialization. It will be located at the Science & Technology Complex,, at Biiian,, Laguna. This location is expected to enhance the collaboration of research and course projects with industry,, and may even encourage companies in the surrounding industrial parks to initiate their own start-up projects with the aid of the TBI. An hour1y free shuttle from DLSU in Taft enables easy access to STC.
3839Development of Bottom Housing System for Abalone FarmingLota A. CreenciaFoodFatima IbarretaThe project shall design and develop a set of bottom housing system for abalone integrated farming using various materials. The bottom housing system will be deployed in different coastal environments with favorable water quality for integrated abalone farming. Data logger instruments will be immersed in the housing system to analyze the effects of various parameters in the environment on the strength and integrity of the structure. After soaking the housing system into the bottom of the sea for six weeks,, abalone and other organisms will be stocked to test its suitability as a culture structure for 10-12 weeks. Management systems will be tested which will give input to the revision and improvement of the housing system design. After the trials,, the analyses on economic and environmental factors of the bottom housing system will be considered also in the final design and materials of the structure which will be used for pilot testing.  
3849InteliSENSE: A Progress Monitoring Tool for Children with Special NeedsMerlin Teodosia SuarezTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEarvin Jay EnriquezAutism (or autism spectrum disorder) according to Autism Speaks is a term used to refer to "a set of complex disorders of brain development,, typically characterized by difficulties in social interaction,, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors"'. Because a child may suffer from several deficiencies at the same time,, it is highly recommended that a team of teachers,, therapists and dieticians work together with ttie parents to help manage his condition. It should be noted that autism cannot be treated,, but can be managed. In addition,, children diagnosed in the autism spectrum are gifted in some form,, i.e. "visual skills,, music,, math,, and the arts". The prevalence of autism has increased in the last two decades,, globally. In the year 2000,, 1 child in every 150 was diagnosed in the autism spectrum. This increased to 1 in every 110 in 2006. In 2014,, the US Government's Center for Disease Control reports that 1 in every 68 children is afflicted with autism. In the Philippines,, Autism Society Philippines reports that about 1,,000,,000 individuals have been diagnosed to belong to the spectrum,, and only half of them receive treatment.
3853Market Validation of VISSER in 1st District of Zamboanga del SurDr. Giovanni TapangTechnology Transfer & CommercializationNoel Hingco, Christian Mari ZamoraVersatile Instrumentation System for Science Education and Research (VISSER) is a collaborative program that addresses the critical need for science laboratories in the Philippines and focused towards achieving an end: "Put Modern Science Labs at Every School & College". The system is centered on a handheld microcontroller-based universal platform. Using the VISSER handheld device as the "brain",, many different sensors can be connected to it and controlled to perform experiments in various science fields. The hardware and software are supplemented by well-written,, highly descriptive,, inquiry-based laboratory manuals that facilitate individual learning. Software,, which includes control,, data storage and analysis tools were developed using an open source environment. The VISSER Basic comprises a hardware,, software and laboratory modules. The hardware consists of a multichannel data acquisition,, plug and play analog and digital sensors that run on an Arduino microcontroller. The handheld microcontroller-based universal platform serves as the core or “brain” upon which many different sensors can be connected to it and controlled to perform experiments in various science fields. The software includes data storage,, control,, user interface,, as well as analysis tools that will be developed using open source environments. The laboratory modules are very descriptive manuals for user guidance in doing experimentations and in providing theoretical basis for the results. The VISSER handheld device can be used in two different operation modes: 1. Standalone Mode: A multifunctional instrument that functions as: a Clock/Stopwatch/Timer,, Ruler,, Weighing scale,, Digital thermometer,, Barometer,, Pressure sensor,, Force sensor,, Camera,, Audio recorder,, DC volt meter,, Magnetometer,, Inclinometer,, 3-axis Accelerometer. 2. Data logger mode: Simultaneous data acquisition from more than 6 inputs,, with timestamp and up to 56,,000x per second sampling rate.
3855Piloting and Market Validation of the UP Technologies on Rapid Electric Vehicle Charging or CharM (Charging in Minutes) in Cauayan City,, Isabela for Progressive SMARTER CityDr. Precila DelimaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl SuenoA project supported by Philippine Council for Industry,, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) and the University of the Philippines Diliman is implementing a project that aims to develop a fast-charging system for electric tricycles,, which targets full charging in no more than 30 minutes. Apart from the charging system,, a smart battery control unit that implements a communication protocol with the charger for enhanced battery protection and battery brand authentication is also being developed. This project will help enhance the continuity of e-trike operations by reducing the charging time and serve as a means to test and qualify lithium ion batteries for e-vehicle use.
3882Development of Food Reference Materials for Nutrition Labeling for Use of Local Testing LaboratoriesMs. Leah C. DajayFoodFatima IbarretaReference materials (RMs ) are used to measure capability of testing laboratories in terms of accuracy of analyses and a tool to determine areas for improvement. In the Philippines,, with the establishment of the FNRI Proficiency Testing Laboratory (PTL),, it enabled the country to produce its own RMs,, where it used to be imported,, for use of local testing laboratories specifically for proximate,, vitamins,, and mineral analyses. To be able to establish its credibility as RM producer,, this project aims to upgrade the capability of FNRI in alignment with ISO Guide 34:2009 (General Requirements for the Competence of Reference Material Producers). Also,, the RMs that will be produced in the project will be used by the OneLab project to help monitor the accuracy of routine analyses of member laboratories.
3884Establishment of an Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL) - Phase 5 (OPERATION OF ADMATEL)Araceli M. Monsada,, Dr. Eng.Material ScienceEdna NaciancenoADMATEL is located at the DOST Compound,, Bicutan,, Taguig City in one of the renovated buildings of the Industrial Technology Development Institute. This testing facility contains laboratories with class 100k clean room requirement,, dormitories (for grave yard shifts),, lecture rooms,, conference rooms and offices for ADMATEL staff. The building houses sophisticated equipment used for failure analysis of semiconductor materials and devices. All the equipment and facilities in the laboratories are well maintained since ADMATEL started operation in January 2013. To date,, ADMATEL has increased its revenue,, clientele and achieved ISO 17025. To sustain the operation of this facility,, this project was proposed to support the requirements such as manpower competency,, personnel services,, equipment and building maintenance,, compliance and to fully achieve ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation of its primary testing laboratories. This project will also help enforce/intensify its marketing programs/activities and to support the utilities required to maintain the class 1OOkclean room and equipment power requirements. ADMATEL aims to: (i) reinforce/upgrade the FA and materials testing facilities of our local industry,, (ii) provide shorter tum-around time especially for companies who cannot afford to put up their own FA and characterization laboratory (iii) provide less expensive analysis,, and (iv) attract potential investors seeking for a more conducive business environment.
3888Pilot-Scale Production of Spray-Dried Powder Dextran and High Fructose Syrup using Whole Cell (Leuconostoc mesenteroides isolates) ITDI Fermentation Technology Ursela Guce-Bigol FoodAna Mithuzela Espigol, Aleah OrendainThe project is designed to produce two (2) food additives from natural sources namely,, spray-dried dextran and high fructose syrup using ITDI isolates,, L. mesenteroides at pilot scale level. These will also be applied and tested to bakery products and beverages. The study will use the whole-cell fermentation technology which is simple and cheap and can be easily adopted by MSMEs. Dextran is used by the food industry as viscosifying,, emulsifying,, texturizing,, stabilizing additive for bakery products,, confectionery,, ice cream and frozen/dried fruits. On the otherhand,, fructose,, a low caloric sugar is an alternative sweetener for food and beverage products. These additives have increasing demand due to consumer preference over healthy and food additives and ingredients from natural sources.
3890Synergistic effect of Forward Osmosis and Capacitive De-Ionization for Water Purification and RecoveryDr. Liza Bautista-Patacsil EnvironmentLaarni PilotonPhilippines is blessed with having ample source of freshwater supplies from rivers,, lakes and springs. Up until 1980s,, freshwater is free in Laguna. We do not spend on purified and mineral water for drinking as you can drink tap water directly from the faucet safe from any water-borne diseases. Laguna de bay was a good place to swim for kids while parents were busy harvesting clams for food and fishes are in abundance. And that was just more than two decades ago. Now is a different story to tell. In the 127 freshwater bodies sampled by Environmental Management Bureau (EMB),, it was found that only 47% percent were found to have good water quality,, 40% have only fair water quality while 13% showed poor water quality. The Southern Tagalog Region (Region IV),, is listed among the four regions that had unsatisfactory ratings for water quality criteria according to data from the Philippine Environment Monitor (PEM) and the EMB. It was identified that the major sources of water pollution in the country are due to the following: (1) inadequately treated domestic wastewater or sewage; (2) agricultural wastewater; (3) industrial wastewater; and (4) non-point sources such as rain- and groundwater runoff from solid waste or garbage deposits,, which is also known as leachate. (Greenpeace Philippines,, Sep 2010) Heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants find its way to Laguna Lake through discharges from the industrial sector. This study will focus on treatment of pollutants found in industrial wastewater such as heavy metals like copper,, lead and mercury using novel forward osmosis system and capacitive deionization to remove heavy metals and recover it from the wastewater.
3897A Vision-Based Vehicle Counter for Traffic Monitoring (VEMON)Dr. Joel P. llaoTransportationRachel HabanaAs cities quickly get more urbanized,, concerns on sustainability of natural resources come to fore. The Philippines,, strongly considered as the next tiger economy with its recent significant economic achievements,, and faced with a burgeoning population,, would naturally have to contend with issues associated with rapid economic development,, such as land and waste management and public health maintenance. An integral part of these developments is Air Quality (AQ) management. Recent efforts have been made towards concretizing this goal. The Philippine government has mandated the Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR),, through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) to spearhead an AQ management program in the national level through Republic Act No. 8749,, also known as the Clean Air Act of 2009. Section 6 of RA 8749 stipulates the need to develop an "Air Quality Monitoring and Information Network" that would monitor the level of air pollution at various regions in the country in order to identify critical areas of concern,, the data of which can serve as a guide in the development of sound AQ policies. The local and national government,, through their various offices and agencies have enforced policies that restrict traditionally-known sources of air pollutants,, as a natural first step towards realizing the goals of RA 8749. These strategies have resulted in initial gains (e.g. reduced pollution levels in a broad and generic sense),, and a customary next step then would be to refine related policies by targeting pollutants that pose more risks and danger to the environment and the society,, and thereby need more attention. This project situates itself centrally in the development of a suitable "Monitoring and Information Network",, by automating the process of Emissions Inventory via utilization of infrastructure that is practically ubiquituous yet accessible to various stakeholders. In this project,, we propose to develop a vehicle counting system based on video feeds of road sections taken using installed surveillance cameras. We assume here that vehicular traffic congestion is positively correlated to air pollution levels observed in or near the site. The project will utilize existing traffic emission models to estimate the evolving levels of traffic-related emissions,, such as pollutants (e.g. carbon monoxide,, hydrocarbons,, nitrides of oxygen,, and particulate matters),, and greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide) at sections located near the camera installations. This way,, generation and access of AQ level data,, for purposes of analysis and reporting,, will be made more efficient and convenient
3901Capacity Building, Community Outreach and Diffusion of DOST-PCIEERD Supported Food Technologies through ENTREPRENEURSHIP at the University of Caloocan City Atty. Ted De Belen Technology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Catherine MirandaThe UCC Potential Entrepreneurship Program aims to expose the University of Caloocan City (UCC) students to food technologies developed by DOST. The students will come from the University’s entrepreneurship,, business administration and finance programs and shall undergo the program as part of their on-the-job-training (OJT) requirement in school. DOST products include those coming from the various Food Innovation Centers,, DOST Setup Program and other PCIEERD-funded projects will be included as part of the student quota scheme.  Selected students will be trained on how to market DOST food products centering on building the student’s ability to evaluate and address questions,, plan marketing and promotion schemes and training  on acquiring customers to perform effectively.  The promotion/commercialization strategy for this project starts with finding the right market for each product.        The UCC Potential Entrepreneurship Program aims to expose the University of Caloocan City (UCC) students to food technologies developed by DOST. The students will come from the University’s entrepreneurship,, business administration and finance programs and shall undergo the program as part of their on-the-job-training (OJT) requirement in school. DOST products include those coming from the various Food Innovation Centers,, DOST Setup Program and other PCIEERD-funded projects with consumer products as output.
3902Development of An Automated Multi-Commodity Heat Pump DryerLorcelie TaclanMetals and EngineeringRonaldo Dominguez, Mark John RatioThe proposed utility will be an automated dryer-cooler wherein both the hot and cool sides of the dehumidifier will be utilized  as a dryer and cooler,, respectively. Monitoring of loss weight will be automated using the SCADA. Temperature and the % relative humidity inside the drying chamber and cold storage will be displayed in the desktop as the data logger.
3918Trace Organics and Metals in Commodity Fish: Method Optimization,, Extent of Contamination and Health Risk Due to Fish Intake Mylene G. Cayetano Ph.D.EnvironmentLiz Ahren Penaflor, Laarni PilotonTrace elements include (Pb,, Cr,, Hg) are among the included regulatory parameters of wastewater effluent in Laguna Lake for identified locators along Laguna Lake watershed. But due to the insufficient information and capacity building,, analysis of trace elements in fish flesh has not been a regulatory practise of LLDA.  As Laguna Lake has a unique aquatic characteristics,, has a relatively shallow depth and unique tributaries with several potential contaminant sources,, it is important to devlop extraction methods that are suitable to the commercial fishes present in the Lake. Most of the commercial fishes are bottom dwellers,, otherwise,, are grown in fish cages. Although standard protocols for the fish flesh are available from handbooks and references,, (AOAC,, ASTM,, etc),, most of them are developed using specific fish flesh from identified aquifers. For regulatory and public health protection purposes,, fish flesh analysis method must be specific to fish species,, habitat and flesh characteristics. Hence,, building on technical expertise,, the academe plays an important role in supporting the regulatory agency such as LLDA towards continuing its mandate on environment protection by co-developing laboratory techniques and enhancing their capacity on fish flesh analysis for assessment of heavy metal contaminants. 
3919Antibiotics,, Endocrine Disruptors and Heavy Metals in Laguna Lake Water: Impacts on Food and Water SecurityMaria Pythias B. Espino Ph.D.EnvironmentRUBY RATERTAAntibiotics,, endocrine disruptors and heavy metals are among the modern day priority contaminants in water. These contaminants have adverse impacts on human and ecological health. The 2009-2015 water quality reports of the Laguna Lake Development Authority show regular monitoring data of water quality parameters such as pH,, BOD,, COD,, total coliform,, ammonia,, nitrate,, inorganic phosphate,, oil and grease,, total dissolved and suspended solids,, total hardness,, turbidity,, phytoplanktons,, benthos (Source: Laguna Lake Development Authority in its quarterly reports in http://www.llda.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view =article&id=218&Itemid=679; accessed 12/14/2015).  Organic contaminants such as pharmaceuticals (e.g.,, antibiotics and endocrine disruptor compounds) and heavy metals are not among the parameters being regularly monitored in the lake.  Thus the occurrence and concentrations of beta-lactam antibiotics,, endocrine disruptor compounds and heavy metals in the water of Laguna lake will be determined and established in this study. These will provide additional relevant information on the current condition of the lake and its capacity to provide safe food and water. Methods involving sample preparation (filtration,, solid phase extraction for antibiotics and the endocrine disruptor compounds,, sample digestion for heavy metals) and instrumental analyses such as LCMS for the antibiotics and endocrine disruptors and ICP-MS for the heavy metals will be optimized and validated and then used for the determination of these contaminants in the water. The concentrations of these contaminants in the water of Laguna Lake will be determined over a period of two and a half years. These will also be determined across the lake specifically in the sampling sites designated by the Laguna Lake Development Authority. The temporal and spatial variations of the concentrations of these contaminants will show the current quality of the lake water in terms of contamination due to organic contaminants and heavy metals. From the spatial trend data,, potential point sources of these contaminants may be established. This information will be useful in the implementation of guidelines and laws that relates to the management of the lake and its resources.
3921Optimization of Ready-to-Drink Sweet Potato Leaf Extract (SPLE)-Tropical Fruit Juice Blends through the UP-DOST Food Innovation FacilityDr. Casiana Blanca J. VillarinoFoodFatima IbarretaDemand for healthier beverages. There is a growing demand for healthy and nutritious products such as pure fruit juices,, due to increasing incidences of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes mellitus,, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. However,, most of the pure fruit juices available in the market are expensive and ordinary consumers would opt for the cheaper versions such as artificially flavoured beverages. Artificially flavoured beverages generally contain synthetic flavors,, colors,, acidulants and sugars. There is a need to develop healthier alternatives to these popular beverages with competitive prices. Sweet potato leaf extract (SPLE)-tropical fruit Juice blends as healthier alternative. The Department of Food Science and Nutrition,, College of Home Economics,, UP Diliman has been teaching students in Basic Food Preparation classes an alternative and healthier alternative to fruit-flavoured juices which is made from the extract of "kamote" leaves with ealamnnsi and honey known as "pink lemonade'. Pink lemonade is n beverage prepared by boiling sweet potato leaves,, and the extract acidified with calamansi or citrus fruits and sweetened with sugar or honey. Sweet potato leaves contain anthocyanins which when added with acid turns pink or red thus the name pink lemonade. Pink lemonade was further developed in another classroom activity (FN 112) and packed in 350-ml bottles,, Initial findings show that the product was easy to process,, highly acceptable and safe. The process and formulation however,, has yet to be optimized and pilot-tested; and shelf life has to be established before market testing. Likewise,, other fruit juices which can acidify the sweet potato leaf extract to give the distinct pink color and impart the flavor has yet to be tested. Role of FIF in food innovation: The UP-DOST Food Innovation Facility (FIF) was set up in the UP College of Home Economics (CHE),, Diliman,, Quezon City to spearhead the food product development and prototyping activities for the industry in NCR and nearby areas specially the micro,, small,, and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs). An existing product prototype developed in the UP-CHE and FIF with high market potential is the "Pink Lemonade" made from sweet potato leaves,, calamansi concentrate and honey Transfer of technology to industry (MSME): Fresh 0 Industries is a DOST-SETUP beneficiary small enterprise which is producing various types of flavoured juices (orange,, apple,, grapes,, pineapple) in 200 mt.. foil pouch. It also produces mini juice and cola in 60 mL foil pouch and nata de frutas in 30m1 pouch. Through DOST-SETUP,, the enterprise was provided with an Automatic Pouch Filling and Sealing Machine to increase their production capacity for flavoured juices. The DOST recommended the improvement of their existing products to consider including healthier alternatives to artificially flavoured beverages.      
3924Market Validation of the Automated Rapid Reef Assessment System (ARRAS) Dr. Maricor N. SorianoTechnology Transfer & CommercializationNoel Hingco, Ryan TorricoCoral reefs are the forest of the sea and are source of food and jobs for people living near the coast. Like most natural resources,, coral reefs must be monitored to be managed properly. Current techniques for monitoring coral reefs such as manta tow,, or scuba-dived underwater video transecting,, are labor-intensive,, prone to observer bias,, and slow. The Automated Rapid Reef Assessment System or ARRAS was developed to help coastal managers reduce their tedious,, labor intensive and subjective monitoring of coral reefs by providing a fast,, diverless means of creating permanent visual records of the marine environment. The current configuration consists of Teardrop,, a banca-towable platform on which video camera and other transducers can be attached,, and Kiko&Stitch,, a proprietary video stitching software. The system can produce a visualization of the underwater environment viewable in Google Earth within 24 hours of the video capture. Those who have a need for marine resource mapping include: government agencies such as DENR,, DOT,, DA,, and LGUs; Universities with ocean science schools; private companies such as power plants that need environmental compliance certificates,, beach property developers,, coastal tourism operators; environmental NGO's and other customer segments who have a need for underwater imagery.
3935Miller's Forum: Support for the Conduct of Seminars,, Conferences,, Workshops and TrainingsDr. Imelda AgdeppaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoThrough the years FNRI-DOST has perfected the technology on the production of Iron Rice Premix (IPR) using extrusion technology which is more acceptable,, stable,, and with similar sheen and transparency as that of a regular rice kernel. When blended with ordinary rice to produce iron fortified rice (IFR),, it has high retention of iron when rinsed with water using the normal way of cooking rice and therefore a very efficient way to deliver the iron as compared to coating technology which was previously used by the National Food Authority and selected rice millers. The use of IFR is another strategy to address food security since the raw materials used for the production of IPR is made up of broken rice which is considered as low valued rice and commonly used for animal feeds. Brief description of the activity: This is a half-day forum to present to the millers the government's program on rice fortification,, specifically the FNRI developed technology on IRP and IFR. The forum aims to encourage millers/investors to adopt the FNRI developed technology on IRP / IFR.      
3940Technology Piloting of the FPRDI Flattening EquipmentCarolyn Marie C. GarciaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationNoel Hingco, Leizl Sueno, Al BeatoA bamboo flattening equipment was designed by FPROI researchers as an improvement over the bamboo flatteners used by local bamboo artisans. The equipment was fabricated by a local machine manufacturer at a cost ofPhP 940,,000.00. The equipment is made of steel rollers arranged in series. It is driven by a 1.5 kw gear motor (220 volts,, 3-phase,, 60 hertz) connected to a frequency speed controller. Although it was designed to produce 100 sq m of flattened bamboo per day,, actual runs at the FPRDllaboratory using botong bamboo have shown that the machine is capable of producing as much as 200 sq m of flattened bamboo per day. The technology was presented in a forum held on July 13-14,,2011 at the Furniture City in Mabalacat,, Pampanga. The flattening process was demonstrated to 31 participants from the furniture and handicraft industry in Pampanga and representatives from the government sector. The equipment was positively received and some have expressed interest in acquiring it. Current developments also indicate bright prospects for commercialization of the equipment. The Bamboo Industry Roadmap is presently being revised and engineered bamboo production was identified as a major industry mover. However,, performance of the equipment at scaled-up operations and under actual conditions in an engineered bamboo factory still needs to be validated. One area in the flattening process that needs to be improved is the manual removal of the nodes and diaphragm of the poles. This labor-intensive preparation of the poles contributes 27% to the cost of flattening. A mechanical diaphragm remover will decrease downtime in raw material preparation and will bring down processing cost. This project will incorporate the use of the mechanical diaphragm remover in the pilot runs.  Logistical and financial estimates of the engineered bamboo production process using the flattening equipment and the mechanical diaphragm remover can be extrapolated from the pilot study and actual' production operations can be streamlined to reduce wastage of resources and time. Piloting these equipment will help establish more realistic techno-economic parameters that will facilitate the transfer of the technology.
3945TECHNICOM: Technology Commercialization of Smart Surface SystemNestor Michael C. Tiglao,, PhD Technology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Jejomar Carlos, Jhon Louis SalomThe Smart Surface is an electronic sensor system that can convert virtually any flat surface into an interactive interface. The system is composed of four sensors and a central controller. This platform technology has many possible applications in various sectors including education (i.e.,, interactive whiteboard),, restaurants (i.e. interactive tables),, advertising (i.e.,, interactive walls),, and consumer electronics (i.e.,, interactive mirror). Studies show that Interactive learning technology increase learning effectivness by 200%. This project will provide a low-cost technology that can be used to develop an interactive learning environment
3946Project Tick-Tock Tech TalkProf. Mario CarreonInformation and Communications TechnologyDanilo Pateno This project will attempt to answer the following questions. Is it possible to develop a recorded listening material that uses smartphone technology to develop and/or hone good speaking skills? Would listening materials that have provisions for varied levels of speaking proficiency promote unconscious development of spoken English skills? What characteristics/features of these materials promote speaking skills development? By answering these questions,, it might be possible to find a way to help individuals sharpen both their listening and speaking skills outside a language class,, that is,, without having to attend lessons in a formal classroom setting. The modular listening material being proposed for development will contain recorded lectures and other samples of effective verbal communication. The material,, together with the mobile phone application,, will serve as a learning tool that can prepare users for varied oral communication purposes. For example,, it will include lessons that can help users equip themselves with knowledge on how to effectively,, accurately,, and appropriately express their ideas while doing a presentation,, delivering a speech,, responding to interview questions,, and other communicative intents. The application will be interactive,, engaging,, intuitive,, and friendly to the users. It will provide for differences in listening and speaking abilities in order that users from different language ability groups can be accommodated. With its primary intent being to make listening and speaking tasks both fun and highly educational,, the module will utilize interactive and engaging activities that will not only build user confidence but also promote long-term oral skills enhancement.      
3948Product and Technology Holistic Strategy (PATHS) for the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the PhilippinesJonas Karl LiwanagElectronics TechnologyJanina Catrina FuentesProduct and Technology Holistic Strategy (PATHS) is a comprehensive industry strategy roadmap which guides the industry players on how to move up the value chain and to identify what specific products and technologies to pursue in the growing sectors in the next five years. PATHS also identifies economic and political solutions that may address the requirements of the identified products and technologies.
3949IP Management (From Disclosure to Strategy) of DOST-PCIEERD ProjectsAgnes BantigueTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl SuenoDOST-PCIEERD has been spending and supporting advanced R&D through its programs and grants. A bulk of these of programs and grants were implemented by UP Diliman. A total of 80 project outputs from 2010-2015 were identified by PCIEERD and was communicated to UP Diliman. According to the Technology Transfer Act of 2009,, these 80 projects should be managed by the RDI who implemented the projects and in this case,, the RDI is UP Diliman. But due to the lack of manpower and resources available to the IP and Technology Transfer Unit of UP Diliman,, there is a big need to support their operations. The IP and Technology Transfer Unit is mainly involved in IP management of UPD generated IPs. IP management is 'Me process by which an enterprise/institution strategically identifies intangible assets and knowledge that have intellectual property wherein the iPs generated are protected (IP rights),, transferred/utilized/commercialized (technology transfer) for the benefit of the enterprise/institution and to some extent the greater public". Currently the unit manages around 50 IPs wherein they are involved in the disclosure process. IP protection and technology transfer of these 50 IPs. Currently the unit has 5 fulltime IP and Technology Transfer Officers and 1 administrative associate. The unit is expecting more invention disclosures to come this 2016 because of the increase in IP awareness in the faculty and researchers of UP Diliman. This increase in awareness was also due to the campaign that the unit spearheaded in 2014. Based on historical data the unit only receives an average of 5 disclosures annually from 2007-2014 but from 2014-2015 alone they already garnered a total of 20 disclosures which is why they are expecting more disclosures this 2016. Because of this,, the unit is expecting to be overwhelmed with work and activities.  For the 80 project outputs that PCIEERD will be assigning to UP Diliman,, the basic idea is for the IP and Technology Transfer Unit to form a project team composed of IP and Technology Transfer Officers that will solely focus on the IP management of these 80 project outputs. For this project,, PCIEERD-RITTD will provide further assistance in terms of funding the creation of the project team and also by providing expert advice and direction to the project team.  
3952Project 2: Tailings - Cement Bricks Reinforced with Coco Fiber - CSU Engr. Abigael L. BalbinEnvironmentLaarni PilotonProject Descripion: The proponent wtll produce bricks using tailings,, cement reinforcedwith coconut fiber. Raw materials like tailings rvill be collected fiom Philsaga MiningCorporation and coconut fib€r from Bricks. Taguibo,, Butuan City. It will be manufacturedand shall undergo laboratory tesring to know the physical and mechanical properties aswell as the presence of Cyanide,, and Mercury'.
3953Development of a functional and durable pervious concrete pavement for local roads and parking lotsEinstine M. OpisoConstruction, Disaster MitigationCarluz Bautista, Alissandra Pauline MarianoThis project will develop permeable pavements which are alternative paving surfaces that allow stormwater runoff to filter through voids in the pavement surface into an underlying water reservoir,, where it is temporarily stored and/or infiltrated. With proper engineering planning and design,, it may minimize flash flooding and standing water and may replenish our water tables and aquifers.
3956Project 5: Product Development of Talisay Nut Delights - SSCTDr. Mauricio S. AdlaonEnvironmentLaarni PilotonSurigao del Norte is located in the northeastern part of Mindanao,, facing the Pacific Ocean in the east. Surigao del Norte paticularly Siargao is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines. International and local tourists visiting the place always ask for local delicacies to take home,, however there are none,, those available for sale are not locally made. Thus,, the SSCT research program will study different crops/fruits,, in this project it will be talisay tree,, to produce delicacies that can serve as the identity of the place as to what can be known as the Siargao or Surigao delicacy so that when they get home,, they will be proud of it,, as proof that they have visited the place.
3957Project 6: Archimedean Screw Micro Hydropower System For Small Scale Industry Application - ASSCATJanina Myn VillapandoEnvironmentNelson BeniabonThe project is expected to design and develop a prototype Micro hydropower system using Archimedean screw as turbine that can generate an electrical power from 5kW up to 100kW. The generated electrical power will be used to operate small scale industry,, such as rice and corn mill,, fish processing industry,, other food products industry,, and other electrical demand of the community. The main components of the system are as follows: the Archimedean screw; transmission drives; generator; and load device. The system will be installed in a small creek in Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology,, Bunawan,, Agusan del Sur.
3971Setting up a Concrete Petrography Laboratory for Quality Control of Construction ProjectsDR. CARLO A. ARCILLAConstruction, Disaster MitigationCarluz Bautista, Alissandra Pauline MarianoThe concrete petrography laboratory will provide quality control for concrete,, i.e. improper construction practices,, identification of microstructural characteristics and defects. Also,, it will provide evidence-based scientific information in evaluating critical infrastructure for retrofitting existing or new construction to produce higher quality concrete needed in construction.
3982Automated Real-Time Monitoring System (ARMS) for Ambuklao,, Binga,, and San Roque Dams Francis Aldrine A. Uy Disaster MitigationCarluz BautistaSignificance The impacts of the climate change to the hydrological variability and seasonality have effects on the storage and management of reservoirs. Accordingly, effective operation and management of dams and reservoirs require reliable real-time estimates of the available water which can provide valuable information for smart decision making. Availability, reliability and accuracy of data are the basis for every action taken to support beneficial uses of water and to minimize threats posed by the hydrological system. All reservoir operations in the Philippines are subject to rules and regulations issued by the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) as provided in Art. 62 of the Water Code of the Philippines. The approvied reservoir operation rules, as provided in Section 42. IRR of the Water Code of the Philippines, consist of reservoir operation rule curves and their operation criteria/guidelines. However, strict operationg rules without effective monitoring of measured hydrological and operational parameters at the dams and reservoirs leads to a mismanagement of dams and reservoirs. Constant vigilance, in particular to droughts and floods, is important as these events are threat to efficiency to supply water to various stakeholders. As a consequence, measurement of parameters affecting dam operation such as rainfall, reservoir water level, inflows and water usage becomes all the more crucial. The current set-up indicates that these parameters are measured in real time by the dam operators. As efficient as it may appear, these measurements, however, are manually transmitted in the form of daily measurement of NWRB and on a quarterly basis. Accordingly, situations particularly requiring immediate evaluation and decision by the NWRB are not effectively addressed. For this reason, it is the interest of this project to develop a real-time monitoring system, custom-made according to the hydrologic conditions and dam design and operational procedures. Developing such system would be important for evaluating the water budget within the reservoir and more importantly, for upgrading the monitoring system of the NWRB and partner agencies for a more efficient service in distributing water. This system employs the smart watershed integrated management (SWIM), combining the hydrological modeling tools and ICT applied in a watershed scale. It utilizes wireless sensor networks (WSN). Once developed for dam utilization, it is envisioned that this real-time monitoring system for dams and reservoirs would provide a decision-support tool for NWRB towards effective management of dams and reservoirs. For this project, the Ambuklao Dam built on the Agno River in Bokod Benguet serves as the initial pilot study (first phase). Being one of the oldest dams in the Philippines, baseline information (e.g., geological/hydrogeological, geotechnical) related to the construction and operation of the mine is expectedly established within which to base the design of the real-time monitoring system. Results from the study of the Ambuklao dam would also be cascaded to Binga Dam and San Roque Dam located further downstream of the Agno River. Needless to say, these cascading dams provide crucial water supply for power generation, irrigation and other purposes (residential, commercial) in various cities and municipalities in central and northern Luzon, making the monitoring and management of these dams to become all the more significant.
3983Forward Osmosis System using locally-made membrane from Nata-de-coco for the production of rehydration water and application for desalinationDr. Liza Bautista-PatacsilEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisThis project will explore the application of Forward Osmosis (FO)Technology using a locally available materials,, nata de coco (NDC),, as the membrane. The compact FO-NDC module will be used to produce clean water for rehydration drink intended to be used for deployment in calamity-stricken areas and a pilot-scale modular system of FO-NDC to cater the need for water resource of a community,, exploring desalination of seawater as its application.
3992Typhoon Formation, Structure and Intensity Change in Western NP and Wave Observation and Modeling - Project 1Dr. Ezperanza O. CayananDisaster MitigationAriadne Victoria Pada, Johanna Marie Gonzales, Rowena Gabua This study is designed to enhance the capability of both Taiwan and Philippines on forecasting weather,, marine meteorology and short-range climate which will eventually result to reduced damage and casualties during extreme events. The research problems to be addressed are: o sources of predictability on the subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) time scales around the Philippines; Identifying most skillful and useful empirical prediction models from weeks to months and the physical basis of the successful prediction; Determining the usefulness of TCWB2T2 and TCWB1T1 for the S2S prediction in the Philippines; and Defining the added value of the statistical downscaling. o Beneficiary: The local and international scientific community would benefit from the project through data exchange program,, promoting scientists/scholars and students exchange program and promoting joint scientific paper publication. Both countries would benefit from the findings and outputs of the experiments and studies to be conducted during the project which may be used in operational settings .
3993Observations and Dynamical Down-scaling of Seasonal and Sub-seasonal Forecast - Project 3Flaviana HilarioDisaster MitigationAriadne Victoria Pada, Johanna Marie Gonzales, Rowena GabuaThe significance of this project proposal is to take advantage of technologies of Taiwan being offered to the Philippines for the purpose of scientific research leadi ng to beller prediction of tropical cyclone and seasonal climate. Note that this is an extract from the original proposal jointly developed by PAGASA, CWB, and Taiwan University to formalize the agreement of all parties involved.
4001Ultrafast MBE-grown Terahertz Photoconductive Antenna DevicesElmer S. Estacio,, Ph.D.Material ScienceMarietta Valdez-LiuThe primary goal of this project is to develop novel PCAs fabricated on MBE-grown LTG-GaAs/SI-GaAs, LTG-GaAs/Si, and InGaAs/SI-GaAs semiconductor heterostructures for high-efficiency, broad-bandwidth and cost-effective generation and detection of THz radiation. The design, MBE- growth, characterization and PCA fabrication of the LTG-GaAs/SI-GaAs, LTG-GaAs/Si, and InGaAs/SI-GaAs heterostructures will be done in NIP - UP Diliman. In particular: 1. Design, MBE-growth and characterization of high quality LTG- GaAs/SI-GaAs, LTG-GaAs/Si and InGaAs/SI-GaAs semiconductor heterostructures. 2. Device fabrication of PCAs on the LTG-GaAs/SI-GaAs, LTG- GaAs/Si and InGaAs/SI-GaAs heterostructures. 3. Ultrafast characterization of fabricated MBE-grown PCAs via THz- TDS and establish a1.55 um fiber optic laser source THz-TDS system for long-wavelength measurements, specifically for InGaAs/SI-GaAs. 4. Publication of relevant technical papers in highly respected peer- reviewed journals. The secondary goal of the project is to deliver scientists and engineers equipped with the skill set aligned with the current human resource needs of semiconductor industries. The capability to grow, characterize and fabricate various materials in one platform offers control and flexibility for the development and optimization of novel devices. With this project, students will not only be equipped with the technical know-how on THz technology but will also be exposed and trained to forefront innovations in the field of ultrafast optoelectronics and device fabrication.
4002Angular Goos-Hanchen Shift: An Optical Phenomena for Ultra Thin Film Thickness MeasurementNathaniel P. Hermosa IIMaterial ScienceMarietta Valdez-LiuNEEDS  Current technologies for measuring ultra-thin thin film thicknesses using optical techniques are inadequate while non-optical techniques are expensive and difficult to maintain.    SOLUTIONS  Build an equipment for measuring ultra thin film thicknesses using the Angular Goos-Hänchen shift, a recently observed optical phenomena.  Train students on the technique so that every aspects of the device are known and issues can be addressed easily.    DIFFERENTIATIONThis is a new technology of measuring thickness of thin films. It is a purely Filipino-thought technology.   BENEFITSResearch laboratories in universities and industry will benefit from the technology. The technology promises to position the country in the league of nations that produce knowledge and technology based on fundamental and sound science and not merely a user of technology.
4013Embedding of Functional Materials Onto Paper for Antimicrobial and Electromagnetic Shielding ApplicationsMarvin U. HerreraMaterial ScienceMarietta Valdez-LiuThis project seeks to improve value and functionality of paper by embedding metal-based materials and electroactive polymers. In the future (not necessarily within the duration of this project), we hope to find other products to which the same may be applied.    Metal ions present in metal-based materials induce antimicrobial properties. Meanwhile, electromagnetic shielding comes from the ability of metal oxide semiconductors such as ZnO (n-type) and CuO (p-type) absorb and reflect light with wavelength shorter than its band gap. Electroactive polymers (e.g., doped polyaniline is p-type semiconductor), on the other hand, absorb infrared radiation. Coupling of such materials to create p-n junctions (e.g., ZnO- polyaniline composites) enables tuning of antimicrobial and electromagnetic shielding properties. Furthermore, the metal oxide semiconductors to be used are photocatalytic. The antimicrobial properties may thus be enhanced using light.    Embedding of such materials on paper may be done in two ways. First is via “wet-end addition”. That is, materials are embedded during the fabrication of the paper. The second is called “surface treatment”, where materials are embedded on the surface of the paper products. For this purpose, the latter is viewed as more appropriate since the embedded materials will be localized on the surface of the paper where they can directly interact with the environment. Functional materials will be embedded in the paper using in-situ methods such as solution-based chemical precipitation technique, microwave- assisted technique and successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. Antimicrobial properties will be determined using absorption method (BS EN ISO 20743L:2007) and disc diffusion method (United State Pharmacopeoia 30-NF 2007). Shielding effectiveness will be assessed in the low-frequency and UV-Vis-NIR regions. In the low-frequency region (2 KHz to 2 MHz), shielding effectiveness will be determined indirectly using conductivity measurements from an impedance analyzer. For the UV-Vis-NIR Region, absorbance will be determined from the transmittance and reflectance data gathered between 200 nm to 1100 nm.    The project is divided into the following segments:  embedding/functionalizing metal-based materials (e.g., CuO, ZnO) and/or electroactive polymers (e.g., polyaniline) onto commercially available paper (c/o Dr. Marvin U. Herrera and Prof. Ronniel D. Manalo);  characterization of the samples (antimicrobial test c/o Prof. Andrew D. Montecillo, electromagnetic shielding tests c/o Dr. Alvin Karlo G. Tapia); and  modeling and simulation of the entrapment, aggregation, and growth of embedded materials on paper (c/o Dr. Chrysline Margus N. Piñol).  
4035Development of a Customized Local Traffic Simulator (LocalSim Phase 2)Hilario Sean O. Palmiano,, Dr. Eng.M.TransportationRachel HabanaThis project aims to enhance the traffic simulator LocalSim,, an application for use by local government units to simulate any traffic environment with parameters on the behavior/ tendencies of traffic agents (drivers and pedestrians),, to now include new features like adding new public utility vehicles like tricycles in its roster; producing a traffic impact assessment by utilizing origin-destination data of a locality while improving modeling with an automated way of assessing level of service for new road configurations,, the incorporation of transit network analysis,, understanding the difference in tricycle driving behavior and its impact on road networks,, and how commuter movement data across the city affect general traffic flow and incorporate this in the software applicaton.
4038Project 1. Mangrove Remote Sensing Using LiDAR, Multispectral, and Hyperspectral Data (MaRS)Ariel BlancoSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThe project aims to produce accurate and detailed inventory of mangrove forests in the selected pilot sites using remotely-sensed data and ground-based measurements.
4040LiDAR, Hyperspectral, and Sonar Remote Sensing of Seagrass Meadows (SeaRS)Engr. Ayin M. TamondongSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThe project aims to produce accurate and detailed inventory of seagrass beds in the selected pilot sites using remotely-sensed data and ground-based measurements.
4041Project 3. Geosimulation of Mangroves and Seagrass Vegetation Dynamics (GeoSiMAS)Engr. Edgardo G. MacatuladSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThe project aims to develop a prototype geosimulation model for studying the mangrove and seagrass vegetation dynamics. 
4042Project 5. Modelling, Analysis and Simulation of Blue Carbon Cycle and Budgets (BlueCyMAS)Dr. Maria Lourdes San Diego-McGloneSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThis project will model and simulate the dynamics of carbon in coastal ecosystems.
4044Project 4. Hydrodynamic Modelling for the Assessment of Protective Services of Mangroves and Seagrass (HMAPS-MS) Eugene HerreraSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThis project aims to explore on the protective services of soft engineering interventions like natural vegetation (mangroves,, corals,, and seagrass) in dissipating wave and current energy,, and reducing runup at the coasts in particular,, and to evaluate their effects on coastal dynamic processes.
4045Project 6. Suitability Models for Guiding Mangrove RePlanting Efforts (SuitMaPs)Dr. Rene RollonSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThe project aims to produce develop models for mapping site suitabilites for mangrove reforestation using previous studies of many sites and detailed investigations in selected sites using remotely-sensed data,, field measurements,, and GIS modelling.
4046Project 8. Multi-Agent Systems for Simulating Policy Scenarios on Blue Carbon Ecosystems (BlueMASSPoliS)Rizalino B. Cruz,, PhD Space Technology ApplicationsMary Joy BuitreThe proposed research aims to examine how agents in blue carbon ecosystems behave and interact; and how the system reacts under alternative policy scenarios.
4047WebGIS for Mapping, Supporting Decision-making, and Promoting Ecological Services of Blue Carbon Ecosystems (BlueWebMapS)Engr. Mark Edwin TupasSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThe BlueWebMapS project aims to develop a WebGIS which shall serve as the geoportal of data and information on blue carbon ecosystems and shall act as a decision support tool implementing various models such as suitability models and valuation models.
4048Project 10. Geospatial Decision Support Systems and Capacity Building on Geomatics for Mangrove Seagrass Conservations (CapGeoDSS)Dr. Ariel C. BlancoSpace Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreThe CapGeoMS project aims to build and enhance the capacity of LGUs and communities in mapping,, monitoring,, and planning for the conservation of blue carbon,, ecosystems,, namely magroves and seagrass. In addition,, land cover and resources within the watershed will be mapped and monitored using systems and protocols to be developed by the IAMBlueCECAM program.
4119Jolt: A Stackable Multi-Functional Battery Energy Storage for Household Solar and Emergency ApplicationsProf. Joey D. Ocon,, Ph.D.Technology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar Carlos Jolt Home Energy Storage System is designed as a smart,, portable,, and high energy capacity back-up power device with a capacity of the Jolt Pro unit approximately at 500Wh for 3-5 hours of maximum power use,, a feature also handy during emergency response. The unit has multiple functionalities such as lighting,, double fast charging (input and output),, WIFITM access,, device charging flexibility,, and easy integration with household solar panels. The unit also offers multiple outputs which can be used simultaneously: three (3) 220Vac ports,, and three (3) 5Vdc ports. A key feature of the system is the option to seamlessly stack multiple Jolt units into a power rack to increase the energy capacity of the home battery storage system,, which is important in minimizing the upfront initial installation cost of the system. Additionally,, the system can be operated independent of the electrical grid as an off-grid system together with renewable energy sources,, such as solar or wind. Figure 1. Features of the portable power bank,, which is the heart of the Jolt Home Energy Storage System.    Figure 2. (Left) Illustration of the alpha version of the Jolt Pro prototype and the (Right) parts composed of the power electronics,, LED strip,, battery pack module,, 5Vdc outputs,, and the DC-AC inverter which could power at most three 220Vac outlets. The input-flexible charger is designed to be externally located but can also be installed into the Jolt power rack.    Figure 3. Illustration of the Jolt power rack for the stacking of multiple Jolt units to increase the energy capacity of the home energy storage system.    Figure 4. Jolt Home Energy Storage System architecture.         
