featured photo courtesy of NAST Executive Director Luningning Samarita-Domingo

Inaasahang magpapatuloy ang paggawa ng organikong pataba mula sa tanim na organikong palay ang mga miyembro ng Mina de Oro ARBs MPC sa Bongabong lalawigan ng Oriental Mindoro, ito ay matapos makatanggap ang naturang samahan ng dalawang shredding machine mula sa Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR.

Ayon kay OIC- Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer 2 Joselito Nathaniel Diaz, ang DAR Regional Inspectorate team kasama ang TRAMAT Merchantile Inc. ay nagsagawa ng aktwal na hands-on na pagsasanay upang sanayin ang mga miyembro ng kooperatiba tungkol sa tamang operasyon at pagpapanatili ng naturang mga makina.

Sinabi naman ni Ginoong Robinson Bolanos na malaking tulong umano sa kanila ang naturang mga makina dahil mababawasan na ang kanilang gastos sa pagtataim ng organikong palay dahil sila na mismo ang gagawa ng sarili nilang pataba sa bukid mula sa naturang mga makina.

Ang naturang mga kagamitan ay mula sa ARCCESS o Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services project ng DAR na layong matulungan at palakasin ang mga Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations o ARBOs sa buong bansa. ///DAR story


TOWARDS an economy of innovation in building the country’s innovation ecosystem is the goal of the recent 2015 innovation summit spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology, United States of America International Development and RTI International and the National Academy of Science and Technology the highest advisory body to the President of the Philippines in matters of Science.

Held at the crown plaza at the Manila Galleria Suites September 21, 2015 the event was attended no other than the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Philippines H.E. Philip S. Goldberg, the NAST Philippines was headed by former DOST Sec. and NST President Dr. William G. Padolina, Dr. Susam Brems the Mission Director of the USAID in the Philippines, representing the DOST was Dr. Amelia P. Guevarra the Undersecretary for Research and Development and representing the Intellectual Property office of the Department of Trade and Industry is Atty. Allan B. Gepty s its Deputy Director General and Officer in charge.

Creative minds not just locally contributed to the clash of ideas in ways to better the lives of humanity and in the recent keynote sessions they talk firstly on catalizing an innovation ecosystem by ways of generating innovations from the university laboratories to the marketplaces ergo from academia to commercialization.

The talk was expounded by Mr. Doulas Hockstad who was the Senior Director on the Office of Technology Transfer at the Tech launch Arizona of the University of Arizona in the United States while Mr. Alen Peacock the co-founder and Technology leader of the company “Space Monkey” in his presentation entitled making innovation happen from the MIT to space monkey and beyond.

While after the open forum one of the supposed speakers was unable to personally attend the conference so he his conveyed his message and talk through the web entitles igniting innovation about how universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can spark technological innovation, the talk was done by their Executive director on the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation Mr. Leon Sandler. The event held participants from local and foreign experts on different scientific fields advocating cohesiveness and collaboration on innovation.///Michael N Balaguer.

Meanwhile, wave energy and tidal technology is essential in mitigating and adapting to changes in the climate especially in places like the Philippines who has one of the longest coastlines in the world.

Personally interviewed by is Dr. Ian Hutchison from AQUATERA he believes that the adaptation of a comprehensive plan on replacing our fuel sources from oil and coal to tidal and wave energy in perfect for countries like the Philippines in terms of climate change adaptation and he says that there are efforts in realizing this through collaborations rom the academia and the private sector and he also says that the vast resource is still untapped.

If realized he says it will be most beneficial to the local population because it will not only mitigate and become a tool for climate change adaptation it will also generate jobs and investments whereby enhancing particulars for inclusive growth. In another story, marine mammals such as dolphins and whales are often victimized by irresponsible acts of humanity one being the various dead marine mammals usually found in coasts around the world. and DZR 810 Khz am interviewed Dr. Lyne Morissette from Quebec Canada who’s an expert in the conservation of these majestic creatures. We asked about them greatly affected by high decibels of sonic frequencies emanating from SONAR (sound navigation and ranging) from Military Assets such as submarines, UBOATS and aircraft carriers also with civilian oil drilling platforms whose noise is deemed very loud for these creatures to bear.

Dr. Morissette advised that measures to conserve the marine biodiversity include ecological tourism and whale watching only to re populate the decreasing population of the “right whales” the whale species that has long been victimized by whaling”.///Michael N Balaguer