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Feature: DOST as RP’s technology shopping center

Posted by Michille on July 31st, 2006

Feature: DOST as RP’s technology shopping center – PIA!

by Lovely Laudette D. Gamba

BUTUAN CITY (31 July) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently has showcased itself as the country’s technology shopping center during an investment forum, here.

The forum shows off the different technologies developed by DOST ranging from simple to complicated applications. Complicated machines invented by DOST to help boost production were also showcased during the forum.

The highlights of the regional celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) is aim to improve Filipino lives through science and technology.

“We at DOST believes that science and technology can provide us with opportunities and thus help improve lives”, DOST Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta said.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recognizes the role of science and technology in nation building. In her last year’s SONA, President Arroyo said that science and technology should be at the forefront of development.

Proof of DOST role in nation building is the food fortification process to help lessen micronutrient deficiency in the country.

For the past ten years, health experts have been alarmed of the micronutrient deficiency in the country, which is higher than the World Health Organization standard.

To address this problem, DOST came up with the food fortification of staple food such as rice, flour, oil, sugar and juices with Vitamin A, Iron and Iodine.

At present a number of companies are already adapting the food fortification process. In fact there are already available fortified oil, sugar, rice and flour in the market. Snack food factories have even fortified their products to make it more saleable to the market.

Other technologies presented during the forum, include low sugar banana chips, laundry bar soap production by cold process, oyster culture and spawn production, virgin coconut oil by wet process, natural mosquito repellant lotion and Carageenan capsule.

DOST was also able to develop a software called the Bayanihan Linux. The department was also able to develop a GSM data terminal, dry tunnel, aflatoxin test kit, mobile decorticating machine among others.

In Caraga alone, forty companies or industries have benefited from these technologies. These companies include TAGANECO, SMC Marine Resources and Adolph Coco Beads. This is excluding those individuals who have sought technical assistance from DOST. (PIA-13)

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