IT is unknown to many that Muslims and Christians are more alike than different. Like Christians, Muslims are also divided and factionalism abound all tribes, races and ideals inside the Islamic World.
But aside from the Tawheed or the belief in the Oneness of God, and recognizing that Mohammad PBUH is his Prophet that obviously unifies the world of Islam, another binder glues the people of Allah in unison, Halal.
Halal has been the way of life for Muslims around the world, they would eat Halal food, dressed in Halal clothing, use Halal cosmetics, buy Halal Medicine, utilize Halal architecture, practice Halal governance and do much of everything with Halal and use Halal Finance.
Tribes may have different traditions but most of those customary ways are anchored on the principles of Sharia, the Islamic Law hence Halal is being incorporated.
Cause oriented groups may have different political ideals but personal politics may be set aside when it comes to Halal. Shia Clerics and Sunni Imam, embraced and shared the same table talking about Halal peacefully setting aside their sectarian divisions.
Talking Halal in all its holistic aspects to all conflicting stakeholders in the Muslim world may be an effective formula for resolving conflicts. Halal entices not just unity but brotherhood among Muslims, and now among Non-Muslim because they have seen its benefits.
The two day World Halal Assembly 2019 being spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology Region 12 with its Regional Director DR. Hadja Sittie Shayma Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan with the DOST Secretary Himself Dr. Fortunato T de la Pena and National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Atty. Saidamen Pangarugan
Dignitaries from the Islamic world converged at the Shangri La Hotel In Mandaluyong last February 26 and 27 bringing with them the knowledge they want to impart to Muslim Filipinos about Halal. Non-Muslim like some Christian denominations and businessmen also attended.///Abdul malik Bin Ismail, 09333816694, abdumalikbinismail6875@gmail.com


DOST takes lead in 3D printing research

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to unveil the Philippines’ first Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen) which aspires to be the country’s leading research center in innovative 3D printing technologies, processes, and materials.

DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit expressed optimism on the prospects of Additive Manufacturing, more popularly known as 3D printing, in the country as it move towards Industry 4.0.

“Additive manufacturing has limitless potentials–from aircrafts and automobile to medical and fashion applications–it is possible to create products for the same or lower cost without compromising quality. We are hopeful that with the establishment of AMCen we can see more researches geared towards this cutting-edge technology,” he said.

Additive manufacturing, allows rapid fabrication of various three-dimensional objects ranging from small parts and components, to three-dimensional structures such as cars, houses, and bridges. AMCen aims not only to have a user access facility but also to enhance R&D activities with the industry and academia.

This initiative will harness, strengthen, and expand the country’s capabilities in 3D printing and advanced design and manufacturing in the following areas: 1) Aerospace and Defense, 2) Biomedical/Healthcare, 3) Printed Electronics, 4) Agricultural Machinery, and 5) Automotive.

Balik Scientist and Case Western Reserve University professor, Dr. Rigoberto Advincula said that AMCen presents a unique position for the Philippines as it will be one of the first government-led centers in the ASEAN region that aspires to be a game-changer leading to Industry 4.0 goals.

Dr. Advincula will be leading the development of the center together with researchers from the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) and the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).

The AMCen will be featuring two state-of-the-art research facilities that are seen to spur interest in Additive Manufacturing Research, namely: Multiple Materials Platform for Additive Manufacturing (MATDEV) and the Research on Advanced Prototyping for Product Innovation and Development using Additive Manufacturing Technologies (RAPPID-ADMATEC).

The MATDEV will be the laboratory-scale facility for design, materials development, and testing for additive manufacturing prototyping wherein materials such as ceramics, polymers, nanomaterials, and any combination of two or more of these materials will be developed and optimized. The facility guarantees reduction in material cost, lead time, importation, and wastage.

Materials development for additive manufacturing application shall be coupled with the recommendation or adoption of applicable standards particularly those critical applications of the technology.

On the other other hand, RAPPID-ADMATEC will provide the technology needed to create more innovative designs and speed up prototyping by reducing fabrication and processing time of components and products. Moreover, it will focus on the development and production of complex metal-based parts and materials using metal powders, cater to the production or localization of obsolete parts or repair and replacement of components to increase availability and reliability of existing equipment, as well as to improve manufacturing strategies and product quality through R&D, product development, consultancy and training services. (30)

For Further details please Contact: Raissa Ancheta – 0915-3044422


SLERS levels up with new SETUP Equipment

Aside from the famous pastel and peanuts, chicharron is also considered the most-wanted “pasalubong” in region 10. With this comes the increase in trends on many chicharron varieties produced in the market. SLERS Industries, Inc. steps up to the trend by upgrading to all-new equipment provided by the DOST through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

With the project entitled Upgrading of Chicharron Production Through Automated Packaging, the company acquired the Automatic Packaging Machine with Multi-Head Weigher, Vertical Form Fill Seal Machine, Bucket Type Conveyor, Discharge Conveyor, and Hot Stamp Ribbon Coder.

The company had its first run on the equipment during the equipment turn-over ceremony on January 31, 2019, at their manufacturing site at Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Among those who attended the ceremony was Ms. Mercedes Fidelita P. Mejia, owner of SLERS Industries Inc., and Ms. Lesli N. Uy, Science Research Specialist II of the Bukidnon Provincial Science and Technology Center.

“We are very happy today because it is the day that we are finally going to be operating the new equipment which we were able to acquire through the assistance of the SETUP program of the DOST.”, Ms. Mejia said. The company can now produce larger quantities of chicharron to cope up with the rising demands of its buyers. “This ensures that we will be able to continue our production without having to really put out a lot of stress on our finances”, Ms. Mejia added.

DOST is encouraging all Micro, Small, and Medium scale Enterprises to avail of the SETUP program to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness. For more information, contact PSTC-Bukidnon at 0917-677-3332. (Julie Anne H. Baculio, DOST-X)

About the picture (slers2.jpg): Chicharron products are weighed and fed into the machine before packaging. About the picture (slers3.jpg):Whole picture of the equipment. The products are being fed and weighed on top and gets packed below.

About DOST-X

The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) envisions to be an effective and competent catalyst of inclusive development by providing world class and innovative Science & Technology services in Region X.

Contact: Ms. Julie Anne H. Baculio, Science Research Specialist I (julieannehonungan@gmail.com, 0949-995-5172) #