MATAGUMAY na muling ibinaba ang telon nang nakaraang World halal Assembly 2019 sa kabila ng katotohanang sa dami ng mga dumalo ay hindi pa rin ganong  kaalam ng mga hindi Muslim ang tungkol sa Halal.

Umikot sa temang “Innovation for a Sustainable Halal Ecosystem” ang aktibidad ngayong 2019  bagaman hindi agad nagsimula sa oras ang programa pinasimulan ito sa pamamagitan ng  pagpapakita ng isang mult- media presentation na sinundan nga ng pagbigkas sa ilang sitas buhat sa Banal na Qur’an na ipinagkaloob ni Ustadj Abdul Jalil Amerol na sinundan ng panalangin ni Hadji Mohammad-Hathimin N. Mahdali, CPA, Accountant III, DOST 12.

Sa dalawang araw na aktibidad, February 26 at 27, sa unang araw ay  nagkaloob ng kanyang pambungad at pagbating pananalita si HRM Bai-O-Zeybadleem so masiu, Dr. Hadja Sittie Shayma Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, Chairperson ng World halal Assembly Philippines 2019 at Regional Director ng DOST 12.

Nagbigay ng kanyang mensahe ukol sa pamumuno at sa Islam si His Eminence Mufti Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus ng Bosnia Herzegovina, President of the Senate, Bosniak Academy of Science and Arts, Bosnia.

Kabilang rin sa mga dumalo ay sina H.E Ihsan Ovut, Secretary General, Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIC), Turkey, habang hindi nakadalo si Ambassador Ihor A. Khovaev, Ambassado Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Philippines.

  1. E VahidMarandi Moghaddam, Deputy of Supervision and Implementation of Standards, Institute of Standard and Industrial Research of Iran (SRI), Iran at si H.E. Zafr Soylu, Chairman of the Board, President Turkish Halal Accreditation Agency, Turkey.

Bukod kay His Excellency Dr. Abdulrahman Alzaid, Assistant Secretary General ng Muslim World League (Rabita Al alam Al Islami) mula sa Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ipinakilala ni HRM Bai-O-Zeybadleem so masiu, Dr. Hadja Sittie Shayma Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, Chairperson ng World halal Assembly Philippines 2019 at Regional Director ng DOST 12 ang keynote speaker na si Atty Saidamen Balt Pangarung, Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

Sa ikalawang araw ng WHA 2019 pinag usapan ang Basic Principles of a Sustainable Production in the Halal Industry kung saan ang Session Chair ay si His Eminence Mufti Mustafa Ceric Grand Mufti Emeritus ng Bosnia Herzegovina, President of the Senate, Bosniak Academy of Science and Arts, Bosnia at iba pang pagtalakay na nagbigay ng mga bagong kaalaman sa mga dumalo.///abdul malik Bin Ismail, 09333816694,





*Technology generators, pitch innovations to DOST Regional Offices*

Muntinlupa City – As a preparatory event of the Technology Transfer Day,
the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of
Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) organized the “ROs Meet Tech Gens” on 04
February 2019 at the Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila.

DOST-TAPI conducted the ROs Meet Tech Gens on 04 February 2019 at the
Crimson Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City The preparatory event created a venue to bring together technology generators and DOST Regional Offices for a market pitching of DOST-funded and -generated technologies.

DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina L. Guevara
said that each region has different needs and that the technologies to be
offered must meet the regions’ unique needs. “We want to bring the technologies closer to the ones who make decisions so that our technologies can find home to those who are capable of adopting them,” added Guevara.

Fourteen technologies from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic,
and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and seven
technologies from the Forest Products Research and Development Institute
(DOST-FPRDI) were presented during the event.

DOST Regional Offices Directors and technical staff were able to choose
technologies which can be beneficial to their regions for future adoption
and commercialization. The event has also presented the mechanics of the Technology Transfer Day including the signing of term sheets, Fairness Opinion Board evaluation, issuance of Fairness Opinion Reports (FOR) and Technology Licensing Agreements (TLA).

“Through the Technology Transfer Day, the Institute has issued 72 FOR, 31
of which successfully signed the TLA since 2016,” said DOST-TAPI
Supervising Science Research Specialist Caezar Angelito E. Arceo Moreover, six technologies were commercialized by seven adoptors all over the regions from 2016 to 2017.

“The commercialized technologies include the portable pellet machine by the
Central Luzon State University, salt iodization and salt washer machines by
the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), and liquefied
petroleum gas fired spray dryer, rice transplanter, and rice harvester
attachment for hand tractor by the Metals Industry Research and Development
Center (DOST-MIRDC),” said Officer-in-Charge of DOST-TAPI’s Investment and
Business Operations Division. A total of 110 participants attended the event.


*Diwata-1 images help monitor, sustain Manila Bay rehab*

*PHL-Microsat researchers task Diwata-1 microsatellite to take images of
Manila Bay and conduct remote sensing processing and analysis.*

After the massive cleanup and rehabilitation efforts on Boracay, all eyes
are on Manila Bay as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) began rehabilitation operations on January 26, 2018.

According to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, this would start with the cleaning
of the iconic bay’s coastlines and esteros, followed by a crackdown on
establishments around the area that would be identified as sources of
pollution and wastewater.1 More than just a trash-collection initiative,
the multi-agency effort by the Philippine government to improve the
environment of Manila Bay is meant to restore and maintain the bay’s water
quality level

On February 19, 2018, Diwata-1 was able to capture an image of Manila Bay
using its Spaceborne Multispectral Imager – nearly a year before the
rehabilitation project.

Satellite data, such as in the form of images yielded by our
microsatellite, can help us track changes in water quality.