4134Upgrading the Operation,, Logistics,, Payment Solutions and Marketing of oneSTore (An E-commerce Web Platform for Micro,, Small and Medium Enterprises) Engr. Sancho A. MabborangFoodTarhata MarianooneSTore.ph is an e-commerce web application that operates nationwide and currently caters to Philippine consumers. It was established to help MSMEs especially those assisted by the DOST to gain access to the global marketplace. oneSTore is targeted to provide customers with effortless shopping experience and retailers with simple and direct access to the largest customer base in the Philippines. This project will further enhance and fully operationalize the oneSTore.ph by involving all DOST regional offices and DOST-assisted MSMEs. It also aims to bring the oneSTore products to the international market. This project is in time with the launching of the DOST’s nationwide Free WiFi project which aims to make eCommerce accessible and cost-effective.
4145Field and Market Testing of a Cost-effective Camera Rig System Biomass Prospero C. Naval,, Jr.Technology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar CarlosSpecies count and biomass estimation of fish are typical activities used in assessing the health of a tropical marine environment. Conducted within reef areas,, these important documentation over time help determine the success of reef protection and rehabilitation initiatives. The monitoring results are crucial as input to decision making in terms of strategies to improve reef resilience and increase productivity of reef fish communities. Typically this census is done by a fish expert swimming along a transect with the aid of a scuba. Attempts have previously been made at incorporating videos in fish census aimed to reduce dive hours and have permanent transect records. However,, subsequent manual analysis of the collected video data is tedious and very time consuming. We have developed a semi-automated reef fish counting and biomass estimation protocol called FISHDROP,, using a cost-effective camera rig and software system that can efficiently estimate reef fish population density and biomass of marine reserves. Through this system,, divers without expert-level knowledge can collect field video data and submit this data for subsequent image analysis. Using software we have developed,, an annotated video can be generated together with a detailed report of population density and species distribution. FISHDROP automates the process of performing fish census which otherwise requires high level of domain knowledge and expertise in Marine Sciences. With FISHDROP,, users with minimal knowledge of fish can obtain high quality species- distribution measurements (fish size,, density and biomass estimation) using the stereo camera rig and fish video analyzer software that we have developed.
4146Design and Development of Processing Machineries for Honey Products and Intermediate ProductsDr. Adriano T. Esguerra Metals and EngineeringRonaldo DominguezThis proposed project covers the design and development of different processing machines for honeybee products and intermediate products at the level of small scale beekeepers. Conceptualization of design will be done through thorough internet and library research of prior studies and also group discussion among the researchers. It will be locally-designed and manufactured to produce cost-effective beekeeping equipment for acceptability of small-scale beekeepers and other end-users due to its affordability in order to address the problem on lack of beekeeping equipment. Also,, to reduce or eliminate importation of such beekeeping equipment from other countries that is expensive,, bulky,, and heavy. Fabrication will be done at the Department of Agricultural Engineering Farm Shop,, and NARTDI Metal & Woodwork Shop,, DMMMSU-NLUC,, Bacnotan,, La Union. Other machine works will be done at the College of Technology (COT) Farm Shop,, DMMMSU-MLUC,, San Fernando City,, La Union. Main parts of the machines will be stainless steel and food grade plastic to ensure proper hygiene and minimize contamination of honeybee products and intermediate products being processed. Among the beekeeping equipment to be developed for processing honeybee products and intermediate products are as follows: (1) village-type honey extractor; (2) honey dehumidifier; (3) honey crystal melter; (4) solar wax melter; (5) pollen trap; and (6) pollen dryer. The village-type honey extractor will be an on-site machine wherein the extraction of honey from the honeycomb will be done on the apiary site. It will be a tangential-type 2-framer extractor which is made up of light material with a sling attachment to carry it with only one person when going to the apiary site to harvest honey. The honey dehumidifier will be made up of stainless steel especially on the body assembly and auger within the drying assembly. It will be a batchtype honey dehumidifier that can process about fifty (50) kgs. of honey which is purposely designed for small-scale beekeepers. This dehumidifier will have a detachable drying assembly consisting of an auger,, blower,, speed reducer and electric motor. The honey crystal melter to be developed in this project will be almost the same with honey dehumidifier in this project in such a way that there will have no blower assembly. Melting of crystallized honey will be through conduction using heated water as medium. To equally apply heat within the honey,, an auger will be used. It will be a batch-type machine that can process at an approximate 50kgs of crystallized honey. The solar wax melter will be made up of stainless steel plate with an insulation board built on its wall. It can hold at an approximate 25 kgs of wax cappings and around 10 old honeycombs in standard hive frames. A tempered glass will be used as cover in order to absorb more heat. On the other hand,, instrumentation such as temperature-humidity sensor and fan assembly will be mounted on one of its side in order to control the heat inside the melter. A frame runner will be mounted on both sides of the melter to cater enough space for old honeycomb in standard hive frames while wax cappings are . BENJA1VIJN P. SAPITULA SUC President IV placed at the melting pan which then serves a two-in-one purpose of melting beeswax. The pollen trap will be a multi-purpose pollen trap. It can be mounted either on top or bottom of the hive unlike the imported one. It utilizes the heat from the hive to initially dry the pollen when it is mounted on top,, or to let bees enter normally in the hive when it is mounted at the bottom. The mechanism at the entrance serves a double purpose in which there is no need to remove the pollen trap. It has adjustment at the entrance which allows bees to enter the hive without trapping the pollen,, and if a beekeeper would like to collect pollen then the entrance will be adjusted to allow bees to enter at the trapping assembly. The pollen dryer to be developed will be using combinations of tube heaters and blower assembly to dry the fresh bee pollen. In order to avoid over drying of pollen being processed,, temperature will be controlled using temperature sensor. The machine will be a batch-type oven dryer made up of stainless steel that will process about one (1) kg of fresh bee pollen. These processing machineries for honeybee products and intermediate products will be locally developed to suit the needs of beekeepers in the Philippines and contribute in the growth of beekeeping industry of the Philippines as far as beekeeping equipment and hive products are concerned.
4148Microbial Source Tracking in Selected Tributaries of Laguna de Bay Windell L. Rivera,, PhD,, FACTM,, FPAM EnvironmentRUBY RATERTALaguna de Bay is among the most important inland bodies of water in the Philippines. Located in the southeast of Manila and situated along provinces of Rizal and Laguna,, it covers 35 shore land municipalities with a total population of 15 million and is currently being economically used as a water source of business establishments,, for fisheries production and aquaculture,, electricity generation,, agriculture,, industrial cooling,, recreation,, and domestic water supply [1,,2]. Due to Laguna de Bay's multiple uses,, since the 1970s,, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has implemented water quality monitoring programs to aid in its conservation and management but rapid urbanization,, population growth,, and industrialization continue to contribute to the dwindling of its quality. The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (RA 9725) states that fresh,, brackish,, and marine waters should be preserved,, protected,, and revived. Notably,, RA 9725 requires the implementation of wastewater charge system in covered areas including the Laguna Lake Region. The wastewater charge system obliges polluters to pay to the government for discharging wastewater into water bodies [3]. Wastewater contamination poses great risks to human health,, and can be indirectly monitored by total and fecal coliform levels. While most local government units and agencies monitor these levels in major water systems,, data obtained from this type of monitoring will only give information on whether microbial contamination is present or absent,, but not the origin of the contamination. For the wastewater charge system of RA 9725 be wholly put into practice,, the source of the contamination must be identified and perpetrators must be held accountable. The ability to infer the origin of fecal contamination using microbiological methods is known as microbial source tracking (MST) [4]. The goal of MST is to identify the origin of a fecal contamination in resource waters — drinking,, ground,, and recreational — and wildlife habitat waters. MST relies largely on the assumption that when a microorganism becomes more adapted to a particular host or environment,, it replicates and produces progeny that is genetically identical,, through time this group of organism will be able to possess a "genetic fingerprint" for that host or environment. The "genetic fingerprint" of an isolate can be used to trace back their host or habitat using microbiological (library- dependent or —independent) methodologies. Clearly,, MST plays an essential role not only in preserving and monitoring the environmental quality of water systems but also in providing evidences of wastewater pollution and health risks. In epidemiological investigations,, the identification of pathogen and its origin proceeds only after an illness/outbreak has manifested - the remarkable advantage of MST is that once pathogens from fecal wastes and wastewaters and their point sources have been identified,, proper actions can be taken,, and outbreaks are prevented [5]. This research aims to assess the microbiological quality of water,, identify the presence of high-risk fecal pollution,, and determine the dominant source/origin of microbial pollution in selected tributaries of Laguna de Bay. It intends to produce the first report on source tracking enteric viruses and bacteria in tributaries of Laguna de Bay and generate a database that can be used for MST and regular fecal pollution monitoring in the future. To validate the accuracy of identifying the origin of fecal indicator microorganisms,, a library-dependent microbial source tracking (MST) will be conducted. A host-origin isolate database will be constructed to identify if the microbial pollution is human or animal derived. It will be built from fecal,, wastewater,, or blind samples obtained in nearby livestock and poultry farms,, or residential/ industrial/ agricultural sewerage. This research will directly benefit members of research and development institutions as it will add information to the improvement and evaluation of MST to detect sources of fecal contamination. We envision that results of this study will force maintenance and monitoring of Laguna de Bay and its tributaries' water quality. As this study will assess the microbiological quality of water samples,, its research outputs can be used by regulators,, policy makers/ planners/ coordinators,, and local government units to address lake quality management problems and enforce policies such as the wastewater charge system. Since MST can be a tool/evidence in inferring origins of fecal contamination,, in this manner polluters can be apprehended so that the degradation of the lake and its tributaries can be reduced,, thus,, in the long run it will benefit the resource users and surrounding communities.
4156 Pilot Testing and Technology Validation of NanoZeolite ProcessesJosefina CeloricoTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJohn Mark Batang, Leizl SuenoNew materials are currently being developed to generate new classes of high performance materials. The development of high performance products and technologies is possible through the improvement of physical,, chemical and biological properties of conventional materials. Research programs on new materials have been growing rapidly in the past few years,, particularly in countries like USA,, Japan and Europe where significant development of these materials known as nanomaterials have been undertaken. Nanomaterials are materials with structure at nanometer (10- 9m) level. Because of the size,, materials with nanostructure exhibit significant improvement in physical,, chemical and biological properties[1]. Thus,, nanotechnology can enhance the performance of existing products. It can also lead to product and process innovations in areas such as materials and manufacturing,, electronics and computers,, medicine and healthcare,, food and agriculture,, construction,, environment,, energy,, chemical,, biotechnology and information and communication. Rapidly changing technologies and other high end developments have highlighted the need to pursue projects utilizing natural resources. The Philippines is rich in natural resources such as clay,, zeolite,, limestone and silica that can be processed into nanomaterials. Zeolites are naturally occurring nanomaterials that are abundant in the Philippines. Zeolites are crystalline,, hydrated aluminosilicates of alkali and alkaline earth metals having infinite,, three dimensional atomic structures. They are characterized solids structures made of silicon,, aluminum and oxygen that form a framework with cavities and channels inside where cations,, water and/or small molecules may reside. They are often also referred to as molecular sieves.bytheir ability to lose and gain water reversibly and to exchange certain constituents atom without major change in their atomic structure. Many of them occur naturally as minerals,, and are extensively mined in many parts of the world finding applications in industry and medicine. Due to the atomic structure and their unique porous properties,, zeolite has a wide range of application including ion exchange,, filtering,, odor removal,, molecular sieve,, gas adsorption,, oil spill decontamination and modified atmospheric packaging. Natural zeolites are available in the Philippines,, particularly,, in the province of Pangasinan. Commercial applications of these materials are in agriculture as soil conditioner,, feeds,, odor adsorber in aquarium and cat litter. To further widen the industrial application of our natural zeolite,, a project to produce nano zeolite from local natural zeolite was undertaken. In collaboration with other ITDI R&D division such as CED and EBD,, application and performance testing of locally produced nano zeolite were undertaken. Applications included as molecular sieve for fuel grade ethanol (CED),, CO2 capture from combustion systems (CED) and biogas production (EBD),, oil spill sheen remediation (EBD) as well as for waste water treatment (MSD). Results of laboratory studies showed the potential of locally produced nanozeolite in the said applications. The present study aims to conduct pilot scale testing of locally produced nanozeolite and to validate the parameters of nanozeolite processes during the laboratory studies. It will include the optimization of parameters,, particularly the use of spray dryer,, in the forming of prototype products as powder and pellets that will be distributed to end users for performance testing.
4162Establishment of the AIM-Dado Banatao Incubator JESUSITA VENTURINATechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Norman Nicole JimenezThe Asian! Institute of,,Management (AIM) is the Asian pioneer in management education. It is committed to ... --- „.." 1 contributing\tp sustaining.the growth of Asian businesses and societies through developing professional,, entrepreneurial,, and socially responsible managers and leaders. In 2016,, AIM launched 2 degree programs — a revitalized IV'Isl'er's in Entrepreneurship and a new MSc in Innovation and Business — as well as the AIM Dado Banatao Incubator..1M.seeks to address the gaps in the current entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the Philippines and accelerate inclusive growth by forging startups into viable businesses that can scale throughout the ASEAN region. The AIM — Dado Banatao Incubator differentiates itself from other university incubators:   OPEN — Although housed at AIM,, the incubator will be open to all Philippine startups,, regardless of background,, technology,, alma-mater,, or geography. NATIONAL FOCUS — The incubator's strategic focus is building a better country,, not catering to the strategic interests of only one conglomerate. DOMAIN EXPERTISE — AIM has expertise at scaling entrepreneurial ventures throughout the region,, localizing and distilling global best practices into actionable steps for Filipino founders. Our partners at PhilDev Foundation and their networks in Silicon Valley have a solid foundation in technology and entrepreneurship.  INVESTOR LINKAGE — We will leverage our strong partnerships with local and foreign investors to complement the Banatao Entrepreneurship Fund to be established in 2017. BUSINESS MODEL EXPERTISE — Our startups will benefit from AIM's exhaustive and rigorous expertise in in business modeling. TRACK RECORD — The training programs,, mentorship,, and resources provided to our startups were created and will be deployed by people who have founded and shaped companies.
4176RCUK: Water - Energy - Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future Dr. Michael Angelo PromentillaEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisWith the rapid urbanization and growing population,, some of the main issues in sustainable management of wastewater in cities include the protection of water resources,, high energy demand in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities and direct disposal of treated effluent/by-products resulting in loss of opportunity to recover nutrients. Urban water and wastewater systems in particular are energy intensive starting from water abstraction to treatment and disposal. In large cities the management of wastewater is becoming quite important due to implications on the productivity of the aquatic environment,, including critical water resources,, and people's quality of life specially those who are disadvantaged in many countries. The cities of the future needs to be evolved with integrated planning of wastewater,, energy and resource management. Recovery of resources from wastewater would not only supply nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the form of renewable fertilizer,, but also it will reduce the energy demands in the production of fertilizers. Moreover,, clean water can be produced which will further reduce pumping energy requirement for water supply in most cases. In particular,, the use of recycled phosphorus in urban farming and agriculture in the cities of future would ensure the booming future populations can survive. In view of the booming population and associated nutritional requirements of future generations food production must increase significantly. This project (NexCities) will lay the groundwork for future research and knowledge application on systematic understanding of complex interrelations within a newly proposed concept of Water - Energy - Nutrient nexus,, as a critical subset of broader Energy-Food-Water-Environment Nexus. A participatory stakeholder model based on fuzzy cognitive maps will be adopted to understand broader implication of Water - Energy - Nutrient nexus. This project aims beyond theoretical projections related to wastewater treatment and nutrient recycling,, and particularly targets generation of new data by conducting systematic experimental investigation on quantities of nutrient and energy resources and their flows in Metro Manila wastewater.
4191Commercial Evaluation and Product Design of Eight nanotechnology Products of UPLBProf. Glenn BaticadosTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigoa
4205Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Resilience Cluster PH-US Joint CooperationDR. CARLOS PRIMO C. DAVIDDisaster MitigationKasfhi Nicole Patricio, Gladys Mae AlvarezIn fostering closer ties between PH and US on S&T Cooperation,, the DOST-PCIEERD as designated PH Lead Agency for the CCA-DR Working Group,, will facilitate and coordinate the identification of joint cooperation areas,, development of joint project collaboration,, and liaise with the different relevant PH and US institutions.   Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Resilience areas of cooperation identified in the 1st Joint Committee Meeting provides opportunity to exchange ideas,, information and techniques in mitigating the impact of multiple natural hazards through scientific and technological interventions. Both countries are mutually interested in developing capacities and undertaking collaborative research in addressing climate change and enhancing disaster resiliency. Philippines as the 3rd ranking country reported by the UN exposed to natural disasters like earthquakes,, storms,, floods,,  drought and sea level rise,, which serves as natural hazard laboratory for undertaking research and development. While US,, taking advantage of the vast scientific and technological resources available,, provides advanced array of research studies,, tools equipment and information that are mutually beneficial to collaborate under the identified CCA-DR cooperation areas. Areas of Interest for Future Collaboration identified in the 1st Joint Committee Meeting CCA-DR S&T Working Group are as follows:            Multi-hazard Observation,, Monitoring and Early Warning Systems o   Storm Surge Inundation Modeling for Hazards Identification and Forecasting o   High Frequency Doppler Radar for Hazard Detection and Maritime Domain Awareness,, Oceanography Studies o   Cloud Aerosol Monsoon Philippines Experiment o   Technologies Methodologies for Leveraging Social Media for Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief          Hazard Impact Assessment and Modelling o   Operation Seasonal Climate Forecasting   Drought Forecasting   Impact of Changing Temperature in Crop Production,, and Regional Forestry Assessment through Global Analysis for Forest Fires using MODIS   Crop and Livestock Forecasting – Dynamic Modeling and Remote Sensing,, Impact of Flooding in Livestock   Drought and Crop Monitoring and Assessment   Crop Calendar and Forecasting          Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction for Critical Infrastructure o   Resilient Information and Communication Technology   Baseline and Post-Disaster ICT Assessments for Early Responder Situation Awareness of ICT Infrastructure   Rapid Deployable Communication Networks   Cellsite on Wheels          Methods and Technologies for Community Resilience to Climate Change o   Demonstrate “end-to-end” approach to Storm Surge/ Coastal Flooding o   Rapid Built Resilient Structures for Disaster   Cold-formed Steel Structures   Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response S&T Center   Temporary Shelter System for Disaster Stricken Areas With these identified future collaboration areas,, the DOST-PCIEERD will coordinate with the different local institutions and facilitate the matching of US counterparts for further developing the initiatives into actual joint project cooperation. Teleconference meetings,, fora-workshops and site visits will be part of the activities to enhance cooperation and develop joint project cooperation among the identified future cooperation areas. For approved joint cooperation projects,, PCIEERD’s participation in the project implementation through pre-implementation meeting,, site project monitoring and verification of accomplishments of activities will be eventually undertaken.    
4210Establishment of the Technology Management System of the University of the Philippines CebuRaymund L. FernandezTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Daniel MalapitanA Fablab (Fabrication Laboratory) is a digital prototyping facility that enables innovation,, invention and education among a local community. Starting from a class by Professor Neil Gershenfeld in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,, the Fablab model has been replicated all over the world,, and has become a symbol of democratic access to advanced materials and technology for 21st century inventors. This model,, that outlines basic prototyping equipment (e.g. 3d printer,, laser cutter,, etc.),, can easily be recreated in any country,, giving ease of use for any local user that needs access to labs in other parts of the globe. Going beyond the concept of a maker space,, the Fablab brand is also represented by its diverse,, international network of over 150 Fablabs that coexist,, connect and collaborate for a truly globalized effort. The UP Cebu FabLab was launched on June 9,, 2016 at the UP Cebu campus. It is established as a partnership of the university and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It now seeks to broaden its linkages with other government and non-government organizations in order to maximize its potential benefits to the development of technologies as they may be applied to a wide range of beneficiaries especially small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs),, start-ups,, the academe and creative talents among the public. The mandate of UP Cebu Fablab is to give the aforementioned access to advanced technologies and trainings related to the immediate and possible uses of machinery such as: Computer Numeric Cutting (CNC).and Milling equipment,, as well as laser cutting technologies,, 3D printers and a lp isic electronics workbench. All these,, inside the creative and inclusive environment of what has been called worldwide as a fabrication laboratory,, or a "Fablab",, for short. This Proposal invites DOST to partner with UP Cebu and DTI through a cooperative venture of providing trainings to the aforementioned beneficiaries. The UP CEBU FabLab facilities include two rooms for lectures,, group discussions and trainings. They are positioned "next door" from the laboratory equipment themselves so that hands-on trainings are easy.
4211Project 1. Molecular characterization of bacterial community from Manleluag alkaline spring through next-generation sequencing of 165 rDNA Dr. Maria Genaleen Q. DiazEnvironmentLaarni PilotonThe Philippines is not only a biodiversity hotspot in terms of flora and fauna,, but also in microbial resources that are yet to be characterized and harnessed especially those found in extreme environments such as hot springs,, hypersaline,, and alkaline environments. To date,, very nil published data are available regarding microbial communities in the said environments in the Philippines. Preliminary studies done by the proponents showed that the Manleluag alkaline spring harbors bacteria capable of producing industrially important enzymes. The present applications of enzymes in industry and medicine have led to increase in their annual demand. Researchers are constantly on the look-out for additional sources of important enzymes in order to meet the growing global need. Microorganisms isolated from common environments are the usual sources of enzymes. However,, enzymes coming from extreme environments are preferred as they are more stable and active under harsh conditions. Among these organisms,, the immense potential of alkaliphiles has been realized since the 1960s. Alkaliphiles are groups of extrernophilic microorganisms that thrive at pH of 9 and above. Alkaliphilic bacteria are known to produce enzymes with widespread applications in industry such as proteases,, amylases,, f3- glucanases,, peroxidases,, and others. The proposed research program employs an interdisciplinary approach ranging from the basic sciences such as microbiology,, molecular biology,, and to the more applied fields of bioinformatics and fermentation technology. It envisions to provide baseline information on the bacterial community profile of the Manleluag alkaline spring and screen for microorganisms producing industrially important enzyme(s) for subsequent laboratory-scale production. It is divided into two projects namely,, 1) molecular characterization of bacterial community through next-generation sequencing of 165 rDNA,, and 2) isolation and screening of alkaliphilic bacteria producing an industrially important enzyme. Together with the culture-based approach,, the metagenomic data can be a rich resource useful for gaining insights on the bacterial diversity of an alkaline environment and be utilized for identifying bacteria that can serve as potential sources of industrially important enzymes. By performing laboratory-scale experiments,, fermentation conditions necessary for optimum synthesis of important enzyme(s) can be determined and be utilized for scale-up production. Moreover,, the data can be used for future researches and possible biotechnological applications.    
4212Project 2. Isolation and screening of alkaliphilic bacteria from Manleluag alkaline spring producing an industrially important enzyme Dr. Nacita B. LanticanEnvironmentLaarni PilotonThe Philippines is not only a biodiversity hotspot in terms of flora and fauna,, but also in microbial resources that are yet to be characterized and harnessed especially those found in extreme environments such as hot springs,, hypersaline,, and alkaline environments. To date,, very nil published data are available regarding microbial communities in the said environments in the Philippines. Preliminary studies done by the proponents showed that the Manleluag alkaline spring harbors bacteria capable of producing industrially important enzymes. The present applications of enzymes in industry and medicine have led to increase in their annual demand. Researchers are constantly on the look-out for additional sources of important enzymes in order to meet the growing global need. Microorganisms isolated from common environments are the usual sources of enzymes. However,, enzymes coming from extreme environments are preferred as they are more stable and active under harsh conditions. Among these organisms,, the immense potential of alkaliphiles has been realized since the 1960s. Alkaliphiles are groups of extrernophilic microorganisms that thrive at pH of 9 and above. Alkaliphilic bacteria are known to produce enzymes with widespread applications in industry such as proteases,, amylases,, f3- glucanases,, peroxidases,, and others. The proposed research program employs an interdisciplinary approach ranging from the basic sciences such as microbiology,, molecular biology,, and to the more applied fields of bioinformatics and fermentation technology. It envisions to provide baseline information on the bacterial community profile of the Manleluag alkaline spring and screen for microorganisms producing industrially important enzyme(s) for subsequent laboratory-scale production. It is divided into two projects namely,, 1) molecular characterization of bacterial community through next-generation sequencing of 165 rDNA,, and 2) isolation and screening of alkaliphilic bacteria producing an industrially important enzyme. Together with the culture-based approach,, the metagenomic data can be a rich resource useful for gaining insights on the bacterial diversity of an alkaline environment and be utilized for identifying bacteria that can serve as potential sources of industrially important enzymes. By performing laboratory-scale experiments,, fermentation conditions necessary for optimum synthesis of important enzyme(s) can be determined and be utilized for scale-up production. Moreover,, the data can be used for future researches and possible biotechnological applications.    
4216Project 1: Preparation of Imprinted poly(phenylenediamine)/poly(thiophene)-Ti02Nanoparticle Functionalized Electrodes for the photoelectrochemical sensing of organophosphorus pesticides Dr. Allan Christopher C. YagoNanotechnologyErika GawIn this research project,, TiO2 NPs functionalized with imprinted conducting polymers (i.e.,, from aniline or thiophene-based monomers) will be prepared. Synthesis of the nanoparticles follows the top-to-bottom method,, which involves breaking down commercially available TiO2 into NPs and dispersing them in an appropriate medium. This will be followed by chemical or electrochemical oxidation of o-phenylenediamine or thiophene to functionalize the surface of TiO2 NPs. The synthesized polyphenylenediamine (PPD)-TiO2 or polythiophene (PTh)-TiO2 nanocomposites will be characterized and tested for their photoelectrochemical properties,, as well as their ability to detect organophosphate pesticides (e.g.,, chlorpyrifos or dichlorvos). Futhermore,, to enhance detection sensitivity and specificity,, molecular imprinting technology will also be performed by imprinting the chosen pesticide within the polymer moiety. A sensor will then be prepared using the synthesized TiO2-conducting polymer nanoparticles as recognition sites. The active sensing material is prepared by dispersing the TiO2-polymer nanoparticles on conducting electrodes (glassy carbon,, carbon paste,, or indium tin oxide substrate),, and the main detection methods are based on sensitive electrochemical techniques. The electrophotocatalytic sensor will employ a microfluidics system that enables continuous-flow monitoring and detection of the organophosphate pesticide pollutants.
4217Project 2: Synthesis of TiO2-Conducting polymer Nanospheres for the photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic degradation of organic pollutantsDr. Leon PayawanNanotechnologyErika GawThe sol-gel method,, which is a bottom-to-top approach in the nanoparticle synthesis of TiO2,, allows control over the size of final TiO2 nanoparticles. The amount of peptisizer added into the TiO2 hydrolysate mix can vary the size of the resulting nanoparticles,, hence,, tunable TiO2 nanoparticle size (decreasing nanoparticle size subsequently increases its active surface area,, thereby increasing photocatalytic activity). Possible conducting polymers that will be grown on the TiO2 are aniline or aniline-based monomers,, as well as pyrrole. The effect of functional groups presents on the surface of TiO2-conducting particle nanomaterial on the efficiency of photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutant will also be studied in this project. After preparation of TiO2-conducting polymer nanocomposites,, these will be used to modify specific substrates (microfiber cloth,, ITO glass,, or mica),, which will then be used for photodegradation studies. The key idea is to prepare the final TiO2-conducting polymer modified substrates and test their photodegradation capability,, especially in the visible light-range. The final products of this research can then be used as basis for the preparation and formation of large-scale self-cleaning materials that can be used outdoors as efficient cleaners under direct sunlight.
4218Project 3: Preparation and Properties of Transition Metal- and Nitrogen-Doped Titania photocatalysts by Hydrothermal Methods Dr. Marlon ConatoNanotechnologyErika Gaw< This project aims to synthesize transition metal- (Cr,, Fe,, Ni) and nitrogen-doped TiO2 via hydrothermal process; the method for synthetic processing does not require high temperature calcination,, thus preventing aggregation and sintering of TiO2 particles. The project also aims to compare the properties of hydrothermal method to traditional methods of doping i.e. chemical doping and/or physical impregnation. Several parameters (e.g. temperature,, time,, pH,, solvent system) of the hydrothermal process will be investigated to obtain the optimal synthetic conditions. After synthesis and preparation of doped-TiO2,, the materials will be evaluated using various morphological and chemical analyses techniques such as XRD,, FTIR,, TGA,, AFM,, SEM,, and DLS-particle size analyses. Photocatalytic activity will be primarily assessed through kinetic decomposition of nonbiodegradable organic dye (e.g. methyl orange/Rhodamine B/Bromocresol green). The enhancement of the photocatalytic property will be mainly studied in this project,, especially through the prepared hydrothermal doping of TiO2 (N-doped/TM-doped).
4219Efficacy of copper-based hollow kapok fiber nanocomposite for environmental purification Dr. Mary Donabelle L. BalelaNanotechnologyErika GawThe scarcity of potable water supply whether it is tap water or groundwater from deep wells—has become a global concern. After treatment,, the occurrence of bacterial regrowth in drinking water within potable water distribution systems has been recently gaining attention. Moreover,, contaminants such as pathogens and residual organic constituents are potential health concern since these are known to pass through advanced wastewater treatment systems. Due to water scarcity,, the treatment of wastewater has also become essential. Wastewater is defined as a combination of liquid and/or water-carried wastes that has originated from residential,, commercial and industrial establishments. Contaminants,, such as pathogenic organisms,, excess nutrients,, heavy metals,, dyes and other toxic compounds,, could cause problems to public health and the environment. Common technologies that are utilized in purification treatment of potable water and wastewater are oxidation,, coagulation/flocculation,, froth flotation,, suspended and attached growth biological systems,, advanced oxidation processes,, chemical precipitation,, electro deposition,, ion exchange,, reverse osmosis,, and membrane separation. Adsorption and advanced oxidation processes (A0Ps) are two attractive treatment methods. Photocatalysis,, a type of AOP,, involves generating OH radicals that permanently destroys contaminants via oxidation. CuO nanopartcles are known for their photcatalytic activity under visible light and excellent anti-microbial activity. On the other hand,, adsorption removes contaminants in wastewater with high solute loading and even at dilute concentrations. Studies on the use of natural adsorbents such as maize leaf,, hazel nut shell,, chitin,, chitosan,, peat,, and rice hull prove to be effective and economical.   The kapok (Ceibapentandra (L.) Gaertn) are widespread in tropical countries,, such as the Philippines. Typically,, a kapok tree can grow up to 60-70 m tall and their trunk can expand up to about 3 m in diameter. A mature kapok tree can produce several hundred of seed pods with black seeds and fibers. The fluffy,, lightweight fibers are used in pillows,, sleeping bags,, and insulators. Kapok is described as round microtubular fibers with diameter of 10-20 i.tm,, length of several centimeters and thin wall thickness of about 1 p.m. Recently,, removal of oil and adsorption of sound using kapok fibers have been investigated. In this study,, the anti-microbial properties and adsorption capacity of copper-based kapok nanocomposites would be evaluated in treating potable water. The hollow kapok fibers would serve as adsorbent in removing contaminants present in the potable water while the embedded copper-based materials serve as antimicrobial agent. In the dark,, the embedded Cu acts as the antimicrobial agent. Meanwhile,, in the presence of light,, the interaction of copper with water produces OH radicals that can further enhance its antimicrobial capabilities. Moreover,, the generated OH radicals due to photocatalytic activity of CuO has the capability of degrading organic pollutants in water.  
4226Development of Material Science and Polymer Chemistry Laboratory Dr. Rey Y. CapangpanganInfrastructure Development ProgramEidel EdaThe proposed MSPC Lab will be designed to cater to the on-going and proposed research projects funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). In particular,, polymer chemistry laboratory is vital in the development of the Sago Eco-Techno Village. The EcoTechno Village is the outcome of the project entitled 'Alleviating Disaster and Vulnerability of Agriculture and Communities through Nature Conservation and Enhancement using Sago (ADVANCE-SAGO Program). In this program,, the sago waste products will be utilized as a starting materials for.the production of functional polymers and smart materials to be used for clinical and industrial purposes. Synthesis and characterization of such materials needs to be done in a highly-equipped and specialized polymer laboratory and thus,, this proposal is hereby crafted. In addition,, polymers that can be prepared in the MSPC Lab will be used to produce various nanocomposites for various applications (enumerated under "Research to be Undertaken). Furthermore,, research activities to be conducted in the proposed MSPC Lab will be focused on the emergent and significant researches with direct impact to the society. Potential application of polymers and smart materials to mining will be explored as well.
4239Performance Evaluation of Dipstick Assay for the Detection of Salmonellae in Selected Food MatricesMs. Susan A. SedanoFoodMaria Chelsea UgayThe presence of Salmonella is routinely analyzed in food and feed matrices as an important indicator of product safety.  Conventional analysis usually takes three (3) days for a presumptive test and ten (10) days for a confirmed positive result. Immuno-based and DNA-based kits are developed for fast and reliable detection.   BIOTECH,, UP Los Baños previously developed a Salmonella Detection and Amplification System (Salmonella DASTM) kit which takes approximately 1 day and 4 hrs for a positive result for Salmonella detection. The institute,, through a PCIEERD-GIA funded project,, also developed a Salmonella dipstick which further shortened the time of detection of the microorganism. As opposed to the conventional method and Salmonella DASkit,, the dipstick only requires 1 day for detection and confirmed positive result.   Although a prototype dipstick has already been developed,, further tests and studies must be conducted.  The proposed project aims to produce and evaluate the developed dipstick for detection of salmonellae in food samples. The dipstick assay protocol will be further developed and established,, with food samples as priority matrix.  The quality and stability of the dipstick will be evaluated,, and prototype packaging for the dipstick assay kit will be established.
4240Development of HFDR Ship Tracking Algorithm Software for Maritime Surveillance,, Search and Rescue Febus Reidj G. CruzDisaster MitigationCarluz BautistaThe project aim to develop a ship tracking algorithm using the High Frequency Doppler Radar (HFDR) installed by PAGASA at Zambales for maritime domain awareness and national security concerns. The proposed software was not provided by the US counterpart under the ongoing HFDR project joint collaboration of DND and DOST,, and PAGASA is using the HFDR data for weather related activities,, particularly in wave current,, wave direction,, and wave height monitoring.
4246Enhancement of Prototype and Market Readiness of R-TAP (an advanced pressure management system for water utilities)Stephen L. LarciaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Al Beato, Norman Nicole JimenezThe Enhancement of Prototype and Market Readiness of R-TAP (an advanced pressure management system for water utilities) project by Hiraya Technology Solutions Inc. (Hiraya Water) emanated due to the problem on non-revenue water (water loss) among most water districts in the country. Management of leaks and pressure were the efforts done by water districts. Hiraya Water present the approach on proper management of pressure as the solution to optimize water distribution and reduce substantial volume of leaks. R-TAP is an advanced pressure management system that optimizes pump operation,, helping water utilities to significantly reduce their non-revenue water (water loss) and power consumption. It is composed of a pump controller,, sensors,, and data loggers deployed at strategically identified locations. The system is controlled by a software that is based on a self-learning algorithm which understands the behavior of water networks,, and continuously adjusts pressure,, allowing for the most efficient water distribution at any given time. Three case studies were conducted in three different locations covered by Maynilad,, Orani Water District and Teresa Waterworks where R-TAP was tested and obtained satisfactory results with a reduction of 25-30% water loss. The project aims to conduct field testing in six (6) locations to complete the market validation and to verify the most effective and sustainable business model resulting from the identified demonstration installations. The demonstration installations will test R-TAP’s applicability and potential in different water districts around the country. This will ensure R-TAP to be effective for the different water network characteristics in different water districts.
4254Development of a Flight Controller for a Modular UAV SystemDr. Alvin ChuaDisaster MitigationElisa SantosUnmanned Aerial Vehicle systems are currently used in different applications like mapping,, monitoring,, disaster management,, etc. However,, the commercially available UAV are closed system and we could not modify it directly to suit our needs. It is therefore important to develop our own UAV system that we could modify. One of the most important aspects of the UAV is the flight controller,, as it controls the movement and flight of the UAV integrating all the sensor measurements. The proposed project aims to develop a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flight controller for both a fixed wing and rotorcraft UAVs. With a locally developed flight controller,, researchers can modify hardware and software to fit different application e.g. Search and Rescue,, Disaster Prevention,, Mitigation and Preparedness Infrastructure Monitoring. However,, to differentiate to other UAV project,, the first year of the project focuses on revising the open source flight controller available for flexible programming. This will entail an analysis of existing open source flight controllers and the understanding of the software structure of the flight controllers. Finally,, a UAV kit will be designed for the use of universities. While the second year will focus on the integration of the developed flight controller with the UAV consortium frame and vision system. An initial development of a local hardware system with software will also be done with evaluation tests. This project is to be part of a program undertaken by a consortium of universities and UAV stakeholders. Design requirements will be resolved through close coordination among the consortium members ensuring that a unified effort is directed towards the development of a successful Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
4255Cooperative UAV-UGV Missions and Applications with Custom Communications and Imaging CapabilitiesNathaniel LibatiqueDisaster MitigationElisa SantosThe Ateneo Innovation Center is pleased to present a Research Proposal for DOST funding. In this research program we will demonstrate the cooperative operation of UAVs and UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) during environmental monitoring and disaster response. We will develop UAS configurations with optimal communications,, vision/imaging and computing payloads that will mount on tier 1 and tier 2+ UAVs. The lower tier drones will be similar to craft that we have flown in the earlier phase UAV Imaging Consortium. Designs for higher tier UAVs will be targeted as well. This project will be a part of a bigger program in cooperation with FEAT! and De La Salle University to further Research and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the Philippines. Our initial goal is to develop a mid range,, short takeoff UAV for disaster applications. This medium range short take off UAV will be designed to accomplish cooperative missions with shorter range drones and ground vehicles/teams. The risk to DOST has been mitigated by early efforts we have already done,, Our preliminary efforts have shown the feasibility of cooperative ground vehicle to UAV communications,, to enable sensor data,, video images,, and survivor information to be relayed up to UAVs. In addition we typically communicate with UAVs at distances of 5 km or more to an operations center. Our Proposed Program's detailed Concept of Operations,, to be ratified by a proposed Program Advisory Board composed of stakeholders,, will likely push for longer distances and is a major technical point for investigation. The design of communications systems that have a variety of bandwidth-distance products and applying such trade-offs to specific missions that require collaborative UAV and UGV operations will be a key challenge. Single-UAV or single autonomous vehicle missions are limited by their payloads,, causing trade-offs that affect mission range,, performance,, mission duration,, sensing capabilities,, communications and on-board computational capabilities (such as feature tracking and computer vision). This Proposed Project will employ a more advanced cooperative technique that eliminates these trade-offs by distributing specialized payloads in multiple autonomous vehicles and creating a design for one cooperative intelligent system. Our multiple payload designs will include multispectral imaging,, feature tracking and long range wireless network communications all carried by multi-agent drones working in tandem. Our Project Team will take advantage of our long experience and strengths in deploying Unmanned Aerial Systems,, and take it to another level by designing and demonstrating applications for cooperative intelligent systems that include other unmanned vehicles such as rovers and boats. In this Project Proposal,, we will look at optimizing unmanned sensing system missions by deploying optimal payloads in cooperative missions using multiple UAVs and unmanned rovers and study systems approaches and best practices that work. Although we will carry out system and UAV tests in authorized locations during this project,, we envision a future UAS test facility that will flexibly accommodate runway,, safety,, test and terrain considerations needed during future development. Ateneo Innovation Center will design and architect such a facility,, as well as look at potential sites,, for a future Phase 2 effort. This facility can be used for localized drone development and testing as well as for testing models available in the market and for qualifying vendors that wish to sell to government.
4262Prototype Development and Field Testing of Mosquito-Repellent Textile ProductsEvangeline Flor ManalangTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl BeatoThe aim of contributing to the revival of the Philippine textile industry provided the functionality of textiles that can be produced from the remaining and conventional protective textiles,, such breed of textile that addresses the health and safety of One particular field of interest which is emerging and gaining popularity in the market developments on mosquito-repellent textiles showed potential as an effective compliment,, in the market. Aside from its longer lasting effect against mosquitoes it poses no applied on skin. Hence,, it is but timely to develop the first-line-of-defense a consumer dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF),, chikungunya,, yellow fever and Zika . The intended be wearing it not only for its functionality. This project is a part of a chain of technologies under PTRI's biofunctional textiles fabrics with specific mosquito-repellent properties. This added functionality is regarded response of PTRI to the flagship programs of the DUST and the conspicuous need priority health issue of the country specifically on the perennial problem of DHF. Philippines recorded 55,,079 dengue cases,, which is 9.15% higher than the recorded impetus for researchers to modify and enhance the innate machineries. These efforts bring forth the naissance of the consumers. is theinsect-repellent textile. In particular,, recent if not alternative to topical mosquito-repellents available harm to the wearer unlike topical ointments which are directly can use to repel mosquitoes,, which are primary vectors of product is also aestetically pleasing that the consumer will program. It intends to develop surface-modified cellulosic as one of the vital and pressing needs of the market as a of society as a whole. This project addresses the concerns on According to reports,, during the first seven months of 2015,, the cases in 2014 during the same period. Most of the cases (11.1%),, Northern Mindanao (8.7%),, and Cagayan Valley (7.5%). (MGT-a-CD) onto the cotton-based will be utilized for the treatment of the fabrics with organic oils ylang ylang. The treated fabric will be part of the stand alone come from Calabarzon (15.2%),, Central Luzon (13%),, National Capital Region This project involves the permanent grafting of commercially available monochlorotriazinyl-a-cyclodexhin fabrics using the conventional pad-dry-cure method done in the mill. Similar method known to be natural mosquito-repellents such as citronella,, lemon,, lavender and home/office product which will then be field-tested for its mosquito-repellent activity. Stiffnee-modified cellulosic fabrics with mosquito-repellent properties maybe regarded demand based on consumer needs particularly in tropical countries,, it is expected as a technology at its infancy. However,, witnffie current to gain much attention in the future. Furthermore,, such innovations can heighten the value of local textiles and textile-based products.
4264Mapping of active offshore faults for resilient coastsDr. Fernando P. SiringanDisaster MitigationJohanna Marie Gonzales, Rowena Gabua, Ariadne Victoria PadaThis project will utilize a multi-method approach for the identification and mapping of active offshore. The offshore faults will be identified in the high-resolution seismic profiles. High-resolution swath bathymetry and side scan sonar mosaics will map possible surface deformation features. Estimation of ages of movement of identified faults will be made through radiocarbon dating and application of sequence stratigraphic principles. Samples for age dating will be acquired through gravity coring in sites selected based on the stratigraphic patterns defined in the seismic profiles.
