LUNGSOD NG MALOLOS, BULACAN- IKA 9 ng MAYO, 2021 ANG pamimigay ng Department of social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ng mga Enhanced Nutribun sa mga bayan ng Bulacan bilang bahagi ng kanilang Supplementary Feeding Program alinsunod sa itinatadhana ng RA 11038 o ang Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act ay maayos na naisagawa.  

Ginanap nitong Ika 7 ng Mayo 2021 sa  Bulacan Provincial Gymnasium ang pamamahagi kung saan tinanggap ng mga representante ng mga bayan ng Bulacan ang 491,496 piraso ng mga E-Nutribun o enhanced nutribun na likha ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) sa pamamagitan ng kumpanyang NUTRIDENSE, isang adaptor ng teknolohiya at ang opisyal na supplier ng DSWD.

Ang sistema ng kagawaran ng pamimigay ng nasabing tinapay sa mga bayan ay direkta kapareho ng ayuda ay hindi na dumaan pa sa provincial government kaya kapansin pansin ang mga trak ng ilang bayan ng lalawigan na nakapila upang kunin ang mga e-nutribun na naka takda para sa kanila upang dalhin na sa kani-kanilang mga bayan at maipamahagi sa bawat bata sa mga day-care centers at bahay-bahay.

Ayon sa panayam ng iginiit ng representante ng DSWD Region 3 na ang nasabing pamamahagi ay isang programa ng pambansang pamahalaan at ang ginawa lamang nilang venue ay ang Bulacan.

Sa bahagi naman ng Bulacan Provincial Government bilang representante ng Governor Daniel R. Fernando ay nagkaloob ng assistance ang Hepe ng Provincial Social Wefae and Development office (PSWDO) na si Ms. Weng Tionson habang sa bahagi ng DOST ay nakibahagi rin si Dir. Angie Q. Parungao, ang Bulacan Provincial Science and Technology Officer.///Michael Balaguer, 09333816694,

TIP’s pollution-powered battery lights up the way for a cleaner lake
When we use light to signify hope, the fisherfolks in Laguna Lake knew this only too well since a novel source of light has fueled their aspirations for a better catch and a brighter future.

Researchers from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) developed a battery that literally lights up the path of fisherfolks and cleans the polluted water from where they get their livelihood, at the same time.

Dubbed iLAWA, derived from the Filipino phrase ilaw mula sa lawa (light from the lake), the researchers developed the battery technology from recycled aluminum, like cans, to help light the path of fisherfolks and clean the lake when submerged underwater.

The researchers explained that the battery gets its power from the electrolytes in the water due to the presence of electric charges. 

The battery then cleans the water by removing its phosphate content. Phospates in lake waters come from agricultural and residential runoffs, dissipating as the cell operates in the water.

The T.I.P. team, composed of engineers Niel Jon Carl Aguel, Ana Luz Callao, Paul Vincent Nonat, and Rowel Facunla led by Dr. Drandreb Earl O. Juanico, first conceptualized iLawà in 2016 to address energy-related problems that the island of Talìm Island in the middle of Laguna Lake has been experiencing.

Their earliest prototype received recognition in 2017, bagging them an award from a non-government organization advocating sustainable energy.

Seeing the potential of this renewable energy (RE) innovation, the T.I.P. team pushed for its further enhancement and has successfully received funding support from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST’s) TECHNICOM Program for prototype development, field testing, and market validation. The project was monitored by the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technoogy Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

With the ample support for the project, the team was able to optimize the prototype with its cell volume and mass reduced by 90% and 73%, respectively, while increasing power output by 89%. These technical improvements led to greater potential uses that require higher electrical power levels.

To date, the team behind iLawà has forged several partnerships among material suppliers for the commercialization phase and technology adopters such as the Federation ng Mangingisda ng Bayan ng Binangonan, a fisher folk cooperative that operates in Barangay Ithan, municipality of Binangonan in the province of Rizal.

The T.I.P. team envisions that the widespread adoption of iLawà will consequently promote aluminum recycling and help remediate polluted lake waters. The release of phosphates through chemical reaction in the battery will then improve water quality. Furthermore, it will contribute in minimizing fish kills in lakes and enhance the fishing livelihood in the towns surrounding the lake.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit said, “The conscious efforts of T.I.P to boost the livelihood of Filipino fisherfolks by developing a durable, cost-effective innovation, not only will TIP’s technology produce clean energy but also improve lake environments. We look forward to seeing iLawà light up Philippines’ aquacultural areas, rivers, and even coastal waters.”  

The Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) is gathering industry, academe, government, and non-profit organizations in a stakeholders’ forum to be held on March 25, 2021, via the Zoom Meeting platform, to present MATDEV Laboratory’s current and future activities on additive manufacturing (AM).

AM is the technique being used by the MATDEV Laboratory to produce models and prototypes directly from three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) without using any tools or fixtures. Funded by the DOST Grants-In-Aid Program, MATDEV Laboratory is a project under the Advanced Additive Manufacturing R&D Program.

Inaugurated on December 22, 2020, the MATDEV Laboratory undertakes research and development on materials for use in additive manufactured products to reduce the cost of raw materials by using local resources.

However, AM has been in use since the 1980s with Hideo Kodama of the Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute inventing two AM photopolymer rapid prototyping systems in 1981. Today, the AM process of making a product by adding successive layers of material is now often referred to as 3D printing.

Compared with traditional production methods or subtractive manufacturing, AM requires less hard tooling and assembly and offers greater customization or bespoke manufacturing at shorter time to market.

AM ensures continual availability of spare parts, which is particularly useful in asset-heavy industries such as aerospace, automotive, and medical. In some countries, the use of AM is widespread in machineries like turbines, handling and robotics, lifestyle and sports like jewelry and biking, and custom parts of classic cars.

DOST-ITDI foresees that in the long run, AM can completely change the way products are designed and built, as well as distributed, sold, and serviced. It is thus advocating AM to the industry through the stakeholder’s forum.

ITDI Director Dr. Annabelle V. Briones admits that “AM is where we might be soon as the rest of the world catches up on its use, which can edge out the competitiveness of our local businesses. Right now, most of our manufacturing firms are into subtractive manufacturing.”
Subtractive manufacturing involves cutting away from a solid block of material. A milling machine cutting/hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic is an example of subtractive manufacturing.

However, most of AM’s current users around the globe think that, “As it currently stands, it is unlikely that additive manufacturing will replace subtractive manufacturing any time soon. This is because both sets of processes have a very contrasting set of advantages and disadvantages, meaning that each can play to the strengths of the other’s weaknesses.”

Director Briones added that, “AM has been steadily growing a following, primarily because of its big market, which reported at $12 billion in 2020.”

Currently, analysts at Global Market Insights, Inc. believe that the overall economic impact created by AM could reach $100 billion to $250 billion by 2025, “… if adoption across industries worldwide continues at today’s rate.” This potential is seen to come from the aerospace and defense, automotive, medical, and consumer goods industries.

Through the forum, DOST-ITDI hopes to inform concerned industries on AM, its value chain, future players, and the business model which may apply to local materials manufacturers. (AMGuevarra\\ DOST-ITDI S&T Media Service Service)