Science and technology for wealth creation is the central theme of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) 7th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC). The free event will be held from September 15 to 16, 2022 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
The event is set to showcase research and development (R&D) projects from DOST and its government partners: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Transportation (DOTR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Philippine Space Agency.
According to DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., “The science of wealth creation stems from the role of innovation in the country’s economic progress. Through R&D, we can generate technology-based solutions that respond to pressing societal needs such as furthering the income and growth of our local companies; protection of human life and livelihood during disasters; sustainability and protection of our natural resources, and ensuring the well-being of all Filipinos through health, nutrition, and education.”
“R&D drives progress and wealth,” says DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation and Officer-In-Charge of the Office of the Undersecretary for R&D Leah J. Buendia. “The outputs of R&D go beyond new inventions. Innovation projects fill gaps in technology and prioritize the use of locally available resources.”
Kadios or pigeon pea is being studied to serve as part of a local skin antibiotic formulation
Among the highlighted health projects is using kadios or pigeon pea as the base of a locally formulated and sourced skin antibiotic from Balik Scientist Dr. Doralyn Dalisay. Her studies on skin diseases caused by infectious bacteria such as acne, impetigo, and paronychia are made through the collaboration of the University of San Agustin Center for Chemical Biology Biotechnology in Iloilo with pharmaceutical company Maridan Industries, Inc.
A project on disaster risk reduction is the Impact-Based Forecasting and Warning System (IBFWS) in the Philippines from DOST-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. The development of the IBFWS will translate hazard information into potential impacts. The new forecasting paradigm will make information actionable, enable anticipatory action, and humanitarian intervention.
To support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), DOST-PCIEERD leads the Enhancing the MSME Supply Chain Experience by Integrating Cold Chain Solutions–a presentation to be delivered by InsightSCS Corporation. The single digital platform connects farmer-to-consumer (F2C), business-to-business (B2B), and business-to-consumer (B2C), which increases process cycle efficiency by 63% by shortening the agriculture supply chain from eight steps to four steps.
Furrow Irrigation in La Granja, Negros Occidental
For agriculture and aquatic technologies, an agriculture innovation to be presented is the automated furrow irrigation system (AFIS) to improve production efficiency and cane yield in sugarcane block farms. This technology developed by the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) helps save water and improve sugarcane yield in farmlands. With AFIS, water savings of 2,020 cubic meters per hectare (m3/ha) can be generated. Hence, the labor cost for irrigation becomes lower due to automation.
Other innovations to be unveiled are technologies set to upgrade the business of MSMEs in the country. Industry members, the academe, and those interested to see locally-made technologies may join this free event online by registering at https://bit.ly/7thNRDC_OnlineReg-virtual.