4265Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development (Phase III) Nathaniel AlibuyogDisaster MitigationJohanna Marie Gonzales, Ariadne Victoria PadaThe Philippines is situated along the Circum-Pacific Ring of Fire, which is characterized by high seismic and volcanic activity. It is also situated on the Western Pacific Basin, along the path of an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually. As such, the Philippines is very much susceptible to disasters due to natural hazards. According to the World Risk Reports from 2011-2016, the Philippines is consistently ranked 3rd most vulnerable country to disaster risks in the world. In the framework of the WRI, disaster risk is analyzed as a complex interplay of natural hazards and social, political and environmental factors. Unlike in other approaches that focus strongly on the analysis of the various natura; hazards, the WRI, along with exposure analysis, focuses on the vulnerability of the population, i.e. its susceptibility, its capacities to cope with and to adapt to future natural events as well as the consequences of climate change. Disaster risk is seen as a function of exposure and vulnerability. In addition, with the impact of Super Typhoon Ruby in 2014, the Philippines climbed one notch higher in the 2016 Global Climate Risk Index. Although there have been significant investments in disaster management, the records show that these are insufficient and easily negated by the impact of disasters. In fact, the frequency and severity of disasters triggered by natural hazards have continued to rise over the past decades. In the implementation of the RA 10121, RA 9729 and RA 10174, it is expected that, aside from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan (NDRRMP) and the NCCAP, regional and local climate and disaster risk reduction and management plans, programs and activities should be formulated to serve as the principal guide to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) efforts in the country. As required by law, there is a need for institutionalizing CCA/DRRM policies, structures, coordination mechanisms, plans, programs, projects and activities with continuing budget appropriation on CCA/DRRM from all levels of governance. Considerable progress has been made in the effort to roll out a CCA/DRRM mainstreaming tool for local development planning and one of these is through the PHIVOLCS's Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Software. The locally developed software serves as a tool for mainstreaming CCA/DRRM in development planning for Local Government Units (LGUs). REDAS at present can estimate risks for earthquakes, severe wind and floods. However, in order to assist LGU users in maximizing the use of the tool, continuous post-training technical support must be provided and this can be done through the assistance of the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in a given region. In two earlier projects (Phases I and II), PCIEERD and PHIVOLCS engage State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Regions I, II, III, and XI in a partnership to serve as technical experts and consultants for LGUs in conducting risk assessments, crafting policies, structures, coordination mechanisms, plans, programs, projects and activities. In these strategies, SUCs mentor other SUCs and together with PHIVOLCS, teaches them to use REDAS software to develop exposure database for earthquake risk computations. Although REDAS is a PHIVOLCS product, SUCs are tapped to provide technical expertise in a region. SUCs have the technical expertise, resources, manpower and can liaise with local communities easily as they are present in the region and are familiar with local counterparts. Recently, aside from earthquake, PHIVOLCS has also developed together with PAGASA and MGB, to new risk assessment modules: the Severe Wind Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) and the Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLOAT). These two modules can estimate losses due to severe wind and flood. However, the project also plans to develop a tool that can assess the quantitative agricultural loss or crop damage that can be used by LGUs in documenting future agricultural loss. The resulting can be built in a database that can be used for various analysis in the future.
4271Development of Municipal e-Governance Systems through ICT (formerly: Digital Rinconada: Reengineering Government through ICT in Support to the Smarter City Program)Challiz D. OmorogR and D Networking, Information and Communications TechnologyRuel Pili, George MonroyoDigital Rinconada is a web-based government solution that provides automatedmanagement,, administration and analytic systems for local government units. This umbrella software solution developed primarily for LGUs include programs that shall cover inter-related applications,, to wit :        Legislative Management and Tracking System (LeMTrac) An application to track status,, manage and store communications,, requests,, proposed resolutions and ordinances,, Sanggguaniang Bayan resolutions and ordinances of a municipality. It shall simplify the preparation of schedules,, agenda,, minutes,, reports and legislator’s attendance at the same time support the paperless advocacy through hyperlink posting and viewing of agenda,, full text-resolutions,, ordinance and minutes in PDF and MS Word format thus,, reduces time spent on administrative tasks giving the staff leeway to do research,, conceptualization and analyzes of resolutions and ordinances.      e-Building Permit System (eBPS) This application shall systemize the building permit process by making the service open 24/7 via the internet. Citizen can easily transact routine business such as track progress of permit requests,, schedule inspection,, attach electronic plans and requirements,, receive corrections,, leave messages and self-print certifications (permits) to themselves to ease and fast forward the process while ensuring compliance to the national building code. The system shall also maintain and manage the voluminous building permit records and provide mandated periodic reports and statistical analysis with less effort for the convenience of the staff.      Real Property Assessment and Tax Management System (RPATs) This application shall automate real property transactions (appraisal,, assessment,, billing,, and collection liquidation),, onscreen public viewing of delinquent real property for auction and online printing of DRPVs. It will manage and store voluminous dynamic records,, provide mandated periodic reports and generate statistical information that can be used to analyze patterns to improve implementation procedure and forecast hypothetical revenue.      e-Business Permit and Licensing System (eBPLS) This application shall simplify business permit and licensing operations by computerizing the permit application process,, assessment of taxes and fees,, billing and liquidation of collections. The computerized system shall dramatically reduce transaction time and practically eradicate underassessment or miscalculation of taxes and fees by keeping human intervention to a minimum. The system shall also manage records,, generate mandated periodic and statistical reports for better analysis of business tax compliance patterns to improve management collection strategies.      Point of Payment System (PoPS) The function of this system is to act as the central unit to accept and manage payment transactions from fees,, taxes and charges being collected by LGUs thru the inter-related systems. PoPs shall maintain,, organize and consolidate collection transactions to enable the local treasury office prepare fast and accurate financial reports that contains the operating performance of the LGU which can provide financial information and status to decision makers.      Local ID System This application shall establish a Local Government ID System to enhance the portfolio of citizen centric services. Each LGU resident will be provided with an ID which will be sufficient to carry out LGU transaction with the aforementioned areas. The system shall also manage records,, generate periodic and statistical reports of patterns for better analysis of frequenter (transaction and resident) to improve management strategies. However,, printing and dissemination of IDs shall be managed by the beneficiary municipality as their counterpart.
4281HARMONIZATION OF FOOD SAFETY TRAINING MODULES FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING Dr. Alexander MadrigalFoodMaria Chelsea UgayThe R.A. No. 10611 (Food Safety Act of 2013) mandates the Department of Health (DOH) through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the safety of all food processing and product packaging activities,, to develop and issue appropriate authorizations in the form of a license (FDALTO) and certificate or registration (CPR) that covers establishments,, facilities engaged in production and distribution of products. Under this Act on Rule 14a.1 "All food businesses shall designate a Food Safety Compliance Officer (FSCO) who has passed a prescribed training course for FSCO by the DA and/or the DOH." On the other hand the FDA-AO 153 (Revised Guidelines on Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing,, Packing,, Repacking,, or Holding Food IV.A 2.1 and 2.3) states that "All employees who are directly engaged in the manufacturing activities shall be trained in the particular operations they perform in accordance to the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice ." and,, "Training in Good Manufacturing Practices shall be on a continuing basis and with adequate frequency to assure that employees remain familiar with the Good Manufacturing Practice requirements relevant to their functions." The aforementioned requirements necessitate continuous conduct of food safety training for food manufacturing businesses for them to comply with the law and regulations. The smallscale food manufacturing companies in the Philippines (SMEs) dominate the economy and account for almost 99.6% of the 761,,409 establishments in 2008 (Adalba,, 2005). Food processing accounts for more than 40% of all manufacturing establishments,, the bulk,, more than 90% are mainly micro and 5% are small enterprises. Thus,, approximately,, there are around 304,,563 food establishments and if all should seriously comply with RA 10611 and AO 153,, there will be an enormous potential requests for food safety trainings such as,, Basic Food Hygiene (BFH),, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) which are essential for food establishments for them to acquire FDA-LTO and Certificate of Product Regs. (CPR). To date,, from the DOH-FDA website there are about 7,,583 registered food distributors,, manufacturers and traders. The DOST Food Safety Teams,, for a longtime,, has been providing trainings on BFH,, GMP and HACCP to food establishments. And to further enhanced the trainers' capability,, an on-going Training Course on Food Safety and Technology is being implemented in Nanyang Polytechnic,, Singapore through the auspices of Temasek Foundation and DOST-PCIEERD BCDA Funding. A total of 160 participants (3 levels,, 8 batches) from DOST and DOH-FDA are expected complete the Training Course that started in April 2016 and will run until March 2017. One of the commitments of those who participated in the Food Safety and Technology Training Course in Singapore is to provide better delivery of technical assistance,, S&T interventions,, including food safety trainings to food companies. Food safety trainings are most essential to those that urgently need to acquire FDA-LTO,, GMP and HACCP certifications. Relative to this,, majority of the participants in the Training Course extremely acknowledged that harmonized training modules that are recognized by DOH and DA must be used across the country. This is imperative in order to provide uniform package of complete information to all training participants,, thereby equipping them with the appropriate knowledge to comply with food laws and standards.
4302PNRI Graduate Student Research Grant Program (PNRi-GSRGP)Ana Elena Conjares PhotonicsJezzel JaoThe research grant program will run for fifteen (15) months and will be opened to all graduate students from reputable academic institutions planning on or currently conducting thesis/dissertation related to nuclear science and technology or need to apply nuclear techniques in securing their proof of concept or require data. The grant will provide an outright subsidy to finance the expenses for the use of PNRI equipment,, facilities and services. Additionally,, PNRI will utilize the grants to purchase consumables,, chemicals and expendable materials required by the laboratories hosting the student grantees. The PNRI researcher whose laboratory is hosting the student grantee will have an active role in the conduct of the student’s research,, and render technical guidance to the grantee. The student grantee is required to prepare a draft manuscript for publication to an ISI journal. The PNRI researcher(s) will be included as co-author(s).
4304Specific Earthquake Ground-Motion to help enhance the seismic resiliency of residential and medium-to-high risebuildings in Metro Cebu and Metro DavaoRhommel GrutasDisaster MitigationCarluz Bautista, Christian Alec ManagaTo determine the site-specific earthquake ground motion levels in the urban region like Metro Cebu and Metro Davao require knowledge of its underground structures, especially for sedimentary layers overlying the basement. The variation of shear-wave velocity (Vs) in this structure is among the important parameter needed to evaluate the specific site effects. Conventional method of determining Vs structure generally requires invasive geotechnical surveys such as P- and S- velocity logging techniques, wherein boreholes are drilled and sensors are lowered at various depths to record P- and S-waves that are artificially generated by an impulsive energy source (e.g. small explosive charge or an impact hammer). Drilling of boreholes is an expensive approach to exploration and geotechnical information is limited to the maximum depths of the borehole. Alternative geophysical exploration methods are available to estimate subsurface structures with greater depths such as non-invasive Vs profiling by using records of microtremors. Micro tremors are ambient noises caused by man-made or atmospheric disturbances. It has a low amplitude of vibrations that can be detected by high-gain seismic sensors at the ground surface. The microtremor survey technique has the advantage of being a cost-effective, fast and easy way to estimate the local site effects due to an earthquake. Microtremor techniques have been used for engineering applications as initially proposed by Kanai and Tanaka (1954;1961) and applied thoroughly to seismic micro zoning (e.g. Ohta et of. 1978; Kagami et of. 1982; Nakamura, Y. 1989; Kobayashi et of. 1986). Microtremor array measurement is one of the passive surface applications in geophysical explorations. Near-surface geophysical exploration techniques are usually accomplished by adopting a strategy based on estimating the dispersion curve from field data and subsequently solving an inverse problem to derive the S-wave velocity subsurface structure (Fig. 4). The standard procedure for surface-wave analysis using microtremor array observation can be divided into three main steps.      
4305FEATURE: Feature-based Earthquake Analysis Toolset for Urban Response Estimation -Enhancing PHIVOLCS damage estimation capability using building-specific analysis aided by high resolution GiSdataRhommel N. Grutas,, Ph.DDisaster MitigationCarluz Bautista, Christian Alec ManagaThe project will develop a feature-based procedure for analysis of building response and damage assessment,, called FEATURE (or Feature-based Earthquake Analysis Toolset for Urban Response Estimation) using 3D visualization tool. FEATURE offers a different approach from the area-based procedure since it is designed to perform the building-specific analysis and widely applicable to different material characteristics and input ground motion. Output of the visualization tool can be used for disaster preparedness and evacuation planning
4307PCIEERD NSRI Research GrantWindell L. Rivera,, PhDHuman Resource DevelopmentJulie Ann AtienzaThe Philippine Council for Industry,, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) envisions to pursue science and technology (S&T) solutions by promoting research and development in the areas of industry,, energy,, and emerging technologies. Indeed,, it is mandated to support the development of institutions and research and development human resource pool in the country,, and establish and maintain these partnerships and linkages. As a national center of excellence,, the Natural Sciences Research Institute (NSRI) of the University of the Philippines Diliman will complement the resources and expertise necessary in promoting productive and solution-oriented researches in S&T. The link between PCIEERD and NSRI is proposed so that the capabilities of both institutions can be used to progress strategic areas that are significant for the country's development.
4313Recycling and Recyclability Index for End-of-Life JeepneysNoemi B. Torre,, Ph.D.TransportationRachel HabanaThis project will give a model with parameters that will be used in deciding disposal or recycling of old vehicles including jeepneys in Metro Manila. Study the current process done for end-of-life vehicle recycling. It will also determine if the Philippines can address this issue in the coming years. How it will affect our environment and communities (in terms of education and livelihood). Determine programs for recycling,, disposal or conversion (to e-jeepneys) of jeepneys. Identify areas in attaining solution to the problems that may arise in the future. And give recommendations on policies and regulations to concerned government agencies
4335Sustainability of ADMATEL for the Semiconductor and Electronics and Other Related Industries — Phase 6 (OPERATION OF ADMATEL) Araceli M. Monsada,, Dr.EnggMaterial ScienceEdna NaciancenoADMATEL is located at the DOST Compound,, Bicutan,, Taguig City in one of the renovated buildings of the Industrial Technology Development Institute. This testing facility contains laboratories with class 100k clean room requirement,, dormitories (for grave yard shifts),, lecture rooms,, conference rooms and offices for ADMATEL staff. The building houses sophisticated equipment used for failure analysis and materials characterization of semiconductor materials and devices,, as well as other related products such as plastics,, metals/alloys,, composite,, ceramics,, and food. All the equipment and facilities in the laboratories are well maintained since the start of its operation. To date,, ADMATEL has served more than 200 clienteles,, and achieved ISO 17025 accreditation. To sustain the operation of this facility,, this project was proposed to support the requirements such as manpower competency,, personnel services,, equipment and building maintenance,, compliance and to fully achieve ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation of ADMATEL's primary testing services. This project will also help enforce/intensify its marketing programs/activities and to support the utilities required to maintain the class 100k clean room and equipment power requirements.
4343Utilization of Industrial By-product Currimao Steel Slag as Green Concrete - ICIEERDEngr. Kenneth Edra R and D Networking, ConstructionCarluz BautistaThe project will utilize steel slag from Omico Natural Resources Inc. (OMRI) to develop green concrete products as alternative for construction materials
4344Development of Sewing Machine for Softbroom and other Materials/CommoditiesDANILO M. AQUINOR and D Networking, ConstructionCarluz BautistaThe project will develop a sewing machine to mechanize and increase the production of softbroom and other handicraft products.
4367Development of a Commercial Prototype Automated Guide-way Transit System in UP Diliman Rodnel TamayoTransportationElisa SantosThe Department of Science and-Technology, through and Development Center (MIRDC), has been developing transit system since 2010, the Automated Guideway solve pressing national problems particularly in our engaged in extensive conceptualization, research mass transportation that can be used as a more reliable. In 2015, the functional and performance under three test conditions (no load, full load, and crush load) were completed. The current project now aims to improve the design of the existing sub-systems e.g. rolling stock and produce a detailed engineering design of the lacking subsystems e.g. maintenance depot.
4422Metal Content of Water Supplies in Volcanic Impacted Area and its Impact to Vegetation- Project 2Dr. Emelda A. OngoEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Liz Ahren PenaflorThe study involves sample collection of different agricultural crops/vegetables (rice,, cassava,, camote,, gabi,, ube,, corn,, kangkong,, sweet potato tops and mustard),, aquaculture (tilapia,, bangus,, crabs and shrimps) and other plants identified as phytoremediators (wildcress,, ferns,, sunflower,, weeds,, etc.). Soil,, sediments and water samples where these agricultural products are cultivated and cultured will be collected also. All samples will be analyzed to determine the concentration level of arsenic and heavy metals in agricultural products and its environment in Lubao,, Pampanga. On site examination and sample collection of ground water used for irrigation will be done to determine the potentially contaminated sites. For potentially contaminated sites,, sampling design for contaminated sites will be applied. Samples collected will be submitted to UP-National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) and DOST OneLab for analysis of arsenic and heavy metal content.Results of this study will be used to determine the distribution of observed health effects relative to the contamination level of arsenic and heavy metals in agricultural products.
4423OneLab Capability Assurance System for Metal Content Assessment in Agricultural Produce,, Water and Environmental Samples - Project 1Rosario T. FuertesEnvironmentRUBY RATERTAThis new program will now include the analysis of water,, agricultural produce and environmental samples from identified test areas in Lubao,, Pampanga. The study will utilize the use of standard and internationally-accepted sampling protocols for sampling and standard methods of analysis. Since the project will involve analyses of Arsenic and heavy metals and will utilize testing laboratories under the DOST system (OneLab),, there is great importance in ensuring that these laboratories are competent in providing accurate,, precise and reliable analytical results. Laboratories involved will be subjected to the analysis of certified reference materials (CRMs). A CRM is a reference material,, one or more of whose property values are certified by a technically valid procedure,, accompanied by or traceable to a certificate or other documentation which is issued by a certifying body. The study will focus on the analysis of agricultural produce,, water and other environmental samples. Analysis of Arsenic in water will be done through Hydride Vapor Generation (HVG) — Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS). Analysis of Heavy Metals in water will be done through Flame and Graphite Furnace AAS. These test methods are recognized as standard methods for the examination of drinking water and other related water matrices. Digestion of water samples will also be examined carefully through utilization of the standard method of nitric acid-hydrochloric acid digestion to extract both the inorganic and organic forms of the metals. These examinations can provide comprehensive information on the extent of metal content in the test areas. For some laboratories,, a microwave-assisted digestion will be utilized which is more efficient in the digestion of samples. This project will utilize the referral system of the DOST One-stop Laboratory Services for Global Competitiveness (OneLab) project in the analysis of water,, agricultural produce and environmental samples. OneLab aims to offer a complete range of laboratory testing services to industries to all regions in the country. This is to eliminate shuttling of customers from one laboratory to another to complete their laboratory testing requirements.
4424Household and Community Based Filters for Metals in Water - Project 3Dr. Blessie BasiliaEnvironmentRUBY RATERTAOnce the optimum formulation is determined,, prototyping and production of household and community based filters will be carried out. Furthermore,, design and fabrication of community based water treatment facility for the removal of heavy metals will also be undertaken. These will then be field tested in affected areas and monitored to determine their efficacy over time and also evaluate the life of the filter. The beneficiaries shall also be trained on the proper installation,, maintenance,, replacement and disposal of the use water filter.
4433Support to the Commercialization of 500 DOST-Generated Technologies (Phase 2): Strengthening the Intellectual Property and Technology Portfolios of the DOST Engr. Edgar I. GarciaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Jejomar CarlosThe project aims to capitalize on the ''gains obtained from Phase 1 implementation to support the Fairness Opinion Board. In the past two (2) years, TAPI was able to demonstrate that increased number of patent applications from usual 15-20 per year is possible at 100 applications per year. However, limited resources of TAPI restricts its number of filing.   This project envisions to create an IP and Technology Portfolio Management Center at the DOST that shall oversee all technology and intellectual property (IP)-related, protection and commercialization concerns of DOST RDIs. It also aims to kickstart foreign patent protection and to gradually penetrate global markets with DOST-generated technologies. In order to achieve the intended outputs, DOST's IP portfolio shall be strengthened by IP applications during the first year of implementation, followed by providing support in the prosecution of IP applications. DOST's Technology portfolio, on the other hand; shall be strengthened by conducting Freedom-To-Operate, IP Valuation, Technology Assessment, and provision to support the issuance of Fairness Opinion Reports.   Collaborations   with      other     government agencies    and       partner institutions such as the Philippine Science High School system and design schools shall be tapped for possible IP applications,        in particular, industrial designs
4445Enhancing OneLab for Global CompetitivenessRosemarie SalazarFoodAleah Orendain, Maria Chelsea UgayOneLab Version 2 springs from the first OneLab project that saw the need for a system to address the testing and calibration needs of customers without them shuttling from one laboratory to the next. OneLab v2 is proposed to advance the gains made under the OneLab project as well as address the gaps observed to improve the over-all service delivery mechanism of DOST laboratories and the other non-DOST members of the network. With the vision,, "One Laboratory. Worldwide.” the project aims to provide customers access to a global network of public and private laboratories for their analytical and calibration needs. The project brings the laboratories to the customers' fingertips through a robust and secure IT systems. OneLab V2 shall widen its reach down to the provinces and municipalities by deploying the IT Referral System to the DOST provincial centers,, hence customers can submit their samples directly to the PSTCs. The laboratories shall continue to develop and enhance its capacities and capabilities to meet emerging customer and market requirements as well as continue to provide superior service.
4465Hard Coating Thin Film Synthesis Using DC and RF Magnetron Sputtering via Gaseous Discharges Project 1: Development of Direct Current (DC) Magnetron Plasma System for Ti-Al-C Thin Film SynthesisChristian Lorenz Mahinay, Ph.DMaterial ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene MendozaThin films can modify the surface characteristics of a material by changing the electrical, optical and physical characteristics of the surface without affecting the bulk properties. For example, tools in the manufacturing industry such as drill bits and cutting tools takes advantage of the properties of thin coatings to improve their performance and increase th1eir lifetime. The properties of the films include high hardness, durability, thermal shock resistance, and other physical attributes needed for specific applications. New advances in surface engineering has had an emphasis in finding new materials for the thin films which have improved properties and lower cost. One kind of material used as a hard coating thin film is the ternary Ti-Al-C systems. During the first year of the project, a high voltage power supply was installed to enable ignition of the plasma and allow sputtering of the target. A mass flow controller was also added to regulate the flow of Ar gas for a more stable plasma. The plasma characteristics have been measured in the plasma region of the system using Langmuir probe analysis. The DC-magnetron sputtering system has been able to sputter copper, aluminum, and titanium on glass and silicon substrates. XRD and SEM scans of the samples confirm the presence of the thin metal films. On the second year of the project, deposition of TiC and TiAlC will done along with surface hardness characterization of samples. Deposition on actual tools such as drill bits and blades will also be done during this year.
4466Hard Coating Thin Film Synthesis Using DC and RF Magnetron Sputtering via Gaseous Discharges Project 2: Development of Radio Frequency (RF) Plasma System for Ti-Al-N Thin Film SynthesisMagdaleno Vasquez Jr.Material ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene MendozaDeposition of thin films on a surface can modify the material’s electrical, optical, and mechanical properties without affecting the bulk properties. One such application is the improvement of tribological properties of the surface by growing a thin layer of hard coatings. Hard coatings have been extensively used in the industry to improve the useful life of cutting tools and surfaces subjected to sliding or rubbing against other surfaces. Among the heavily studied materials, nitride- based hard coatings continue to attract attention due to its high hardness and low coefficient of friction. In this project, growth of titanium nitride (TiN) thin films are being studied using a refurbished RF magnetron sputtering system. The project is currently implemented at the Plasma-Material Interactions Laboratory of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering in UP Diliman. During the first year of the project, the sputtering system was restored to excite gas discharges and deposit thin films using a single target. The system was able to grow TiN on different substrates including glass, stainless steel, silicon, and drill bits. Towards the end of the first year, a substrate heating stage was installed. On the second year, the project will grow ternary nitrides such as titanium aluminum nitride (Ti-Al-N). Characterization of the materials include x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and drill bit testing. Initial results confirmed improvement of useful life of coated drill bits in terms of the number of holes made compared to uncoated drill bits.
4483Performance Testing and Evaluation of Prototype Train Set Pablo AcuinTransportationElisa SantosRail transport is the most energy-efficient form of transportation transportation. A study conducted in the United States systems have 36% lower per capita traffic fatalities,, 33% lower 14% lower per capita consumer expenditures on transport,, employed. In addition,, potentially large benefits include community livability and improved public health. Development of two units (prototype and commercialized) trainsets presently in service in the country. This will cover well as fabrication and manufacturing of every part making opportunities of local manufacturing of some spare parts which These units can also serve as a solution for the government's congestion caused by various modes of transportation currently of local manufacturer of train components would result to the as compared to other common modes of of America showed that cities with large rail transit operating cost per passenger-Mile,, as compared with cities with no rail system improved mobility for non-drivers,, increase of trainset can augment the existing number of establishing design and material selection as up the whole trainset. Its effects could open can be used for the current units. long term program of decreasing traffic being utilized. Furthermore,, the existence growth of facilities and subsidiary industries is linked with the railway industry. And if the global markets,, it should establish its capability and maintained to increase efficiency and the economic benefits on having such rail Center (MIRDC) has developed the prototype wherein the feasibility of the integrated train that supplies machines,, tools and service providers that Philippines would like to stay competitive in the Asian and to develop its own railway system that is locally manufactured usability of our current rail transport systems and realize systems. Currently,, the Metals Industry Research and Development unit under the project "Development of Prototype Trainset" parts in adaptation of our local design could be measured.
4506Enhancing the hydro-meteorological hazards monitoring capabilities of PAGASA through the adoption and integration of NOAH operating systemsDr. Landrico U. Dalida,, Jr. Disaster MitigationCarluz Bautista, Mary Catherine Elizabeth BaliguasEnhancing the hydro-meteorological hazards monitoring and forecasting capabilities of PAGASA through the adoption,, integration and operation of Project NOAH WebGIS operating systems as well as improving on the risk assessment capabilities of DRR partner organizations
4532Pilot Implementation of ITDI,s Pre-Commercialization Tools/Strategies for Effective Transfer and Commercialization of Generated Technologies and Intellectual Properties"Nelia Elise C. FlorendoTechnology Transfer & CommercializationCatherine Miranda, Christian Mari ZamoraThe project is an enhancement program for ITDI technology transfer officers and researchers towards institutionalizing appropriate strategies and applicable marketing/business tools that can be used in assessing the value of the generated innovation/technology as to its business opportunity and chances of commercial success. The project will start from the review/appraisal of the technologies generated by the institute for the last three years using criteria/tools for technology readiness underscoring both its technology and financial valuations. Market validation activities such as FGDs,, industry consultation/dialogues and clinical/field tests,, if applicable will be undertaken. Researchers and techno-transfer officers will be exposed to actual engagements with investors/businessmen by way of communicating and pitching business models and value propositions of technologies and innovations. This will be implemented through guidance and close mentoring/coaching of selected experts/ professionals from business schools/industry practitioners. The project also aims to forge two technology licensing agreements as part of its expected outputs. In summary,, researchers and techno-transfer officers will collaborate toward implementation of business ideas/strategies acquired throughout the entire process and jointly harness learnings in developing and implementing effective technology commercialization plans.
4536Setting-up of One-Stop Laboratory Services for Global Competitiveness: Establishment of Halal Laboratory in region 4A (CALABARZON)Dr. Alexander R. MadrigalFoodAleah OrendainThe recently instituted Republic Act 10817 (Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016) recognizes the role of exports of Halal industries to the national economic development; thus declares promotion of the integrity and quality of Philippine Halal exports. To support the mobilization of the policy and as a bona fide member of the Halal Board,, the DOST launched an initiative for the establishment of Halal Verification Laboratories situated in two (2) locations: Region 4A (Laguna) and Region 11 (Davao). The Halal Verification Laboratory will play a key role in the export and trade regulation of halal products,, processes,, and services by offering globally competitive laboratory tests and services relative to research and product development and quality assurance. Therefore,, producers,, manufacturer and providers of Halal products,, processes and services shall demonstrate strict compliance and integrity to national and international standards before granting permission to use the Philippine Halal Logo or be acquired Halal certification. The project is integrated with the OneLab project which has established a DOST-wide system with a comprehensive database that broadens public access to the wide array of services of all DOST laboratories at a single touch point. Therefore,, test and services to be offered by the facility shall be made available to clients from across the nation through the use of the Unified Laboratory Information Management System (ULIIMS).
4537Setting-up of One-Stop Laboratory Services for Global Competitiveness: Establishment of Halal Laboratory in Region 11Dr. Anthony C. SalesFoodAleah OrendainThe recently instituted Republic Act 10817 (Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016) recognizes the role of exports of Halal industries to the national economic development; thus declares promotion of the integrity and quality of Philippine Halal exports. To support the mobilization of the policy and as a bona fide member of the Halal Board,, the DOST launched an initiative for the establishment of Halal Verification Laboratories situated in two (2) locations: Region 4A (Laguna) and Region 11 (Davao). The Halal Verification Laboratory will play a key role in the export and trade regulation of halal products,, processes,, and services by offering globally competitive laboratory tests and services relative to research and product development and quality assurance. Therefore,, producers,, manufacturer and providers of Halal products,, processes and services shall demonstrate strict compliance and integrity to national and international standards before granting permission to use the Philippine Halal Logo or be acquired Halal certification. The project is integrated with the OneLab project which has established a DOST-wide system with a comprehensive database that broadens public access to the wide array of services of all DOST laboratories at a single touch point. Therefore,, test and services to be offered by the facility shall be made available to clients from across the nation through the use of the Unified Laboratory Information Management System (ULIIMS).
4538Uncooled Carbon Nanotube Microbolometers Ian Jasper A. AguloNanotechnologyJezzel JaoInfrared detectors have a wide range of applications,, which includes security,, and military applications. The commercially available detectors oxide as the main sensing material. Vanadium is a rare earth metal,, competes with its availability for infrared detectors. On the other include carbon nanotubes,, graphene and fullerenes,, allow for a Considering the afforementioned applications of infrared detectors,, other types of infrared detectors based on innovative materials viable and competitive considering (1) well-established method number of processing steps in fabricating the device,, and (3) better At this point,, this project aims to solve the specific problem of the to optimize the room temperature bolometer using single-walled are addressing is the accessibility to equally,, or potentially better,, projects by developing an array of CNT bolometers,, which will detector. of the project to the current needs of the expenditure. A typical justification would include the historical basis for R & D,, utilization generated will have on science,, the weather monitoring,, health monitoring,, human safety and still depend on silicon-based technologies and vanadium and its use in steel,, aerospace and energy storage industries hand,, carbon is an abundant source of material. Its allotropes,, which wider range of applications,, including infrared detection. especially in the context of the Philippine setting,, the need for is recognizable. This novel detector may yet prove to be commercially of synthesis for single-walled carbon nanotubes,, (2) relatively fewer sensitivity and faster response time. limitation of detector sensitivity and response time. Our approach is carbon nanotubes as the absorber. The long-term problem that we performing infrared detectors. This will be achieved in future be the basic composition and the main sensing device for the infrared
4557Project 1:Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks in the Zamboanga Peninsula,, Mindanao,, Philippines (Geo-SAFER:Zamboanga Peninsula)Mario RodriguezSpace Technology ApplicationsMay-Rose Parinas, Meraida Reyes The Geo-SAFER Mindanao: ZAMBASULTA Project aims to conduct a geo-informatics based approaches for the systematic assessment of flooding in the 25 sub-basins/watersheds in the region. The proposed project builds upon the process flows and methodological approaches of the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program but with some enhancements and innovations that put particular attention to explaining specific issues and problems pertaining to the flooding problem in the watersheds, particularly siltation.  The project will process and analyze very detailed LiDAR-derived Digital Terrain and Surface Models (DTMs and DSMs), and then utilized these as inputs to numerical simulation models for hydrologic and hydraulic characterization of the basin, and to produce detailed flood hazard maps for different flood scenarios. These scenario-based flood hazard maps basically show which areas can get flooded when rainfall of varying duration and intensity occurs over the basin. These hazard maps will be further analyzed to find infrastructures like building, roads and bridges that are at risk to the effects of flooding. These barangay and municipal-level flood impact assessment maps and statistics will be important source of information for LGUs in their decision making to ensure the safety of their constituents before, during, and after a flood disaster. There are 18 municipalities that will benefit from the flood hazard maps that will be generated. More importantly, the maps are not limited to flood hazards alone, but they can also be integrated in the Development Plan of the Municipality or the Province.    
4558Project 3. Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks in the Agusan RiverBasin,,Caraga Region,, Mindanao,, Philippines (Geo-SAFER: Agusan)Engr. Meriam SantillanSpace Technology ApplicationsMay-Rose Parinas, Meraida ReyesThe Geo-SAFER Mindanao: Agusan Project aims to conduct a geo-informatics based approaches for the systematic assessment of flooding in the basin. The proposed project builds upon the process flows and methodological approaches of the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program but with some enhancements and innovations that put particular attention to explaining specific issues and problems pertaining to the flooding problem in the basin such as the roles of anthropogenic activities like mining,, deforestation,, and land-use conversions in the hydrologic and hydraulic characteristics of the basin
4559Project 2. Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks in Northern Mindanao And Cotabao,, Philippines (Geo-SAFER:Northern Mindanao/Cotabato)George PunoSpace Technology ApplicationsMay-Rose Parinas, Meraida ReyesThe Geo-SAFER Mindanao: Northern Mindanao/CotabatoProject aims to conducta geo-informatics based approaches for the systematic assessment of flooding in the critical rivers of Region 10 and major tributaries of the Mindanao River Basin (MRB) in Cotabato Province. The proposed project builds upon the process flows and methodological approaches of the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program but with some enhancements and innovations that put particular attention to explaining specific issues and problems pertaining to the flooding problem in the watersheds and other hydrological issues.
4560Project 4: Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks in Western Mindanao (GeoSAFER: Western Mindanao)Prof. Alan MilanoSpace Technology ApplicationsMay-Rose Parinas, Meraida ReyesThe Geo-SAFER Mindanao: Western Mindanao Project aims to conduct geo-informatics based approaches for the systematic assessment of flooding in the critical rivers in the provinces of Misamis Occidental,, Lanao del Sur,, North Cotabato,, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. The proposed project builds upon the process flows and methodological approaches of the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program but with some enhancements and innovations that put particular attention to explaining specific issues and problems pertaining to the flooding problem in the watersheds and other hydrological issues.
4561Project 5. Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks in Southeastern Mindanao(Geo-SAFER: Southeastern Mindanao)Joseph AcostaSpace Technology ApplicationsMay-Rose Parinas, Meraida ReyesThe Geo-SAFER Mindanao: Southeastern Mindanao Project aims to conduct geo-informatics based approaches for the systematic assessment of flooding in the critical rivers in the provinces of Compostela Valley,, Davao del Norte,, Davao Occidental,, Davao Oriental. The proposed project builds upon the process flows and methodological approaches of the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program but with some enhancements and innovations that put particular attention to explaining specific issues and problems pertaining to the flooding problem in the watersheds and other hydrological issues. 
4829Enhancing Operational Capability of Bicol University Fabrication Laboratory (Fablab Bicol) Dr. Jonathan C. ArrocoTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl SuenoThis proposal seek government support to ensure that human and financial resources,, management structure,, operation and maintenance,, business scheme and others,, are set in place to make FabLab Bicol self-sustaining in the future
4830Establishment of the Technology Management System and Structure of the Ateneo de Manila University Dr. Janice A. Ragaza (Project Leader); Engr. MariaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Ryan TorricoThe Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) has received numerous Industry. Energy,, and Emerging Technology Research and research funds and grants from the Philippine Council for Development (PCIEERD) and Department of Science and PCIEERD/DOST funded and monitored research given to of Science and Engineering (SOSE) of AdMU. The AdMU has from PCIEERD and DOST (approx. 72 M PhP and 34.1 M PhP,, Technology (DOST) since 2010. To date,, there is a total of sixteen faculty members from the different departments of the School received research funding amounting to a total of 106.5 M PhP respectively). Phitippin Cu ci for In sly. '7,,1:nal [Imagine TKlinc 074Rcm 'h an 0 a Inn en! : 1 111111111111 j1101MII 111111111 e(: 04 03.17 / 10 3 .25 A • Based on the recent intellectual property (IP) audit conducted by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI,, AdMU has more than thirty (30) potentially patentable and commercially viable technologies; most of which are developed under government-funded research. Though offices that promote innovation,, idea generation and IP protection/prosecution are present,, the newly approved Technology Management Office (TMO) is in need of funding to support its activities that will instill a culture of entrepreneurship and raise commercialization awareness amongst the university's faculty,, researchers and students.. With funding,, the TMO can initiate and eventually sustain its own operation ,, aimed at commercialization of generated technologies and conduct activities such as department and faculty consultations; entrepreneurship,, IP and technology transfer workshops,, trainings and courses; IP consultations; market validation; business planning and development; potential licensing activities and negotiations; attendance to accredited TMO societies and organizations; industry and trade show and conference hosting; and offering of services beyond the SOSE. The funding will provide the much-needed support to the TMO in transforming their research ideas into tangible and useful products and services in the market
4849Remote Sensing and Data Science (DATOS) Help Desk Joel Joseph MarcianoSpace Technology ApplicationsMary Joy Buitre, Roven Tumaneng, Amarie Aguirre, Meraida ReyesVirtually every sector of the economy now has access to more data than would have been imaginable even a decade ago. Government and businesses today are accumulating new data at a rate that exceeds their capacity to extract value from it. The question facing every organization that wants to attract a community is how to use data effectively — not just their own data, but all of the data that's available and relevant. What do we do with the innumerable data from various sources like foreign entities and DOST-GIA Programs/projects? Who should process, check, analyze, consolidate and distribute? How soon can the validated information reach the public? When there is an impending disaster or an emergency situation, the need to communicate is immediate. Various "audiences" will want information one way or the other. There is also a need to coordinate the release of information to preserve competency and credibility. The field of data science is emerging at the intersection of the fields of social science and statistics, information and computer science, and design. The proposed project addresses the increasing need for 24/7 help desk for remote sensing and data science that can support critical activities on disaster mitigation, analysis and advice, which requires ondemand access to data currently available in the ASTI Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE) and the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation (PEDRO) Centers. CoARE Project enabled the multiple data integration from ASTI-initiated projects and collaborative projects with other agencies that have high requirements for data storage and high-performance computing. This project targets to initially setup both the infrastructure/ platform and systems to enable easy storage; analysis; and archiving, access and sharing of environmental and geospatial data, as well as provide better access to high performance computing resources for numerical weather prediction, climate modeling, as well as analytics and data modeling. PEDRO Center on the other hand is a multi-mission Ground Receiving Station (MMGS) which enables direct access to a broad range of optical (high resolution and multi-spectral) and radar (cloud-penetrating, day-night imaging) satellite data missions that are capable of meeting government requirements and the public in general. DOST-funded R&D Programs and Projects like NOAH, DREAM, PHIL-LIDAR, Smarter Visayas generate strategic data and information necessary for disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, and capacity building. Since the completion of NOAH and LIDAR program/s, there is a need for a central system that will integrate, process, analyze and distribute available RS / GIS data to produce rapid risk assessment before, during and after a natural hazard. This will also help the Department of Budget and Management, mandated agency in monitoring top-priority programs and projects funded by the govemment, among other things. After pilot testing within 15 months, this 24/7 help desk could be sustained as a regular service that can have a regular funding whether in ASTI or the proposed National Space Technology Agency. 
4914Cyber-Physical Transportation SystemDr. Adrian Roy ValdezTransportationRachel HabanaAs discussed from the recent ITS Forum,, the next step in the plans of the Department of Transportation is to develop an advanced system for effective actuation of analysis results in the field,, which requires an efficient vehicle-infrastructure communication. This project aims to develop the hardware components,, the advanced traffic controllers and central unit,, of a cyber-physical transportation system to be able to execute good actuation needed to optimize traffic flow given a certain condition. The modularity of the system makes it flexible enough to optimize a large range of traffic conditions (urban or rural),, and aims to improve vehicle-infrastructure communication.
4926Project 7: Economic Valuation of Generated Blue Carbon Ecosystems (EConValBlue)Agustin Arcenas,, Ph.D.Space Technology ApplicationsAriane Jaraplasan, Mary Joy BuitreMangrove forests are vegetated tidal habitat composed mainly of salt-tolerant tress and shrubs. (Duke ,, 1992) that grow within the sheltered marine intertidal zones of the tropics and subtropics (Long et. al,, 2011; Gin i et. al,, 2011) 25° N and 25° S (Kauffman et. al,, 2012). They typically grow above mean sea level and below the highest tidal levels in soft sediments (Duke et. al,, 2015). Mangroves are considered one of the world's dominant coastal ecosystems (Tomlinson,, 1994).
4943Enhancement, Field Validation and Market ReadinessDetection of of DNA-based Nanobiosensor for the E. coli,, E. coli 0157:H7 and Salmonella enterica in Water, Food, Feed and Farm ProduceFrancisco Elegado, Ph.DTechnology Transfer & CommercializationChristian Mari Zamora, Jejomar CarlosFood and water borne infections and diseases are recognized as the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide especially in children. According to the Enteric Diseases Task Force (EDTF),, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO),, there were over two billion cases of foodborne illnesses (not including waterborne) that resulted to more than one million deaths and 79 million disabilities in 2010. The leading causative agent of diarrheal and invasive infections among all foodborne diseases is Salmonella enter/ca,, followed by Enteropathogenic and Enterotoxigenic E. colt (EHEC),, highest in the African region and Southeast Asian region (Kirk et al.,, 2015). In another report,, Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections resulted to 2.8 million acute illnesses annually resulting to around 0.15% cases of end stage renal disease,, hemolytic uremic syndromes and deaths (Majowicz et al.,, 2014). Outbreaks of food pathogens and infections from contaminated water have risen in recent years due to climate change which leads to natural calamities and outbreaks of infectious diseases,, ease of global transportation and rapid transport of food supplies across international borders which have also led to negative effects on the economy and adverse impacts on trade and food security,, and the indiscriminate use of prophylactics and antibiotics in animal and human disease control which leads to the rise of antibiotic resistant strains of bacterial pathogens. All of these are so much detrimental specially to less developed and developing economy like the Philippines which have no sufficient systems for food and water safety.
5082DOST Deep Learning using TensorFlow and Machine Learning Training Ms. Stephanie Sy Information and Communications TechnologyDianne Remae San PedroWe propose a training course on Artificial Intelligence aimed at training college professors,, students and government information technology practitioners on the theory and applications of deep learning using TensorFlow and machine learning methodologies. The course will run for 5 days including a one-day conference on Al for universities and researchers. Each topic offered has a lecture component complemented with teacherassisted programming exercises to reinforce key concepts and apply the algorithms to solve a relevant problem. Furthermore,, we propose a post-workshop website which will house training content based on the 5-day workshop on deep learning,, as well as basic machine learning. The website will also have an integrated commenting and forum system to facilitate discussion among users. This website will be hosted on the GovCloud platform. All workshop content and materials is part of Thinking Machines' intellectual property. Full use of the materials created by Thinking Machines (lecture slides,, videos,, online codelabs) will be released under MIT Open Source License,, as seen in Appendix 2. Content used and referenced in the training materials that are not originally created by Thinking Machines should be used under their original licenses and terms.
5134Development of an Effective Distribution System for RTE Retort Foods (Chicken Arroz Caldo and Smoked Fish Rice Meal) to Mitigate the Magnitude of Distress for Calamity Survivors and Providers of ServicesGrace NocejaFoodAleah Orendain, Fatima IbarretaThe Packaging Technology Division (PTD) of ITDI has successfully developed ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken arroz caldo and smoked fish rice meal as disaster/relief foods. Currently being developed as additional disaster/relief foods are RTE rootcrop-based products and bakery products with extended shelf life.                                   The distribution of relief foods is normally conducted after the natural disaster or calamity has happened. In most cases immediate distribution of relief foods could not be done due to continuous heavy rains flooding the areas and damaged roads. Any delay in the distribution of relief foods could increase the magnitude of distress for the victims.   The DOST-PAGASA’s upgraded facility can forecast incoming typhoons with detailed strength,, speed and specific locations/areas. In recent years,, the forecast where the typhoons will land was almost 100% accurate and NDRRMC were able to prepare in advance. In spite of this,, relief foods were still distributed after the aftermath of the disasters. The proposed project could address the delay in the distribution of relief foods.
