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AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca

It’s over half a year gone by and we haven’t heard what the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has accomplished by way of improving the lives of every Filipino.


To be precise we think DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena has a responsibility that is so immense and so great that we should not take it lightly. For instance, it is the DOST which takes care of our health by leading the research on Covid-19. It also conducts research on anti-dengue drug candidates, a capsule composed of three plants. On top of this the DOST also takes care of food safety and nutrition and biomedical devices in lieu of biomedical services. It is also in charge of virology research and studies.


In the agriculture sector, the DOST takes care of the expansion of coconut hybridization in cooperation with the Philippine Coconut Authority. I follow the developments in the coconut sector because, I must confess my wife has a small coconut farm which she inherited from her parents.


It also has additional R&D projects in support of the Native Livestock Development Program.


On fisheries, DOST also conducts R&D on aquaculture species that have potentials for food security and export including giant freshwater shrimp or “ulang” and saline tilapia.


It also conducts R&D in support of native fruits for which niche R&D centers in the regions (NICERs) have been put up including citrus, queen pineapple, and tamarind.


It also helps the Department of Agriculture in pilot testing of locally developed agricultural machines.


For the industry, energy and emerging technologies sector, the department conducts experiments for the benefit of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs).


The DOST also helps in sustainable mineral resources utilization.
The use of AI and robotics technologies for infrastructure and disaster management applications makes the DOST important.


It also does space technology applications for public services.


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