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DOST-DILG kick off joint program on disaster preparedness PDF Print E-mail
Written by S&T Media Service   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 23:55

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Office of Civil Defense kicked off the first leg of its regional disaster information campaign dubbed as "Iba na ang Panahon! Science for Safer Communities" last March 3 at the Oxford Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga.

The two-day event gathered provincial governors, city/municipal mayors, and disaster risk reduction managers in Central Luzon to arm them with the latest information, tools and technologies that help them understand the possible impact of hazards in their respective communities which is crucial in their formulation of local disaster preparedness and risk communication plans.

The collaborative project starts this March to help arm local governments in preparing for potential hazards in the future.

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DOST-PHIVOLCS launches questionnaire for quake-safe house PDF Print E-mail
Written by Angelica A. de Leon, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII   
Monday, 24 February 2014 05:01

Is your house ready for a strong earthquake?

To help owners of concrete hollow block (CHB) houses answer this question, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), launched a 12-point questionnaire last February 19 at the PHIVOLCS Auditorium in Quezon City.

The questionnaire is designed to guide homewners in assessing whether their homes are strong enough to withstand a major earthquake.

The questionnaire, titled “How Safe is My House? Self-check for Earthquake Safety of CHB Houses in the Philippines”, has 12 questions, each with three possible answers. Each answer is equivalent to a point. The total number of points earned determines the strength or vulnerability of the structure.

Among the questions in the checklist are:  Who built or designed my house? How old is my house? What is the shape of my house?  Has my house been extended or expanded?

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DOST develops wound dressing from honey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hans Joshua V. Dantes, Information Officer NIDS-TDD, PNRI   
Friday, 21 February 2014 00:13

Experts from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) have developed an effective wound dressing from local honey sources in the Philippines. Taking advantage of the antimicrobial properties of these local, readily available products, the DOST-PNRI experts produced a cheaper and comparable alternative – if not a better one already – to antibiotics for treating exudating wounds and burns. Exudates

“Honey has, since ancient days, been used for medicinal purposes. Its composition makes it a very effective agent for healing wounds,” said Biomedical Research Section Head Zenaida De Guzman.

According to De Guzman, honey is ideal as a wound dressing not only for its antimicrobial and potentially anti-inflammatory composition, but also for its low pH level that is suitable for fast

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DOST pushes eHealth technologies for smarter healthcare PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maria Luisa S. Lumioan, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII   
Friday, 21 February 2014 00:09

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) trailblazing projects for the health sector  took the spotlight at the First Philippine eHealth Summit held last February 4 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City to pave the way for smarter healthcare by maximizing information and communications technology (ICT).

Using ICT for health, also known as eHealth, “is envisioned to transcend the constraints brought about by the country’s archipelagic setup and limited budget,” DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said during the event.

DOST projects for smarter healthcare include the RxBox, eHealth Technology Assisted Boards for LGU Efficiency and Transparency (e-TABLET), and the Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE).

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