5147National Loss and Damage Registry: A Disaster Management Information System for the Office of the Civil Defense Jocelyn W. CuDisaster MitigationAriadne Victoria Pada, Johanna Marie GonzalesThe project will identify needed data by stakeholders by interviewing the stakeholders and analyzing existing data and systems, as well as the needs of these stakeholders. The researchers will determine the most appropriate data analytics and intelligence tools given the data and identified needs. The researchers will then design the structure of the data for the data warehouse based on these results. The researchers will be creating the interface that allows the stakeholders to provide their data and to display reports in a manner that will best assist these stakeholders with the analysis of the data, with the goal of supporting actions and decisions. The web-based system could potentially be used to help disaster management by storing data and finding patterns among these data. For example, a practice that led to less hazards, casualties or problems could be identified, and therefore encourage the use of said practice in more locations. Areas that frequently suffer from the consequences of disaster or problems with disaster management could be identified to better support those areas. Variables could be identified that can help predict amount of need such as amount of need for supplies, evacuation centers or manpower.
5253Establishment of Spray Drying Technology and Equipment for the Regional FICs (Batch 2)Norberto AmbaganFoodFatima Ibarreta
5254Automated Real-Time Monitoring System (ARMS) for Magat DamFrancis Aldrine UyDisaster MitigationCarluz Bautista, Christian Alec Managa, Alissandra Pauline MarianoSignificance The impacts of the climate change to the hydrological variability and seasonability have effects on the storage and management of reservoirs. Accordingly, effective operation and management of dams and reservoirs require reliable real-time estimates of the available water which can provide valuable information for smart decision making. Availability, reliability and accuracy of data are the basis for every action taken to support beneficial uses of water and to minimize threats posed by the hydrological system. All reservoir operations in the Philippines are subject to rules and regulations issued by the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) as provided in Art. 62 of the Water Code of the Philippines. The approved reservoir operation rules, as provided in Section 42, IRR of the Water Code of the Philippines, consist of reservoir operation rule curves and their operation criteria/guidelines. However, strict operating rules without effective monitoring of measured hydrological and operational parameters at the dams and reservoirs leads to a mismanagement of dams and reservoirs. Constant vigilance, in particular to droughts and floods, is important as these events are threat to efficiency to supply water to various stakeholders. As a consequence, measurement of parameters affecting dam operation such as rainfall, reservoir water level, inflows and water usage becomes all the more crucial. The current set-up indicates that these parameters are measured in real time by the dam operators. As efficient as it may appear, these measurements, however, are manually transmitted in the form of daily measurement to NWRB and on a quarterly basis. Accordingly, situations particularly requiring immediate evaluation and decision by the NWRB are not effectively addressed. For this reason, it is the interest of this project to develop a real-time monitoring system, custom-made according to the hydrologic conditions and calm design and operational procedures. Developing such system would be important for evaluating the water budget within the reservoir and more importantly, for upgrading the monitoring system of the NWRB and partner agencies for a more efficient service in distributing water. This system employs the smart watershed integrated management (SWIM), combining the hydrlogical modeling tools and ICT applied in a watershed scale. It utilizes wireless sensor networks (WSN). Once developed for dam utilization, it is envisioned that this real-time monitoring system for dams and reservoirs would provide a decision-support tool for NWRB towards effective management of dams and reservoirs. For this project, the Magat Dam built on the Magat River, a major tributary of Cagayan River in Isabela is the focus of the study. Being one of the oldest dams in the Philippines, baseline information (e.g., geological/hydrogeological, geotechnical) related to the construction and operation of the mine is expectedly established within which to base the design of the real-time monitoring system. Needless to say, this dam provide crucial water supply for power generation, irrigation and other purposes (residential, commercial) in various cities and municipalities in central and northern Luzon, making the monitoring and management of these dams to become all the more significant. The Magat Dam which is located along the boundary of Ifugao and Isabela provinces serve as the study area for this project. Magat Dam is situated along the Magat river — the largest tributary of the Cagayan river. Being one of the largest dams in the country with a storage capacity of 1.08 billion m3, Magat dam serves as a multipurpose dam for irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric power generaton. Similar to the three cascading dams (Ambuklao, Binga, and San Roque) which were considered to be part of the pilot project, Magat dam is also an earth and rock-filled type of dam. The Magat dam and other non-power regulating facilities such as the reservoir and intake gates ownstream are owned and managed by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). The hydroelectric plant relied upon NIA's irrigation diversion requirement when using water from the reservoir since the plant uses the same water needed for irrigation. Thus, Magat dam provides crucial water supply not only for power generation and flood control but most especially for irrigating 85,000 hectares of agricultural lands in the region of Cagayan which is the dam's primary focus, making the monitoring and management of the dam to become even more significant. The downstream areas to be covered by dam break scenarios of this project are municipalities located across the provinces of Isabela and Ifugao. The 360-megawatt Magat Hydro-electric Power Plant (HEPP), which owns by SNAP-Magat, is located at the border of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and Ramon, Isabela. According to PAGASA, when the dam releases water from its spillways, the municipalities of Ramon, San Mateo, Aurora, Cabatuan, Luna, Reina Merces, Burgos, Naguilian and Gamu in Isabela will be the ones greatly affected. Figure 1. For this Project the team chose to use HEC-HMS to be used as a tool for hydrologic modeling. The Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS) of the US Army Corps of Engineers thru the Hydrologic Engineering Center is one of the various tools used in evaluating hydrologic behaviors of the watershed. This program is designed to simulate the precipitation-runoff processes of dendritic watershed systems and offers plenty of advantages because it can be applied to watersheds of varying size, shape, and parameters. The output is a hydrograph generated by simulating precipitation in the model. Several studies have been conducted using the HEC-HMS model in different watersheds/basins in our country. HEC-HMS model has been used for the prediction of runoff for Oogod Watershed in Sorsogon, a study conducted by the researchers of PHIL-LiDAR 1 Project of the Ateneo de Naga University. Another study conducted by the researchers of Central Mindanao University shows how HEC-HMS models were used in the development of flood hazard maps in Northern Mindanao. The program HEC-HMS can be used to compute the water balance for the reservoir. Routing method, storage method, and initial condition are some of the various methods that can be employed in HEC-HMS to compute water balance. Also, the result of using the HEC-HMS program is more accurate than manually analyzing the water balance. The team had a MOA with NAMRIA last May 2017 stating that we can request IFSAR data from them that we can use in the project. For the delineation of watershed along AGNO riverbasin from ARMS1 we used IFSAR data and we are also planning to use IFSAR for the Magat Watershed.
5282Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM) Dr. Jaine Cadoc-ReyesEnvironmentLiz Ahren Penaflor, Laarni PilotonThe Master of R & D Management (MR&DM), a ladderized multi-entry and multi-exit online and distance e-learning (OdeL), is designed to provide knowledge and skills in effective leadership to those working in government and private R&D organizations and research funding institutions. It provides learners with a specialized curriculum that involves the development, management, and implementation of research initiatives. It is focused on developing research collaborations and partnerships, proposal preparation and submission, contracts negotiation and management of research projects, financial management, technology commercialization, intellectual property rights, and compliance to government regulations and policies. It is complemented by management courses that place emphasis on leadership, ethics, and strategic planning with emphasis on project and technology management. The program is targeted for incumbent and potential researchers, scientists, engineers, and other researchers in HEls, government agencies, and other research organizations, who desire to professionalize and improve their R&D management.
5308DOST - SEI - NEWTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPSDr. Josette T. BiyoHuman Resource DevelopmentJulie Ann AtienzaFor this batch,, there is a new set of criteria of eligibility. The scholarship shall be open to all Filipino citizens who are in their first five years of their research career (measured from the date when the applicant obtained his/her Master's degree) and must be a faculty or staff member of a Philippine university or college. However,, the same screening procedures as of last year will be adopted in selecting the qualifiers to the program. In addition,, the applicant must already have a formal letter of acceptance to a PhD program in S & T from a reputable university in the United Kingdom. The grantees will be selected based on their qualifications and the quality and kind of research they will pursue. The qualified applicants will pursue a PhD Program on a full-time basis for a maximum period of 38 months including summer starting in January 2017. Moreover,, this scholarship program will adopt the existing policies on foreign scholarships implemented by DOST-SEI.    
5406Industry Defined 2D Basic Animation CourseMr. Rene De GuzmanInformation and Communications Technology, Electronics TechnologyDanilo Pateno , Jayson NuvalThe project will entail a) conducting a 12-week intensive basic animation workshop that will allow the graduating class (Semester 2) to learn skills that will prepare them to be production-ready to be immediately followed by b) actual production work under the University's OJT/Internship program. The program is expected to coincide with the last semester of the graduating class where the OJT/Internship program falls.
4962Establishment of Shelf-Life of Vacuum Fried Okra developed by ITDI Main FICMa. Dolor VillasenorFoodFatima Ibarreta, Ana Mithuzela EspigolWith the implementation of the PCIEERD CIA Project Development of Competence of the DOST Food Innovation Center (Fats) and Recognition of Most Innovative Products,, total of 11,,742 concepts were developed and 233 prototypes were produced and presented during exhibits. Prototypes included are: vacuum fried nuts (peanuts,, pili,, cashew),, vegetables (carrots,, okra,, squash) and root crops (sweet potato,, gabi,, ube,, cassava),, spray dried products (sea foods,, spices,, vegetables,, meat,, fruit extracts),, egg,, pork blood and bile,, thermally processed chilis in oil,, chili sauces,, rice-based desserts,, rice milk from 4 rice variants and freeze dried fruits (avocado,, mango,, strawberry,, papaya,, melons) and vegetables (green peas,, corn,, malunggay). Concepts and prototypes developed showcased the applicability and performance of the DOST fabricated equipment on the processing of locally available indigenous raw materials; the prototypes also served as point of reference for the regional FIC products.
4379Coal Ash as a Resource of Rare Earth and Strategic Elements in the Philippines: Amenability to Metallurgical Processing (Rare Earth and Strategic Elements)Mining and MineralsAiress CasimeroThe rare earth elements (REEs) are a group of 17 chemically similar metallic elements comprising the lanthanides (lanthanum to lutetium),, scandium and yttrium. The REEs have unique catalytic,, metallurgical,, nuclear,, electrical,, magnetic,, and luminescent properties that make them critical to various advanced applications. The use of REEs in many emerging technologies associated with transport,, environment,, energy,, defence,, electronics,, information and aerospace has gained rapid momentum and has highlighted their strategic importance (Hoatson,, et al.,, 2011). In 2010,, the Raw Materials Supply Group of the European Commission classified REEs as critical raw materials. This means that their "risks of supply shortage and their impacts on the economy are higher compared with most of the other raw materials" (European Commission,, 2014). With the utility of REEs projected to increase in the next decade,, it is necessary to find alternative sources of REEs to conventional mining to cope with the increasing demand. Although the emphasis at present is towards the use of renewable energy such as geothermal,, hydro,, wind and solar,, the share of coal in the global energy mix is still quite significant and is in fact increasing (IEA,, 2014). Hence,, as a consequence,, there will be an increased generation of the coal fly ash. Since coal fly ash is considered as a waste by-product of coal-fired power plants,, it is therefore necessary to utilize and recycle them. In the Philippines there are 9 existing coal power plants and 16 newly approved plants in the last 2 years. Currently,, coal fly ash generated by some of these coal power plants are being utilized by cement plants. The potential of these coal fly ash as source of REE has not yet been explored. With the existing 25 coalfired power plants,, there is so much work yet to be done on the characterization of the coal fly ash generated in the country.
4797Prototype Development of Severe Weather Amphibious Navigator Using Local Abaca CompositesRyan John De LaraTransportationRachel HabanaWith the worsening climate change,, it can be expected that more severe typhoons ' will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility. While natural disasters cannot be prevented,, risk reduction and response capacity can be enhanced. It is along this premise that the proponents conceptualized the Severe Weather Amphibious Navigator (SWAN). There are amphibious vehicles currently available in the market. However,, local government units cannot afford its high cost since some of them are sold at around 20 million pesos and with a size incapable of narrow streets in flooded areas. While there are cheaper alternatives,, the sizes are too small to carry evacuees and relief goods. The SWAN addressed these limitations as it was designed in the context of the geographical characteristics of the affected areas in the region and the needs to transport both evacuees and distribute relief goods.The cost of prototype of SWAN is only 4M. The relatively lower cost was achieved through the use of recycled and locally available materials but with quality comparable to the materials used in the more expensive commercially produced amphibious vehicles.
4869Enhancement and Market Validation of Easybus (a Total Digital Booking Platform) for BusesJanmar DimaanoTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEarvin Jay Enriquez, Ryan TorricoPublic transport in developing countries such as the Philippines lack a certain level of organization relative to developed nations due to various social,, economic and political constructs. The various transport sectors such as the bus transport are usually operated by multiple and different owners/operators who acquire franchises from regulating agencies such as LTFRB. These operators generally set their own trip schedules and based on these trips,, book passengers either through 1 of 10 EASYBYS PH I DOST-GIA Application reservation or simply by allowing their buses to fill up in terminals and pick up passengers along the way. With the current boom in information technology happening in the Philippines there seems to be a gap on the use of these developing technologies to our transport sector. Such that majority of the bus operators still maintain its operations in manual! paper form. As mentioned above,, this may be affected by the current socio-cultural-economic-political elements that also disable us from simply adopting a similar technology that emanates from other countries. This is the problem that the team aims to solve - to develop a digital system that would cater to the special and unique needs of our bus transport sector. The technology aims to provide the operators with a digital booking platform that encompasses and centralizes the booking process of all of its passenger types,, may it be passengers who reserve in advance,, passengers who board from the terminal and passengers who board from pickup locations. Doing so would benefit the bus operators,, their workforce and most importantly,, the riding public. The use of this technology would also open up opportunities to other stakeholders such as government institutions and an opportunity to evolve into a significant and essential tool for the Philippine transport industry.
5092Formulation of a Settlements Development Model in New Growth Areas in the PhilippinesCarmeli ChavezDisaster MitigationElisa SantosUrban growth in the Philippines has been largely unplanned,, characterized by settlements that are not integrated and a housing sector that is plagued by a huge housing backlog and yet there are dwelling units that are unoccupied. Thus,, there seems to be no rational and integrated manner to meet the housing demand of both present and future growth areas. In order to facilitate planned settlements development,, there is a need to identify potential growth areas in the Philippines and to project the land and housing demand in these areas. This offers policymakers,, program managers,, and local executives an integrated approach in balancing the supply and demand for land and housing in a proactive manner. This will also enable planners to rationalize the distribution of housing projects as well as to address the housing preferences of Filipinos,, especially the low-income and homeless sector.
4940Discover DIWATA-1 (A Joint Project between PCIEERD and Museo Pambata)Donald AlimasaInformation Dissemination and PromotionRaissa Jean AnchetaProject Diwata-1 Eye in the Sky will be an awareness program of the first Filipino satellite. This will be spearheaded by PCIEERD-DOST and implemented by Museo Pambata. The program is • composed of interactive exhibits which share the significance of the Diwata-1 micro satellite in predicting weather systems,, disaster mapping and monitoring as well as resource monitoring. The I Love my Planet Earth room of Museo Pambata will house Project Diwata-1 Eye in the Sky's exhibit which ' includes an audio video presentation about the satellite,, 3D puzzle of the satellite,, standees and other modules which can be manipulated by the children. Complementing this permanent exhibit are programs that will make the children appreciate and be aware of the first Filipino satellite. Programs that will introduce scientists and their important work to society will also be scheduled.
4526Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Systems with Nutrient (SWAN) RecoveryArnel BeltranEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisThe research proposal entitled “Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Systems with Nutrient (SWAN) Recovery” from the Department of Chemical Engineering of De La Salle University is about the development and demonstration of a pilot-scale nutrient removal facility for water utilities in the country. The proposed systems improvement on the current wastewater treatment consists of biological nutrient removal technology (BNRT) and membrane bioreactor (MBR). The said technologies could be coupled with extractive nutrient recovery technologies which is the focus of research grant approved by RCUK-PCIEERD with the titled “Water - Energy - Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future”.  
5691Characterization of Tailings and Monitoring of the Gold-Copper Pilot Plant in BenguetVictor Mariano, Ph.DEnvironmentLaarni Piloton
4960Effectiveness of 21st Century Learning Environment Model as a Support System to Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics Dr. Alexander MadrigalInfrastructure Development ProgramMarie Christie SantosAs a 21st century education support system to DepED's K12 Curriculum and STEM Track,, the 21st Century Classroom will serve as a learning environment that will create learning practices,, human support and physical environments to facilitate in the development of the 21st century skills of both teachers and learners in these four common cores: Communication,, Collaboration,, Critical Thinking,, and Creativity.   A classroom setup equipped with furniture designed for mobility and connectivity to promote collaborative teaching and learning with education and information and communication technologies to support student-centered active learning. In the 21st century classroom,, teachers are facilitators of student learning and creators of productive classroom environments,, in which students can develop the skills they need at present or in the future. Teachers alongside students will also be equipped with necessary skills to meet the challenges of a more engaging and effective modern teaching.
4779Generalized Automated Microfluidics and Micro-actuator Assembly (GAMMA)Giovanni Tapang Material ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene MendozaNeeds The project addresses the need for generalized components such as controllable valves, chambers and pumps in the microfluidics domain. Most microfluidics and microactuators are designed and implemented for a specific use and setup. When it is available, these components are costly with prices ranging from several hundreds of dollars to more than a thousand dollars per component. Worldwide, it has been estimated that the global market in microfluidics will reach more than 10 billion dollars in the next decade. The market segments that are currently existing in the Philippines exist in pharmaceutical and biotech research both in the academe and industry, diagnostics and drug delivery. Solution Combining affordable microfluidics systems, microactuators and sensors in a modular manner can allow for versatile applications in diagnosis, point of care and other applications. This project addresses this need for a low-cost modularized microfluidics and microactuator system that will allow an end user to design devices suited for their particular application using generalized components. The following images showcase the capability of the proponent in manufacturing micro-objects using existing tools and techniques developed inside the laboratory Differentiation One major difference with commercial implementation will be cost. The cost reduction will come from two points. One is from the modular nature of the system which uses generalized parts so that end users can match the parts for their specific use. The other source of cost reduction will be from the possible mass production of these modular parts. These parts will be designed to be interoperable with each other. The design software will also be a differentiating element since the end user can design and simulate the flow of the system and pick relevant modules before constructing their setups. These can be protected by appropriate intellectual property tool such as patents or a utility model for the hardware and a copyright for the design software. Benefits The modular system will bring ease of use as well as interoperability for the end user. It will also lower the cost for researchers and will demonstrate a proof-of-principle implementation of the modular microfluidic system.  
3925Development of Ready-to-Eat Corn Grit MealsFoodAna Mithuzela Espigol, Maria Chelsea UgayFor the food emergency rations,, local government and non-government agencies usually distribute instant noodles,, uncooked rice and wet rations like rice porridge and chicken soup. Meanwhile,, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) has developed emergency foods such as compact food bars,, instant noodles with squash and instant cream soups,, which require potable water to prepare and finally consume. However,, there could be underlying social and cultural issues concerning the food use and food preparation like for the Halal requirement of the Muslim population. There could also be lack of food diversity if foods distributed are always the same. Some disaster foods like instant noodles may not meet the energy,, protein,, fat and micronutrients requirements of the population. Wet rations may become unsafe if the water used for cooking is not potable. Also,, cooking may be impossible if the facilities such as gas or wood are unavailable. With these concerns,, disaster affected population is in great need of more effective alternative emergency foods such as ready-to-eat meals.   Ready-to-eat (RTE) meals are cooked meals enclosed in sealed containers prolonging its shelf life. These are convenient,, fast and easy to distribute. Aside from the affected population,, RTE meals are suitable for rescuers who are in transit when cooking facilities are unavailable. In the Philippines,, rice is the staple food prepared by many and has been extensively studied as a disaster food,, however,, development of other rice alternatives is also necessary to diversify food rations.
5317ADMATEL Expansion Towards Long Term Competitiveness and Sustainability (ADEX)Dr. Araceli MonsadaMaterial ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Desiree Vera, Kristene MendozaADMATEL was established with the general objective of establishing an advanced device and materials testing laboratory for the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries. The infrastructure and equipment requirements for the national laboratory were completed in 2012 and operation started in 2013. On February 09, 2015, ADMATEL was awarded the PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for its two laboratories—the Thermal Analysis Laboratory and the Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory. The accreditation for the Surface Analysis Laboratory has been recommended by PAB in June 2017 and pending approval. This ISO accreditation increased ADMATEL’s credibility, capability and competency in managing and delivering quality services to its customers. ADMATEL is located inside the DOST Compound in Bicutan, Taguig City. The laboratories are housed in a class 100K cleanroom to ensure the analyses carried out are not contaminated. Sophisticated scientific equipment such as focused ion beam – field emission scanning electron microscope (FIB-FESEM), Auger electron spectrometer (AES), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), simultaneous thermal analyzer (STA), and thermomechanical analyzer (TMA) are used in the characterization of samples. ADMATEL aims to: reinforce/upgrade the failure analysis (FA) and materials testing facilities of our local industry, (provide shorter turnaround time especially for companies who cannot afford to put up their own FA and characterization laboratory provide less expensive analysis, and attract potential investors seeking for a more conducive business environment. However, the FA test services offered by ADMATEL are limited only to the application of high-end tools (called Level 3 FA) on defects that already underwent preliminary analysis in other labs. This was indeed the idea during conceptualization of ADMATEL; not to focus on FA Levels 1 and 2 (defect localization and sample preparation). There are a few private labs in the Philippines that perform third party Levels 1 and 2 FA, but these labs only have the basic tools to locate common problems. For the more advanced FA problems, e.g. locating sub-micron-scale defects and trace contamination, third party capabilities in the Philippines are very limited. On the other hand, a few of the large S&E companies have these tools, but of course are not available for use publicly. At present, samples are sent abroad when the need for such services are required. For reference, the 3D x-ray scanning service of University of Texas in Austin is $120 per hour for academic projects, and $281 per hour for commercial work (http://www.ctlab.geo.utexas.edu/scanning-faq/). Data processing is additional $90 and $191 per hour for academic and commercial users, respectively. All failure analysis processes must be able to accurately locate the position of the defect before proceeding to other analysis such as FIB, AES or TOFSIMS. One of the tools for locating defects is the x-ray inspection. There are other tools for locating defects (such as scanning acoustic microscope, photon emission, etc) but the x-ray is the most versatile and can also be used for other types of samples as well as for materials research (e.g. composites). For IC devices that are already encapsulated in molding compound, the defect is deep within the package and needs to be exposed for analysis. The process of removing the molding compound is called decapsulation. In this proposal, it is requested to acquire a 3D x-ray (major) and a laser decapsulation system (minor). These systems complement the existing capabilities at ADMATEL by providing advanced fault isolation to increase the accuracy of succeeding analyses (Level 3 such as FIB, TOFSIMS, etc). This expansion project and the continued operation of ADMATEL go hand in hand. Because the current ADMATEL project is ending, additional partial funding of the existing ADMATEL operation will be required to sustain the performance metrics that is necessary to serve the industry. Some of the recent and notable testimonies from our routine customer satisfaction survey include: “For me there is no need to improve [the service availed], the process is good, the staff is kind and friendly.” “Thank you for explaining your capability in doing Failure Analysis. We are very much satisfied w/ the warm welcome & introducing all your facilities to us. We are looking forward in making more transaction w/ you.” “Great technical and customer service, glad to have chosen DOST for this activity.” “Your facilities are best in class.” (comment by a global FA network director of one of the large semicon companies)
4274Metro Manila Transportation Network: Big Data Analytics and Applications (MMTN:BDAA) Alexis FilloneTransportationRachel HabanaA good road network database system that has the inventory of all the roads and intersections of Metro Manila and whether the latter are signalized or not should be established. Once this database is established,, ITS technologies developed from CATCH-ALL (PCIEERD-funded project) can then be deployed to appropriate road locations,, especially along EDSA,, which can apprehend traffic violators through a vision system using high resolution cameras. Vehicular data from the CATCH-ALL and MMDA video cameras all over Metro Manila will be used in the calibration of the traffic simulation model. Recommendations on the improvement of the public transport system in Metro Manila and even reaching the neighboring provinces of Bulacan,, Cavite,, Rizal and Laguna will also be considered as well as the use of bus passenger counters and a bus scheduling software (from the PUBFix project) for an efficient bus/jeepney dispatching system. Since one of the major traffic issues that occurred in the city three years ago is about truck congestion going to/coming from the port,, the consideration of the major arterial network as well as new road infrastructure development will be assessed including access to the port by passengers. In summary,, a more integrated approach of analysing and assessing traffic problems is needed and should start with a good database system of the baseline road network information and the trips and vehicles data that use the transport network of Metro Manila. Afterwards,, ITS solutions can then be deployed at strategic locations to the management and improve the flow of vehicles.   From the HIS questionnaire survey,, the OD trip matrix of people in the city of Manila can be established as well as people coming from/going to the port of Manila. Truck logistics going to and coming from the port of Manila will also be studied in order to improve the movement of goods as well as the possible expansion of the truck routes especially along major arterial roads with minimal impact on other vehicular traffic. The public transport system that serve the city of Manila will also be analyzed and recommend realignment or consolidation of routes in consideration of the first-mile of access and last-mile of egress so that car users will be encouraged to shift to public transportation. The end objective of the latter is to make the streets of Manila walkable and bike-friendly. Furthermore,, the bus passenger counter developed in the PUBFix may be used in some of the proposed bus routes for efficient dispatching of buses. In summary,, a more integrated approach of analyzing and assessing traffic problems is needed and should start with a good database system of the baseline road network information and the trips and vehicles data that use the transport network. Afterwards,, ITS solutions can then be deployed at strategic locations to management and improve the flow of vehicles. For future planning purposes,, five-year and 10-year design periods will be forecasted given the proposed transport projects as well as land use changes in the city as well as for Metro Manila.   The long term end product of this research is to develop and establish a national transport model and database system that considers all modes of travel and transport infrastructure and their components in order to capture the interaction among them. At the same time,, considers the travel behavior of people as well as the movement of goods when provided with a menu of choices when traveling or when moving goods in the country.
4571Development of Data Analytics-Ready Info Unified System (DARIUS) for Agile Delivery of Regional ServicesDr. Alexander MadrigalInformation and Communications TechnologyGeorge Monroyo, Carlota Sancho, Tony ConsignadoData Analytics-Ready Info Unified System (DARIUS) is a collection of mission-critical information systems which will centralize the repository and monitoring of project profile,, status and reports,, repayment status,, S&T interventions rendered,, relevant documentation and DOST ROs BSC performance that is accessible anytime and anywhere. All concemed information systems will be implemented by DOST Regional Offices and accessible by DOST Central Office staff,, particulady the Office of the Secretary and Regional Operations Services (ROS). Project statistics and DOST RO scorecards will also be available to interested DOST agencies for data analytics purposes and to aid top managements critical decisions and strategic planning. Limited project information will also be accessible by the general public. Development and implementation of the Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) and BSC monitoring information system (Financial,, Internal Process,, Learning & Growth and Customer perspectives) are the main focus of the project. Bottomline,, DARIUS project will improve operations management,, strategic planning and decision making through enhancing data standardization,, gathering,, monitoring and sharing practices.
5332Development of an Enhanced Radio Frequency Mesh Network to Track and Monitor Boats at Sea using FAME TranspondersArcelio Fetizanan Jr. Technology Transfer & CommercializationEarvin Jay Enriquez, Al BeatoIn the Philippines, there are 429 fishing ports and 821 commercial ports but there are only two (2) Vessel Tracking Monitoring Systems (VTMS). These are found in Manila and Batangas. To date there are around 1.8 million fishing vessels in the country where only 300,000 are registered. Also, small boats are not included in tracking and monitoring of the said systems.   Because of this, since 1980, the Philippines have had around 20 big maritime disasters. These includes the biggest in the entire world, which is the collision of MV Victor and MV Dona Paz that claimed many lives. Just in the past 2 months, 2 US NAVY Vessels collided with merchant vessels that claimed lives. They were equipped with state of the art navigational tools like the Automatic Identification System (AIS) but were still involved in a mishap.   These are the reasons why we created our product, FAME transponders. It is designed for Small Maritime Vessels. Currently, it has a range of more than 30 kilometers. It was designed to act as a secondary radar for Sea Captains. We call it “Black-box in the Cloud”.  The pre-configured device is installed on a vessel and once powered up, instantly sends location and other data to a gateway. These gateways send the information to our cloud platform and is displayed thru a mobile or web browser for administrators and boat owners to see. The boats, represented by icons on a digital map, is seen in real-time.   Since there is also the need for tracking and monitoring small boats, FAME plans to install the product on fishing boats in Palawan. These fishing boats travel more than 200 km away from the main land. With these, there is a need to further refine our product to primarily increase its range and battery life. Furthermore, there is a need to improve the user interface for increased usability of clients.
4906UP Cebu Cybersecurity Research and Extension Center Robert RoxasInfrastructure Development ProgramMarie Christie Santos, Eidel Eda  Cybersecurity deals with technologies, processes and practices designed to protect computer networks, computing devices, software and data from attack, damage and unauthorized access.  Economic vitality and national security depends on stable, safe and resilient cyberspace.  The importance of security can be seen in our daily lives.  We rely on an array of computer networks to communicate and travel, power our homes and provide government services.  There are things we do for data protection e.g. passwords. What will we do if these data are stolen? Or someone accessed your personal records illegally for a demeaning purpose or purchased items using your credit card information.    Personal information is just one point of attack.  As a university, UP Cebu is concerned in ensuring that its network and data are secured. Since UP Cebu is transitioning to becoming a research-intensive university, the university is targeting to put in place many innovative tools and research centers.  But the question is the availability mechanisms in place to keep attackers and threats at bay and most importantly, the safety of government R&D initiatives from cyber threats or IP theft.  Cyber attacks and intrusions have increased dramatically over the last decade, exposing sensitive personal and business information, disrupting critical operations and imposing high cost on the economy.  Recently, Cebu City has witnessed one of the biggest attacks so far when the cybercriminals started operating and victimizing account holders of the Land Bank of the Philippines.   As of 2016, there are a few institutions in the Philippines offering security training programs, as well as no institution offering a degree program.  Thus, the UP Cebu Cybersecurity Research and Extension Center is being proposed.  This will be the first cybersecurity research laboratory in Region VII which will primarily proliferate cybersecurity education and spearhead multi-disciplinary cybersecurity researches.
4660Project 1: Utilization of Nickel Laterite Ore rock (low grade) for various applications: Acid Mine Drainage treatment and Carbon Sequestration Aileen OrbecidoMining and MineralsAiress Casimero, Katrina LandichoThis study focuses on determining the efficiency of locally available serpentinite in various applications, namely in treating AMD and carbon sequestration potential. Firstly, the raw materials will be characterized prior to the conduct of batch experiments. Secondly, its performance in the treatment of AMD will be determined thru batch experiments wherein the effects of several parameters (water/rock ratio and residence time) on final pH and metal removal will be monitored. The results will be compared with the performance of locally available limestone. The latter is typically used as alkaline generating material. Lastly, the behavior of locally available serpentinite on the leaching process for indirect CO2 mineral carbonation will be investigated. Its reactivity will be analyzed based on physicochemical properties like surface area-to-volume ration and metals-to-silicon ratio.
7130Project 2. Recycling and reprocessing of siltation sediments from selected nickel laterite mining areas in the Philippines as raw materials for the synthesis of iron-based novel adsorbentsEinstine OpisoMining and MineralsAiress Casimero, Katrina LandichoThe alluvial sediments and silt associated with nickel laterite mined out areas in the Philippines usually contains significant amounts of useful Fe. Thus, the recovery and reprocessing of this type of mining waste is one of the environmentally sustainable solutions to address the siltation problem in nickel laterite mining areas. Anent to this issue, this research project intends to explore the possibility of using these alluvial sediments from nickel laterite mining areas in the Philippines as starting materials for the synthesis of low-cost iron based novel adsorbents for water and wastewater treatment application. In this proposed study, the waste material will be characterized in order to assess its potential in the production of appropriate iron-based novel adsorbents. Various synthesis procedures will be identified and the adsorption properties of synthesized iron-based adsorbents will be evaluated to determine its corresponding water and wastewater treatment applications.
7131Project 3. Recovery of nanominerals from silt for various ceramic applications lvyleen ArugayMining and MineralsAiress CasimeroThis project will be a pioneer endeavour in investigating and developing a technology to recover nanominerals as well as minerals from silt of mining wastes for various ceramic applications. The types and character of these minerals in the silt depend on the parent rock and on their subsequent history of weathering and or anthropogenic conditions. This study requires to identify and to characterize the minerals of interest to tailor fit the mineral processes necessary to extract the desired minerals from coarse and fine silt. The subsequent ceramic separation and advanced purification process to recover nanominerals from the harvested minerals will be designed and investigated.
7132Project 4. Recycling of silt and spent residue from reprocessing as raw materials for geopolymer compositeMichael PromentillaMining and MineralsAiress CasimeroThis research project aims to develop a novel composite material using the silt and reprocessed silt as a raw material while providing a potentially sustainable solution for waste management problem. Geopolymer, also known as alkali activated cement, is an inorganic polymer binder formed from chemical reactions of alumino-silicate oxides or alkaline activation of reactive alumino-silicate materials resulting in two- or three-dimensional polymeric network of Si-O-Al bond. This material has been recently gaining attention as an alternative binder for Ordinary Portland cement (OPC) due to its lower embodied energy and CO2 footprint. In this proposed inter-disciplinary study, waste will be characterized to assess its potential as a feedstock for producing geopolymer-based materials. It is also imperative to understand the proper mix formulation and process conditions for the design of the geopolymer product with desired application. The microstructure and engineering properties of the material will thus be investigated that includes physico-chemical, structural and thermal properties. Such development of the local technology will provide an alternative method of producing eco-friendly binder or building material which could be at par with the Portland cement-based material while recycling the waste as feedstock for such material. If cost-competitive products will be designed properly and fabricated, a business opportunity may also be opened for local communities.
4209Design,, Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of Black Sand CollectorsJoel Alcaraz Mining and MineralsKatrina LandichoThe Philippine Archipelago is blessed with abundant natural resources. Utilizing such resources is one of the priority concern of the Philippine government. Some minerals are found in the ocean and land such as natural mountain formation like volcanoes. One source of income of some Filipinos near sea shore and near of the foot of volcanoes are small scale black sand mining. The lava that comes out during volcanic eruptions that caused lahar at some part of the country contained black sand. Large scale mining is not legal in the said areas because it is destructive to the environment. In order not to violate the law, Filipino citizen must use nondestructive practices in harnessing natural resources such as black sand. Small scale equipment like handy and portable models are suitable for these cases. The objectives of the project were to provide a commercially viable and sustainable custom mining facility for small scale black sand miners in the lahar areas and other black sand rich areas and improve income of the local residents. In the Philippines, blacksand mining is rampant due to its iron magnetite content and other precious metals. Iron ores are imported as magnetite concentrate possibly because they are used to produce iron steel. Aside from the beaches where black sand mining are sourced out, Mount Pinatubo,a lahar area, is also looked into as possible source of black sand. The proposal aims to develop black sand removal or harvesting equipment that are portable and affordable. The collected black sand could be used as raw materials for the manufacture of iron steel while the area where the black sand were already removed could be rehabilitated making it suitable for agricultural crops and farm animal production. 
5583Capability Building on Energy Efficiency and Conservation for SUCs in Six Regions as Demonstration SitesApollo Victor Bawagan Human Resource DevelopmentMarie Christie Santos, Julie Ann AtienzaThe project will promote the judicious and efficient utilization of energy resources through capability building on Energy Efficiency and Conservation of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in six (6) regions with the technical expertise and assistance of Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in accordance with the Energy Conservation Program of the government that reduces energy consumption of government entities.
5022Rurok Bikes: Variable Geometry and Efficient Suspension Pedalling PlatformEngr. Pablito Tolentino Jr.Technology Transfer & CommercializationJohn Mark BatangPerformance cycling,, though niche,, has been steadily growing in the Philippines over the last decade. This coincides with the growing health & wellness mindset of the Filipino,, and their willingness to invest in quality equipment for good health and mind being. Now,, specialist cycling hobby shops can be seen all over Metro Manila and key urban areas. Unfortunately,, foreign brands account for 95% of performance bicycles sold locally while the remaining 5% are mostly "rebranded" bicycles manufactured by foreign brands. Local bicycle brands hardly have any footprint and are mostly relegated to fabricating cheap,, low quality bicycles for the lower-tier market. We at Rurok Industries have a grand vision of improving the stature of local bicycle brands. We will introduce a locally designed,, high performance bicycle,, that is on par with the best foreign brands with the aim of achieving two things: First,, elevate the image of local bicycle brands by increasing the level of local bicycle design and engineering. Second,, jumpstart the local industry by creating demand for a high quality,, locally designed bicycle. One that dares to say "proudly designed by Filipino minds".
5454Intelligent Data Analysis System (IDAS) for Drug Trafficking Investigation in the Philippines: Application of Predictive Data Analytics on Multivariate Analysis Of Methamphetamine-HCl Chemical Fingerprint and Stability AssessmentDr. Araceli MonsadaMaterial ScienceDesiree Vera, Marietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene MendozaThe two-year project entitled “Application of Multivariate Analysis on Methamphetamine-HCL Chemical Fingerprints and Kinetic Stability Modelling” is a collaborative project between PDEA, ADMATEL and ASTI. The conduct of test will be done using the available equipment at DOST-ADMATEL. The seized drug sample will be limited to Methamphetamine-Hydrochloride or “Shabu” which will be provided by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under the agreed protocol and legalities of each Agency. Lastly, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) will develop the software for intelligent data analysis system. This project intends to provide a databank of analyzed drug samples that will aid in determining production methods or location of drug source, through clustering and pattern recognition of interrelated drug samples. This project is very timely due to the alarming number of Filipinos who are currently involved in the production, courier, and actual usage of these illegal drugs. The drug problem have eroded peace and order in many Filipino communities and unconstitutionally barred every Filipino to soundly practice their right to life. This drug-related problem is directly associated with criminality which if not controlled may further pose more serious threats to the Philippine society. To support the efforts of the Philippine government, it is important to empower the present capabilities of PDEA, which takes the lead in solving the drug menace.  Based on the meeting with PDEA, they still have insufficient capabilities on illegal drug characterization and investigation. For instance, PDEA Laboratory only conducts identification or verification of seized drugs by GC-MS as court evidence. They, however, lack the capability to identify the production method and location of source vital for Intelligence and Drug Trafficking Investigations. In addition, drug stability under various conditions is not yet studied in the Philippines. The drug stability is a critical consideration since the integrity of the seized samples might change, affecting the accuracy and reliability of analytical results.   This project will also use a highly surface sensitive equipment like TOF-SIMS to reveal the presence of interfering compounds, organic and inorganic contaminants. With this, trace metals can be analyzed at a greater extent since the extraction method tends to minimize the detection of these elements due to the specificity of GC-MS method. Moreover, applying TOF-SIMS is non-destructive to the sample analyzed, and requires only few seconds during its actual run as compared to GC-MS. Through the databank gathered from GC-MS, TOF-SIMS and FTIR, multivariate analysis by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) will then be applied and a General Unit Processor (GPU) system intended for PDEA’s use will be developed. Creation of this intelligent data analytics will be a useful and effective tool in the fast track determination of synthesis routes, sources and production methods applied to seize drugs. Moreover, this project will enhance the capabilities of the forensic community in the Philippines. Knowledge on the stability of methamphetamine is a critical consideration for the interpretation of analytical results. Maintaining the integrity of the seized drug samples and knowing the extent of possible effect of certain environmental factor will guarantee accuracy and reliability. In this project, the stability of samples will be evaluated using different time and environmental conditions. Graphical representations or mathematical models of its stability will be provided via the results that will be gathered from test indicators. This will be very helpful for the proper handling and storage of methamphetamine since the integrity of the sample is very vital. Artificial intelligence may also be applied upon usage of the developed mode. Evaluation of the chemical and microphysical properties of the drug over a period of time constitutes the stability assessment. Analytical equipment housed in ADMATEL and PDEA will be used as test indicators. Identification and characterization techniques include Time-of-Flight Secondary-Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOFSIMS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy. Quantification of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride will use Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS). Thermal analysis includes the usage of Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC).  
4568Techo-Economic Feasibility Study of a Micro-Grid in a Remote Community (eAsia JRP)Noel EstoperezEnergyAgerico Bautista, Julius MayorgaBasically,, this project is a construction of a community micro-grid for demonstration purposes and for community’s access to electricity. The proposed 60 micro-grid consisting of a 40 kW micro-hydro power plant,, 10 kW solar PV station and 10 kWhr energy storage system can produce enough electricity for a home,, farm,, ranch,, or village. The pilot micro-grid project will be designed based on the solar irradiance,, available stream flow and available head of the area.  The project has three (3) major components. The first component will be the preliminary survey of the community. The second component consists of the design,, construction and operation of a micro-grid which shall be utilized for electricity access,, demonstration and training purpose. Once the project is constructed and fully operational,, the last component shall be the development of training modules for future training of locale personnel,, interested rural communities and private entities who would want to avail of the technology for implementation in their respective areas.  The details on how the project will be implemented are stated on the succeeding description about major activities and methodologies.  
5369Prototype Development of Semi-Automated Foam Shredder Equipment (TECHNICOM)Melani Cabrera Technology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, John Mark Batang, Norman Nicole JimenezSociety constantly generates a huge amount of waste, much of which could be recycled or recovered ("Recycling and Recovering Polyurethanes", n.d.). In the Philippines, waste products— in forms of household, commercial, electronic, hazardous, non-recyclable, and recyclable wastes — are abundant. All this waste has a huge impact on the society, the environment, the people around us, and the like. Wastes such as scrap foam materials, which are plentiful in Central Luzon, can be re-used by the furniture industries. Converting of this waste to a more useful products will not only generate more income but would also help lessen the volume of waste materials. Furniture business is one of the sustainable industries in the country. It has sustainable employment and sustainable resources. Sales of furniture is also increasing every year by 5 to 10%. As a result, furniture makers find ways to improve their operations. Presently, furniture makers in the country utilize scrap foams in making throw pillows and other furniture accessories by manually cutting them into small pieces. Since there is no locally made foam shredding machine available at this time for MSMEs, Holy Angel University (HAU) designed and developed the first prototype foam shredder machine intended for furniture industries to disintegrate foam scraps in order to create new raw materials. The machine addressed the need of small and medium scale furniture industries in Central Luzon in terms of recycling foam wastes generated from production of upholstered furniture. The first foam shredder prototype was developed using the Solid Works software of the university's mechanical engineering department in the simulation and analysis of the design. Kinematic analysis of the designed equipment was conducted using the Cosmos Motion component of the software. Finite element method using the Cosmos Works was used for the stress and strength analysis and dynamic analysis of the designed machine elements. This project was funded by PCIEERD for theCentral Luzon Industry and Energy Research Development Consortium (CLIERDEC). In May 26, 2017, the Bureau of Patents of the Intellectual Property Office (IPOPhil) approved the registration of the Foam Shredder Machine utility model. To further test and validate the machine, the prototype is currently housed at the office of Pampanga Furniture Industry Foundation, Inc. (PFIF) in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Forty four furniture makers in Pampanga are using the machine in shredding their scrap foams. Improvements on the price, operation cost, usefulness and safety are needed to be done to the first machine prototype developed for them to be economically and environmentally competitive. Below table show the improvement of the new foam shedder to be developed and the first foam shedder developed by HAU:
4204Research and Development Project to Rehabilitate and Enhance Productivity in Lahar and Ash-laden Areas in Central LuzonDr. Maria Excelsis OrdenMining and MineralsKatrina LandichoIn 1991,, a wide area of agricultural importance in Zambales,, massive eruption of the Mt. Pinatubo. Highly productive agricultural made them unsuited to food production. Moreover,, rural households food and employment from agriculture. In response,, the member Research and Development Consortium (CLARRDEC) developed rehabilitate the affected areas as a manifestation of their concerns information were generated. These include among others pasture,, livestock,, soil amelioration,, fertilizer management,, aquaculture,, development of farm machineries,, and socio-economic resources to livelihood and infrastructure activities in rehabilitating However,, after more than two decades sizeable areas remain poor. This is the condition that remains to be a challenge to all richness and usefullness of the regions' resources (Dar,, 2013). Tarlac and Pampanga were devastated due to the lands were covered with thick ash and lahar that were displaced because there was no source of agencies of the Central Luzon Agriculture Resources and implemented a collaborative R&D activities to (CLARRDEC,, 1993). A number of technologies and suitability and adaptation trials of different crops,, forage and water management,, cropping systems,, pond management on studies. Moreover,, the government poured its the affected areas of Mt. Pinatubo (Dar,, 2013). to be unproductive and rural households remain poor. R&D workers in the region. There is a need to restore the In doing so,, technologies have to be generated and disseminated to target clients to make the available resources productive,, and the vulnerable rural households improve their living condition.
