The Latest Achievements in Science in the Philippines

In DOST science news, The Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines has recently been progressive in innovation and modernization. The Philippine government continuously engages in technology-intensive research and capacity-building to further improve the service for the Filipino people.

Many DOST Projects were halted due to the pandemic. However, this unforeseen event did not stop the government from addressing the current and anticipated concerns of our country.

The Latest Achievements in Science in the Philippines

The following list of DOST achievements and innovations are evident in space, medicine, weather, IT, robotics, and more. Here is the list of the latest scientific achievements in the Philippines: 

The first Philippine University-built cube satellites are back on Earth.

After more than ten months of deployment with Maya-3 and Maya-4, both cube satellites are successfully back on Earth. They re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on August 4 (10:01 PM PST) and August 8 (4:09 PM PST). These satellites’ mission was to carry commercial APRS- DP, which will be used to transmit information over ham radio or amateur radio.

The Modernization of Research & Development and testing facilities.

In cooperation with Higher Education Institutions and research institutions, the DOST established modernized facilities that will further spur research & development activities. In addition, they provide Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) tools needed to increase their productivity and efficiency.

  • Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory
  • Electronics Products Development Center
  • High-Performance Computing Facilities
  • Philippine Genome Center
  • Drug Discovery Facilities
  • Radiation Processing Facilities
  • Die and Mold Solutions Center

AeroComp: Enhanced Lightweight Fiber

In the field of Aero comp, reinforced Composites Structures for Defense Applications are spearheaded by Eduardo Magdaluyo of the University of the Philippines Diliman – Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The project seeks to find a cost-effective alternative to ballistic protective materials used by the armed forces through the fiber-reinforced polymer.

Development of Platform for Short Range, Heavy Payload, Multi-Mission Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 

With the help of Engr. Arnaldo Gutierrez of Holy Angel University, there is a development of Platform for Short Range, Heavy Payload, Multi-Mission Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The proposal aims to develop an unmanned aircraft system specializing in transporting essential goods and supplies for emergencies and in far-flung areas.

Development and Institutionalization of DOST Foresight Framework and Protocol

With the help of DOST-PCAARRD, Mia Barbara spearheaded the development and institutionalization of the DOST foresight Framework and protocol. The project aims to institutionalize a foresight framework protocol that would monitor and strategize incoming trends in science and emerging technologies.

AI Research Center for Community Development (AIRCoDE)

Joseph Onate of the Camarines Sur Polytechnic College established the AI Research Center for Community Development (AIRCoDE). AIRCoDE seeks to establish an artificial intelligence research laboratory where AI enthusiasts, faculty, ` and students can study and research deep learning, computer vision, etc.

DNA sequencing and Bioinformatics services in Visayas & Mindanao

The science chief mentioned the Philippine Genome Centers in the Visayas and Mindanao that provide a full range of DNA sequencing and Bioinformatics services in the two regions, aside from the first facility in Quezon City.

Innovative Tissue Culture Laboratory or iLAB in Bulacan 

DOST launched its Innovative Tissue Culture Laboratory or iLAB, to use tissue culture technologies to promote sustainable propagation among ornamental plant growers in Guiguinto, Bulacan. This initiative hopes to receive a windfall of benefits to a very lucrative cut-flower industry with global potential.

Advancement in disaster management of PHIVOLCS in Mindanao

There is a recent upgrade in disaster management as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recently launched the PHIVOLCS Mindanao Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquakes and Tsunami (PMCMCET). This upgrade is to set further increase the capabilities of the Philippine Seismic Network (PSN) in the monitoring and warning system in Mindanao, ensuring continued operations in case key functions of the PHIVOLCS Data Receiving Center in Quezon City get hampered by any disaster.

The Discovery of a long-nosed ‘shrew mouse’ in Palawan Philippines 

Biologist Danilo Balete discovered a new species and a whole new genus of a long-nosed ‘shrew mouse’ on a mountain of Palawan, Philippines. The biologist also discovered that the mouse would help save the endangered Philippine giant eagle.

The Discovery of two new-to-science species of freshwater fish in Palawan Philippines

Philippine scientists have recently discovered two new-to-science species of freshwater fish on the island of Palawan. Namely, Rhinogobius estrellae and Rhinogobius tandikan. These tiny, blue-spotted fish are endemic to Palawan and are confined to freshwater pools and streams in a single location. Due to their restricted range, the fish are deemed highly threatened, and their habitats require safeguards against mining, road construction, and invasive species.

All these breakthroughs and achievements in science and technology will keep Filipinos moving forward. To know more about the latest developments and achievements in science and technology in the Philippines, you can always check the official online TV Channel of DOST – the DOSTv with its new and up-to-date livestream episodes.

Stay tuned to DOSTv to learn more about the latest DOST science and technology news in the Philippines.

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