DOST Region 8 offers scholarship for science and technology courses

admin   •   August 1, 2016   •   7251

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TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — Students who want to pursue science and technology-related courses may now apply for a scholarship grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 8.

DOST regional director Edgardo Esperancilla said, third year and fourth year level students may avail of the junior level science scholarship program under the full implementation of the K-12 program.

This is in accordance with the fast-tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013 which aims to fill up the shortage of teachers for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in high school.

“We are happy to report that in Region 8, we are the only region with 100% DOST scholars in all the municipalities of the region. 652 scholars in the whole region,” said Esperancilla.

The DOST will subsidize the tuition and other school fees of qualified applicants in the scholarship program. They will also be given monthly allowances.

Students who can finish their courses under the program will be given priority to teach in the high school level even without a licensure examination for teachers or LET eligibility. But they are obliged to take the exam within five years.

Meanwhile, the DOST-8 has intensified its graduate school scholarship program for those who want to pursue a doctorate or master’s degree.

The program aims improve the country’s global competitiveness and innovation through science and technology as well as increasing the ratio of scientists and engineers in the country.

Aside from tuition, scholars taking a master’s degree under the program will receive Php18,000 monthly allowance, and Php28,000 for the PhD. (UNTV News & Rescue)

DOST tests efficiency of N95 mask; finds sulfur in dust particles from Taguig City

Marje Pelayo   •   January 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The UNTV News team has been given an exclusive tour to the Advance Device and Materials Testing Laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Experts at the DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) explained how they test the ability of face masks to screen airborne contaminants specifically volcanic ash.

DOST-ITDI Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory head, Beejay Salon initiated the testing of a piece of face mask that residents in Batangas are using – the N95 mask.

Ika-cut natin yung sample para makita natin yung layers ng mask (We will cut the sample to see the layers of the mask),” he said.

Using a state-of-the-art optical microscope or a low-powered stereomicroscope, they magnified the cut section of N95 mask 20 times.

The same procedure was done to an ordinary surgical mask.

“Kung ikukumpara mo ang dalawang images, yung N95 is mas pino, ito kasi mas malalawak yung pagkakalayo ng mga fiber (If we compare both images, the fiber in N95 is finer unlike in the [surgical mask] which is less compact),” explained Lab Manager Dr. Aracely Monsada.

So ano pong implication noon? Iyong N95 ay mas mataas ang efficiency niya (What’s the implication? N95 is more efficient) to protect the person from inhaling particles that are smaller,” she added.

Apart from smaller particles, N95 mask can also filter microbes and viruses such as the one that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

“Kaya sinabing N95 ibig sabihin 95% ang efficiency niya na pwede niyang i-block yung particles as small as 0.3 micron (That’s why it’s labeled ‘N95’ because its efficiency is 95% when it comes to blocking particles as small as 0.3 micron),” Monsada said.

The news team also had a piece of towel and a cotton fabric checked for efficiency.

Test results showed fibers in the said fabrics were not finely-knit.

DOST also demonstrated the use of its new equipment — the field emission scanning electron microscope — in testing samples of volcanic ash that reached the Department’s central office in Taguig City.

“Based doon sa result, may mga particles na may nakitang sulfur (Based on the results, we found sulfur in the dust particles),” confirmed laboratory analyst, Dhale Mar Alfeche.

“In terms of percentage, nakita natin na pinakamataas (the highest is) 9% sulfur,” he added.

Experts concluded that finer particles reach the farthest distance, because they are lighter in weight.

Therefore, exposure to such very fine ash particles poses high risk when inhaled or ingested.

“Kapag ito ay na-inhale ninyo, which is actually less than 2 microns, tapos nakikita mo merong mga parang needle-like particles, puwede kasing pagpasok niya sa system natin pwedeng mag-abrade siya (Once you inhale these needle-like particles which are actually less than 2 microns, it can be abrasive once it enters your system),” warned Dr. Monsada.

Tapos, kung aabot siya sa lungs pwedeng mag cause ng (If these particles reach your lungs, they can cause) cancer or other health complication,” he concluded. – MNP (with exclusive interview/coverage by Rey Pelayo)

Don’t forget to catch the Leonid meteor shower this weekend

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

If you missed the Orionids meteor shower last October, or you were not able to catch one meteor during your “star gazing”, then worry not. The Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend, November 16-17.

READ: Netizens share their Orionids meteor shower experience

Since it’s the weekend, hopefully, you won’t have to worry about your classmates or colleagues seeing your eyebags.

The Leonid meteor shower is active from November 6-30 and will peak in the late hours of November 17 until dawn, according to PAGASA.

A zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of about 15 meteors might occur during the peak hours of the meteor shower.

Unfortunately, PAGASA said the waning gibbous Moon will interfere with the observations of fainter meteors.

“The Leonids Meteor Shower is created by bits of debris left behind by the repeat passages through the inner solar system of comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle,” according to PAGASA.

Where’s the best place to view meteor showers?

READ: Tara drawing tayo! Ways to make your long weekend memorable

It is always best to view the night sky in high places like in the mountains or rooftops. Less light pollution is also better because too much city or street lights can overpower the light in the night sky.—AAC

Duterte in ASEAN: South China Sea issue must be resolved peacefully in accordance with UNCLOS

Maris Federez   •   November 3, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 35th ASEAN Summit Plenary at Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 2, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte joined his fellow heads of state and government of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in their plenary session in the evening of November 2.

A statement released by Malacanang on Sunday reads that President Duterte talked about the challenges that face ASEAN, such as, transnational crimes, advances in technology, protectionism and trade-related tension among ASEAN partners, environmental sustainability and geopolitical transformation.

The Palace said that the President thereafter shared his insights in addressing said challenges.

In elaborating geopolitical transformation, the Chief Executive made mention of the issue of the South China Sea “which he considers as one that is of strategic importance to ASEAN”, stressing his firm stance that it “must be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”

The President further mentioned that maintaining freedom of navigation and overflight above the South China Sea is a priority of ASEAN.

With its role as ASEAN-China Country Coordinator, the Philippines “vowed to do its utmost best to conclude the negotiations on the Code of Conduct — one that is effective and substantive — at the soonest possible time.”

The President also discussed the changing landscape of the Southeast Asian region “which recognizes the rise of the dragon (China) in a world still dominated by a soaring eagle (United States).”

The statement also confirmed that the Chief Executive called on ASEAN leaders not to choose — or be forced to choose — sides by pointing out what he calls a “strategic mistake” committed by the Philippines’ past leaderships, which he is now rectifying through his independent foreign policy.

The Palace further said that, for the remainder of this year’s ASEAN Summit, the President will likely continue elaborating and discussing the Philippines’ position in relation to important matters that are beneficial not just to the Filipino people but to the citizens of ASEAN member countries. (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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