4599Smart Vision: Al-Guided Vision System for the Blind Technology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Edward Apigo, Ryan TorricoOur unique combination of existing pattern recognition algorithms,, big data resources and machine learning code enables us to create cost-effective artificial intelligence-guided vision for the blind. -These are open source pattern recognition algorithms and machine-learning code. These big data resources were recently opened for third party development by Microsoft,, Facebook and Google among other third party big data providers. Our software describes visual things that are happening around the blind user at any moment. This is through AI-generated spoken audio on demand. Our software also reads out text in images and physical objects that's in front of the blind user at any moment. This is through Al-generated spoken audio on demand. Our software also learns and becomes much smarter from the inputs of the entire user community. - This is through private machine-learning code that resides in the user's device and across a distributed public convolutional neural network. Our own customizations to these technologies will help us distribute our solution as software that can be installed in popular third party smartphones. These devices are already being used by the blind around the world. Our smart eyeglasses will improve and extend the features of our software. - This will also provide a more convenient and affordable alternative for the blind.
5286Development of Earthquake Intensity Monitoring SystemFrancis Aldrine UyDisaster Mitigation, ConstructionCarluz Bautista, Christian Alec ManagaThis project will develop sensors that can convert vibration to equivalent earthquake intensity. These sensors will be installed and tested on three selected locations. All locations will be specified and be given by PHIVOLCS. As instrumentation and sensor development continues,, effective methods and procedures will be established. This is to provide an advanced and comprehensive but cost-competitive system that shall determine earthquake intensity with an interpretation of its corresponding probable damage in accordance to the Philippine Earthquake Intensity Scale. PHIVOLCS acts as the primary benefactor of this research. Near real-time information of the sensor readings before,, during and after the occurrence of an earthquake will be gathered by the sensors developed through this proposed project. This supports the aims and continuous efforts of PHIVOLCS in promoting geologic hazard awareness and preparedness among locations throughout the country.
5004MECO-TECO : MCWQM: Multi-platform and Cross-sensor Water Quality MonitoringAriel BlancoEnvironmentRUBY RATERTAWater quality monitoring is a key component in the water resource management,, ecosystem,, and sustainable economic development. Poor water quality can lead to costly drinking-water treatment and impact ecosystem productivity,, habitat quality,, and human health. Regular and long-term monitoring of water quality is increasingly necessary for water resource management and human health protection because of the rapidly changed environment. Remote sensing has been suggested as a potential technology to efficiently and effectively monitor certain environmental parameters,, such as water quality parameters: turbidity,, suspended sediments,, and chlorophyll. Previous studies on water quality assessment have developed predictive relationships between remotely-sensed surface reflectance and water parameters. These relationships are often unique to a particular geographic region and have little applicability in other areas. In addition,, previous studies focus on monitoring using remote-sensing images acquired from single sensor,, which cannot apply to long-term observation. To consider both long-term observation and short-term monitoring,, a multi-platform and cross-sensor water quality monitoring system is proposed.
5002Electromagnetic Radar Technique For Water DetectionOlga Joy GerastaEnvironmentLiz Ahren Penaflor, Laarni PilotonGroundwater is usually good-quality water. As it is often buried at significant depths,, it is highly advisable to locate it as precisely as possible and assess its quantity and quality before undertaking costly drilling work and thus avoid costly failures. This water can be detected with more or less precision using the proposed TDR system and this is through the electromagnetic waves it emits. The electromagnetic radar is based on the technology of TDR (Time-Domain Reflectometry) that is used to locate the water layer. The proposed Electromagnetic Radar system is realized using the design and assembly of microwave circuits,, antenna design,, and smart learning software development. The designed microwave circuit must be associated with the theoretic assigned carrier frequency in the system integration. The carrier frequency assignment must be correct to provide proper spatial resolution that is useful in locating and analysis of water layers.The antennas will be designed using microstrip antenna architecture. Even this technology has an advantage of easy manufacturing,, it has lower directional gain,, therefore,, the antenna array technology is used to increase the antenna direction gain of the proposed system. Higher gain is helpful in increasing the transmission's (sending and returning signal) strength. Neural Network is adopted for system's training and learning.
4846Enhancing the applicability of Vertical Helophyte Filter Systems (VHFS) for Small Communities, Local MSMEs and Public Entity Anthony SalesEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisIn the Philippines the population growth and the rapid urbanization of the past decades has resulted into a situation in which there is a significant stress on urban planning wherein proper wastewater management is often neglected. The issues regarding improper wastewater management can be seen as a national problem that reaches all layers of the Filipino society. Effective approaches on communal sewerage and septic management haven't been adopted by all regions yet due to in the fact that most interventions regarding improved wastewater management aren't feasible due to the lack of financial resources and knowledge on low-cost best practices. In multiple studies,, conducted under the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI),, small communities (coastal informal settlements) and public entities like public markets,, slaughterhouses,, piggeries and poultties are often seen as a nuisance by locals due to their improper wastewater management in which odor nuisance and surface water contamination is frequently reported to the LGUs. Furthermore, the National Sewerage and Septic management plan (NSSMP) require all residences and MSMEs to be attached to a primary wastewater treatment system which mostly comes in the form of a septic tank.  However, this anaerobic wastewater treatment system is not capable of purifying the wastewater to a level which is not compliant to the Water Quality Guideline and General Effluent Standards” set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).  During a research on the applicability of Vertical Helophyte Filter Systems (VHFS) in Davao City, the effluent of multiple septic tanks was observed in which fecal coliform and coliform levels were at least 30 times higher than the acceptable norms.  The project will apply and enhance the Vertical Helophyte Filter System (VHFS) developed by Engr. Sean Ligtvoet, Low-cost wastewater treatment consultant and Project Officer of DOST-XI.  This is a European technology that was adopted to the local setting in Davao City.
4828Intellectual Property (IP) Management of theUniversity of the Philippines Cebu Jason Nieva Technology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Daniel MalapitanThe creation of UP Cebu Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) was approved by the Board of Regents (BOR) last 16 December 2013.0ne of its core function is to implement the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy of the University of the Philippines System. It is also supported by the Technology Transfer Act of 2009,, and Republic Act 9500 or the University of the Philippines Charter of 2008. Further,, UP Cebu's TTBDO was created in response to the university's trust to protect Intellectual Property (IP) and promote IP education and management. The UPC TTBDO has 2 offices namely the Technology Business Incubation (TBI),, and the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO). The former caters for business development for start-up companies while the latter serves to provide IP services like patent searching,, patent drafting and IP filing not only to its incubatees but also to its faculty,, researchers and the industry. Subsequently,, the goal is not only to protect the generated IPs but to transfer knowledge and technology being developed from research outputs conducted by faculty,, students,, and research associates. This could in turn,, paved way for regional and national development. Currently,, UP Cebu has a wide array of IP assets that need to be protected and managed. For instance,, under the College of Science researches are geared towards apps,, software,, web designs,, natural products,, biodiversity,, environment and molecular diagnostics. On the other hand,, the College of Communication,, Arts and Design has been an important feeder of product and industrial designs. Among others are from the College of Social Sciences and the School of Management. With these functions,, the office plays a pivotal role in identifying and evaluating research outputs with or without potential commercial viability. Consequently,, this could open up countless possibilities by building and strengthening academe and industry linkages through the strategic use of IP. This could enhance academic initiatives in emerging science and technology fields and to collaborate with industry and other universities to develop and deploy technologies. Lastly,, to support the national innovation strategy of DOST's Filipinnovation program through upgrading the Filipino mindset towards a culture of innovation. However,, the office faces operational challenges. Constraints on resources such as capacitation of technical personnel,, manpower availability to work on IP function,, equipment as well as mislaid IP culture are common. Accordingly,, the top priority is to safeguard the IP assets of the university through IF management. This can be done by establishing an IF culture in the university through IP audits and IP valuation. Secondly,, there is a demand to train technical personnel capable of processing and handling IF related task. Thirdly,, exploiting and accessing the IF system could enhance the research and development activities in UP Cebu. Thus,, government support is essential. With government backing,, the services which can be provided by UP Cebu TTBDO/ITSO could shape the innovation landscape first within the university,, in the local community and the country in general eventually improving competitive advantage and the economic performance of the country.
7310 ITDI Participation To IFEX PHILIPPINES 2018 "THE BEST OF THE SEAS"Industrial Technology and Development Institute (ITDI)FoodFatima IbarretaThe proposed ITDI-DOST exhibit will be staged covering an area of about 40 square meters. Marine-based and other food products, food process equipment, and related technical services comprise the exhibit module. It will be presented adopting a media mix approach that includes photo blow ups with minimal text, product sample display and taste test, and video wall for AVPs. Collaterals like technology fliers and corporate brochures complete the package. A business area is provided for discussions and consultations. 
4959Flood Risk Assessment for Mitigation and Effective Response (FRAMER) of Riverine Towns in Selected River Basins in Cavite, Batangas, and Quezon Provinces using Most Recent LiDAR DEMFibor TanSpace Technology ApplicationsMary Joy Buitre, Ariane Jaraplasan, Amarie Aguirre, Meraida ReyesFlooding is a hazard that we cannot get away with here in our country because of the fact that we have wet season around half of the year that is enhanced by an average of 20 typhoons annually. Knowing the inevitableness of this hazard thru the use of technology, we are able to identify the when and where or the temporal and spatial distribution this hazard that a particular local government unit for instance, a town or city, could encounter. Nevertheless, our government functions under a certain budget that has to consider prioritization. It has to look at levels of risks to identify properly which to prioritize for an efficient response to this challenge of nature. LiDAR technology has helped us very much in downscaling the extent of this hazard up to the individual household level. Spatial and temporal information is an essential data needed to monitor and develop understanding of our environment. For instance, earth surface elevation data has become a vital component of many geospatial planning strategies and environmental modeling widely used by the public and private sectors for a various applications ranging from runoff modeling to large scale resource management. New technologies make it possible to gather data accurately, timely, consistently could cover large area. This is made possible by remote sensing (RS) which made it possible to obtain and interpret information from a distance using sensor that are not in contact with the object being observed. Most recent spatial data acquisition system used in remote sensing is the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) which presents complementary or even alternative solutions to the acquisition of spatial information by existing technologies such as aerial photography or satellite imagery. The coverage and accuracy of topographic data obtained by LiDAR, complemented by the features detected by an onboard digital aerial camera, provides rich information that would greatly benefit agencies utilizing such data. Having a more accurate physical representation of watersheds enables planners and modelers to produce more reliable outputs. The better spatial resolution and vertical accuracy obtained from LiDAR-derived elevation data results to better accuracy in delineating areas subject to flooding. These outputs are valuable inputs to the design of activities that enhance sustainable development and to adaptation and mitigating measures to control hazards. With a scale up to 1:2,500 the generated output such as hazard maps could be applicable up to the barangay level very important for disaster risk mitigation plans. This is important in modeling flood inundation for the creation of maps needed for disaster risk reduction and management for a country frequented by typhoons and flash floods yearly. For areas, which have no available LIDAR data, IFSAR data is used. Areas exposed to flooding hazard have different levels of risk. Risk measures how vulnerable an area is to a given hazard. Vulnerability expresses the propensity of an element or a set of elements (organized in a system) exposed to hazards to suffer damage. Vulnerability allows the assessed level of hazard to be translated into an estimated level of risk (Starlacchini, 2011). Identification of vulnerability of an area to flood hazard shows the risk of that area in which when reflected in Flood Risk Map would help in efficient response. Consequently, mitigation plans can be more effectively implemented by our government, planners, and the public for a safer and progressive Philippines. One application of flood risk information is in the development of drainage system master plan. The utilization of LiDAR-derived DEM is a novel approach in the process, that when coupled with flood risk data, results in comprehensive and more accurate drainage system master plan.  
4864Creation of Smart Geophones for Cost-Efficient 2D Seismic Energy Exploration Technology Transfer & CommercializationEarvin Jay EnriquezA geophone is a device that converts ground movement into voltage,, which may be recorded at a recording station. The deviation of this measured voltage from the base line is call the seismic response and is analyzed for structure of the earth.   The high cost of traditional oil/gas exploration is due to the expensive imported instrumentation and very costly procedure for 2D seismic surveys where very long cables are laid down on the ground and sophisticated data collection and processing is involved. In these surveys,, a man-made impact source creates an artificial signal which is then recorded by a line of sensors requiring a very precise synchronization between the artificial signal source,, the sensors,, and the data recorder. Thus,, this network is connected by long and heavy cables whose path needs to be cleared,, or by a system of wireless radios that relays data and time to each element of the system.   This proposed project will create a wireless and radio-less smart seismic sensor designed to conduct 2D seismic surveys for energy exploration. The cost-efficient system can be deployed over long lengths of lines and over a rough terrain without needing to clear the path for cables or wireless communication. Due to this deployment flexibility,, this system can also be used to explore for coal and geothermal energy.   This project gains from the lessons the team learned during the successful development of the seismic instrument QEx for 3D tomography for energy exploration. QEx uses earthquakes as seismic pulses and sits unattended waiting for microseismic events to happen. The proposed project shall use artificial seismic sources (e.g.,, hammer) and function like the traditional 2D seismic surveys. An innovative firmware and software system shall also be developed to bring the pieces together to create the data which will then be processed by industry-grade seismic processing software. By using artificial impact sources,, the turn-around of results shall be shorter than passive 3D studies. Since the procedure is less disruptive,, the costs shall be much lower.   Within the proposed project duration,, this 2D seismic hardware/firmware system shall be tested in previously surveyed energy exploration area.
4770Fire Check: Urban Fire Hazard Mapping and Fire Spread ModelingAileen Joan VicenteDisaster MitigationAriadne Victoria Pada, Johanna Marie GonzalesFire Check is a fire hazard mapping and fire spread modeling project for two (2) highly urbanized cities in Metro Cebu. It intends to produce neighborhood evacuation plans and firefighting facility accessibility case studies in cooperation with local disaster risk offices.
4376Development and Application of Isotope and Elemental Provenance- Based Methodologies for Authenticity Testing of Vinegar,Soy Sauce,and other Major Condiments in the Philippines. Raymond SugcangTechnology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoThe development,, optimization,, and try out of methodologies to authenticate origin and method of production of vinegar,, soy sauce,, and other condiments popular in the country are the objectives of the project.  Vinegar being one of the oldest chemicals known to man,, has been used as a condiment,, and as a natural preservative,, salad dressing,, pickling solution,, etc.,, in the preparation of food. In the Philippines,, vinegar is manufactured by fermenting various starchy,, sugary,, or alcoholic foodstuffs with Acetobacter,, a genus of bacteria named for its tendency to produce acetic acid. Acetic acid,, CH3COOH is the compound in vinegar that gives vinegar its sour taste. Vinegar is 4-5% acetic acid by volume. Commonly used feeds in the acetous fermentation manufacture of vinegar include sugar cane,, rice wine,, pineapple or mango shavings,, and coconut juice or sap,, etc. The quality and taste are characteristic of the alcohol liquor from which the condiment is made.  Fraudulent adulteration and or misrepresentation,, however,, have been a problem for commercial vinegar in the Philippines. Solutions of synthetic acetic acid mixed with colorants and flavor enhancers have been marketed as "vinegar". The prices of these synthetic blends can be so low that they do not allow any price competition between the available authentic vinegars. Fraud may also be in the form of misrepresentation of the fine vinegars,, with the cheaper and lower quality products,, i.e. substitution of apple cider and balsamic vinegar with cane or either cheaper vinegars. The Department of Health Administrative Order 134 s 1970,, which defines the quality of vinegar for local consumption,, prohibits the sale of vinegar containing synthetic or nonbiogenic/synthetic acetic acid. The lack of reliable analytical tools,, however,, has hampered the proper implementation of these laws. So far,, there are also no laws safeguarding the fine natural vinegars produced using expensive feedstocks from being misrepresented by the cheaper vinegars produced using lower value raw materials. A procedure based on 14C analysis of glacial acetic acid isolated from vinegar has been developed at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and has been found adequate for the detection in vinegar. In a study conducted by Santos and Sucgang et al.,, (2002,, unpublished report),, a total of 198 vinegar brands sampled from major supermarkets all over the Philippines,, 7 out of 10 vinegar brands showed adulteration and or misrepresentation with synthetic acetic acid. The procedure based on 14C spectrometry has been hailed as reliable and sensitive tool to protect consumers against synthetic vinegar proliferation. The procedure however,, can not detect the botanical origin of vinegars. Nutri Asia,, Inc.,, is the Philippine's foremost producer,, marketer and distributor of quality sauces and condiments. As the leading player in the local sauces and condiments market,, Nutri Asia Inc.,, is known for producing iconic Filipino brands that continue to be part of every Filipino home. In line with its commitment in building a future for its employees,, business partners,, and customers based on innovation,, creativity,, care,, honesty,, transparency,, hard work and excellence,, Nutri Asia supports vehicles for consumer protection and proper labeling of condiment products including vinegar. In 2013,, PNRI and Nutri Asia convened a meeting of Vinegar Industry people to propose the establishment of the "Vinegar Standard of the Philippines." In the proposed Vinegar Standard,, the protection of the industry from being supplied with synthetic acetic acid-derived raw materials as well as the unfair competition from synthetic vinegar manufacturers have been mentioned as priority areas of concern. Synthetic condiments do not allow competition from real organic condiments in terms of the price.  It was also the clamor of the industry people to have an accurate and reliable tools in the detection of synthetic ethanol,, and to determine the plant origin of condiments,, and methods of production. The finer vinegar made from expensive feedstocks such as apple cider and balsamic vinegars should be distinguishable from the lower value vinegars made from cane and other cheaper feedstocks. Other condiment manufacturers like "patis" (fish sauce),, "toyo" (soysauce) and cooking wines requires analytical tools to validate their claims for origin and method of production. The proliferation of hyrolysed condiments faking the fermented sauces has caused a great deal of concern. There was a great clamor from the condiment industry people to extend the applicability of the isotopebased techniques for the origin assignment of other condiments and the validation of botanical and geographical origins. Isotope ratio mass spectrometry and Liquid Scintillation counting are promising tools for revealing the botanical origin and method of production,, and detection of synthetic materials in food samples. The outcome of this method development study by the PNRI,, will be useful in providing the analytical tools to aid in implementing local regulations safeguarding the quality of condiments sold in the country. If found satisfactory and if acceptable to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA),, the methods can be used for the validation of botanical origin claims,, detection of fake raw materials,, and authentication of geographical origin of foodstuffs,, and methods of production. Among the analytical techniques for food and condiments authentication,, isotopic methods have shown to be particularly powerful. These methods are on the measurement of the stable isotope abundances of carbon,, oxygen,, and deuterium,, etc.,, of the product or of the specific component such as an ingredient,, or target molecule of the product. The values obtained provides an indication of the botanical and geographical origin. The project envisages to develop,, optimize,, and try out tailor made isotope and nuclear based methodologies for the provenance analyses of selected condiments in the Philippines. The project also seeks to create a Compendium of the Isotopic Provenance of Philippine Plants and Food Products as a result of the study. The Compendium is supposed to deter malpractices in the labeling of food,, and warrant the high quality of Philippine food products with a clear regional identity. Isotopic methods are indispensable in tracing back the origin of goods. The stable isotope content of food is often typical of its origin and manufacturing. The Carbon isotope ratio in food stuffs is directly related to its vegetable origin. Plants producing sugars utilizing the C3 (Calvin cycle) pathway do not incorporate 1 C in the same way as plants such as sugar cane and corn using the C4 (Hatch and Slack) pathway. The isotopes of Hydrogen and Oxygen can also be used to confirm a products geographical origin. Due to the Rayleigh distribution,, water from different geographic locations exhibit different isotopic signatures. Worldwide the 2H/H ratios vary depending on the geography as influenced by the centrifugal force of the earth's rotation and composition of rain water. In effect,, differences in the stable isotope composition can indicate the geographical origin of the plant. Due to influences of environmental factors and synthetic routes,, the isotope provenances can provide fingerprints for tracing back the origin of a product and detecting potential substitution of a
4033Fringe-area Data Access by Transient Altitude ProvisionClement OngInformation and Communications TechnologyMay-Rose Parinas, Dianne Remae San PedroTelemedicine can be classified into three categories -- consultation,, remote monitoring,, and remotely supervised treatment or training (Klaassen,, 2016). Consultations between health workers and patients may be done through video streaming and chatting. Remote monitoring and remotely supervised treatments may also be done through video streaming,, chatting,, and data sharing – such as diagnostic images,, personal information,, health information and history of illness. One such system is GetBetter which provides a tele-presence of medical doctors in community health centers especially in rural areas. It is a structured tele-diagnosis system to assist medical professionals in remote health centers in delivering health services to the rural folk; and while performing these duties,, learn to make the right diagnosis and prescribe the proper treatment protocol. The solution is a combination of a hosted web-service as well as a mobile system deployed using Android-based tablets. As a hosted,, web-based service,, GetBetter is a platform for a virtual community of healthcare professionals and key rural health stakeholders to manage knowledge and information that will aid them in the delivery of health care to urban poor and rural communities,, and to being better trained and informed. As a cloud-based mobile tele-diagnosis system,, GetBetter makes use of Android tablets to do video-chat,, text-chat,, as well as uploading of medical history files,, pictures,, voice recordings,, and videos to put some tele-presence of medical doctors to diagnose patients in community health centers of urban poor and rural communities. Telemedic systems such as GetBetter are reliant on a modest-bandwidth Internet connection to provide remote communication and the Cloud infrastructure for the secure storage and retrieval of patient information. However,, the archipelagic nature of the Philippines may be challenges to telecommunication providers. One of these challenges is evident in rural areas where small communities with small populations are present. Consider Figures 3 and 4. In Figure 3,, plotted are elementary and secondary public schools in Masbate Island. In Figure 1-2,, plotted are the network communication signals in,, still,, Masbate Island wherein green points represent strong network connection signals while red points represent weak network communication signals. It can be seen that a significant part of Masbate Island cannot be reached by decent network communication signals.     Figure 3. Elementary and Secondary Public Schools in Masbate Island (http://www.deped.gov.ph/interactive-maps/public-schools-map)     Figure 4. Strength of Network Connection in Masbate Island (http://opensignal.com/)     The goal of this research proposal is to develop a system capable of providing internet access to a small community of users just beyond the fringes of wireless broadband coverage in various areas of the country.  A combination of height (i.e. line-of-sight),, high-gain directional antenna(s) and good built-in transceiver technology in the CPE will be used to extend wireless 2G,, 3G or LTE signals by at least 10km over wireless CPE systems with a standard outdoor MIMO antenna.  The system must be quickly deployable,, easily brought down and transported by motorbike or hiking,, and be capable of sustaining communications for three to six hours.  The system has to have reasonable one-time production cost,, spread out by being used in multiple areas,, and have low operating / recurring costs. To provide these characteristics,, we propose the use of a tethered,, small-sized hot-air balloon,, where the lift and altitude of the balloon and its payload are controlled essentially by the temperature difference (air density) between the balloon’s envelope (heated by a small LPG burner) and the atmosphere. The balloon provides lift,, while a steerable high-gain directional antenna is rotated and stabilized to point at the nearest available cell tower.  Local access is then provided through a router,, either as a WiFi signal sent downward from the floating platform,, or through a wired connection to the ground that also acts as part of the tether.  Power can be provided by the ground up to the electronics through the same tether,, or carried as part of the payload of the balloon.   An alternative approach to this is to provide some form of structure to hoist a similar high-gain antenna.  This should work if there is a clean line-of-sight to the cell site,, however places situated in valleys,, have significant foliage,,  or have multipath issues (i.e. reflections from several places,, such as mountains) will require antenna heights difficult to achieve with simple poles and guy wires.  Towers require significant resources to build,, on the other hand,, and may not be well-suited due to space constraints,, terrain issues or plain lack of materials.  Perhaps the closest concept to this is Google’s Project Loon (www.google.com/loon/),, which has similar aims.  Project Loon however uses larger balloons floating high up in the earth’s stratosphere,, moving untethered and thoroughly dependent on winds.  As such,, the availability of a useable signal is unpredictable at a particular locality,, unless a large number of the balloons are deployed.    
3981One Click: Android/Web-based Student Response and Understanding VisualizerJohn Bryan IbarraInformation and Communications TechnologyDanilo Pateno , May-Rose Parinas  The Implementation and Evaluation of the CRS will be implemented to Schools offering Senior High School Student for the duration of 1 Semeter (6 Months). The implementation will cover conduction of trainings to teachers and students who will use the CRS,, monitoring of students engagement in class activities and performance in summative assessments,, evaluating survey results,, and CRS performance analysis,, functionality check and reliability.   
5294Tabang MARAWI (Malnutrition Alleviation and Health Restoration through After-WarInterventions) Technology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoThrough the years,, malnutrition continues to be a public health problem. Undernutrition is a condition when the diet of the individual does not provide adequate protein and calorie needed for maintenance and growth or they cannot fully utilize the food because of illness. The recent data from the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipinos conducted by the DOST-FNRI showed that only 57.7% and 48.8% of children among 6-11 months old were fed with complementary foods given and 0-5 years old were exclusively breastfed,, respectively. In terms of the nutritional status,, there was an increase in the proportion of children under five years old who were underweight (20.0% to 21.5%) and underheight (32.9% to 33.4%) as observed from 2005 to 2015.
5525Performance Testing and Evaluation of Prototype Trainset (Year 2)Pablo AcuinTransportationElisa Santos
7075Geospatial Information Management & Analysis Project for Hazards & Risk Assessment in the Philippines (GeoriskPH)Mabelline CahuloganDisaster MitigationRowena Gabua, Mary Catherine Elizabeth BaliguasGeoriskPH aims to improve efficiency in doing hazards and risk assessments by exploring on the methodology applied for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America, for assessment of risk exposure to natural hazards. The project will develop a prototype system, customizing the method used by Central America to make it more appropriate for Philippine setting.  GeoriskPH will develop strategies for creation of robust databases that would ensure a holistic approach towards inclusion of other government-produced information necessary for risk analysis.   Database system prototype and design thinking method will be explored under GeoriskPH. If proven effective, the systems will be adopted by PHIVOLCS to aid the agency in its conduct of risk assessments, as well as other government agencies involved in risk analysis.    
7267Support to the Rehabilitation of Boracay Island Through the Upgrading of Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) - Phase IRowen Gelonga EnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisBoracay is a small island in the Municipality of Malay, Aklan. It is approximately 76 kilometers from Kalibo, the capital town of Aklan, 237 kilometers from Iloilo City, 12 hours sea travel, 45 minutes air travel from Manila and other prime cities in the country.  The island has a land area of 1,006.64 hectares where 377.68 hectares is considered to be forest land while the remaining area of 628.96 hectares is declared as agricultural land or disposable and alienable lands. The land classification was in accordance with Proclamation No. 1064 dated May 22, 2006. The land measures 6.8 kilometers long by 3.3 kilometers at its widest distance. Its elevation ranges from 50 to 105 meters above sea level. The island's topography is generally composed of high relief reef coralline limestone at both ends while the middle section is mainly alluvial deposits of coarse to fine grain sand to silt-sized, milled coralline limestone. It has a thin layer of topsoil that covers coralline limestone. Coralline limestone is also referred to as Karstic soil and is a porous material which can be easily penetrated by water. The island ecosystem is composed of several sub-ecosystems of mangroves, seagrass, coral reefs and soft bottom communities (Boracay Environmental Master Plan 2008).  
7135AGT UP End of ProjectRodnel TamayoTransportationElisa SantosThe AGT test track in UP has served its purpose. While the new UP management is interested in adopting the AGT, they prefer to locate it on a different route and use the land for other priorities. Hence, the project is to dismantle the test track and the stations; it is the last step of the project as stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the University of the Philippines and the DOST.
5102Development, Standardization, and Characterization Studies of Tupig, Bukayo, and Bibingka - Region I Native DelicaciesVeronica AustriaFoodAna Mithuzela EspigolPangasinan-situated in the northern part of the Philippines is endowed with picturesque sceneries: from white sand beaches,, islands and falls to its unique and mouthwatering selection of delicacies kakanin. Filipinos love to eat kakanin (native delicacies) which are integral part of food culture in the locality. It can be traced way back pre-colonial times when our ancestors used suman as offering to Gods as atang (Calion,, 2012). Kakanin are sweet snacks or desserts usually served during special occasions,, such as birthdays,, anniversaries and fiestas. These are also given as gifts for visitors to bring it to their homes as pasalubong for their families and friends. Kakanin are usually made up of rice flour,, glutinous rice,, coconut milk,, cassava,, and sugar. It is an energy giving food which contains carbohydrates,, protein,, fat,, and vitamins. These kakanin have different degrees or varieties of taste which depends on the approximation of amounts of the ingredients used. In other words,, the taste is not consistent. To produce foods with the best consistent taste throughout,, they should be standardized. Standardization of food products makes processing easier and saves time. The quantity of food needed could be controlled and computation for nutrient requirement would also be easy. Another thing is that,, standardized process is also easier to automate (Hannula,, 2014).
5263Establishment of Halal Assurance System for Production, Method Development and Standardization of Cosmetics and ToiletriesRosalinda TorresFoodAleah OrendainThis project is intended for development of Halal lipstick and face powder. It aimed the establishment and implementation of necessary laws for the development and processing of Halal lipstick and face powder. This project will be highly beneficial for promotion of Islamic Identity and exploit potential of Halal Market in the Philippines.
5003MECO -TECO: Development of Titanium Dioxide Films and its Derivatives for Semiconductor Mediated Photocatalytic Treatment of WaterMagdaleno Vasquez Jr.EnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisThis project utilizes semiconductor materials to clean water via solar catalysis. The goal is to reclaim water from non-traditional sources such as wastewater and restore it to usable quality. Photocatalytic oxidation has been achieved on various harmful organic dyes and inorganic pollutants from industrial wastewater. Among the photocatalytic materials, titanium dioxide is a viable candidate due to its highly efficient photocatalysis. The proposed project will modify titanium dioxide through band gap engineering such formation of heterojunctions and nanocomposites as well as doping with metals and non-metals. The photocatalyst while be synthesized as thin films using physical vapor deposition techniques. This will be in collaboration with National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
5296Implementation of GarNESupp (Gardening,Nutrition Education,Supplementary Feeding)Model in Conflict-stricken Area (Marawi)Dr. Imelda AgdeppaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoThe current hostilities in Marawi City resulted to displacement of thousands of residents hence increasing the malnutrition rate in the area. Food distribution, supplementary feeding, micronutrient supplementation, anthropometric surveys and nutrition education are part of the emergency nutrition interventions that can be provided to the displaced residents. Through this project, FNRI will provide nutrition education and conduct assessment on the effects of FNRI-developed MNERK in terms of nutritional, hemoglobin, zinc and vitamin A status after 120 supervised feeding period.
5295Project 1: Production of Nutritional Food Products for Conflict Stricken AreasMarcela SaisesTechnology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoThe DOST-FNRI has developed simple yet useful technologies that could respond to the need of recommended food for disaster/calamity feeding.   The project will do the following: Produce FNRI food products for emergency feeding for the victim of crisis Evaluate Acceptability of the products Develop a Mechanism of distribution during or after crisis
4377Detection of Adulteration in Philippine Honey using Carbon-13 Isotope Analysis Angel Bautista VIITechnology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoArtisinal (i.e.,, pure,, natural; straight from the hive) and adulterated honey samples,, complete with details of its geographic,, botanical,, and bee species origin,, will be provided by our collaborators from the University of the Philippines Los Banos,, headed by Prof. Cleo Cervancia. Additional honey samples from the market will be obtained by the researchers from the PNRI. Protein extraction will be performed for all honey samples. Subsequently,, stable isotope analysis (mainly C-13) of the bulk honey vs. extracted proteins will be performed using an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS) available in PNRI. Using the data obtained from the analysis,, we will assess the presence and degree of adulteration in all honey samples,, as well as determine if the geographic, botanical,and bee species origin can be established from the isotopic data.
5291Product Development and Commercialization of IQube Home KitJoshua De la LlanaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Edward Apigo, Norman Nicole JimenezThe IQube is an app-powered educational toy that teaches kids about electricity. It is developed by a team of Filipino engineers and designers back in 2016 and has already generated $100k of sales from 30 countries around the world. The current version of the IQube is minimally viable though. It's composed of 20 blocks, 100 projects, and a Windows and Mac app. The current cost to produce is at $60, and is currently sold at $250, a price that isn't accessible to most schools and parents in the world. Our most expensive components are: Pogo Pins at $11.57 Magnets at $3.39 Microcontrollers at $5.04 2 I Page .C). Ideation .0. Design 1.0. Engineering Cps Validation /NO' c Product Packaging at $2.32 Improvements in the design for these parts will allow us to reduce the cost to make the IQube. Hardware-wise, we will focus on exploring and prototyping the following improvements Pogb•Pins Monitor the supplier's manufacturing process to see and determine where the source of contamination is that causes the connectivity issues Explore the option of producing the pogo connectors ourselves instead of outsourcing. This will definitely reduce the pricing of the parts. Test multiple variations for the design of the target connector to see what will produce the best result in terms of reliability Magnets Prototype the option of using a rounded or square magnet instead of a T-shaped one. This should allow us to reduce the overall price of the magnets. Prototype the option of using one magnet and one iron material instead of two magnets to establish connection Product Packaging Re-design the packaging to put the total product weight to less than lkg This will reduce the product's shipping price. Re-design the packaging to make it more fit for retail. Electronic Components Explore the option of transitioning to a cheaper microcontroller. Explore the option of removing the digital potentiometers. Re-scan the BOM to see if there are any parts we could replace or remove. We have just released a bare version of a mobile app and is now only available for Apple users. We decided on this as 70% of our current retail customers uses an iPad. Schools prefer using android tablets though, as they are cheaper and easier to buy in bulk. Making an android app will allow us to reach more schools specially in the developing parts of the world. The current IQube also lacks a comprehensive set of product certifications. Currently, we only manage to meet the standards for the US and Australia, and thus we can't sell at scale in any other countries. For the actual process, we will be using the framework below as suggested by Bolt Venture Capital, one of the most famous hardware investors in the world.
5339OPTIMIZATION OF VIRTUAL REALITY KIT (VR KIT) FOR NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGY AND COMMERCIAL COMPETITIVENESSRyan Tan YuTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Marwin Crispino, Kristelle Anne IcuspitMataverse is a startup company that focuses on enabling businesses to create, control, promote, and customize VR in their unique business activities. The mobile development platform allows for a more feasible symbiosis between the use of VR in the enterprise industry and the mass consumer market. Mataverse delivers a compelling solution to today’s marketing challenges with providing a complete VR Experience. With its deep, organic understanding of the market (businesses, especially MSMEs), combined with technology and innovation
3860INNOHUB: Modular Innovation Center for Oils,, Blends and SaucesAnnabelle BrionesProcessKristina Paula Anacleto, Mary Grace Buenavides Absence of equipment for R&D, technology assistance, and efficient manufacturing technologies are some of the concerns of the various industrial sectors. To address this, the project proposes to put up an industrial processing facility (Multi-Industry Innovation Hub/ InnoHub) with multifunctional modular unit operation equipment for the concerned sectors such as food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics as primary industries and fuels, energy, feeds and fertilizer as secondary industries.     The innohub offers flexibility through the use of modular equipment which can be retrofitted into the different manufacturing lines including the use of automated process control and upscaling up to plant capacity with materials handling support. These equipment are mostly common to unit operations of powder blends, virgin oils and liquids. Once the facility has been established, tested and certified, the industries may use the innohub for research and development of new products, product variant and product reintroduction for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It is envisioned to be the core R&D facility of ITDI for advanced scale-up researches on food, nutraceuticals, and personal care products (oral hygiene). Not only improvement of the processes for greater efficiency may be explored through the project, innovative products may also be generated from local raw materials including those by-products of industrial processes.  
3498Processing and Utilization of Senile and Unproductive Rubberwood (Hevea braziliensis) Trees for School Furniture and other High Value Furniture,, Moldings,, and Joinery ProductsSample UserProcessJoni Gonzaga, Neil Allen Lalusin, Mary Grace BuenavidesThe rubber plantation in the Philippines started sometime in 1904 in Basilan by Dr. James W. Strong in partnership with J. Menzi Corporation. Starting 1930,, multinational companies such as B.F. Goodrich,, Sime Darby,, Good Year and Firestone initiated large scale development of the rubber industry. Today,, rubberwood plantation can be found io the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula,, SOCSARGEN and ARMM. Based on the 2012 data of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS),, the area planted to rubberwood in the Philippioes grew by 43% from 123,,259.50 ha in 2008 to 176,,244 ha in 2012. The province of Zamboanga Sibugay io Region 9 posted the greatest expansion by 62% during the five-year period 2008 to 2012 from 40,,150 ha in 2008 to 65,,180 ha in 2012 with an equivalent tree stand of 27,, 657,,000. About 39% of the area planted have productive trees for latex production while 61% are not yet productive.
5433Establishment of Regional Yarn Processing and Innovation Center (RYPIC)Celia ElumbaProcessMary Grace Buenavides, Neil Allen LalusinA
5431Development of a Philippine Indigenous Instrument Sounds DatabaseFranz De LeonInformation and Communications TechnologyJayson NuvalFilipinos already had a rich and unique musical tradition long before the Spanish colonizers set foot in the country. Given that the country is an archipelago,, there is diversity in terms of music traditions and instruments used. Such instruments as flat gongs,, bamboo buzzers,, clappers,, quill-shaped percussion tubes,, and brass Jew's harps are often seen in the north. Meanwhile,, bossed gongs,, ring flutes,, log drums,, xylophones,, single-stringed violins,, and suspended beams are commonly used in the south. These musical instruments are used in various rituals,, festivities,, and other activities. For instance,, the paldong or kaldong,, the lip-valley flute of the Kalinga,, is a favorite instrument for serenading. Today,, a small minority of Filipinos continues to practice these traditions. The aim of this project is to bridge the gap between traditions and the current generation. A database of available Philippine music instrument sounds will created. Variation in the instruments' pitch,, dynamics and playing style will be considered. The sound database will then be available through an online portal. The online portal will also contain rich descriptions and related multimedia of the instruments. Thus,, the project not only aims to preserve music traditions but to also promote and educate the ,, public. The research component of the project includes the design,, development and usage of computer tools that have the potential to assist in ethnomusicological research. 
5676Project 1. Electronics Product Development Center Upgrade and OperationEarl Lawrence QuaElectronics TechnologyMay-Rose Parinas, Joanna GuardianoTo address the inputs of stakeholders, the EPDC will expand and enhance its capacity and capability by acquiring new and additional equipment. This will be done with the view of meeting the current and future requirements of the industry. This will put the country at par or over its fellow ASEAN Member States with regards to these services. The EPDC will complete the EMC capability by acquiring EMS test systems and then pursue accreditation to ISO 17025 leading to certification of products to EMC standards. The complete EMC facility can help promote the country as a location of choice for EMS companies which the industry has long wanted to happen. The capacity of the prototyping facility will be doubled to cope up with the anticipated influx of activities for this service. The center is foreseen to be a hotbed for collaboration work among different groups achieving a common goal be it government or industry driven. MEDEF from France is also looking at potential collaboration in support of their Digital Transformation campaign. In the end, the EPDC will be a key player working hand-in-hand with the different Laboratories and Centers of the DOST.
6993A Dispersive Long-Wave Model for Predicting Coastal Flooding due to Storm Surges and Surface Waves in Manila BayCynthia CelebreDisaster MitigationRowena Gabua, Johanna Marie Gonzales
7234DIME Project 2: Remote Assessment for Irrigation Networks (RAIN)Mark Edwin TupasSpace Technology ApplicationsMary Joy Buitre, Roven Tumaneng, Amarie Aguirre, Meraida ReyesSpatial information is a vital key in integrated activities related to spatial and sectoral development and physical framework plan of different local government units. With finer scale maps, detailed elevation, ground relief, slope gradient and direction, and location of feature of interest such as vital installations of government, settlements, the natural resources contained therein and important waterways such as rivers creeks and lakes, forest cover, populated areas, transportation routes and other man-made features can be identified, accounted for and assessed comprehensively. Because of its high accuracy data, infrastructure projects may also be planned and designed using the fine scale dataset. National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is in charged with the responsibility of constructing improving rehabilitating and administering all national irrigation systems in the Philippines, including all communal and pump irrigation projects (PD 1702). As of December 2015, there are 285 National Irrigation Systems (NIS) and 8,990 Communal Irrigation systems in the country covering an area of 754,666 hectares and 615,797 hectares, respectively. Out of the 3.1 million irrigable lands in the country with a slope of 3% and below, NIS, CIS and private irrigation systems only cover 59.32% of those irrigable lands. In 2015, NIA has32 bullion pesos of operating budget which consists of 25.7 billion pesos with capital outlay of 40.3 billion pesos. Given this large amount of public funds used for irrigation projects, a monitoring scheme is needed to make sure that the said appropriations are spent properly. With the available LIDAR dataset of PHIL-LIDAR Program and satellite imageries acquired by Advance Science and Technology Institute through Philippine Earth Dat Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center , this will be used to develop a geospatial monitoring system for irrigation programs. In addition, methodology or protocol for geotagging which will aid for monitoring and mapping of the existence and progress of the projects will be also developed. Series of training/capacity building for DBM personnel will be also conducted and assist them to set-up  in-house monitoring team adapting this geospatial monitoring system.
