04 May 2015
With the relentless efforts to sow a culture of science in the Philippines, science and technology workers in the country has doubled in numbers in 20 years, with the nation reaping economic progress as its reward.
In its study “Human Resources in Science and Technology in the Philippines” (HRST), the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reported that the number of science workers grew by 99.17 percent from 1990 to 2010.
The study, which aimed to provide benchmark data on the estimates of S&T workforce that are crucial in crafting S&T human resources development policies and programs, said that estimated numbers of HRST gradually leaped from 362 thousand in 1990 to 593 thousand in 2000, and rose to 721 thousand in 2010.
SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said the study described the past and recent status of HRST in the country with specific analysis on sex, age, marital status, occupation, and regional and overseas distribution.
06 May 2015
Campers together with SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo flash the “okay” sign during the closing program of the 2015 Climate Science Youth Camp held in Masinloc, Zambales.
Picking up where they left off last year in terms of developing future climate scientists, the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) again amazed 41 students and 19 teachers in what was described by the participants as a “truly awakening” 2015 Climate Science Youth Camp.
Scientists from the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI) were joined by meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and researchers from De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) in leading this year’s Camp which was held on 13-21 April in Masinloc, Zambales.
15 April 2015
From the coast Puerto Galera and off to the shores of Zambales.
The annual Science Camp organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) will once again gather 60 high school students and teacher delegates from 20 selected public schools in Regions I, II, III and CAR for a real-world climate science learning experience in Sta. Rita, Masinloc, Zambales on 13-21 April this year.
With the theme “The Ocean in a Warming World”, the Youth Camp aims to challenge the incoming fourth-year students and their mentors through lectures and hands-on laboratory and on-site field activities to inspire them to pursue science and technology (S&T) careers and ultimately become scientists in the future.
Joining the 60 delegates are scientists, researchers, and instructors from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and De la Salle University Araneta.
05 May 2015
Dr. Melvin Carlos of DOST-PCAARRD discusses the result of a survey on human resource needs in agriculture, aquaculture, and natural resources as various science education stakeholders gathered to review and update the priority science and technology courses of DOST-SEI’s Scholarship Program during the 2015 Roundtable Discussion on Priority S&T Courses at the Astoria Plaza, Pasig City.
The Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI) recently led a brainstorming activity with key science education stakeholders in the country as it aims to review and update the list of priority science and technology (S&T) courses covered in its Scholarship Programs.
At the Roundtable Discussion on Priority S&T Courses held on 22 April at the Astoria Plaza in Pasig City, SEI together with officials and representatives from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) , Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) reviewed the statuses of human resources in key S&T sectors such as agriculture, aquatic and natural resources; basic sciences; health and nutrition; industry, energy and emerging technologies, and science and mathematics education.
26 March 2015
Aiming to aid the banana industry in its fight against fungal disease epidemic through his study on a banana plant pathogen, a student from Ateneo de Davao University topped this year’s Bank of the Philippine Islands – Department of Science and Technology (BPI-DOST) Best Project of the Year Awards.
Christian John Capirig, a BS Biology student, bested seven other finalists from the University of the Philippines Diliman, De la Salle University and University of Santo Tomas with his project entitled “In Vitro Evaluation of Selected Bacteria against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense Tropical Race 4”.
In his study, Capirig determined the antifungal ability of the soil bacteria Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Streptomyces aureofaciens against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 better known as Foc TR4, in Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA). He found that B. subtilis and P. fluorescens “proved to be potentially effective inhibitors mainly because of the metabolites they produce.”