Agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources technologies generated through R&D to be showcased in the 5th NRDC

Technologies and innovations which are products of research and development with the goal of food security and sustainability in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sectors, will be one of the highlights of the 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC).

Organized and held annually by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the NRDC features outputs of government-supported programs and projects under the Harmonized National R&D Agenda (HNRDA) to government agencies, local government units (LGUs), academe, industry and communities, local and international organizations and the general public.

Themed, “Research and Development: Making Change Happen,” NRDC will be held virtually via Zoom from November 9 to 11, 2020.

The R&D outputs in the agriculture and aquatic sector will be discussed during the third and final day of the NRDC, which will be moderated by Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Executive Director of the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).

Among the R&D outputs to be showcased are: how we have won the battle against cocolisap in coconut; clonal forestry; Hi-Q VAM for bamboo; microalgae as aquaculture feed; quality trepang from Philippine sandfish; surveillance system for banana disease; flora and fauna in Cebu Island’s key biodiversity areas; Pinoy gourmix; farming superlicious worms; and wonders of Philippine mushrooms.

A lineup of reputable speakers, who are the technology generators themselves, from various state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs), government agencies, and private institutions will discuss these topics.

Aside from showcasing technology and innovation outputs of the AANR sectors, COVID-19 initiatives will be headlined by PCAARRD Executive Director Reynaldo V. Ebora during the event. Ebora, who will be one of the panelists, will discuss PCAARRD’s GALING-PCAARRD program to address the impact of the pandemic. GALING is short for Good Agri-Aqua Livelihood Initiatives towards National Goals. GALING in Filipino means ‘to heal’ (Anna please continue with our usual description)

Ebora will also tackle the amendment to the HNRDA, particularly in the AANR sector, during the second day of the conference.

To learn more about the 5th NRDC and to register for the event, visit the website


Research and development initiatives with the goal of food security and sustainability in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources sectors will be one of the highlights of the 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC).


DOST gets 284 M funding for Virology Institute in 2021
By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will get 284 million worth of funding in 2021 for the purchase of equipment and other needs that will be used to start research activities under the proposed Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines (VIP).
The good news was shared by Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST undersecretary for Research and Development in the DOST Report episode aired on 30 October 2020. Dr. Guevara gave an update on the proposed virology institute that will be the country’s premier research facility encompassing all areas in the study of viruses and viral diseases.
Dr. Guevara underscored the importance of the VIP that would focus mainly on studying and developing vaccines on humans, animals, and plants. She said that there are research projects that have been approved and these would focus on the ZIKA virus, African Swine Flu for pig, and kadang-kadang for coconut.
The bill creating the VIP has already been filed in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
According to Usec. Guevara, the creation of the VIP would undergo two phases. The first is to organize the Filipino researchers who have been doing virology on humans, animals, and plants. The second is the establishment of the building or research facility that will take around two years to complete.
Furthermore, Usec. Guevara, head of the sub-technical working group on vaccine clinical trials, shared the many initiatives being implemented to provide for the development of and access to vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Guevara said the first step taken was to participate in the Phase 3 clinical trials of bilateral partners such as China and Russia. Once the vaccine becomes available, the Philippines would have the access to that as early as possible. The other strategy employed was to participate in the solidarity trials of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Exploring all avenues, the Philippines will also join Gavi COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, a mechanism designed to guarantee rapid, fair, and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.
Moreover, Guevara shared that the medium-term goal of the country is to establish a Modular Multi-product Fill-and-Finish Facility to be operated by a local manufacturing company. Fill and Finish involves the process of filling vials with vaccine and finishing is the process of packaging the medicine for distribution.

The DOST Report is a regular broadcast program of the Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-STII) that highlights the various initiatives and innovations of the DOST aired live every Friday, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, through the DOSTv Facebook page and YouTube channel.



“DOST aims at having more Inventrepinoys”

Maagang selebrasyon ng National Inventors’ Week ang hatid namin sa inyo ngayong Biyernes.
Ibabahagi sa atin ng ilang mahuhusay na Pinoy Inventors ang mga activities para sa National Inventor’s Week na makatutulong sa mga inventors at would-be inventors ngayong panahon ng pandemya.

At alamin ang mga programa ng DOST na makatutulong sa mga Pinoy inventors na maging successful entrepreneurs din. #Inventrepinoy.

At ang latest update tungkol sa siyensya at teknolohiya sa bansa, ibibigay sa atin ni DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” de la Peña.
Maging una sa balita tungkol sa siyensya at teknolohiya straight from the S&T authority sa bansa. Abangan lahat ng ‘yan sa DOST Report tuwing Biyernes, alas kwatro ng hapon sa DOSTv Facebook Page at YouTube Channel.