7233DIME Project 1: Monitoring and Assessment of Planting Activities and other Applications (MAPA2) Ayin TamondongSpace Technology ApplicationsMary Joy Buitre, Roven Tumaneng, Amarie Aguirre, Meraida ReyesSpatial information is a vital key in integrated activities related to spatial and sectoral development and physical framework plan of different local government units. With finer scale maps, detailed elevation, ground relief, slope gradient and direction, and location of feature of interest such as vital installations of government, settlements, the natural resources contained therein and important waterways such as rivers creeks and lakes, forest cover, populated areas, transportation routes and other man-made features can be identified, accounted for and assessed comprehensively. Because of its high accuracy data, infrastructure projects may also be planned and designed using the fine scale dataset. In support of the government’s efforts to generate fine-scale flood hazard and resource maps, Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) technology has been utilized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the “Disaster Risk and Exposure and Assessment for Mitigation” (DREAM),  “Hazards Mapping of the Philippines” (Phil-LiDAR 1), and "Nationwide Detailed Resources Assessment" (Phil-LiDAR 2) programs. The products of the LIDAR mapping include 1m resolution Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), Digital Surface Model (DSM), orthophotographs, and detailed resource maps for agriculture, coastal, forest, waterbodies, and renewable resources. 152,000 km2 throughout the Philippines have already been surveyed and mapped accordingly.  The National Greening Program (NGP) is a massive forest rehabilitation program of the government. Hence, it is vital that a monitoring tool should be developed to assess the rehabilitated areas. It was established by virtue of Executive Order 26, issued on February 24, 2011 by President Benigno Aquino III. With LiDAR’s high-resolution dataset and vertical dimension, this technology could be used as one of the tools to assess the changes and the conditions of the selected NGP sites. Aside from LiDAR, other readily available remotely sensed data and imageries can also be explored to produce detailed maps to aid in the monitoring and assessment of the NGP.
4027Portable Potable Water Equipment for Disasters and Emergencies (PWEDE)Chelo PascuaDisaster MitigationTarhata MarianoThe Potable Water Equipment During Emergencies (or PWEDE) project envisions to install a network of potable water stations across Baguio City. This can be used as a potable water source not only during emergencies but for the daily transient consumption of water per area (e.g. parks and schools). It will have an integrated rainwater harvesting system,, and an impoundment (e.g. cistern) that will blend with the landscape of the surrounding area. Primary targets will be areas that have high-population density and in areas that will also serve as evacuation sites for disasters (e.g. parks and schools,, gov’t offices and the like). These PWEDE systems will be remotely monitored in terms of usage,, water quality and quantity and its security.
5465DOST-JSPS: Development of Novel Materials as Emitters and Detectors for (Sub)-Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy Carrier Dynamic Studies Alvin Karlo Tapia Material ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene MendozaThe development of novel materials for the generation and detection of terahertz (THz) radiation in time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) applications continuously makes its mark as a relevant research thrust. Even in its infancy, THz photonics technology has already demonstrated a wide range of applications in the field of medicine, semiconductor industry and national security. This wealth of promising commercial niches can make the impending birth of a full-blown THz industry happen sooner than expected.  Wide- and narrow-band gap semiconductor films and nanostructures have proven to be viable materials for both THz emission and detection. In THz-TDS systems, the emitter-detector tandem can be composed of either photoconductive n antennas of electro-optic sampling devices. These THz emitter and detector designs may be tailored to suit specific frequency-bandwidth requirements, ranging from ~300 GHz to ~3 THz, depending on the spectroscopic requirements of each particular application. As such, the in-depth study of such materials and their potential spectroscopic applications is of utmost importance.  The Philippines has recently embarked on THz photonics research where the main interest is in developing THz photoconductive antenna materials based on novel semiconductor films and nanostructures. This thrust is hinged on the Philippines' experience in the growth and fabrication of semiconductor-based materials and (optoelectronic and sensor) devices. Conversely, Japan is in the forefront of THz specific research, be it in the study of THz instrumentation or in the direct applications of THz science in spectroscopy and imaging. This country consistently publishes THz-related scientific output and has produced world experts in this emerging research area. Hence, this research project continuously aims to capitalize on a possibly strong partnership between these two countries to jointly embark on THz research. With this initiative, the competence of Filipino researchers in this area will be quickly catapulted to greater heights; more importantly, working in close collaboration with experts will enable the Philippines to actively contribute to the THz scientific community early on, before this technology blossoms to full commercialization.   
3742System Expansion of the 120-Passenger per Coach Capacity Automated Guide-way Transit SystemJoey PangilinanTransportationElisa SantosThis project aims to conduct system expansion on AGT-Bicutan that will enable to  simulate the actual operation of the AGT system, further promote the technology to the commuters in the area, test the system with passenger stations and fare collection system, and upgraded communication and signaling system. This way, the full  potential and increased reliability of the technology prior to commercialization will be realized.
7083Development of Food Reference Materials for Nutrition Labeling for Use of Local Testing Laboratories Phase 2: Establishment of ISO 17034:2016 QMS and Development of Fish Reference Materials for Proximate, Minerals and Cholesterol AnalysesLeah Dajay FoodFatima IbarretaThe project will continuously upgrade the RM Portal and PT Portal which were integrated to OneLab system for easier access of interested customers and PT participants, especially the members of the OneLab project and all local testing laboratories.  The project will produce fish RM that can be provided to the testing laboratories to continuously monitor the quality of their analytical results from their routine analysis. The RMs that will be produced will be made available at a minimal cost which they can be used as their quality control test material to assess the accuracy of their routine analysis.  The project will provide local testing laboratories with ways on how to improve the accuracy of the analytical results thru organized seminars, trainings and workshops design to enhance the analyst's capability in producing reliable data in their workplace. The second phase of the project will focus on the enhancement of ISO/IEC 17034:2016 Quality Management system in preparation for the accreditation of FNRI as reference material producer, thus creating another breakthrough by being the first accredited RM producer in the country.  
4928Establishing an Environment-Friendly Chromium Plating Process using New Generation Ionic LiquidsEden May Dela PenaMaterial ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene MendozaNEEDS Chrome plating is the process of electrodepositing a layer of chromium (Cr) on a metal substrate. For decorative applications, plated Cr’s exceptional bright finish is still unmatched by other coating materials. This coating also provides other property benefits including enhanced corrosion resistance and improved surface hardness. From the industry point of view, the attraction with chrome plating is based on its multi- substrate capability, amenability to industrial-scale operations, the presence of an extensive applicator base, and the long application experience with this technology. Chrome plating finds use in different industries including the automotive, architectural and construction, household hardware, and marine industries. The traditional method of chrome plating is via the hexavalent chrome electroplating process. This involves the use of an aqueous plating bath consisting of chromium trioxide (CrO3) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4). The hexavalent Cr coat may be used for both functional (e.g. corrosion and wear resistance) or decorative applications. The process is cheap, and the technology is fairly established. However, the primary issue with the hexavalent Cr process is its environmental impact. Hexavalent Cr is considered hazardous and is carcinogenic. The aqueous bath is extremely acidic with pH 0. The plating process produces hazardous wastes, including lead chromates and barium sulfate. Hence, the process is heavily regulated, and stringent measures that are applied to manage toxicity issues (e.g. fume scrubbers, chemical sensors) increase capital and operating costs. An alternative to hexavalent chrome plating is trivalent chrome plating, which uses the less toxic chromium sulfate or chromium chloride as its main ingredient. However, the trivalent chromium plating process is more difficult to control, and more expensive than its hexavalent chrome counterpart. Thus, very few companies have adopted the trivalent chrome process. In the Philippines, several companies engage in hexavalent chrome plating, and these have to deal with strict regulations imposed on the hexavalent chrome process. Other companies have also expressed their desire to do chrome plating but are discouraged by the extensive government compliance measures imposed on the process. This suggests a need to look for an environmental-friendly plating process that may be offered to the local industry as a true alternative to the hexavalent chrome process. The recent emergence of ionic liquid electroplating offers the possibility of overcoming these challenges of Cr electroplating. Unlike the traditional aqueous or ‘water-based’ plating process, ionic liquid plating uses deep eutectic salt solvents that are non- volatile and, more importantly, non- toxic. Past research has proven the feasibility of plating some technologically important metals such as Al, Cr, Ti, and W using ionic liquids. In the Philippines, there is currently no effort towards understanding and exploiting the ionic liquid technology, especially for surface treatment of metal substrates (e.g. electroplating or electropolishing). This technology is still at its infancy compared to the traditional aqueous or ‘water-based’ electroplating and requires substantial work to realize its full potential. While past research has proven the feasibility of doing Cr plating with ionic liquids using a non-toxic trivalent Cr salt, there is still no practical ionic liquid plating technology that may be adopted for commercial use. Also, the current generation of ionic liquids for Cr still possess some problems (e.g. instability in oxidizing conditions), and research on a new generation of ionic liquids is underway to address these issues. Furthermore, studies on ionic liquid additives (e.g. brighteners, grain refiners) and its ensuing effect on deposit properties are lacking.   SOLUTIONS This project attempts to conduct Cr electrodeposition on different metallic substrates using the new generation of ionic liquids. It hopes to obtain an optimum plating recipe that will yield Cr deposits of consistently high quality. Some important characteristics for optimization include: i. Thickness (0.05 to 0.5 ?m for decorative; 20 to 40 ?m for functional) ii. Hardness (800 to 1200 HV for functional) iii. Grain size (10-50 nm) iv. Brightness and specular reflectivity (comparable to tradition Cr-Ni finish) v. Levelling (<10% thickness variation) and throwing power (<20% thickness difference between flat and corner parts) The study will consist of two phases. The first part of the study consists in (i) looking for an appropriate ionic liquid composition that yields acceptable Cr deposits, and (ii) understanding the influence of process parameters (e.g. temperature, moisture content, additive content) on deposit quality. This should result to obtaining optimum parameter settings that will be used for future deposition processes. The second part of the project involves using the optimized parameters to deposit on substrates of different types (e.g. steel, brass, etc) and shapes (e.g. flat, round, recessed). The end result is a working recipe for Cr electroplating that may be offered to the metals industry.   DIFFERENTIATION The current work will be unique as Cr coating via electroplating using traditional electrolytes or ionic liquids is not being done in the country. As mentioned earlier, chromium coating is technologically important and impacts several industries. The research will offer new information regarding Cr electroplating, as well as additional insights on ionic liquid plating. Furthermore, the optimized Cr plating recipe can be offered to industries seeking for this type of service. Lastly, ionic liquids is seen to have a future not only in electroplating, but also in other electro-based process as well such as electropolishing and electrowinning. Hence, by gaining a deeper understanding of ionic liquids, then a completely new industry may be created based on this technology, and this would contribute to the technical progress of the local metals industry. While there are laboratories specializing in ionic liquid research in other countries, these facilities are difficult to access from the Philippines. Furthermore, the environments at which these electroplating processes were optimized are different from those found in our country. This means that the processes developed abroad may give different outcomes when used in the country. The laboratory is also envisioned to study deposition techniques on differently shaped substrates, making the results industry- ready.   BENEFITS The potential of ionic liquid technology is immense and could benefit both the metals industry and the academe. The immediate outputs of this laboratory are high quality publications in scientific journals. Also, the knowledge acquired through this research will be introduced to the local plating industry. The technology may then be transferred to interested companies, or specific plating solutions may be crafted for their needs. One of the most important advantage of ionic liquids is it offers a truly clean and ‘green’ alternative to the traditional electroplating process that uses environmentally harmful chemicals (e.g. Cr(VI), cyanide, acids and alkaline solutions. In the long term, the skills gained via this project would be used to further research on electroplating using ionic liquids and fabricate high-added value products for the industry such as (i) semiconductor coatings, (ii) magnetic alloys, (iii) corrosion resistant coatings, and (iv) nanoparticle coatings. Finally, ionic liquids have future potentials in other surface treatment techniques such as electroless plating and electropolishing.
5709Enhancing Man-Machine Interaction through Intelligent Conversational AgentsEthel Chua Joy OngMaterial Science, Artificial IntelligenceEdna Nacianceno, Dianne Remae San PedroThe research involves the design of a dialogue model that will enable a conversational agent or chatbot to enrich its conversation with the users through the use of stories. People naturally engage in shared storytelling to promote meaning and sense-making of a particular life situation or context. Thus, the use of stories can be a natural means for the conversational agent to elicit information from users by allowing the latter to share their concerns and issues through storytelling (or narrating of events).
6926Development of a Future Earth Philippines Program (FEPP)Lourdes Cruz EnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisFuture Earth, a program for global sustainability. Over the past several decades, the accelerating consumption of global resources coupled with rapid population growth has exerted an unprecedented pressure on the Earth’s carrying capacity. Scientists believe that the earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, because human activities heavily impact on many global processes and result in threatening environmental changes (Crutzen, 2002; Zalaciewicz et al., 2010) and dangers to human security (Adger et al., 2014). Realizing the urgency of the situation, the International Council for Science (ICSU) spearheaded the Future Earth initiative that was adapted as a global program in June 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). After three years of consultative planning and preparations, Future Earth was launched in 2015 as a 10-year international scientific endeavor designed to “provide the critical knowledge required for societies to face the challenges posed by global environmental change and to identify opportunities for a transition to global sustainability” (www.icsu.org; FEP Transition Team Report, 2013). Future Earth builds on over two decades of international science collaboration in the following: World Climate Research Programme (WCRP); International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP); Diversitas, an international research program to integrate biodiversity science for human well-being; and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) on global environmental change. It is sponsored by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability consisting of ICSU, the International SocialScience Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, UNESCO, UNEP, the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). As a program for global sustainability, Future Earth aims to generate knowledge needed to provide timely information for policy makers and citizens to find and engage in science-based solutions to the multifaceted problems that beset humans today. Future Earth presents a platform for solution-orientated research and action research along three main themes, namely: - Dynamic Planet: to understand how the earth is changing - Global Development: to provide knowledge to support human development priorities. - Transformation towards Sustainability: to understand transformation processes and options. The design principles of Future Earth espouse a participatory strategy emphasizing inclusiveness and transdisciplinary collaboration. It calls for the participation of natural and social scientists as well as policy-makers, funders, business and industry, civil society and other stakeholders in co-designing and co-producing research agendas and knowledge. Led by NAST and NRCP scientists and others involved in sustainability research, guided by DOST and its Sectoral Councils, in collaboration with DOST RDIs and Service Institutes, other government agencies, industry, LGUs and civil society, FEPP can help accelerate the country’s shift to a more sustainable mode of operation by recommending science-based policies that will be the basis for drafting appropriate strategies to be implemented by relevant stakeholders. Throughout the process, FEPP would be adhering to the inclusive and transdisciplinary approach of Future Earth. Potentially FEPP can critically engage coastal and urban residents in progressive and iterative development of both an “Image of the Future” (Polak 1973) and Participatory Action Research specifically applied to the Philippine setting (Watts & Pajaro 2014).
6997Design review,design finalization and production assessment of a locally fabricated optical aerosol monitor (ROAM) Dr. Len Herald LimEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisThe project envisions market translation of an inexpensive optical aerosol mass monitor (dubbed ROAM or Real-time/Robust Optical Aerosol Monitor) with promising performance characteristics comparable to a commercial equivalent. The primary desired outcome is accessibility: expensive instrumentation, although accurate and are legitimate representations for government policy (US-EPA, WHO. DENR-EMB, etc.), necessarily limit the valuation of air quality monitoring and research to sectors that can justify expenditure. The project aims to address local capacity for the production of air quality monitoring systems and accessible information platform for pollution monitoring services in the energy, industry, urban development, and education sectors.
6950Development of Error Resilient Joint Source-Channel Video Transmission System for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Standards over Wireless ChannelAngelo dela CruzElectronics TechnologyEdna Nacianceno, Danilo Pateno , May-Rose Parinas, Jayson NuvalIn order to achieve high quality video in wireless mobile communications, one will require high transmission bandwidth. Existing wireless multimedia network technologies such as Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems (UMTS), 3G and 4G networks are able to provide higher channel bandwidth than previous technologies [11. However, because of the continuous expansion on the demand of multimedia in mobile wireless communication applications, this essentially limits the available bitrate for each user. Even in an error free environment, the amount of source distortion caused by quantization is highly dependent on the available channel bandwidth. With limited bitrate, the video encoder tends to quantize heavily the video sequences resulting in severe compression artefacts. Thus, the design of robust and reliable video transmission systems over low bitrate channels is still a challenging task. Because the available bitrate is generally limited, and the video signals have inherently large amount of information, state-of-the art video compression technologies are essential for video communications. The current High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard and the H.264/Advanced Video Coding (H.264/AVC) standard exploits spatial and temporal redundancies of the video signals to compress large amount of information 12]. Infra-coding compression methods exploit the spatial redundancy within a frame without dependency from previously decoded frames, while inter-coding compression techniques exploit the temporal redundancy between the current frame and the previous frame to achieve better compression. Even so, these efficient compression techniques, especially the inter-coding methods, compromise the sensitivity of the compressed video information to bit errors in error prone environments. A single packet loss caused by fading and interference can seriously degrade the quality of the decoded video of the succeeding frames 13]-(61. This error propagation, as shown in Figure 1, is the inherent error sensitivity caused by spatio-temporal prediction process in recent video coding standards. In this view, wireless video transmission posed a great challenge under band-limited and time-varying wireless network. Error resilient tools of standard video encoders reduce the transmission distortion but increase the source distortion. Thus, well-coordinated error control scheme between the source and the channel encoder is greatly needed to minimize the end-to-end distortion. However, proper tuning of error-control parameters is difficult to optimize because accurate estimation of end-to-end distortion is greatly needed. Existing distortion models require entire source encoding process. which tends to increase the complexity of the source encoder. No existing model, to the best of our knowledge, estimates the end-to-end distortion before encoding the frame that is based on intra-refresh rate and can be applied in HEVC coding standards. In this proposed project, we will develop a new technique where the intia-refresh rate of the video encoder is optimized based on the characteristics of the source input and channel condition. We employ the intra-refresh method as the error control tool of the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) encoder and will be determined based on the minimum estimated end-to-end distortion, Since intra-coding does not depend on previously encoded frames, error-propagation is reduced. However, due to limited bandwidth, excess of intra-coded macroblocks (MB) or coding units (CU) in a frame will greatly increase the quantization distortion. Thus, there exist an optimum number of intra-refreshed blocks based on the expected error-propagation distortion and quantization distortion. The ratio of refreshed blocks to total number of blocks is known as the intra-refresh rate as shown in Figure 2. In this proposed study, we will also develop a new distortion model that estimate the end-to-end distortion as function of intra-refresh rate. None of the existing work has provided a sequence-independent distortion model which can be used by HEVC coding standard. The proposed distortion model will be implemented in a standard HEVC reference encoder. Objective quality will be measured under wireless fading channel using various test sequences, bitrates. and SNR conditions to prove the effectiveness of the proposed technique. Comparison between conventional HEVC codec and modified HEVC codec with the proposed model will be performed. The HEVC codec with the proposed error-resilient method will be implemented in a hardware prototype using a standard Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Recorded digital video sequences will be used as input to the FPGA HEVC codec and will output a standard HEVC syntax. The standard HEVC syntax will be then decoded by a standard HEVC decoder.
5447Original Content Development ProjectRoderico De GuzmanCreative IndustriesDanilo Pateno , May-Rose Parinas, Jayson NuvalThis project will support the production of 5 short animated clips that will be in promoting local talents as well as Filipino culture to international animation film festivals. The completion of all the pre-production material required (storyboard,, animafic,, concept art,, key backgrounds,, character designs) in TCA's stop/boarding workshop. The pre-production stage should have been accomplished by end July 2017. This phase has been completely funded by the participants of the workshop. Production will immediately commence once Seneca college vets the 5 different projects TCA will provide the facilities free of charge solely for the completion of this project. Once production is completed,, post-production will follow to complete a "ready-for-exhibition" animation short film.
7595TITAN: Vision-based Traffic Information & Analysis Joel IlaoTransportationRachel Habana This project is an extension of the recently technically completed DOST PCIEERD-funded project named “A Vision-Based Vehicle Counter for Traffic Monitoring” or VEMON. VEMON is a web-interfaced system that can process day-time traffic video feeds from roadside surveillance cameras, and generate useful traffic statistics, such as vehicular counts based of six (6) pre-defined types, histogram distribution of vehicular speeds, and Air Quality levels via Particular Matter (PM2.5) concentration of the vicinity area. Internal technical evaluations of VEMON prototype and consultation sessions with MMDA as a potential stakeholder, in order to demonstrate the system’s features, have identified a list of recommendations for improvements to make the prototype more suitable to identified use case scenarios, especially with regard to expanding the traffic scenarios that can be covered, enhancing performance accuracy on medium to highly congested traffic situations, and achieving semi-real-time processing by optimizing code development and capitalizing on hardware advancements such as multi-processors and multi-threading environment.    
7768Technology Promotion of Five-Coach Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) in General Santos CityRommel Corona TransportationElisa SantosFurther demonstration and promotion of the HERT to the LGU of GenSan as a technology promotion activity will effectively showcase the first-ever Filipino-made mass transportation alternative, and likewise, will satisfactorily meet the city's growing demand for an efficient mass transportation systems in realizing its vision of becoming a world-class city, the GenSan LGU can include the HERT in laying their plans and programs concerning mass transportation infrastructure as the HERT technology is low-polluting and can potentially provide an enabling business environment. The technology promotion activity of the HERT will in General Santos City. The targets of this activity include evaluation of the public's acceptance and assessment of the HERT's effect on the public's transportation needs through conduct of demonstration survey. 
4961Monitoring and Evaluation of Batch II Complementary Food Technology AdoptorsFoodAleah OrendainThe DOST-FNRI (Food and Nutrition Research Institute) developed complementary foods were made available to address the high prevalence of underweight-for-age among 6-35 months old Filipino children nationwide. It is through the established and operationalized medium scale Complementary Food Production Facilities (CFPFs) in each of the nine (9) identified priority regions (2,, 3,, 4A,, 5,, 6,, 7,, 8,, 10,, 11) under the project “Roll-out of Complementary Food Production to Priority Regions”.   The proposed project will increase the gains of the major activities completed under the previous project through the conduct of monitoring and evaluation of both the production of complementary foods and the actual implementation of the DOST-PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children) Program. This will help to ensure the compliance of the operational CFPFs to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs),, good quality of complementary food products,, and reliability of the data and information from the feeding programs in the 10 municipalities. 
4811Leveraging the Power of Broadcast and Web MediaTo Promote Science For The People (DOSTv) RICHARD BURGOSInformation Dissemination and PromotionDianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaThe Project primarily involves content development and purchase of equipment not only for creating new material suited for a new platform of TV but also to enhance what is being presented online. Like the DOSTv's web version,, audience viewership for the TV version is highly dependent on quality and helpful content they can check in an instant. The new season of DOSTv will feature short and fast video clips that will be appreciated by different types of audiences. The Project will venture into blocktime programming via the government channel and a cable network. There is also a need to set in motion the marketing aspect of running a TV program to gain the needed household reach for DOSTv.
4812Content Development for S&T Academic and Research-based openly-operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS)ALFON NARQUITAInformation Dissemination and PromotionDianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaSince its launch in 2011 by the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), STARBOOKS has become a primary instrument in disseminating S&T knowledge for Filipinos that have little or no access to the Internet. Demand for installation has gone up specifically in 2014, which prompted STII to partner with DOST Regional Offices in the deployment process. This partnership has quickened the pace of its deployment throughout the countryside and dramatically boosted the number of STARBOOKS sites since then. STARBOOKS initially started with the digitized library collections of the STII library. However, as its reach spread across the country’s primary and secondary schools, the learning resources provided to be wanting for theses educational levels. In response, STII stepped up in its collection drive by forging new content partnership for these levels. The collections sourced from these content partners need to be harmonized into a common format, however, and shall require additional processing and conversion to be included for STARBOOKS, which would entail significant increase in the workload of the STII library staff. This project aims to improve content development, collection, and processing to better serve STARBOOKS clients.
4807Communicating Science for the People: Doubling The Reach through Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign FRAMELIA ANONASInformation Dissemination and PromotionDianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaThis project is part of the proposed 'Communicating Science for the People' program developed by the DOST-STII composed of four (4) major activities: Print,, Broadcast,, Social Media,, and Branding.   This follows the PESO Model that says that each channel delivers unique importance.   Paid — the channels in which money is paid to place the message,, and control its distribution Earned — the published coverage of an enterprise,, cause or person's message by a credible third party,, such as a journalist,, blogger,, trade analyst or industry influencer Shared — the pass-along sharing and commenting upon your message by the community through social channels Owned — the editorial and messages you (or our writers on your behalf) write,, publish and control through your own,, dedicated blog or other channel.
4808Enhanced S&T Experience using Leading-Edge Learning Additions and Realities (STELLAR) ALAN TAULEInformation Dissemination and PromotionMark Ivan Roblas, Dianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaThe STII S&T Library seeks to strengthen its position as a vital center of S&T information for its users and the community. Its renovation is fundamental in upgrading its content and services to today's standards. Of utmost concern is the need to revitalize library spaces via modernization and upgrading of facilities as well as establishment of an S&T Library brand. Meanwhile,, a carefully-planned renovation to improve user experience and services is essential to address today and tomorrow's expectations on the Institute's Library.   Specifically designed for library development,, the STELLAR Program is divided into four focus points: (1) Programming and Services,, (2) Collection and Facilities,, (3) Technology and Community Building,, and (4) Communication Strategy Development aspects.
4815Communicating Science for the People: Strengthening the Core Information Dissemination and PromotionMark Ivan Roblas, Dianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaDOST-STII must plan,, coordinate and execute a communication skills training program to include writing (science journalism,, web writing,, and caption); Photo Journalism; Graphic design and layout; Public speaking and presentation skills; Animation; and,, other relevant competency areas.
4816The DOST Media Awards LILIBETH PADILLAInformation Dissemination and PromotionMark Ivan Roblas, Dianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaThe award is given in recognition of the important role of media practitioners (print,, radio,, TV and Cyber),, government and private,, who made significant contributions towards the promotion of science and technology information. The DOST Media Awards will be chosen be chosen by the Board of Judges composed of experts from the government,, private and academic sectors. No DOST personnel sits on the Board. The Board of Judges will formulate their own guidelines of judging based on these criteria.  
4227Strategic Communication Approaches to Boost the Philippine Textile Research Institute PromotionsInformation Dissemination and PromotionMARIA ELENA TALINGDANThe main goal of developing a more strategic communications plan for PTRI is to make the Institute known as "the brand"/"the source" of innovative technologies for textile and natural dye production to the textile industry ecosystem; and an advocate of preserving Filipino practice and culture of traditional fiber and fabric production. The communications plan is designed to: Identify the segmentation of target audience/market for purposes of communication strategies and activities; Inform the public of who PTRI is,, who its partners and/or adaptors are,, what are PTRI's projects/programs/technologies; Update PTRI's communications plan to the current trends and strategies; and Match PTRI outputs to potential clients/adaptors Current Situation/Background Slow adoption of technologies/low number of takers Medium visibility and positioning of PTRI and regional weaving communities in the textile industry Insufficient budget for communication/ strategic promotion activities Inadequate human resource,, and skills to develop & implement strategic communication plans
4499Intensified Promotion of FPRDI Developed Technologies and ServicesCecile ZamoraInformation Dissemination and PromotionRaissa Jean Ancheta, Dianne TatingThe project shall intensify the promotion of FPRDI's developed technologies and services thru the conduct of technology fora,, consultative dialogues and/or industry clinics in various areas in the Philippines. Primary target areas are those where there are organized industry associations. For areas with no organized industry associations,, the assistance of the Regional and Provincial offices of DOST shall be solicited in identifying target clientele/audience. Promotional materials such as flyers and technology primers shall be prepared for distribution during the forum/ consultative dialogue/industry clinic. Likewise,, promotion of FPRDI's technologies and services shall also be done thru radio and television broadcasts and social media.
7193Mobile Application Venture Capital CompetitionWILFREDO SA-A Technology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl SuenoIn conjunction with DTI, DOST, University of San Jose Recolletos, and CIB.O, and Windemere Beech is sponsoring a Mobile Application Venture Capital Contest [MAVC2] targeted towards university students, and early-stage technology entrepreneurial firms. This will encourage students and early stage startups to consider pursuing entrepreneurial options instead of just employment.  Or to become potential employers rather than just being employees, thus creating more opportunities for other Filipinos.   Student groups/firms that participate in MAVC2 will deliver a 15-minute presentation to a panel. The presentation would be an executive summary of their solution target market, competitor analysis, revenue generating business model, and a proof of concept of their solution which ideally includes a prototype.  There will be initial desk screening to weed out proposals that may lack in business potential.  Only the successful projects who passed the first screening will proceed to the final presentation.   This competition seeks to encourage university students and early-stage technology entrepreneurial firms in Cebu to provide solutions to industry problems through the development of mobile applications but emphasis is given on the business potential of the project.  
7392Self-Healing Materials Based on Cyclodextrin and Ferrocene Self-Assembly towards the Formulation of CoatingsGilbert YuMaterial ScienceJoann VillariasThe controlled movement of the interlocked parts of rotaxanes, as well as their perceived ability to form larger assemblies when a certain stimulus is applied, present various configurations of the mechanically-bonded structures as a response; i.e.. self-assembly/ disassembly, networked/ catenane/ donut architectures. Having these molecules perform these functions is akin to a more sophisticated device producing several layers of responses, depending on the input signal administered, at the nanoscale.  In this proposal, the investigators hypothesize that Pc-CD terminated rotaxanes can be synthesized using the copper-catalyzed "click" reaction. The synthesis of this rotaxane together with its other analogues forms the first objective of this work. The investigators further envision that Pc-CD interactions can be enhanced and controlled by changing the conditions these structures are exposed to. Thus. the second objective is to create assemblies based on the intermolecular/ intramolecular interaction of the Fc-CD moieties. Finally, the last goal is to investigate the effects the various stimuli have over configurations of these assemblies as well as their resulting properties. Target new data to be gathered under the proposed project include synthesis and elucidation of these new compounds (ferrocene and cyclodextrin-terminated rotaxanes included) as well as their observed interaction under controlled environments. The resulting physical assemblies can also serve as model metal-organic frameworks (M0Fs), constructs which have promising utility as a molecular cage that can be utilized in the field of drug delivery and catalysis. The foundational work will be essential in understanding how these materials behave leading to transforming these supramolecular structures to self-healing components, sensors, drug delivery systems. and catalysts  
6946Project 3. E-trike Deployment and Utilization StudyArthur Ibanez TransportationRachel HabanaThe project will test the efficiency rate of the E-trike within the government center. It will require the computation of the mileage, battery, load and pollution brought about by emission and noise. The installation of an information technology monitoring device will be the added future of the E-trike in order to provide convenience and efficiency both on the operator and the commuters. A feedback mechanism form shall also be electronically installed to gather comments and improvement, or if not upgrading of the E-trike.  
5663Project 2 : EmoCION: Electric Mobility and Charing Infrastructure Operating as a NetworkXLew Andrew Tria TransportationRachel HabanaThe proposed system is a network of energy-aware electric vehicles and charging stations. With the knowledge of the available energy in the vehicles and charging infrastructure,, the system will be capable of dispatching vehicles to their destination,, finding the best route,, and directing the vehicles to the appropriate charging stations to minimize the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the whole system. We propose to design and develop electric vehicles that can communicate with each other and the charging stations. The vehicles should be able to send out its present location,, number of passengers,, battery state of charge,, temperature,, and vehicle speed. The vehicles will be three-wheeled,, capable of carrying three passengers (including the driver) and climactically conditioned. The drivetrain is estimated to be 3Kw motor,, using Li-ion batteries (40AH). Each vehicle will be equipped with sensors,, data acquisition and communication/network modules. It also proposed to design and develop 5 charging stations for the electric vehicles. Each charging station will be equipped with 2kWp solar panels. Different charging modes will be demonstrated as follows: Mode 2 charging In this mode,, a regular charger will be used as charging unit which will derive its power from the utility. This setup will act as the control and "business-as-usual" charging mode. Mode 4 charging without storage In this mode,, fast DC chargers will be used as charging units. It is proposed to adopt CharM as charging system. Mode 4 charging with storage Fast chargers will be used as charging units. The power will be sourced from batteries which can store energy from the solar panels or purchase power from the utility at predetermined time. Battery swapping In this charging infrastructure,, a set of discharged batteries can be switched with a fully charged set. The discharged set of batteries will be charged using fast charging units. Wireless charging In this infrastructure,, a wireless power transfer unit will be used to transfer power to a receiving unit underneath the electric vehicles. The charging stations will be equipped to communicate with the vehicles to get the charging requirements. They will also be able to determine the amount of energy harvested from the solar panels and they can be instructed to get energy from the utility to augment the solar at predetermined time. Each charging station will have capability of data acquisition and communication.
5664Project 1 : AdVICE: Ad-hoc Vehicle Infrastructure Cooperative EnvironmentJethro LimjocoTransportationRachel HabanaThe proposed system is a network of energy-aware electric vehicles and charging stations. With the knowledge of the available energy in the vehicles and charging infrastructure,, the system will be capable of dispatching vehicles to their destination,, finding the best route,, and directing the vehicles to the appropriate charging stations to minimize the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the whole system. We propose to design and develop electric vehicles that can communicate with each other and the charging stations. The vehicles should be able to send out its present location,, number of passengers,, battery state of charge,, temperature,, and vehicle speed. The vehicles will be three-wheeled,, capable of carrying three passengers (including the driver) and climactically conditioned. The drivetrain is estimated to be 3Kw motor,, using Li-ion batteries (40AH). Each vehicle will be equipped with sensors,, data acquisition and communication/network modules. It also proposed to design and develop 5 charging stations for the electric vehicles. Each charging station will be equipped with 2kWp solar panels. Different charging modes will be demonstrated as follows: Mode 2 charging In this mode,, a regular charger will be used as charging unit which will derive its power from the utility. This setup will act as the control and "business-as-usual" charging mode. Mode 4 charging without storage In this mode,, fast DC chargers will be used as charging units. It is proposed to adopt CharM as charging system. Hi) Mode 4 charging with storage Fast chargers will be used as charging units. The power will be sourced from batteries which can store energy from the solar panels or purchase power from the utility at predetermined time. Battery swapping In this charging infrastructure,, a set of discharged batteries can be switched with a fully charged set. The discharged set of batteries will be charged using fast charging units. Wireless charging In this infrastructure,, a wireless power transfer unit will be used to transfer power to a receiving unit underneath the electric vehicles. The charging stations will be equipped to communicate with the vehicles to get the charging requirements. They will also be able to determine the amount of energy harvested from the solar panels and they can be instructed to get energy from the utility to augment the solar at predetermined time. Each charging station will have capability of data acquisition and communication.
5351Development of Data Analytics, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to Build a Smart Restaurant Management Platform (STARTUP)Technology Transfer & CommercializationChristian Mari Zamoraa
7683Maritime Transport Information System (MARIS)John Justine VillarTransportationRachel HabanaThis project addresses the areas of intelligent transport systems for maritime industry in the Philippines through the development and deployment of software and tools needed for a prototype forecasting system. In particular, the project targets the operation of the software components, along with prototype hardware components, by developing and designing modular offline mechanisms for an effective Route Capacity Measurement System.  This project, aside from the development of the software component of a data-driven route capacity measurement system, also aims to provide awareness and education on managing such systems.  This project will collaborate with Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to ensure that the government also directly benefits from the system and methods to be developed.  
4574Innovation and Technopreneurship Hub (iTech)Technology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Kristelle Anne IcuspitCaraga region is tagged to be the FAME Center of the Philippines,, this is according to the region’s NEDA. FAME stands for Forestry,, Agriculture,, Mining and Eco-tourism. Mobile apps and technology-based innovations can also be designed around to help solve problems and innovate needed services in these important economic development sectors in the region.      The Caraga State University (CSU) is a state-funded academic institution mandated to primarily provide advanced education,, higher technological,, professional instruction and training in the fields of agriculture and environmental studies,, fishery,, engineering,, forestry,, industrial technology,, education,, law,, medicine and other health related programs,, information technology,, arts and sciences and other related· courses.   Students,, researchers and faculty members do not have the access related to innovation and entrepreneurship when confronted with great ideas,, ideas that might transform to actual products and has the potential to hit the market. There is no particular physical facility in the university that facilitates an innovating environment and offices that drives for the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship/technopreneurship. Hence,, the proposed establishment of the Innovation and Technopreneurship Hub (iTecH) in Caraga State University (CSU).   The goal of this project is to stimulate the university’s,, local (& regional) startup and the entrepreneurial ecosystem,, and trigger the spirit of innovation,, risk-taking and creativity that shall give birth to potential new companies,, and to contribute to the growth of the national economy in the long term.   iTecH will focus on the technology-based entrepreneurship in the field of Information Technology (IT) and Engineering technologies in Caraga State University. It shall focus on innovations in mobile applications,, electronics,, agriculture and mining engineering technologies. The IT and Computer Science department in the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) in CSU boasts of several IT laboratories. The department is also identified as Center of Development by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted in 2016.   The proposed Innovation and Technopreneurship Hub (iTecH) in Caraga State University (CSU) shall also be established inside the Mechatronics and Robotics Building. The laboratories operating within the building will be the potential research and technological outputs that can be funneled in the proposed incubation hub.  
5091Higher Educational Institution Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HeIRIT) Development Program for Starting TBIsProf. Nestor RanesesTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Al BeatoThis project aims to train the TBI Project Leaders and Managers using the existing Training Modules of the World Bank which is solely offered and distributed in the Asia and the Pacific by their subsidiary,, InfoDev of Singapore through PSG-Science and Technology Entrepreneurial Park (PSG-STEP). PSG-STEP has been identified as the nodal agency by various government departments to implement schemes and programmes to promote innovation,, incubation and entrepreneurship in the region.
3567Investigating the tectonic evolution of northern and central Philippine arcs through geochemistry and geophysics - Project 1Betchaida PayotDisaster MitigationMary Catherine Elizabeth Baliguas, Ariadne Victoria PadaThis project conducts a detailed study of the geochemistry of the igneous rocks with possible island arc affinity in Luzon and the central Philippines. Previous studies on Cebu island were largely focused on the exploration for economic mineral deposits onland and drilling for oil and gas potential in the Visayas Sea basin. The possible occurrence of an ophiolitic basement and the presence of several intrusive units which possibly forms part of an island arc complex have been reported in Cebu (Diegor et al., 1995, 1996; Mines and Geosciences Bureau, 2010). Though recognized, there is very sparse data available and no detailed study has been conducted on these geologic units. A systematic study on these rocks will provide better constraints on the timing and the magmatism involved in the inception of the island arc and how crustal evolution played a role in generating Cebu’s current geologic configuration.
4028Geospatial Assessment and Modelling of Urban Heat Islands in Philippine Cities (GUHeat)Ariel BlancoSpace Technology ApplicationsClarinda Reyes, Roven Tumaneng, Amarie Aguirre, Meraida ReyesRapid development and expansion of urban areas have resulted into significa roads, pavements, and buildings. Consequently, the air and land surface temperatures urban environments, there exist urban heat islands (UHIs), which are pockets development of UHIs may be enhanced further. With higher temperatures and more UHIs comes higher energy consumption and threat of increasing temperature and development and expansion of UHIs. There changed resulting from infrastructure developments, land use land cover changes, the models can be used to assess potential impacts of more built-up areas on explore measures to mitigate rise in temperatures and development of UHIs. Such consumption. Meanwhile, high UHI intensity correlates with increased concentrations pollutants include volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, Another consequence of urban heat islands is the increased energy required for Philippines. Simply, greater number, more intensive, and more expansive urban and occasional brownouts occur primarily due to insufficient energy supply in reduced. Increased temperatures will also like put pressure on the water supply. This is health and ultimately the quality of life. Increased temperatures have been reported severe heat stroke can lead to permanent damage to organ systems. Individuals faced with high temperatures. People with diabetes, are overweight, have sleep Based on the Country and Health Profile of the Philippines (2015), "Under a high 31 deaths per 100,000 by 2080 compared to the estimated baseline of under related deaths in the elderly to about 5 deaths per 100,000 in 2080". The report projected to be at risk of malaria. Population growth can cause increases in the vectorial capacity for dengue fever transmision is projected to increase towards level". This year, the number of cases from January Ito November 5 was 176,411 Given these undersirable effects and impacts of increased temperatures and While increase or decrease in land surface temperatures can be assessed using t decreases in the vegetation cover in urban environments and increase in built up areas including in urban environments are typically higher that rural environments. Furthermore, within these of relatively higher temperatures compared to its surrounding areas. With climate change, the potentially greater risk to human health. Planning and development is urban areas must consider the exists the need to examine the thermal environment in Philippine cities — how the temperatures have changes in 3D urban character, and other factors. The development of UHIs can be modelled and temperatures and UHIs. The models can be used by city planners to evaluate development plans and mitigation is necessary due to the detrimental impacts of UHIs on human health and energy of air pollutants that gathered at night, which can affect the next day's air quality. These and particulate matter. air conditioning and refrigeration in cities that are in comparatively hot climates, including the heat islands would put additional pressure in energy production in the Philippines, where periodic many areas. Furthermore, if energy consumption can be lessened, the carbon emissions can also be because people indoor and outdoor tend to consume more water. UHI also has detrimental effects on to cause heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Some studies have also looked at how with cognitive health issues (e.g. depression, dementia. Parkinson's disease) are more at risk when deprivation, or have cardlovascularicerebrovascular conditions should avoid too much heat exposure. emissions scenario heat-related deaths in the elderly (65+ years) are projected to increase to about one death per 100,000 annually between 1961 and 1990. A rapid reduction in emissions could limit heatalso states that "By 2070, under both high and low emissions scenarios over 150 million people are population at risk in areas where malaria presence is static in the future" and "The mean relative 2070 under both a high and low emissions scenario, remaining at a very high endemic transmission (DOH, 2016). This was just 0.8% lower compared to number in the same period in 2015. UHIs, urban planning should incorporate analysis and modelling of thermal environmental conditions. satellite thermal images, modelling how spatial and temporal distribution of LST is critical in by planners in ensuring minimal increase in temperatures and in addressing urban heat islands. 11, which is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Attaining is carried out. The introduction of green public spaces and other means to address urban heat forecasting effects and evaluating scenarios. The resulting models can be used Project GUHEAT contributes to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal sustainable development entails improving the way urban planning and management islands contributes towards sustainable development or redevelopment of cities. 
7237Field and Market Testing of ILAWA: Renewable Power Generation Using Recycled Anodic Material for Small Fishing/Touring VesselsDrandreb Earl JuanicoTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Leizl Sueno, Jhon Louis Saloma
4306Production Process Optimization and Market Validation of Oyster Powder from Philippine Oyster (Crassostrea irredalei) (TECHNICOM)Ernestina PeraltaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Jejomar CarlosOyster is one of the Philippines' ten species produced in volume but considered as a low-value commodity. It is not only one of the delicious seafood being consumed in the Philippines,, as well as worldwide,, but is also one of the most nutritionally well-balanced food,, containing protein (essential amino acids) and important minerals such as,, zinc and iodine,, needed growth especially among children and young adults. The development of oyster powder,, a research initiative funded by PCIEERD-DOST,, was a challenged to come up with a stable product with multiple functionality and applications. But the first and foremost intended use of the product is for food applications which can range from incorporation in food products,, such as instant noodle (without MSG being an all natural product where no additivies,,preservative and chemicals added during the process) which most children enjoy,, to flavor enhancer for food preparation as ready-to-use condiment. This will encourage its consumption across all ages making the nutrients from oyster available as well as increase its commercial value. Other possible applications would be in pharmaceutical and nutraceuticals once production is commercialized,, similar to countries like China,, Korea and Japan that produce dietary supplement from oyster powder. However,, the developed product still needs to undergo scaled-up production. At laboratory level,, the approximate cost of oyster meat and extract powder was at P10.86/g and P28.35/g,, respectively,, which are relatively high if to be used as an ingredient for food applications. In any product development process,, the product needs to undergo scaled up production. Small amounts are converted to huge volumes to make sure that the product can withstand the rigors of processing. Pilot scale production is an important stage of product and process development that can have huge impact on manufacturing and capital decisions. With the test runs of the processed products,, it hope to make sure that the product bears reasonable resemblance to the laboratory or small batch production. It also allows a better understanding of the over-all processes as well as side processes and provides information base so the technology can be safely implemented. Thus,, the proposed project intends to conduct pilot-scale production of oyster powder (cabinetdried oyster meat and spray-dried oyster extract) to efficiently determine production cost and commercial viability.