An analysis of *turbidity*, using the Formazin Nephelometric Unit (FNU) to
measure water clarity, shows unmistakably turbid murky waters at the mouth
of Pasig River appearing to flow out from inside the river. Using a
baseline of less than 5 FNU based from Figure 2, which generally indicates
clear waters, more than 25 FNU units are shown to move out from the mouth
of the river even extending inside the river.

Figure 2 shows that the extent of water pollution extends inland, which may
point to the *built-up* areas inside the river as a source of pollutants.
This means that residential and industrial runoffs, such as wastewater from
factories, are dumped onto the river. It is important to note that for the
successful long-term rehabilitation of Manila Bay, the sources of pollution
that enter the river, as well as other river systems that drain to the bay,
should be identified and regulated as well.

Figure 2 also helps us identify that turbid waters are also present at the
shores of Bulacan and Pampanga. These turbid waters have a different
origin: *aquaculture*. In the figure, we can see the environmental impact
of the growing demand for food to supply the growing Philippine population.
To keep up with supply, masses of aquaculture farms have to be set up for
intensive fish farming which is an activity commonly associated with using
fish feed and fertilizers.

Unfortunately, unregulated usage of fish feed and fertilizers contaminate
water resulting to the milky blue waters at the area as shown in Figure 1.
These also contaminate the waters of Manila Bay. Diversifying and promoting
alternative ways for aquaculture should be explored, as limiting
aquaculture activities in this area—a possible effect of the Manila Bay
Rehabilitation Project— which may lead to a food supply crisis. Overall, we
can observe from Figure 2 the multitude of sources of the bay’s pollution.
Restoring the natural environment of the bay will require efforts to reduce
waste material from point sources. These sources can be easily identified
by satellite images such as those provided by the Diwata microsatellites.

What exactly are the effects of water pollution in Manila Bay? For one,
there is evidence of *bioaccumulation* of lead in fish muscles as well as
deterioration in muscle fibers of the fish captured from the bay. Mamon et
al. (2016) found growth impairments to *Perna viridis *(green mussel), a
bioindicator of water quality, due to pollution in Manila Bay3. Heavy metal
pollution is bad for both the ecosystem and humans as these metals are
transferable when eaten. Manila Bay is one of the sources of food for many
individuals who live in the area and their health may be impaired from
consumption of contaminated fish captured by fishermen.

Interestingly, applying the analysis to earlier images obtained through
other satellites (Landsat), showed that high turbidity reaching above
baseline levels occurred at the same general areas at same month. Figures 3
and 4 show that turbidity is not a unique event captured by Diwata-1; it is
an event that is most likely have been part of the bay for a long time. The
use of satellite images gives more dimension to the gravity of the
rehabilitation project aimed to improve the coexistence of the environment
and humans.

*Figure 4.** Turbidity Map (February 2017) of Manila Bay using Landsat-8
data. *

Satellite images, such as those provided by Diwata-1, and their capability
to provide timely and periodic information are invaluable tools to help the
rehabilitation project. In ideal conditions, satellite images can help us
track the temporal changes of turbidity within Manila Bay helping the
efforts of the government to rehabilitate the bay. With Diwata-2’s revisit
capability, we may better monitor certain high-priority areas – such as
Manila Bay – to compare water quality changes over time. Also, remote
sensing is a cost effective way to conduct large-scale assessments of water
quality at the bay as both Diwata-1 and Diwata-2 can capture a large area
of the bay to be used for water quality assessments.


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*About Diwata-1*

*Diwata-1** is a Philippine **microsatellite*
<>* deployed into
orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) on April 27, 2016.
Diwata-1 is the first 50 kg satellite of the **Philippine Scientific Earth
Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program*
a three-year research and development program funded by the **Department of
Science and Technology*
(DOST) of the Philippines. The program is a collaboration between the
of the Philippines*
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Science and Technology Institute*
(DOST-ASTI), and Japan’s **Tohoku University*
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University* <>*. Diwata-1
has three optical instruments for scientific earth observation: the High
Precision Telescope (HPT) which can be used in studying the extent of
damages from natural disasters; a Space-borne Multispectral Imager (SMI)
with Liquid Crystal Tunable Filter (LCTF) for assessing changes in
vegetation and ocean productivity studies; and the Wide Field Camera (WFC)
which can capture cloud patterns and weather disturbances. It is also
equipped with one engineering control instrument, the Middle Field Camera
(MFC), which is **used to help locate the images captured by HPT and SMI.
Diwata-1 has since captured over 36,000 images around the world and over
21,000 images of the Philippines (data as of February 6, 2019).*

*About the PHL-Microsat and STAMINA4Space Programs*

*The PHL-Microsat program is the country’s first initiative in developing
the country’s capacity in space science and technology. Through its 4 years
of implementation, it had successfully launched two microsatellites:
Diwata-1 and Diwata-2; and a nanosatellite, Maya-1. It is funded by the
Department of Science and Technology (DOST), monitored by DOST-Philippine
Council for Industry and Emerging Technology Research and Development
(PCIEERD), and done through the collaboration between the University of the
Philippines Diliman, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute
(ASTI), Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. *

*The PHL-Microsat Program is succeeded by the Space Technology and
Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program.
STAMINA4Space is aimed at further developing deep expertise that enable and
sustain the growth of a local scientific-industrial base in space
technology and applications in the Philippines. Through science-based
policies and programs supported by innovations in space technology,
STAMINA4Space intends to contribute to building a resilient Filipino
society and a productive, knowledge-based economy.*

*For more images of Diwata-1 and Diwata-2, visit us at*
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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)