3680Multitemporal and Extremes Analysis of Modeled Climatology over the Philippines in the SEA Cordex DomainGemma Teresa NarismaDisaster MitigationMary Catherine Elizabeth Baliguas, Johanna Marie GonzalesThis project analyses the historical model simulations of the Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment - Southeast Asia (CORDEX-SEA) in terms of its ability to capture multi-temporal change,variability, and extremes over the SEA region, focusing especially on the Philippines. It will assess model performance in capturing large-scale atmospheric circulations that drive regional climate variability.  It will also identify and characterize climate dynamics and mechanisms that influence climate variability and extremes.
3691Detecting Tropical Cyclones in a Downscaled Regional Climate Model for CORDEX-SEAFaye Abigail CruzDisaster MitigationMary Catherine Elizabeth Baliguas, Johanna Marie GonzalesThe goal of the project is to contribute in producing accurate predictions of TC activity to improve our understanding, preparedness and mitigating actions against TC-related disasters. The project will provide a good simulation and projections of TC climatology in terms of tracks, frequency and intensity and downscaled regional projections from the CORDEX-SEA initiative to produce a more accurate representation of TC activity under different climate change scenarios. The methodology and results will be included to the SEACLID/CORDEX-SEA project. 
3675Analysis of the influence of sea surface temperature representation in downscaled regional climate using the SEACLID/CORDEX-Southeast Asia simulationGemma Teresa NarismaDisaster MitigationMary Catherine Elizabeth Baliguas, Johanna Marie GonzalesThe project investigates the role and importance of sea surface temperatures (SST) in simulating the climatology over Southeast Asia through a regional climate model. It will analyze the historical model simulations done through the Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment - Southeast Asia (CORDEX-SEA) by examining the representation of SSTs in climate models and assessing the associated uncertainties. The project will provide a deeper understanding of the SST-climate relationship over Southeast Asia,, and in particular the Philippines.  This is crucial for improving regional climate simulations for better future climate projections that can be used in adaptation and impacts studies.
5234DOST Food Safety Human Resource Development ProjectDr. Alexander MadrigalFoodMaria Chelsea UgayThe implementation of RA 10611 necessitates the continuous provision of assistance to the food supply chain. Food establishments nationwide need various assistance, such as, technical consultancy, process/product improvement, facility upgrading, and product testing to earnestly comply with the law, acquire FDA-LTO and other food safety certifications. DOST has been providing assistance to the food MSMEs. But with the full implementation of RA 10611, and with our food MSMEs facing the regional and global competition, DOST as an S&T service provider should develop an HRD Plan on food safety relevant to the current and emerging needs of the food industry.    DOST and DOH-FDA Senior Officials, Food Safety Team members, specialists and laboratory analysts attended the training course on Food Safety and Technology which was conducted at Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore through the auspices of Temasek Foundation and DOST-PCIEERD BCDA Funding. During the Singapore training, the participants identified issues and gaps including the need to develop harmonized training modules that will be used all over the country. Furthermore, continuous capability upgrading of the food safety teams/trainers, specialists, researchers and analysts is vital to cope with the changes on the current and emerging food safety issues.    Inspired with this beginning, DOST aims to develop competent service providers- trainers, consultants, R&D and techno-transfer personnel through this proposed HRD Plan. The pool of trained staff shall serve as experts in providing food safety- related training, consultancy, technical services, technology transfer and R&D. Thus, with the two (2) components of the HRDP, namely, Deployment of Harmonized Modules and the Upgrading of Capabilities of Food Safety Teams, the project is expected to significantly contribute to accelerate the effective implementation of RA 10611. 
7307Science on the Move and Science Works!:Enhancing the Interest of Students in Geographically Isolated Depressed Areas (GIDA)May Pagsinohin Information Dissemination and PromotionMark Ivan Roblas, Dianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaThe project consists of two sets of traveling exhibits with 40 interactive exhibits per set. They will be transported by cargo ship in 40 footer container vans to the different island provinces and trucks by land in Luzon from the point of origin (PFST, Marikina City) to the venues. The venues are selected by DepEd and LGUs based on requirements set by PFST (e.g. suitable size for spatial layout of exhibits, lighting, electrical outlets, water supply, comfort room, parking areas for buses and jeepneys, protection from inclement weather).  The Exhibits will stay in each venue for 3 weeks to one month. Daily operations will begin at 7 AM and end at 5 PM from Monday to Friday. Beneficiaries of the project are Grade 4 to 12 students of public schools. A maximum of 2,000 students is allocated per school   Approximately 700 students will be admitted per day. Daily visits will be organized in 4 batches:  Batch 1 for the first 1.5 hours of AM Batch 2 for the second 1.5 hours of AM Batch 3 for the first 1.5 hours of PM Batch 4 for the second 1.5 hours of PM 
7553Philippine Participation in the China International Import Expo (CIIE)Edgar GarciaInformation Dissemination and PromotionDianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaChinese President Xi Jinping announced on the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that China will host China International Import Expo(CIIE) starting from 2018. The first CIIE will be held in Shanghai from November 5, 2018 to November 10, 2018.  The first CIIE contains two main parts: Country Pavilion for Trade and Investment and Enterprise & Business Exhibition. The Enterprise Business Exhibition consists of goods trade exhibition area and service trade exhibition area, of which the former includes intelligent and high-end equipment, consumer electronics, household appliances, clothing, consumer goods, automobiles, food and farm products, medical apparatus and instruments, medicine and health care, and the later includes emerging technologies, service outsourcing, innovative design, culture, education, and tourism services, etc. Through this platform, countries can sell their goods to China or other countries.  
4567Technology Marketing Package for Juan and Juana Information Dissemination and PromotionDianne Tating, Mark Ivan Roblas, Raissa Jean AnchetaThis proposal aims to increase awareness among policy-makers,, community leaders and businessmen on the extent of the nutritional problems in the Philippines and the available interventions in the form of FNRI-developed food technologies that are DOST-GIA funded and mostly monitored by PCIEERD and in effect,, stimulate demand for these technologies.
7558CRADLE:CENMACO/ITDI - Post-Treatment of Food Processing Wastewater Effluent for Nutrient Removal Reynaldo EsguerraEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisThe project aims to design and develop a post-treatment system (to address excessive nutrients such as Nitrates and Phosphates) for treating the wastewater effluent of the existing wastewater treatment facility of Central Macaroni Co., Inc. CENMACO, Inc., a food manufacturing company that manufactures fruit juices (Brand: Gina), purple yam puree, dehydrated green peas and chick peas is a recipient of various technical assistance from DOST-ITDI, especially in the treatment of the company’s process water.   Wastewater effluent coming from fruit juice processing contain primarily high concentrations of organic materials. Major problems in the treatment of raw effluents from the fruit juice industry are low pH values, imbalance of nutrients, and the very considerable fluctuations in the amount of effluent and waste matter produced.    Currently, CENMACO is utilizing an Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASC) followed by an Activated Sludge System for the treatment of their wastewater. DOST-ITDI designed and constructed the 32-cubic meter capacity UASB last 2004 to address the increasing volume of wastewater being generated by the company so as to comply with the former DAO-35 on GES. But recently, their existing treatment is unable to meet the standards for nitrogen and phosphorus.   For this project, the proponent will conduct a characterization study on the effluent of CENMACO before and after the existing wastewater treatment to be able to develop the appropriate post-treatment design system for the removal of excess nitrogen and phosphorus in compliance with the DENR effluent standards.   CENMACO, Inc., as the cooperating agency and main beneficiary of the project will provide financial support and manpower for the operation and maintenance of the post-treatment system to be designed and fabricated. The outputs of this project can also be potentially adopted and transferred to other similar industries with the same problems on excessive nutrients in their treated wastewater.
7504BCIEERD:MPCF - Development of a Wastewater Filtration System Using Indigenous MaterialsEric LucenaEnvironmentMarybhel Manaois, Laarni PilotonThis proposed project titled “Development of a Wastewater Filtration System Using Indigenous Materials will start on laboratory batch testing for the period of three months: laboratory characterization aims to analyze the wastewater coming from the community; laboratory experiments will explore how to optimize the use of filtration media; and to test the antibacterial properties of the filtration media using finely crushed “takal” shells and coconut peat.  A three (3) month laboratory batch experimentation will be done and tests results will be validated after which, pilot testing will be conducted.  After the laboratory batch tests, the pilot testing will commence on selected study sites that will include barangay Sibobo and barangays along Naga river.  The pilot testing will be conducted for three (3) months during the rainy season and another three (3) months for the dry season. Alongside the batch test, a column adsorption test will also be conducted to determine the efficiency of the proposed filtration device using finely crushed “takal” shell and coconut peat.  In barangay Sibobo, there will be one outlet of wastewater for the pilot testing of the wastewater filtration project. The study will involve finely crushed shell and coconut peat. The ratio to be used will depend on the laboratory batch findings and column adsorption tests. Coordination activities with barangay and municipal officials and coastal residents; MOA signing and construction of the drainage filtration system will be done within three months after the results of the laboratory batch experiments. Water samples from the outlets will be collected ones a month for three (3) months.  There will be one (1) sample station in Calabanga and three (3) sample stations in Naga City. The samples will be brought to DOST- Regional Standards Testing Laboratory (RSTL) in Legazpi City.   
5260Establishment of Halal Assurance System for Bakery Products (Pan de Sal and Loaf Bread)Lourdes Solidum-Montevirgen FoodAleah OrendainThe key areas for growth and development in the food processing industry includes halal foods. Today,, halal stands not only for the way of slaughter and preparation of food but also for animal welfare,, social justice and sustainable environment. The halal market is growing beyond niche status and is poised to enter the mainstream. The baking industry,, like most food industries has always been open to new market opportunities and more are contemplating the halal market. The mainstream baking industry can get into the halal market with minimal investment and minimal adjustment. New products don’t necessarily have to be developed. Many current bakery products are probably halal-compliant and just need certification to reassure the consumer. Baking companies wanting to “go halal” may already be making halal compliant (but not certified) product or may need only a minor ingredient or additive substitution (not a change) in the formulation.                                        The baking industry can make an existing product halal-compliant or develop new halal products. It was reported that the baking industry should have little difficulty fitting halal products into their operations as reported by Thailand (2013). Companies may already have a halal production mindset without realizing it,, as producing a halal product is essentially the same as producing allergen-free products. Once a halal product has been formulated and processed,, various checkpoint controls are required to ensure there is no co-mingling with non-halal products. A dedicated plant or line may be required to produce a halal bakery product. With proper checkpoints,, GMPs and HACCP-type protocols in place,, halal processing can be done in an existing plant where other product types are processed.   The scope of halal manufacture covers critical aspects of production such as halal ingredients and usage of permissible substances which must be manufactured,, stored,, packaged and delivered in conformity with halal requirements. This also calls for assurance that the product is not only safe to eat and of high quality,, but also is expected to be produced and processed in a manner that is safe for the environment. The establishment of a dedicated processing/laboratory area at FPD for prototyping and conducting R and D and training on halal processing will be required.    There is a need to provide appropriate and trained R&D personnel (or halal specialists) and provide R&D premises for prototyping and market testing to help ensure that the halal requirements can be adhered during the processing,, handling,, packing and distribution of halal food products.
5259Establishment of Halal Assurance System for Processing Selected Banan Products (Banana Chips, Banana Catsup, and Frozen "Saba" Banana)Maria Elsa FalcoFoodAleah OrendainBanana is one of the major export of the Philippines. Most of the banana plantations were located in Mindanao area wherein most of the growers were from Regions 11 and 12. Harvested bananas were intended either for export or for local consumption. Halal banana plantation has been developed in several areas of Mindanao for the purpose of marketing the bananas at a higher price in countries such as Japan,, Korea,, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. Technological advances in food production have led to a huge increase in processed foods. Bananas that are not suitable for export could be processed into banana chips,, flour,, ketchup and the like. Halal sector has created the need for standards and certification to expand in the realm of banana food production and processing,, micro ingredients and additives for food products   The scope of the study on Banana manufacture covers critical aspects of production such as halal ingredients and usage of permissible substances which must be manufactured,, stored,, packaged and delivered in conformity with halal requirements. This also calls for assurance that the product is not only safe to eat and of high quality,, but also is expected to be produced and processed in a manner that is safe for the environment. The establishment of a dedicated Halal processing innovation center/laboratory for prototyping and/or pilot scale study and conducting R and D and training on halal processing will be required.  There is a need to provide appropriate and trained R&D personnel and R&D premises for prototyping and market testing to help ensure that the halal requirements can be adhered during the production,, handling,, packing and distribution of halal food product  
5274Technical Guidelines Development for Minimally Processed Halal Chicken and Chicken By-Products (Edible Giblets)Michelle EvaristoFoodAleah OrendainDemand for halal meat,, an important feature of life across Muslim communities,, is growing rapidly. The Muslim share of global population has been increasing steadily and is projected to reach about 26% by 2030,, therefore halal meat products are expected to enjoy steady growth prospects. The project aims to assess the supply chain of halal chicken broiler in Luzon,, Visayas and Mindanao and recommend areas of improvement along the supply chain.  The project also aims to develop technical guidelines for minimally processed Halal chicken (chilled and frozen) and Halal chicken by-products (e.g. chilled/frozen chicken giblets). The technical guidelines can be used as a basis for the development of PNS and Recommended Code of Practice for the Production of Minimally Processed Halal Chicken and Chicken By-Products (Chilled and Frozen).
4988Strategic Communication Approaches to Boost the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Promotions Information Dissemination and PromotionRaissa Jean Ancheta, Dianne TatingThe main goal of developing a more strategic communication plan for PNRI is to make the Institute known as "the source" for all innovative nuclear and radiation-related technologies and services in the Philippines, as well as the national regulatory body for nuclear and radioactive materials. The communication plan is designed to: Identify the segmentation of target audience/market for purposes of communication strategies and activities; Inform the public about PNRI , its partners/adopters, and its projects programs/ technologies; Update PNRI's communication plan to the current trends and strategies; Match PNRI outputs to potential clients/adopters Current Situation/Background Slow adoption of technologies Negative public perception on nuclear technology Medium visibility and positioning of PNRI Insufficient budget for communication/strategic promotion activities 5. Inadequate human resources to develop & implement strategic communication plan
5641MOBILE MARINE AND NAVAL CENTRUM (MMNC) Information and Communications Technology, Information Dissemination and PromotionDianne Tating, Raissa Jean AnchetaThe Philippines is a maritime and archipelagic nation. But few Filipinos are aware of our unique features and potential as such. To address that issue,, the youth-driven Dislcursong Teritoryo partnered with some government and civil society groups on the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 316,, which declares September as the MAN Awareness Month or MANA Mo. But much work has yet to be done to create a level of public awareness that will lead to positive actions. This program aims to start the generation of appropriate public awareness among the young ones,, as well as the young once (teachers,, leaders in the government and private sectors) in an experiential way through the development of the first Mobile Marine and Naval Centrum (MMNC) and eventually a few more that will be brought around the country,, with supportive information,, education,, and communication (IEC) activities,, e.g.,, briefing/training on various marine,, maritime,, and naval topics. The MMNC will benefit from the long years of experience of the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) in developing and managing seven (7) mobile S&T centrums,, which the Program Coordinator has been serving as Trustee for over 10 years.
5610Diwata-2 Interactive Exhibits (Permanent aExhibits at The Mind Museum)Information and Communications Technology, Information Dissemination and PromotionDianne Tating, Raissa Jean Ancheta, MARIA ELENA TALINGDANThe Diwata 2 will be part of the permanent exhibition in the Universe Gallery of The Mind Museum. The centerpiece of the Universe Gallery is the Space Shell,, an 8-meter planetarium that can seat around 50 people. The Diwata 2 replica is proposed to hover and move above the Space Shell,, which will represent the earth's surface. The Philippine map will be painted on its surface with a miniature satellite receiver placed on the area of Metro Manila. The Diwata 2 will connect to the receiver via green laser. In front of the Philippine map will be the interactive receiving station with 3 monitors showing various information on Diwata,, its path on earth,, the team that made this happen and the actual images that it took.
5608DIWATA-2 Interactive Exhibits (Travelling Exhibits at The Mind Museum)Information and Communications Technology, Information Dissemination and PromotionMARIA ELENA TALINGDAN, Raissa Jean Ancheta, Dianne TatingThe proposed interactive exhibition on Diwata 2 will be part of a 400-sqm traveling exhibition on space science that has 3 major pods. One of this is "Explore Outer Space" where guests can pretend to be a space explorer and see the various technologies that allowed humans to study their own planet and the outer space. Part of this is an exhibit on satellites and its relevance to us. The highlight of this area is the Diwata 2 shown as a small replica that roams on top of a clear geodesic dome. Inside the dome is the receiving station for the satellite that will allow guests to play with the controls and see actual images taken from Diwata.
7524IMBUE: Training and Internship Program for Increased Local Bioinformatics Utility and ExpertiseJan Michael YapHuman Resource DevelopmentErmie Bacarra, Glenda Sacbibit, Lynnel Olpot, Marie Christie SantosThe first primary task for this project would be to develop a comprehensive immersion-based training program in bioinformatics and computational biology geared towards senior undergraduate students with biological or computational backgrounds. High-quality course materials such as syllabi, lecture notes, slide presentations, and hands-on exercise manuals will be designed and developed geared towards conveying core biological concepts or instilling fundamental skills in computing and statistics that can be disseminated and used in future trainings. In parallel to the development of the training course, trainers will be clarifying specific pedagogical goals and strategies, upon which criteria for evaluating the effectivity of the course will be based.  The second task would be to execute the training program itself. This entails identifying specific qualification requirements for trainees, calling for applicants from among students at cooperating institutions within the UP system, screening qualified candidates, and conducting the program over a course of several weeks. The initial training will be modularized, with lecture courses designated for students from either biological or computational backgrounds, after which students will be grouped and assigned projects relating to either research or infrastructure development, which they will be completing over the remainder of the program The final task will be to conduct an extensive evaluation of the training program as a whole, from the perspective of both the trainees and the instructors, to determine if pedagogical objectives were met and identify areas of possible revision or improvement. This evaluation will take the form of surveys for all participants involved, supplemented with interviews and group discussions, the results of which will be compiled in a final report. Based on this feedback, a training manual will be developed to guide future implementations of the immersion program by other instructors or institutions, in order that the project as a whole can be implemented in an iterative and self-sustaining fashion.  
7703FASTRAC CharM: Charging in Minutes Spinoff Project Technology Development for Manufacturability and Open-water Market Validation XLew Andrew Tria Technology Transfer & CommercializationKristelle Anne IcuspitWe propose a spin-off project geared towards CharM technology diffusion, through the following components:  Clientele Expansion  The proponents intend to use this project to reach out to prospective clients both in the EV manufacturing and EV operating businesses. This will ensure that the customer needs gathered are from the direct source. In this way, the concerns about compatibility and design issues will be tackled early on. Product Line Improvement  Through the data gathered from the first component, the group intends to integrate these in improving the product line. Data gathered from the previous iterations of the project will also be taken into consideration.  Product Line Expansion The group is also open to expand the product line depending on specific customer needs. This may include scalable charging solutions, adaptable vehicle communications, and the likes.  Licensing and Business Registration  Through the efforts from the three components above, the proponents also intend to arrive at a fair licensing agreement from the implementing agency as well as make way for the business registration of the start-up company.  
5240IMPACT: Enhancement of Mapua's Technology Transfer Process and StructureTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar Carlos, Christian Mari Zamoraa
7757IMPACT: Assistance in the Commercialization of DOST Funded Technologies in De La Salle UniversityChristopher CruzTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Jejomar CarlosDe La Salle University (DLSU) is committed to ensuring that the outputs of its research activities benefit society. This commitment is enshrined in its Vision-Mission statement: “A leading learner-centered and research University bridging faith and scholarship, attuned to a sustainable Earth, and in the service of Church and society, especially the poor and marginalized.” (De La Salle University, 2013). DLSU recognizes that managing innovations generated from research and finding ways to diffuse them to the public, through commercialization or other means, is one way of fulfilling its commitment.   DLSU’s innovation efforts have yielded results. As of 14 August 2018, DLSU is managing 13 pending patent applications, 1 granted patent, 2 granted utility models, and 28 trademarks. Since September 2016, DIPO, DITO, and Animo Labs have delivered, in total, 16 IP and entrepreneurship awareness sessions. Since September 2016, DITO has held 25 IP clinics, and conducted 9 patent searches. The staff of the three offices also continue to build their capabilities and their professional networks by attending a variety of workshops and events, including Distance Learning courses delivered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Knowledge & Technology Transfer Office training workshops organized by the United States Agency for International Development – Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (USAID-STRIDE), and entrepreneurship training from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).   DLSU celebrates its achievements, but also acknowledges that there are many opportunities to improve. It is aware of the rapidly changing Philippine innovation landscape and embraces its role in the country’s innovation ecosystem. It recognizes that it has obligations stipulated in national laws, such as the Technology Transfer Act. Finally, it accepts that, as a university in the knowledge-based economy, it has responsibilities not just to its immediate beneficiaries but to the public.   Information provided by the DLSU Research Coordination Office (URCO) show that from Academic Year (AY) 2013-2014 to AY2016-2017, DLSU received research funding amounting to r67,904,138.00 for 19 projects. None of the inventions in the DLSU patent and utility model portfolio, however, resulted from a project funded by the DOST-PCIEERD. Furthermore, while at least 3 DOST-PCIEERD-funded DLSU technologies are approaching the commercialization phase, gaps in university policies make the commercialization activities difficult.   Through this project, DLSU hopes to enhance its ability to commercialize or diffuse innovations, especially those generated with the help of government funds, from its research benches to the communities where these innovations are beneficial. In doing so, DLSU will take steps towards fulfilling its Vision-Mission, while encouraging other Philippine universities to develop their own policies, protocols, and strategies for commercializing and diffusing innovations to the public, in line with their own goals and culture.
7696TBI 4.0: DOST Philippine TBI Network Portal and Marketing Strategy for the DOST TBI Portal and ProgramJoel De Castro Technology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Al BeatoThe DOST - Philippine TBI Network Portal is a cloud-based portal that will use Google API and Database to collect and store TBI information all-over the country. Each TBI has one to many incubatee. Each Incubatee as one to many products, has one to many incubatee, has one to Many clients or partners and one to many document formats needed. The TBI portal will gather all the information needed from each TBIs, it's incubatees and partners. It will also help visualize, analyze and interpret data for all TBIs and will let the management understand relationship patterns and trends. The portal will also display different information for the public as part of its marketing to compete the global trends and for public consumption. 
7811IMPACT: Assistance in the Commercialization of DOST Funded Technologies in Caraga State University Luisito TabdaTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Jejomar CarlosCaraga State University (CSU) is among the universities in Mindanao that is engaged extensively in research and development (R&D) projects that responds to the technological and social needs of Caraga region and Mindanao. CSU is strongly active in R&D projects that address climate change mitigations and adaptations, disaster risk management and responsible mining operations among others. Many of these projects were sufficiently funded by the DOST-PCIEERD.   A total of fifteen projects since the year 2011 were funded by DOST-PCIEERD. Among the recent projects with large amount of funding came from the Geo-SAFER program/project, and the Phil-LIDAR 1 & 2 Projects. Over a 100 Million pesos were appropriated with these three projects alone (Geo-SAFER with a budget of Php 30,409,700 (for year one only); Phil LIDAR 1 project cost was at Php25,549,671.00 and Phil LIDAR 2 project cost was at Php 30,656,540.00). The ICT Support for Responsible Mining were also budgeted with Php8,418,810.00.   While the ITSO is in the business of supporting the generation and protection of IP’s in CSU, the scope of operations is not maximized. Presently, there are only two persons (who are faculty members in the university) manning the ITSO office and are not full-time personnel. Both personnel is handling day-to-day classes as well. Aside from this, there is limited knowledge, training, and know-how on the aspect of technology commercialization. The need for full-time personnel who can help focus on the commercialization of technologies of DOST-PCIEERD funded projects is wanting. With full-time personnel who can assist the project team, this will enable the execution of the full-blown IP audit, IP protection and technology transfer and commercialization process of DOST-PCIEERD funded projects.   This project is proposed to address the present inadequacies of the university. In this project, various activities will be conducted such as the hiring of personnel, conduct of extensive audit and assessment of DOST PCIEERD technologies, participation in training-workshops, conduct of university-wide workshops on technology transfer and commercialization, filing of IPR applications and technology transfer and commercialization
7724Filipinnovation Entrepreneurship Corps 2: Enabling Researchers to Assess Commercial and Societal Value of their Research Dr. Emilina SarrealTechnology Transfer & CommercializationRussell Pili, Al Beatoa
7688FASTRAC: Technology and market Validation of Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording (USHER) SystemFrancis Aldrine UyTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl BeatoThe Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording (USHER) System is a 24/7 economical and hassle-free system that allows stakeholders such as building managers to comply with the set NSCP and DPWH IRR on Earthquake Recording Instruments. The USHER System utilizes the concept of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of structures. The purpose of SHM is to provide, at every instant during the lifetime of a structure, a diagnosis of the condition of the component materials, of the different parts, and of the full combination of these parts which forms the structure. It is an improved way of Non-Destructive Evaluation, and it includes the installation of sensors, possibly smart materials, data transmission, computational power, and processing ability inside the structures.  The USHER System is composed of two parts, which are the device/accelerometer and the USHER Portal. The USHER device will be economical because we target it to be cheaper by about 40-50% than that of the commercially available imported ERI’s in the market. In addition to this, it was designed to fully comply with the DPWH IRR requirements, as well as satisfy the need of data retrieval, interpretation and storage. Data gathered from the structure are remotely transmitted through the internet to the USHER Portal. The web portal can be used by the building official and structural engineers to monitor structures under their jurisdiction. In addition, the USHER portal can send alert messages in the occurrence of an earthquake or if any structural damage is detected in the building. These alerts are in the form of e-mails, SMS and public announcement.  One of the major benefits of the USHER System is that it is a 24/7 means of monitoring structural integrity. With this, resiliency of structures equipped with the device can be monitored, hence saving lives in the event of the Big One. Also, the USHER System will include an end-to-end service package, which provides aid to building officials by equipping them with the USHER Portal and provides a hassle-free compliance solution for building owners. USHER System also includes a feature that provide updates on the status of the structures’ permit.  USHER system is locally developed and manufactured, thus can be produced as a cheaper alternative solution. The other commercially available devices are all imported, so maintenance would take a lot more time compared to that of the USHER System. The USHER local spin-off company can be able to easily provide service for installed sensors throughout the country with our local partners. The USHER System being an advanced technology for continuous SHM, shall build long-term relationship with stakeholders. The USHER System aims to address these challenges through wireless structural health monitoring by providing accurate assessment and real-time structural integrity status monitoring of buildings, bridges and other structures in the occurrence of earthquakes and other seismic disruptions. USHER offers two things, the USHER device and the USHER Portal. The device is capable of recording the natural frequency of infrastructures by measuring its acceleration and the portal serves as a decision support tool that can be used for decision making before, during and after the occurence of a strong earthquake. It is the ultimate goal of this initiative to provide economical and hassle-free compliance solution to building owners and help increase infrastructure resilience through compliance.  
7764TBI 4.0: Co-incubation Program between CDO b.i.t.e.s. and and Spring ValleyRhea Suzette Haguisan Technology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Anne Kristelle Icuspit, Al BeatoThe TBI Public-Private Partnership can be described as a capacity building exchange program for startup groups of CDO bites and provide them the opportunity to visit, cohabit and be trained by Spring Valley. The program is intended to increase participants (startup groups) understanding and resilience to new business paradigms at the host TBI. Because Spring Valley provides an integrated technology and innovation environment, participating startups to the exchange will have the opportunity to take part in Spring Valley's talent development, experiencing a different startup ecosystem, stake at the funding resources, opportunity to be accommodated in Spring Valley's innovation center and access the gamut of support services offered by the partner TBI.
7879FASTRAC: Commercial Development of Production, Application and Full Market Study of Monascus Red ColorantFides Marciana Tambalo Technology Transfer & CommercializationChristian Mari Zamoraa
7717FASTRAC: Product and Market Validation for a Semi-Automated Reef Fish Census System Prospero Naval, Jr. Technology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Jejomar CarlosFish-i is a semi-automated fish population density, species identification and biomass estimation system that enables even regular divers with minimal knowledge of fish to obtain high quality population and:Species:distribution measurements using a ; stereo camera rig and fish video analyzer software. Data collection is outsourced to ficensed seitha divers while data analysis is "standardized" through software that uses advanced Artificial Intelligence techniques*kqerinanent visual record of the census is also available for later review, validation and archiving.  Fish-i has potential to revolutionize how marine health monitoring is carried oLifit:iletlisiddreSSiqg the inherent scalability limitation of the conventional Underwater Visual Census. Diffusion of this technologY wfil &IdrOSs the' capacity constraints of fish experts, i.e. they will be able to cover more MPAs to analyze and elevate their role to,berforrftibigh.valee,analysis work relegating the tedious work of doing data collection to regular divers. At first glance, Fish-I appears to compete or replace the fish experts in the reef fishlkSesardent process ,and may cause some. uneasiness among local and regional fish experts. However, it is envisaged that with zihis'i tblindlogy, the fish experts will progress to doing high value analysis work of reviewing/validating the results of the Fish-i system,and relegating the tedious tasks of diving for data collection to local MPA staff, researchers and regular divers. This will allow,the fish experts to.perform more analysis as they are no longer constrained with going to the site, doing UVC, recording data manually, and„analyzing data. The proposed process will also reduce human errors (bias, errors in data entry, divers fafigue, etR). FiriallSi;with.thesbgrtage of local and regional fish experts, their limited number can perform higher level analyses thereby increasing,thkbymberef MPAs that can be monitored as well as increase their monitoring frequency.  The key components of Fish-I are i) a stereo camera rig system meant to be used by any licensed scuba diver with appropriate training on the use of the technology, ii) Fish-l's DeepNet Analyzer, a locally-developed artificial intelligence software that generates fish survey reports from underwater fish videos, and iii) the Fish-i Information System; a cloud-based information where survey results can be accessed and archived.  The Fish-i stereo camera rig has been tested for portability and ease of use in more than forty different sites across the Verde Island Passage, Tubbataha Reef and other MPAs throughout the country. Its DeepNef A,nalyzer software automatically generates the following fish parameters describing the reef ecosystem: a) fish count b) fish speciesic) fish-length d) fish population density and e) fish biomass. Data collection takes around 40 to 60 minutes. It costs less becaUsepere ia -no fish domain expertise required • for the scuba divers conducting the survey Fish-l's unique value proposition is that it provides customers a faster, safer, cheaper1and scalable way of monitoring the health of marine environments. It also revolutionizes how the monitoring process is carried Obtl1eftablingjeven non fishexperts to conduct : monitoring. This will result in more MPAs surveyed and increase the monitoring freOledeyffdria`higtieTh quality time- series data. Fish-l's closest competitor is the Australian-made SeaGIS technology Which offers reef eis'eSsmeht usihg underwatercameras and post-processing through a separate software bundle. However, the SeaGIS software}ifi•tete advancedlinthat it requires the user to manually freeze video frames and key in the fish species. Fish-i has a potential lidi'dbmiriate the' marine health reSources : monitoring market as there is no like-for-like comparison with existing service providersehd:thiA will,enjoy its "unfair advantage" over its competitors. 
5367Al-driven Software Systems for Tertiary Education Institutions. (STARTUP) Information and Communications Technology, Technology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Daniel MalapitanOne of the current needs of higher education institutions would be robust online systems to tackle everything from marketing to enrollment to finance. Many colleges and universities have to spend enormous amounts of time and resources to manually come up with class schedules, advise their students and eventually enroll them. Even with all the planning, they often come up with human errors, from not being able to forecast class demand correctly, resorting to dissolving and petitioning of classes or not getting teachers. This is further exacerbated by the fact that K12 changed enrollment figures making historical data unreliable.   Aside from that, the inefficiencies of this processes lead to long lines, and weeks of wasted time. Time that could be better spent in class preparation. Worse, many students do not graduate on time. This is a problem affecting 2,200+ Higher Ed institutions and 3.5M+ Higher Ed students. Imagine if all this wasted time can be reduced or even eliminated by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to do the planning for the school! The AI-driven software Edusuite was developed to do this.   Currently, Edusuite just completed its prototype and has been rolled out in one college (CIIT). Initial data has shown that the average number of subjects taken per student increase by 15%, less time spent enrolling and faster graduation for irregular students. This project seeks to turn this prototype into a commercial project that can be used by other colleges and universities. The product have been presented to 4 higher education institutions and they are all eager to sign on to the platform and replace their current software systems. The current limitation now is team’s capacity to develop the system to be flexible enough to handle different work flows and ensure that it can handle a larger volume of students.   Specific activities include dividing the system into phases: named: Edusuite College, Edusuite University, Edusuite Enhanced, Edusuite complete. So that the modules will be tested and rolled out into phases with participating colleges and universities. Improving education in the Philippines has always been a passion of the Team behind Edusuite. Coming from the industry, they are well aware of the skill gap between graduates and industry requirements    
5328Development of Social Listening Tools for FilipinosRalph Vincent Regalado Information and Communications Technology, Technology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Jhon Louis SalomThe Philippines is one of the most active social media in the world according to the Digital in the 2017 report released by the social media management platform Hootsuite and the United Kingdom-based consultancy We are Social Lmtd. The report shows that Filipinos spend an average of 4 hours and 17 minutes per day on social media site such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. The same report shows the number of Philippine internet and social media users grew by 25 percent from last year (12M to 13M). With the voluminous information shared by Filipinos on social media, several industries and the government can maximize use of these user generated data for decision making and planning.   Social media has become vital venue for Filipinos to voice their thoughts, experiences and opinions as well as participate in societal conversations. It has not just provided us a low-cost platform for sharing and participation, but a platform for policy makers to hear from their constituents in an unprecedented way. Analyzed data be used in business development, product development, policy development and governance. However, to effectively utilize this source of information, the massive volume of data must first be processed for it to be more easily understood.   While there are several existing social monitoring services available, these services are meant for the English language. These tools will not be useful for the Philippines because Filipinos are multi-lingual. When we share on social media, we use English, Filipino and possibly other Philippine languages and dialects.   Senti Techlabs Inc. provides social media monitoring services that is focused on understanding Filipino. To process social media post better, they have developed a machine learning-based language classifier, that can automatically detect the language of any document. The classifier can recognize English, Filipino, Bisaya, Bicolano, Ilokano, Waray, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan, and Pangasinense. It was observed that less than 15% of tweets from the Philippines are written in English. The remaining are written in the other Philippine language and dialects, including those that the system cannot recognize.   Aside from the language classifier, Senti has already build a sentiment analyzer that can determine whether the sentiment behind the message is positive, negative or neutral. The sentiment analyzer currently “understand” Filipino and English, using both linguistic and artificial intelligence based solutions.   The team plans to improve and expand on the current products that they have. A good social media monitoring tool for Filipino requires that tool to “understand” the major Philippine languages. For that to be possible, there is a need to build the language resources, as well as use machine-learning and deep learning approaches to make the tool scalable and dynamic. Language is continuous evolving. New words are coined and used everyday. Meaning of existing words change across generations. The language models they are currently using need to be regularly updated.    
7851FASTRAC: Product Testing and Market Validation of Marine Nanocoat for Anticorrosion, Antibarnacle, AntiUV coating for ship applicationsGil Nonato Santos Technology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Daniel MalapitanThe Marina requires vessels to be docked every two years to address rust issues and to determine the sea worthiness of the vessels. This capsule proposal aims to develop a product that upon application, will prevent the ship's hull from rusting and will prevent the proliferation of barnacles that cause surface problems for the ship. These barnacles also pose another problem of adding drag to the vessels, resulting in higher energy and fuel consumption. There are anti-rust applications currently in use, but these do not provide adequate protection to the metals. Also, there are other anti barnacle applications currently available but their effectivity is in question and others have the potential to be harmful to the environment. Moreover, passengers are also exposed to the heat of the sun which is a concern by the ship owners who would a feel of comfort when they ride the ship. The application of this product is not limited to sea faring industry, as there are other industries such as power plant turbines and pipes exposed to sea-water which could benefit in a similar manner. 
7204Prototype Development of Natural Fiber-Thermoplastic Composites from Agricultural and Industrial Wastes for Industrial ApplicationsMarissa PaglicawanTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Al Leonardo Beato, Christian Mari Zamora The project aims to develop a prototype of a natural fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite because it is emerging very rapidly as a potential substitute to the metal or ceramic based materials. The natural fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite will be processed using agricultural wastes/ fibers and recycled thermoplastics. To achieve good adhesion between the fiber and matrix, dynamic reaction of agricultural waste fiber and thermoplastics in the presence of maleic anhydride inside the twin-screw extruder while incorporating additives (flame retardant, processing aid, etc.) will be done.   The properties of the developed product will be characterized including  Bending , Creep-Recovery and Creep-rupture, Impact Resistance, Burning behavior, Specific Gravity , Moisture/Water  Absorption , Thickness Swell ,  Compression, Thermal Expansion and Accelerated Weatherability.
7878FASTRAC: Open Water Validation and Product Enhancement of Smart SurfaceNestor Michael TiglaoTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJhon Louis SalomSmart Surface can be used as a business tool for trainings, presentations, corporate meetings and exhibits.   Smart Surface sees an increasing number of events management efforts and marketing activities in the country. Trade shows, bridal fairs, baby fairs, book fairs, car shows and other types of expositions are everywhere. Exhibit participants are finding it difficult, costly and a mobility challenge to bring different kinds of exhibit materials like tarpaulins, posters, television, LCD screens in the venue especially for government agencies who also participate in foreign trade shows. Manning a booth also requires paying several people interacting with exposition visitors/guests all at the same time and explaining what their products or services are about repeatedly. Data gathering and analytics on exposition effectiveness and results which can be useful to evaluate consumer and market impact is also not available. These are concerns that can be addressed by the Smart Surface product.   In the corporate set-up, there is niche that can be filled by Smart Surface. Currently, there are limited options in the market that can be used for interactive presentations in training and conference rooms. People still make use of traditional methods which has several limitations. There are interactive alternatives like the Smartboard but is too expensive, bulky and inflexible.   Since Smart Surface is an interactive surface that could contain important content like company information, products/services, FAQs, product demonstrations and other information, it provides potential customers the liberty to look for the information they need at their convenience and pace without the need for queuing and waiting for exhibitor booth representatives to finish attending on other queries. Therefore, maximizing opportunities for exhibitors to make more sales and reach out to more possible clients. It also helps exhibitors to lower down the cost of exposition cost by minimizing the number of persons manning the booth while still maximizing marketing efforts and gaining customer feedback through Smart Surface.   For corporate trainings and presentations, Smart Surface can provide the needed interactive features while offering it at a much lower cost.
3472Establishment of BatStateU Center for Technopreneurship and Innovation (Technology Business Incubation)Albertson AmanteTechnology Transfer & CommercializationDaniel MalapitanThe CTI will focus on developing programs and activities geared towards developing a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem for the university. As an academic institution,, the University believes in the importance of adequate and efficient training among budding entrepreneurs to make them competitive in their CTI entrepreneurial endeavor. The CTI,, through the established funding mechanism will assist these potential entrepreneurs in making their start-up ideas a reality through the Technology Business Incubation (TBI) Program,, To start with,, TBIs are promoted on the following focus areas which have potential for faster growth: 1. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 2. Electronic Systems and Technologies 3. Food Processing and Engineering
5551FASTRAC: CATCH-ALL Vision-Based Artificial Intelligence Ananlytics Software Development for Traffic and transport ApplicationsElmer DadiosTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar CarlosWith the fast-growing economy and urbanization of the Philippines, its transportation system must have the capacity to support the rapid movement of people and goods. To maximize the capacity of the existing city roads, intelligent transportation system (ITS)-enabled systems can be developed to satisfy the needs for a more efficient and effective transport system. Traffic congestion in metro manila can be attributed to high volume of vehicles, poor public transport services, missing and incomplete road networks, and inefficient transport/traffic management institutions. It is important to categorize the traffic congestion problem for us to formulate solutions which are specific to certain types of problems.   Solutions for volume-based congestion may include building more roads, provide mass transport systems, implement policies like odd-even schemes and number coding, and improve public vehicles routing schemes. On the other hand, behavior-based traffic congestion, such as undisciplined driver behaviors (road rage, drunk driving, etc.), disobedience to traffic rules (beating the red light, speed limit laws, illegal parking, jaywalking, etc.), and corruption in traffic law enforcement, can be solved by efficient monitoring of road users (drivers and pedestrians), strict adherence to traffic law enforcement, improve traffic signaling systems (traffic lights), and promotion of road traffic rules and regulations education.   The introduction of a contact-free violation tracking, and apprehension system presents several key benefits to the existing systems. The use of real-time monitoring will improve the fairness of the apprehension systems by ensuring that most violators are equally tagged. In the long run, this may instill a more disciplined form of driving within the country. A reduction in traffic jams is also expected as a result of the system. By addressing the issue of blocked intersections, the flow rates through intersections should improve while avoiding the locking of the entire grid. By avoiding the delays of the more traditional contact-based apprehension, a smoother flow of traffic may be expected as well.  
7902CRADLE: Fermentation and Purification Research to Produce Food Grade, Pharmaceutical-Grade, and Polymer-Grade Lactic AcidSylvia ConcepcionTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl BeatoLactic acid is an intermediate-volume specialty chemical used in a wide range of industrial applications. Production of lactate esters such as butyl lactate, ammonium lactate, calcium lactate, and sodium lactate, is a growing market for lactic acid as these esters are considered environmentally friendly chemicals. The markets for lactic acid also include the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. The worldwide demand of lactic acid in 2008 was estimated to be around 130,000 to 150,000 metric tons per year, with commercial prices of food-grade lactic acid ranging between 1.38 US$ kg (50% of purity) and 1.54 US$ kg (88% of purity) (John, Anisha, Nampoothiri, & Pandey, 2009). In 2011, the lactic acid production increased significantly to 370,000 metric tons mainly to provide input materials for the polylactic acid manufacturing sites (Miller et al., 2011). Aside from the production of polylactic acid for bioplastics, lactic acid is also used in the leather tanning industry, medical industry, as well as in the research industry. In 2015, the global demand for lactic acid reached $1.6 Billion and projected to reach $3.81 Billion by 2020 according to the research conducted by Markets and Markets.   In 2014, UP Mindanao completed a research project under the Sago Biotech Program funded by DOST. This research project has developed a technology that is capable of producing lactic acid from starch. The concept of the lactic acid technology was proven in the laboratory. The research project has produced a technical grade lactic acid directly from sago starch in a one-step process bypassing the usual high temperature pretreatment step that currently exists with other technologies. UP Mindanao's technology could ultimately lower the cost of lactic acid production as the process is being done at room temperature (less energy requirement) without the need of any enzyme (less input material). Currently, the technical grade lactic acid has no viable commercial application in the Philippines so it needs to be further refined to produce higher purity lactic acid with higher value for more viable uses.   In the Philippines, several local and multinational companies are importing lactic acid from abroad to be used in the manufacture of their own products since there is no existing local manufacturer of lactic acid in the country. This means that there is a huge economic potential for a home-grown lactic acid technology to be commercialized. According to a UN data published by FactFish.com, the Philippines imported a total of 1,755 metric tons of lactic acid worth over $3.5 Million in 2016. In recent years, the fastest demand growth for lactic acid comes from the production of renewable PolyLactic Acid (PLA) used to manufacture biodegradable plastics. Due to the problem of single-use plastic pollution in the environment, especially in the oceans, environment groups and the governments of different countries are campaigning to end the use of traditional single-use plastics. Alternative packaging materials are being explored and promoted to consumers. Many technologies are also being developed to address the said problem. The Plastics Association of the Philippines is looking to minimize the impact of single use plastics in the country. New technologies and raw materials are being explored by the plastics manufacturers to cater on the demands of the consumers and the government. Some plastics manufacturers have turned to PLA as raw material for bioplastics. Since there is no existing local manufacturer of lactic acid and PLA in the country, all lactic acid and PLA products in the country are imported from other countries. The demand for lactic acid and PLA is increasing, not only locally but also from abroad. This means that there is a huge economic potential for a home-grown lactic acid technology to be commercialized. According to the Board of Investments (B01) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), there is high demand for PLA in Europe, Japan, and many other countries. Local companies are also looking at PLA as raw material for its packaging materials. One of these companies is the Monde Nissin Corporation, which is a Philippine-based multinational company popularly known for its food products such as Lucky Me! Noodles and pancit canton, Monde Mammon, SkyFlakes, and many more. With the help of BOI, UP Mindanao was able to present the Lactic Acid technology to Monde Nissin and other potential industry partners to further develop the purification process to produce polymer-grade lactic acid, which is needed by the industry. The 99% polymer-grade lactic acid is the level of purity needed for polymerization to produce high quality PLA. Monde Nissin has shown interest in supporting the technology as they are keen in replacing their plastic packaging materials with biodegradable plastics. Monde Nissin has agreed to collaborate with UP Mindanao and to provide a counterpart fund for the research and development of the polymer-grade lactic acid by 2019. The potential amount to be provided by Monde Nissin for equipment procurement is almost twelve million pesos (P12M) based on price quotations from equipment suppliers. The aim of the partnership is to provide a proof of concept for the purification process, which will eventually be validated at a larger pilot plant. The output of the laboratory-scale process development will be the basis for the design of the pilot plant for polymer-grade lactic acid. The pilot plant is an important step in the innovation process as this will simulate the complete process expected of a commercial scale. Monde Nissin has also expressed their commitment to adopt the output of this collaborative research and invest as necessary to fully achieve the commercial potential of the UP Mindanao Lactic Acid Technology.  This collaborative research project with Monde Nissin Corporation will be the first of many collaborations and partnerships that UP Mindanao will undertake with the company and with other companies interested in the lactic acid technology. With the help of BOI-DTI and DOST, this collaboration will take the technology development in a direction that addresses the needs of the industry for greater economic impact. 
5008Enhancing Operational Capability of Palawan International Technology Business Incubator (PITBI)Evangeline TaparTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Leizl SuenoTechnology Business Incubators serve as consultants or mentors who advise and guide locators in growing their businesses. The incubation process generally assist start-up companies in administrative functions such as finance,, marketing,, and operations such that they could focus their attention to research and development. Palawan International Technology Business Incubator seeks to be a non-profit organization as do most government incubators or university research centers are like. Our objectives are to broaden employment and income opportunities in the region,, develop economic alternatives,, enhance competitiveness among strategic sectors in the society,, and development of new technologies and commercialization. PITBI's headquarters is located inside Palawan State University,, Puerto Princesa City,, Palawan. Although deemed as the incubator for the region of MI MAROPA,, we initially intend to operate and serve the City of Puerto Princesa and several identified businesses located in the municipalities,, north and south of Palawan. Targeting the people from local communities and academic institutions,, PITBI intends to focus and seek out the market on technologies dealing with ICT,, particularly software development and on the agribusiness sector where the kasuy and coconut industry is part of. But we will still be open to businesses who need help in areas of operations and risk management,, strategic planning,, human resource and organizational development,, and financial management. As PITBI seeks market on ICT and Agribusiness,, the resources and trends continue to encourage diverting efforts and attention in the increase of startups in those industries. PITBI will be able to assist in the advancement of these startups as it is proficient in business development. It is experienced with ICT industry standards and business practices.
5307Field Testing and Technology Validation of the E-Procurement System (ePS) for Government AgenciesTechnology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Jhon Louis SalomThe commercial-viability of the project proposal from Infodynamics Technologies titled "Field Testing and Technology Validation of the E-Procurement System (ePS) for Government Agencies" was deliberated on 08 August 2017 by the panel of external market evaluators composed of representatives from Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB),, Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS),, private industry,, local government unit,, and other government agencies. Below are the summary of results of evaluation along with the market scan conducted by the TECHNICOM Program Unit
5382Universal Sensing Meter for Instruction & Laboratory Experiments (U-SMiLE) Joel De Castro Technology Transfer & CommercializationAl Beato, Kristelle Anne Icuspita
5023BayanSoC Phase1 & Phase2 Noeme SalazarTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar Carlos, John Mark BatangThe BayanSoC is a platform that enables software and system level products to be implemented as a chip-based solution in a time and costeffective manner. While several Filipino researchers and technology companies are creating software and sytem or board-level solutions or protoypes,, none are harnessing the technological and financial benefits of implementing their designs and algorithms as a chip or silicon IP (Intellectual Property) core.
4836Improvement of Tunnel-type Poultry Farm Yield and Efficiency with an Expert System Aided InterventionsTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar CarlosPoultry owners’ main source of energy for the ventilation and heater in their farms are electricity and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The costs for both of the energy source are continuously increasing and hamper the farmers from increasing their production performance in their farms. In addition to this problem, global warming also complicates the performance of the farmers due to the weather fluctuations leading the farmers in exerting more time and energy to cope up and create an optimal environment for their livestock.   There are various environmental and operational parameters that can be monitored and managed to further improve the production performance of farmers. Some environmental parameters are temperature, humidity and gas concentrations of ammonia and carbon dioxide. On the other hand, some operational parameters include livestock mortality, feed conversion ratio, average liveweight, water, electricity and gas consumption efficiency.   This project aims to develop an intensive monitoring system that will monitor the mentioned parameters. The developed system will give automated recommendations to poultry farm managers/supervisors to aid them in increasing their production performance. The project's focus will be on poultry farms but it may be applied to other livestock and crops as well.   Farmwatch Solutions Inc. is a corporation that aims to provide smarter farm monitoring solutions in the Philippines. Currently, they offer a suite of remote monitoring system that connects farms to farmers and help them by providing information necessary to make informed decisions. Farmwatch’s goal is to uplift the level of agriculture technology by developing products that assists farmers by making farm work and management lighter.   In this project, various activities will be conducted such as selection of farms, deployment of farm monitoring systems, collection of data from farms, implementation of proposed improvements, installation of control systems, collection and evaluation of environmental data and logs, and revision of the interventions and expert software systems.
5094Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of Abaca Fiber-Reinforced Composites for Boat ApplicationMarissa PaglicawanTechnology Transfer & CommercializationChristian Mari Zamora, Jejomar CarlosNot specified in the proposal
5335Beta Testing of Biotechnology Kits for STEM Education (STARTUP)Technology Transfer & CommercializationChristian Mari Zamora, Jejomar CarlosEstablished in April 2016,, Kinovett Scientific Solutions Co. is engaged in providing application-focused solutions to research institutes that includes services,, instruments,, reagents,, and consumables for a wide variety of laboratory workflows. Our portfolio of products covers different fields such as biosciences,, analytical chemistry,, physics,, environmental monitoring,, biotechnology,, and genomics. Our company serves various markets such as academic and government agencies,, healthcare and diagnostics,, and manufacturing firms. Kinovett Scientific is committed to provide our clients with high quality products coupled with fast and simple procurement process. Due to the recent incorporation of STEM (Science,, Technology,, Engineering,, and Mathematics) Education into Senior High Schools,, Kinovett Scientific ventured on manufacturing biotechnology kits that teaches students basic scientific principles and at the same time provides the students the opportunity to learn through hands-on activities. Kinovett Scientific promises to continue to provide innovative products that will help teachers reinvent their teaching methods to make their class even more interesting and to stimulate and excite the minds of students as well.
5033Production of NanoCellulose Crystals: Powder, Advanced and Derivative Products for Various Industry ApplicationsJerome PalaganasTechnology Transfer & CommercializationChristian Mari Zamora, Jejomar CarlosThe project proposes the creation of NanoCellulose Crystal Production facility (NCCP) here in the Philippines'with capability to functionalize this material based on intended output and application in the targeted industries. Likewise,, the NCCP facility will also produce and introduce enhancements to the NCC by leveraging on its experience and expertise in the successful repeated production of this nanomaterial. The NCCP facility differentiates itself from other nanomaterial lab in the country as it has proven proprietary recipe not only to produce the basic NCC form but also in its advanced form as well. In addition,, NCCP does not only produce but has capability and experience to characterize the nanomaterial to ensure product consistency and quality for its targeted customers,, and the capability to integrate the material to any polymer material to produce nanocomposites for end product use. Furthmore,, NCCP has the capability to characterize the newly formed nanocomposite using NCC which provides value-added services to targeted clients,, enabling them quick turnaround product development and shorter time-to-market of their new product(s).
7309CRADLE: Development of a Design Guideline Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Semiconductor PackagesAristotle UbandoMaterial ScienceMarietta Valdez-Liu, Kristene MendozaThe semiconductor and electronics industry captures almost half of the Philippines’ total export share in 2016 at US$ 28.8 billion (The Philippine Star, 2017). As the demand for electronic devices increases, the growth for the development, design, and manufacturing of semiconductor packaging devices is projected to grow. The demand for thinner and wider electronic devices drives the development of thinner and wider semiconductor packaging devices. The challenge is to ensure the soundness of the design of the packaging device in terms of form and functionality under thermal load conditions. Thermomechanical analysis approach offers a less costly and less time-consuming methodology in evaluating the soundness of the packaging design. In order for the semiconductor and electronics industry to ensure a high-quality product, the thermomechanical analysis is needed to assess the feasibility of a packaging design. The project proposes to develop a design guideline for a specific semiconductor packaging device using the thermomechanical analysis approach. The design guideline will summarize the potential factors affecting the form and function of a packaging device under thermal load. A better understanding of the thermomechanical behavior of the packaging device enables the industry to further improve the physical configuration of the package prior full production. Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI) is a global manufacturing solutions company providing electronics manufacturing services and power semiconductor assembly and test services. IMI has established a working collaborative research with De La Salle University in the past and has recently engaged in the thermomechanical analysis of semiconductor devices. Thermomechanical analysis plays a vital role in their business ensuring a sound design of the semiconductor packaging devices.  
7259Project 1: Nanofibrous Scaffolds from Natural Biomaterials for Tissue EngineeringJosefina CeloricoNanotechnologyDesiree Vera, Erika GawThe project aims to develop a suitable culture platformfor stem cells using polysaccharide and bioceramic based blends derived from natural materials. Cellulose acetate synthesized from kapok fiber, chitosan, carrageenan and calcium phosphate from natural nanomaterials will be used to fabricate 3D scaffolds and will be surface modified by attaching ligands that will interact with the proteins of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Electrospinning and NIPS processes are the fabrication techniques that will be employed to produce a porous membrane, which has the necessary architectural framework of the substrate, in order to facilitate the nutrition, proliferation, differentiation and migration of cells during its culture period.  
5618Project Marayum - A Community-built, Mobile Phone Based, Online Web Dictionary for Philippine Languages Mario CarreonInformation and Communications TechnologyDanilo Pateno , May-Rose Parinas, Jayson Nuvala
4250Pilot Scale Production of Nickel Pig Iron Mining and MineralsKatrina LandichoMost of the nickel mining companies are operating in a Direct Shipping Ore scheme and these mining companies and the govemment as well are not benefiting much from these direct shipping ore arrangement due to low prices and consequently will cause fast depletion of the mineral resource in the country. Adding value to these ores before shipment will save shipment costs,, create more jobs and additional revenue for the country. A provision in the Executive Order 79 which mandates concerned government agencies to stop Direct Shipping of Ores. In response to this provision,, the DENR-MGB has been directed to come up with measures to further process these raw ore materials before shipping out of the country to put added value. For Nickel laterite ores especially the low grade ores (less than (1.8%Ni),, Reduction Roasting can be employed to produce marketable grade iron concentrates. Further to this,, acceptable grade of laterite ores can be fed to a pilot scale blast fumace for the production of pig iron.
7552TBI 4.0: Mindanao Scale Up Program for DOST-iDEYA TBIJinky BornalesTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Christian Mari ZamoraThe idea and culture of startup, innovation, and technopreneurship was rapidly embraced in the Philippines especially in the Metro Manila, Luzon areas, and Cebu City of the Visayas. And while Mindanao is trying to catch up with these cities, somehow the Mindanaoans’ attitude towards the concept is still with reservations.   Different government agencies have initiated activities to help promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the community and hopefully to escalate their product to the market; (i) the memo of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last 2016 on “Pathways to Equity, Relevance and Advancement in Research, Innovation, Extension in the Philippine Higher Education” that aims to encourage the creation of startup companies as well as, (a) platforms for knowledge and advancement, (b) engines of development through responsive and relevant research programs, and (c) producers of multi-specialist, creators, problem solvers, collaborators, inventors, thinkers, and innovators who can examine phenomena, explore new frontiers, and bring from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses. Another one is the DOST-PCIEERD launching of its HeIRIT (Higher Education Institutes Readiness for Innovation and Technology) Program that aims to train TBI managers and assist HEIs to comply the requisites of operating and managing a Technology Business Incubator.
7328Prototype Development of the Deepwater Operation 3D Visual Mapping and Inspection System (PD-DOMAINS) Aaron Hilomen Technology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno, Ryan TorricoAntipara Exploration Inc. has already developed a Shallow water 3D visual mapping and inspection (SHOWMAIN) system and methodology for applications less than 20-meter-deep and have provided these components as services to clients.  In the course of working with and talking with various government units, coastal based industries and NGOs in Batangas, Mindoro, Marinduque, Cebu and Leyte over the past two years. We have found that there have been repeated requests or queries about conducting deep water surveys to mapping and inspection features in the 30 to 100-meter depth range. We have found the primary reason for this is that normal divers are limited to a practical diving depth of 30 meters. Traditional divers are the affordable solution for many of these companies and agencies. At beyond 30 meters they will need to hire commercial ROVs at 10 to 100 times the cost of divers.  Hence, DOMAIN intends to fill that gap by providing an affordable solution to these various groups and companies that can operate in depths greater than 30 meters.  
8251ITDI Participation To IFEX PHILIPPINES 2019 "NXTFOOD ASIA", May 24-26, 2019, World Trade Center, Pasay CityNelia Elisa FlorendoFood, Information NetworkingFatima Ibarreta, Mark Ivan RoblasThe proposed ITDI-DOST exhibit will be staged covering an area of about 40 square meters. Newly developed food products using local raw materials and food related technical services comprise the exhibit module. It will be presented adopting a media mix approach that includes photo blow ups with minimal text, product sample display and taste test, and video wall for AVPs. Collaterals like technology fliers and corporate brochures complete the package. A business area is provided for discussions and consultations.  
3926Establishment of PTRI Perfect Fit Textile Product Development Center (Old Title: Establishment of PTRI as the Central Institute for Textile Product Development)Celia ElumbaProcessJoni GonzagaGlobalization of trade and increased awareness of ergonomic products demand for accurate data collection,, analysis and applications specifically for customer-oriented industries such as textiles. Precise anthropometry or measurements of the human body such as size and proportion is necessary to produce products with best fit and function. Nowadays,, global brands and foreign institutions,, such as Cornell University,, conduct anthropometric whole-body data collection using three-dimensional (3D) method,, such as scanning,, to eliminate measurement error and provide fast and accurate results. With accurate scanned whole-body data,, Standard Body Measurement (SBM) of a specific group of people can be obtained and would lead to development of a specific sizing system and anthropometric data which can be utilized by textile and allied industries and other sectors such as health and nutrition sectors. Currently,, mass customization is a growing global trend in textile and apparel manufacturing industry. Over the years,, mass customization has gained momentum over mass production in the textile/garment industry and being utilized by big brands such as Walt Disney,, Levi's,, Nike,, Victoria Secret,, Cirque Du Soleil,, University Antwerp,, among others. Two significant players in this trend are technology,, and supply chain transformation. Developments in the field of technology include taking customer's measurement through body scanning to product development. Given the changing characteristics of today's consumer interests and industrial competition,, mass production systems cannot satisfy both manufacturers and consumers. A mass customization system may achieve both manufacturer and consumer satisfaction,, providing a customized product. To adopt mass customization,, an organization has to bring many developments. These „. developments can be classified into three divisions,, namely: technological advancement such as computer-aided design,, body scanning,, digital printing,, etc; using the flexible manufacturing systems,, and computer integrated manufacturing tools and techniques; and organizational changes. Utilizing these strategies will allow manufacturers to respond faster and be more versatile. Mass customization is a paradigm shift from Product Centric approach to Customer Centric approach,, where customers' involvement also shifts from purchase to development of product. In 2007,, Bhatia and Asai forecasted that five to ten years from then,, with the increasing purchasing power and personalization of the end-users,, it will be imperative for retailers to involve in mass customization directly or indirectly (Bhatia and Asai,, Mass Customization in Apparel & Footwear Industry - Today's Strategy,, Future's Necessity,, 2007). Philippines is home to a handful of millers and handloom weaving communities that produces materials with unmaximized market potential. Mass customization is important in material development to optimize the market potential and material development of Philippine textile industry. Optimization of material development in the Philippines will lead to less error and waste while being consistent with the PTRI's thrust towards sustainable materials,, methods and processes. Optimizing the existing system of the country's textile industry will bear excellent end-products ready for commercialization. Countries such as Italy,, USA,, Germany,, and North America did an anthropometric survey to develop their own sizing system to improve their product design as well as help them provide excellent decisions for their industries which go beyond textile,, while other countries such as Thailand and China did anthropometric studies. Additionally,, standardization of sizing system in Philippine garment industry has never been seriously addressed. Size labels differ from one country to another due to difference in body dimension of each nationality. Hence,, the unspoken need for it rises as the local garment industry grows. Data from 2012 census of Philippine business and industry/ manufacturing sector for all establishments show that out of 25,,064 manufacturing establishments in the formal sector of the economy,, 1,,174 establishments were from wearing apparel,, except fur apparel. Aside from being part of the top eight industries,, wearing apparel industry was top three in employment generation. It employed 109,,028 (9.2%) workers of the total employment (1,,185,,998) of all manufacturing establishments. (Source: Philippine Statistics Authority,, December 2014) Local manufacturing industries usually adapt the sizing system of other countries. Having a standard sizing system to which all important players in the industry may follow will ensure consistent production of excellent quality products manufactured within the guidelines set by their own consumers. Having a standard sizing system will generate accuracy,, efficiency,, and shorter lead time. With the cost of raw materials,, accuracy in dimensions and the ability to optimize graded pattern lay-out will result in reduced wastages and efficiencies in material utilization and manpower input. Interestingly,, this system will support mass-based industries as well as niche or customized production. One of the local industries being targeted as the main proponent of the standard sizing system in the country is the uniform-maker industry which caters the clothing need of the corporate,, particularly the banking and airline sectors,, government employees,, students,, military personnel among other professions. The rapid growth of Philippine population can be directly correlated to the size of manpower the country has. According to Philippine Statistics Authority,, in April 2015,, the estimated employment rate for Filipinos of 15 years and over is 93.6% of 64.8M of this specific population. Within the employment rate,, 16.5% is composed of government officials,, and special interest organizations,, corporate executives,, managers,, and managing proprietors while 12.7% of the total employed is composed of service workers and shop/ market sales workers. (Source: Philippine Statistics Authority,, June 2015) These figures indicate the size of the workers' population who need and will benefit from a coherent standardized sizing system in the country. These figures also comprise the target population of our local uniform industry which,, to date still employ manual measurement-taking and traditional production processes,, producing graded 'patterns and size scales manually,, cutting production pieces manually. In present-day traditional system,, a seamstress would take the body measurement of a person using a non-digital measuring device,, manually recording the data before translating these measurements into a 2D paper pattern. Then the seamstress or another person would manually place the cut paper-patterns on top of the fabric and systematically arrange them to maximize the fabric width and avoid too much fabric wastage. After which,, the fabric would be cut according to the paper-pattern's outline,, then sewn. This traditional manufacturing process relies on the skill level of the pattern-maker,, the seamstress and the fabric cutter. Export-oriented companies,, because of the competitive environment in that sector,, have long-resorted to more automated,, computerized,, electronic modes of production. Considering the open market system,, one can no longer differentiate between exports and domestic production for export or domestic consumption. The country's local micro-,, small- to medium-scale manufacturers have to be provided with the means and opportunity to compete in the home-front especially as quality and creativity have never been a problem in the industry. Accuracy,, speed and quality are compromised by the lack of an efficient textile development process and standard sizing system in the country. Local manufacturing companies,, especially the micro and small enterprises,, usually lack funds to finance the creation of this efficient process or research of the client's body measurement. Hence,, the interest to provide innovations in design and production system for the benefit of our local manufacturing industry is being proposed through the establishment of a textile product development center that would provide an accessible avenue of R&D for starting and existing local textile/garment industries. This project would help the local companies/brands develop prototypes to perfect the fit and overall appearance of their design or develop new and/or customized products in shorter lead time using the following systems found in the center: 1) 3D Body Scanning and Fit and Design Visualization; 2) Digital Pattern Making - conversion of measurement data to 2D markers; and 3) Digital Marker Making and Cutting - transmission of 2D marker data to cutting system.  Because it is based on scanned data points,, there is little room for error and as such,, the excessive time and resources devoted to alterations and repairs are eliminated. Customer satisfaction is assured and company performance is maintained at the highest degree. The anthropometric data gathered through this project will also benefit not just the textile sector but also the other industries such as health and nutrition. Aside from providing information about the size and proportions of the human body,, the data,, on the long-term,, can also be used to assess the correlation of health with nutritional status of a specific population. This project,, the establishment of Textile Product Development Center,, will greatly benefit the textile and allied industries and other sectors through access of researchers,, designers and local manufacturers to appropriate size scales. The availability of accurate,, precise markers and patterns ensures reduced fabric wastage and shorter lead time from design to finished product. The access to product development,, prototype-making and digitalized efficient chain of product development processes will promote design innovations and improve production system. In the long term,, the system will expand its application,, not only for garments and apparels but to other industries using textiles. Hence,, the Perfect Fit Scanning and Sizing System,, the efficient textile and apparel product development system,, and the collected anthropometric data will be deemed significant not only to the textile industry but to textile-related manufacturing industries and other sectors.
8152PROJ. 1 : Support to the Rehabilitation of Boracay Island Through the Upgrading of Material Recovery Faciiities (MRFs): Solid Waste Management ProjectRowen Gelonga EnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisThis study is a continuation of previous year's project on 'Support to Boracay Rehabilitation though upgrading of Materials Recovery Faciiity (MRF)'. To manage the biodegradable waste generated in Boracay Island, six units of bioreactor (1 ton/day capacity) were provided to Malay LGU. A temporary MRF was constructed to house the bioreactors and for the conduct of start-up training on bioreactor operation (March 2019). Normal operation of the composling facility will start after construction of MRF at Kabulihan Sanitary Landfill, Malay, Aklan. The current project will then focus on continued assistance and supervision during the actual operation of bioreactor composting facility. Available bulking materials as dry matter for composting, as well as other available composting amendments, will be identified within Malay Municipality, Boracay Island, and nearby areas. Training on Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) will be conducted to LGUs and Solid Waste Managemenl coordinators. To manage biodegradable wasle at household level, prototype household composler will be pilol tested.  
7142Optimization of Operational Parameters and Characterization of Tailings and Other Ore Bodies in Support to the Gold-Copper Pilot Plant in Compostela Valley Anthony SalesEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Liz Ahren PenaflorThe project is the Phase 2 of the completed project, “Field-testing of the Integrated Gold-Copper Mineral Processing Pilot Plant (Compostela Valley)”. The establishment of the UP-DOST integrated pilot scale gold-copper mineral processing plant in Compostela Valley (Phase 1) is a bold step to introduce and promote an environment-friendly (non-cyanide, non-mercury), high yielding alternative process of extracting gold from ores using flotation/gravity concentration technologies. The project aimed to address the technology limitations of mineral processing and extraction through the proper application of technology and to allow even small scale operations to conduct recovery activities at the lowest capital and operational expenditure while maximizing profit and minimizing if not eliminating the adverse effects to health and environment. The project team claimed that these alternative processes of Flotation and Gravity Concentrations are emerging.   The “GREENER” technologies showed high recovery of gold and other valuable minerals like those of copper at higher efficiencies.   Monitoring and optimization of the operations, in accordance with regulatory and statutory requirements, is important in the introduction and acceptability of the mineral processing facility to the small scale mining industry. One of important things to monitor is effluent quality and operational parameters. Also, characterization of ore bodies in the region will support the operations of the mineral processing plant and for the testing of the ore for its efficiency with the technology.  Operational parameters are needed to be monitored for the continuous production of gold at optimum level. Also, proper disposal and treatment of effluent is important for the continuous operation of the mineral processing pilot plant. Monitoring of the effluent is critical in terms of operational and environmental conditions.   Through monitoring and optimization, information can be acquired for the proper management and disposal of the tailings/waste materials. This information will lead to the sustainability of the mineral processing through the introduction of alternative uses of the tailings, such as fill/embankment material, which will add to the profitability of the mineral processing pilot plant.     This will be operated by the Provincial Local Government of Compostela Valley as the project beneficiary.
7096Strengthening the DOST ICT ServicesMaridon SahagunAll SectorsGeorge Monroyo, Super AdminThe proposed project shall be implemented by the Information Technology Division (ITD) of the Planning and Evaluation Service (PES). This will include development, upgrading and maintenance of IT facilities for a /more responsive S&T services. Specifically, the proposal covers the following components: B.1 Secure and available Network Operations Center B.2 Communication facility for DOST-OSEC B.3 Application systems development to provide anywhere, anytime access to tools and corporate information. B.4 Development of central platform capable of integration and access to varied information sources and materials as a tool for knowledge management services.  
8380Competency Building on Halal-HACCP and Its Prerequisite Programs for Personnel of Food Service and Manufacturing IndustriesMa. Patricia AzanzaFoodAleah Orendain, Fatima IbarretaAccording to Republic Act No. 10817, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as member of the Halal board was assigned to be responsible in skills trainings for Halal industry workers to comply to food safety, health, hygiene and sanitation standards. Likewise, the DOST is responsible in the implementation of competency and training procedures for the halal industry.   The Philippines will be hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games): “We Win as One”, from November 30 to December 11, 2019. More than 48,000 athlete-visitors are anticipated to come who would need Halal foods (Lim, 2019). It is the duty of the Philippines, as the host country for the SEA Games to ensure that the food and beverage for the Muslim consumers that will be served in the event are Halal.   Food service providers and handlers must be given a minimum training on Halal-HACCP and its Prerequisite Programs. Likewise, a food audit mechanism must also be in place during the actual food preparation and provision during the SEA Games to show the seriousness of the country towards respecting the religious needs of Muslims for safe and wholesome foods. All the learnings in the Knowledge-Practice competency building and systems developed in relation to Halal-HACCP and its Prerequisite Programs for identified food management personnel and handlers coming from food service and manufacturing institutions, involved in Halal food preparation and provision in the forthcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, will be utilized to develop monographs on Best Practices for dissemination nationwide, through the regional innovation centers for food processing of DOST.   The Best Practices documents that will be produced in this project will be based on research of existing knowledge and on its actual application in the SEA Games as a case study for dissemination nationwide for succeeding projects on Halal-HACCP & its Prerequisite Programs.
7980SETUP 2.0: Project 1. Technology Forecasting, Benchmarking and Roadmapping for Priority Industries/Sectors Jose Patalinjug IIITechnology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoThe project will have three major components namely: Technology Forecasting, Technology Benchmarking and Roadmapping. These components will be undertaken for the identified priority industries or sectors being covered by the program. Technology forecasting will involve the determination of new trends, new technologies and new forces which could arise from the interplay of various factors such as emerging public and consumer concerns, national policies and scientific discoveries or R&D outputs. These forecasts are very critical components in strategizing the medium and long-term development plans for the country's priority industries. Technology benchmarking will involve the comparison of the performance of the priority industries/sectors with best practices and technology applications of industries in other countries. This will provide important insights on the global competitiveness of our industries and provide the basis likewise for the development of strategic plans or roadmaps.  Finally, the project will involve the formulation of S&T roadmaps for selected industries/sectors both at the regional and national levels. Regional and national-level roadmaps for the food, metals and engineering and GDH sectors will be drafted. Furthermore, each region will also identify regional priority industries in addition to the food, metals and engineering and GDH sectors. National roadmaps for these additional sectors shall also be developed should several regions identify similar industries. Both the national and regional roadmaps will provide the strategic plan for the various S&T interventions being provided not only under SETUP but those provided by other DOST agencies as well. The roadmaps will be interfaced with those prepared by the different DOST councils. The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) for instance has already developed roadmaps for biotechnology, disaster risk reduction, electronics and semiconductors, energy, environment, genomics, materials science, metals and engineering, mining, photonics, transportation, and space technologies. The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) has also crafted R&D roadmaps for highvalued crops, livestock, inland and marine aquatic resources, forestry, and other environmental services.  The road maps will be developed adopting the "industry clustering" approach inasmuch as almost all industry road maps emanated from industry clustering exercises and value chain analysis. This approach is anchored on the principles advanced by Michael Porter in his book "The Competitive Advantage of Nations" written in 1990. Industry clustering refers to a grouping of enterprises in an industry, the allied businesses which support the industry and the buyers, all operating under an environment shaped by government, the physical and cultural heritage, and available infrastructure. The mode of clustering could be material-based, labor based, product-based and technology-based.  
7981SETUP 2.0: Project 2. Strengthening of Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for MSMEs Rowen Gelonga Technology Transfer & CommercializationTarhata MarianoThis project intends to further improve on the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) process currently being used by the DOST Regional Offices. The most critical components will be the (1) improvement of the TNA assessment tool, (2) development of technical benchmarks/references and (3) development of a TNA mobile application which will make data gathering and analysis more efficient and effective.  The TNA assessment tool is used to identify the technology-related strengths and weaknesses of an enterprise by assessing its core business functions namely: strategic directions; management aspects; technical aspects; marketing aspects and financial aspects. It helps in identifying technological gaps in an enterprise and the results of the analyses are used as basis in determining appropriate assistance by DOST. The DOST Regional Offices have extensively used the TNA tool as one of the requirements in the evaluation of proposals for Innovation System Support Fund (ISSF). The project will review and update the tool and make it more responsive to the current environment of MSMEs in the country.  The key characteristics of the TNA tool are as follows: It is intended as a diagnostic tool to determine possible problems of the enterprise; It is designed to facilitate dialogue between the enterprise and DOST leading to consensus decision making in terms of priority technical assistance to be provided; It is multidisciplinary - technical, economics, and environmental conditions and processes can sometimes be complex and may require different skills in collating, interpreting, and communicating information; and It improves the interaction between the technology generator, technology transfer agent and users.   The project will also develop technical benchmarks/references for priority industries being covered by the program. The benchmarks/references will be developed in consultation with DOST RDIs as well as industry experts. The benchmarks/references will be used in conjunction with the TNA assessment tool in order to guide the technical staff conducting technology needs assessment in coming up with the proper diagnosis or evaluation of gaps in the operations of the enterprise.  Finally, the project will develop a TNA mobile app which will be used by technical staff in the conduct of technology needs assessment on the field. This will allow for better data collection, processing and analysis.  
7315Development of a System that Can Determine and Classify the Layout Correctness of Integrated Circuit Layout Blocks using Machine LearningLorena IlaganInformation and Communications TechnologyDanilo Pateno , May-Rose Parinas, Jayson NuvalThe project is aimed at developing a system wherein layout of blocks can be analyzed for correctness and acceptability using machine learning algorithms. This is helpful in evaluating the performance of students or trainees who are taking courses that are being offered by CAMP.
8667Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS) Testing of the HET Generator SetPablo AcuinTransportationElisa SantosThe generator set or simply genset is the primary source of power of the DOST-MIRDC's Hybrid Electric Train (HET). Together with the battery bank composing of 260 lead-acid batteries arranged in a seriesparallel configuration, this combination set up the hybrid power system of the train. The Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS) Certification Testing was successfully conducted on the HET, in the guidance of the Philippine National Railways (PNR). The HET completed the Five Thousand (5,000) kilometers run with no major failure encountered and subsequently the validation testing requiring the train to be inserted as a revenue train in the Mainline of PNR for One Hundred Fifty (150) hours operating time with commuters on board. With the passage of the RAMS Testing, the HET was fully turned over to PNR and be utilized as one of their commuter trains for Calamba-Alabang route. An unfortunate incident however transpired just this July wherein the main wiring of the generator set caught fire while the train was northbound. A number of troubleshooting and repair measures were performed until this November wherein the train was tested over longer route and reverted to its normal operation. While the HET is deemed operational at present, it is nonetheless highly recommended for the genset to further undergo testing. The aspects of RAMS Testing centered mainly on genset have come into the forefront as a consequence. Upon its completion, it is expected to provide PNR confidence on the use of the HET on their tracks anew with minimal to none failure and interruption.  
7907Assessment of the Market Potential of Mussel in MarinduquePrincess Alma AniTechnology Transfer & CommercializationEdward Apigo, Daniel MalapitanA PCAARRD-funded a project spearheaded by Dr. Carlos Baylon of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) conducted a study entitled “Assessment and Database Development Using Geospatial Technologies” to determine suitable areas for the expansion of mussel production in the country.  Marinduque was identified as one of the suitable areas for mussel culture both in satellite mapping and ground-truthing by the project team of Dr. Baylon.   Currently, there is an existing DOST-Marinduque-funded initiative for longline mussel culture in Mogpog and Sta. Cruz, Marinduque. However, there is insufficient or absence of marketing study in the area to determine mussel culture’s competitiveness and feasibility. Further, farmers/fisherfolks are unaware of the market characteristics as well as marketing strategies that will ensure profitability of mussel production in the area.
6888Filipinnovation Entrepreneurship Corps: Enabling researchers to assess commercial and societal value of their researchRaymond TanTechnology Transfer & CommercializationLeizl Sueno (9) Description   Entrepreneurs are fundamental to the dynamics of an innovation economy. Start-up companies are significant contributors to job creation and growth. The reality worldwide however is that the long-term success rates of start-ups are very low. Many entrepreneurial programs have been developed over the years to spur growth and startup success, with varying levels of outcomes. One of the well-proven ones is the I-CorpsÔ program developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States. In this program, teams of academic researchers, graduate students, and industry mentors learn through active outreach to customers in validating their assumptions of market needs for their products or technology. DLSU proposes a similar approach for DOST, tailored to the environment of the Philippines dubbed the Filipinnovation Entrepreneurship Corps (FEC). The training component of the FEC will be a 4-week part-time experiential training program for 10 teams composed of DOST-funded researchers on assessing the commercial and societal benefits of their discoveries. The program is thus patterned after the I-CorpsÔ strategy and will enable teams to determine the commercial readiness of their research, decide on whether the innovation warrants further efforts to bring to market, and develop a transition plan to bring it to market in the cases where the team decides to do so.   For DOST this objective will also result in a better insight into the commercial potential of its 10 funded teams, with the added benefit that successful teams from the training corps will be in a better position to receive additional funding from both private and public sources. The second specific objective is to create a pool of trainers from both DOST and DLSU who can deliver the training and management of subsequent Filipinnovation Entrepreneurship Corps batches. In this regard, DOST is strongly recommended to select three people who will be future instructors to audit this proposed course. This will set the stage for DOST to establish a more sustainable in-country program with local instructors to lead future courses.   DLSU will be will be partnering with RTI International (RTI) and George Washington University (GWU) to design and deliver this program. RTI is the organization tasked by USAID to deliver the STRIDE program in the Philippines and the STRIDE team has extensive knowledge of the start-up and technology transfer situation in the Philippines. GWU is one of the main nodes of the NSF I-Corpsä network and has taught thousands teams on the Lean Launchpad curriculum. Although GWU does not have in-country experience in the Philippines, the team has tailored and delivered entrepreneurship programs for international clients. RTI’s extensive international experience with technology commercialization, establishing national programs focused on small and medium enterprise development, innovation-led economic growth, and in-country Philippine experience, paired with GWU’s strong entrepreneurship course delivery makes this a very strong program tailored for the Philippines.   
8761Scoping Study and Survey to Identify Key Environmental Problems of Industries in Valenzuela CityAbigail Cid-AndresEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Marybhel ManaoisThe MMIEERDC members has collaborated for a NICER proposal and has identified Valenzuela City as the initial site for technology transfer. However,to be able to fully understand the industrial problems regarding waste or pollution, a scoping study is necessary. Scoping study is one of the methods used to identify key pollutants in an area and options for waste management. The national capital region (NCR) is one of the contributor of industrial waste water into major rivers (Asian Development Bank, 2011). Some of the industrial wastewater in the Philippines are disposed without treatment. It is estimated that about 3.4 billion people could be living in water-stressed areas of Asia by 2050 (JL Mayuga,2018, Business Mirror).  Valenzuela City is labeled as a plastic city because of the more than 300 plastic and rubber companies, about 250 junk shops and almost 100 plastic recycling plants are located there. In a year, about 20% of the total waste produced was made of plastic. The hazardous waste generated can pose serious health problems to the community and its adjacent town. Not all of the companies can afford state of the art facilities. Waste management is a critical issue to the world and in the national capital region, a center for industrial waste management is necessary. Cities with plastic industries, such as Valenzuela City, and other industries will benefit from the technologies that will be explored in the proposed center for industrial waste management. Scoping is a systematic approach to examine a topic and identify main concepts, theories, sources, and knowledge gaps (Tricco et al., 2018). The scoping study and survey will include data gathering from related literature and survey from industrial plants. The data gathered will be used to determine proper waste management technology appropriate for the national capital region. Stakeholders will be consulted to identify specific industrial needs. Industrial profiling will also be done.
8753Preliminary Characterization of Taal Volcanic Ash as Potential Raw Material for the Construction Industry and Safety Evaluation of its LeachatesAdmer Rey DablioEnvironmentLaarni Piloton, Liz Ahren PenaflorOn 12 January 2020, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised an Alert Level-4 (hazardous imminent) over Taal Volcano after a phreatic or steam-driven activity. This eruption progressed on 13 January into a magmatic eruption [1].  This eruption caused large ash plume that rained ashfall in the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and the Metro Manila. PHIVOLCS reported that there were a number of fissures (cracks) mostly in the south-west of the main crater. The agency strongly recommended total evacuation of people within the high-risk areas inside the 14-km radius from the Taal Volcano crater, as shown in Figure 1.  This eruption caused a total of 271,000 affected population, 148,500 people inside 497 evacuation centers, and 3.150 billion Philippine Pesos damage to agriculture. Of the agricultural damages, 49.8% are for the fisheries, 16.4% for pineapple, 11.2% for coffee, 5.8% for coconut, 4.3% banana, and 12.5% for others.  Because of the ashfall plume caused by the Taal Volcano eruption, there is a need to characterize the ashfall for possible risk to drinking water safety and agricultural crops. The bulk amount of the ashfall can also be characterized as potential raw material for cement to be used by the construction industry. The quality of the ashfall as raw material can be evaluated based on the Philippine National Standard for Portland Cement (PNS 07:2005). Ashfall can be tested for water soluble sulfate and water soluble chloride to ensure that once used as raw material for construction industry, it will not cause corrosion of metal reinforcement. Leachates from the ashfall can also be tested for the presence of trace metals which may pose risk to health and the environment.
8784Optimal Locations and Allocation of Personnel (OLAP) at Checkpoints during the Coronavirus Lockdown in Metro Manila and other Regions Alexis FilloneTransportationNilo Pena, Rachel HabanaA total of 65 checkpoints were set up in Metro Manila during the one-month lockdown to contain the coronavirus from spreading. This will be the first time that Metro Manila is subjected to a lockdown and the assignment of both medical and armed forces personnel in each checkpoint was done in haste given the gravity of the situation. To provide basis on how to optimally allocate both medical and armed forces personnel on each checkpoint, this study proposes a methodology given the importance of each road segment with checkpoint in terms of the number of zones it serves both outside and inside Metro Manila, the number of hospitals providing medical care to COVID-19 patients as well as the number of major supermarket and public markets located on these zones. Hospitals, supermarkets and public markets were the only major facilities allowed during the one-month lockdown in Metro Manila aside from local government units emergency and police personnel that are available in each city and municipality.
8785Bayan Ko-opsDr. Eugene Rex JalaoDisaster Mitigation, TransportationNilo Pena, Rachel HabanaIt is proposed that a platform through an online intgrated digital inventory will provide a complementary solution to the identified problem. This online integrated digital inventory ensures that data on basic goods supply of retail service are easily available to pertinent government agencies and adjust regulation measures and/or decisions according to available information on the demand side. Another feature of the project is to collect data of various physical stores gathering entries from visiting customers through a crowdsourcing effort. 
8811PILOT TESTING AND DEPLOYMENT OF AUTOMATED QUARANTINE CONTROL CHECKPOINT MECHANISM IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL COVID-19 INITIATIVESEngr. Erwin AriolaTransportationNilo Pena, Rachel HabanaThis project will facilitate the pilot testing and deployment of the rapid pass system at 180 checkpoints in the National Capital Region. Necessary information and reference materials will also be produced to smoothen rapid pass system implementation and adoption. Further continuous monitoring and evaluation through random visits at checkpoints and inter-agency meetings will be conducted to immediately address issues and concerns and ensure continuous improvement of implementation mechanisms. 
8828Mass Production and Distribution of Face ShieldsLina AfableMaterial ScienceJoann Villarias, Desiree VeraThe face shield is composed of a polypropylene frame and an acetate film that serves as the face shield. The frame is lightweight at around 40 grams in weight, while the acetate film provides ample cover of the entire face as well as provide clear visibility. It is easy to assemble where an A4 size acetate is attached to lugs provide around the frame. It is reusable. It is advised to put an elastic connector, e.g. rubber band or garter, at the ends of the frame when wearing to avoid them from being flown away by strong winds when worn outdoors.
8820A COVID-19 Initiative: Development of Sixty-six (66) units of Specimen Collection Booth and Conduct of Testing and Data Gathering in Selected AreasAugusto Martinez IIITechnology Transfer & CommercializationNorman Nicole Jimenez, Edward ApigoFuturistic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise, Inc. designed a swab testing station that will mitigate the exposure of frontline health workers to the virus. By having a testing booth, people with coronavirus symptoms can get tested without being in direct contact with the medical staff. This will tackle the problem of safety and at the same time reduce the time in the collection of samples. Each patient will stand/sit outside the booth while the medical professional collects their samples by swabbing their nose and throat using arm-length nitrile gloves built into the front window of the booth. The mass testing booth is inspired by the telephone booth-style coronavirus testing facilities introduced by South Korean hospitals as their response to the increasing COVID cases in their country.
8826Design, Development and Validation of Automated Emergency VentilatorJohn Joel MartinezElectronics TechnologyMay-Rose ParinasNo specific description stated.
5318MICAB CAB HAILING BIG DATA ANALYTICS ENGINEKenneth Joseph Von BaylosisTechnology Transfer & CommercializationJejomar Carlos
9454Quick Response on the Production of Re-wear (Re-usable, Washable and Re-wearable) Face Masks Made SmartCelia ElumbaProcessNeil Allen Lalusin, Mary Grace Buenavides To develop and deploy quick response re-useable, washable and rewearable facial mask as protective face wear against liquid droplets that may harbor emerging infectious diseases, and environmental pollution.