Mga paraan sa pagsugpo ng “Cocolisap”, iprinesenta ng DOST at PCA

admin   •   July 1, 2014   •   3140

Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Sec. Kiko Pangilinan (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipatutupad na ng pamahalaan ang bago nitong protocol sa pagsugpo ng Coconut Scale Insect o “Cocolisap”.

Matapos ang ilang pagsusuri at sa pamamagitan ng DNA testing ng DOST, mas natukoy ang uri ng insekto na sumisira sa mga puno ng niyog na ngayon ay umaabot na sa 2.1 million.

Unang naminsala ito noong 2010 sa probinsya ng Batangas at ngayon ay kumalat na sa 4 na probinya at 87 munisipalidad sa CALABARZON.

Tinatayang nasa .6% ng kabuoang bilang ng mga niyog sa bansa ang naapektuhan ng Cocolisap at patuloy ito sa paglaganap.

“So you can imagine if it travels 400m a month outward malaki ang infestation niya that’s why we have to address it immediately,” pahayag ni Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Sec. Kiko Pangilinan.

Sa bagong protocol sa pagpuksa sa Cocolisap, unang tatabasin ang mga apektadong dahon, susundan ng trunk injection ng insecticide at pagkatapos ng 30 araw ay i-espreyan ng oraganic pesticide.

Pagkatapos naman ng dalawang linggo ay pakakawalan ang predator o kaaway nitong insekto para makontrol ang pagdami ng Cocolisap bago lagyan ng pataba ang mga puno.

“When you prune, you reduce the infestation population by up to 15% and so when the injection comes as a 2nd protocol, as a 2nd stage it will focus on the remaining 50% and so the treatment will be more effective,” pahayag pa ni Pangilinan.

“Yung pruning and let say trunk injection if they reach 65% that’s the number where in biocontrol would be be effective na to be able to control the remaining 35%,” saad naman ni DOST Secretary Mario Montejo.

Sa loob ng anim na buwan ay inaaasahang makababawi na ang napesteng puno.

Isinantabi naman ang pagputol sa mga punong naapektuhan ng Cocolisap dahil maghihintay pa ng 3 hanggang 7 taon bago lumaki at mapakinabangan ang mga punong bagong tanim.

Pinondohan na ng ₱750 milllion ang pagsasalba sa mga napesteng puno. (Rey Pelayo / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DOST develops ‘enhanced’ nutribun

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 26, 2020

The Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) is formulating an enhanced nutribun (E-Nutribun) in response to the need for healthier bread.

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said four different formulations were tested with varying quantity of ingredients. The first reformulated E-Nutribun consisted of bread flour, squash puree, sugar, skim milk, shortening, salt, bread improver and yeast.

Dela Peña said the E-Nutribun would be for the implementation of the government’s Supplementary Feeding Program during community quarantine or other similar emergencies.

The E-Nutribun is set to be launched during Nutrition Month before the end of July. AAC

DOST offers technology-based livelihood assistance to repatriated OFWs

Marje Pelayo   •   June 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is offering livelihood assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who wish to establish a business in the Philippines. 

DOST Secretary Fortunato de La Peña said the Department has seven research and development (R&D) institutes that may assist OFWs to establish technology-based business should they wish to settle for good in their localities.

These technologies include food processing and packaging, furniture, electronics and metal works among others.

De La Peña said OFWs may avail of the free training which include assistance in designing a business plan to determine the amount of capital needed to start a business.

Selected OFWs will be given cash assistance of up to P250,000 which include the cost of equipment needed for the technology of their choice.

Training is free, and all they need to pay for is the equipment on installment basis within three years without interest, while the rest of the expenses will be shouldered by the DOST. 

Upon full payment of the equipment, the DOST will transfer its ownership to the OFW.

Once the fund is available, the DOST plans to start the program in the National Capital Region (NCR). 

This is the first time DOST has offered livelihood assistance primarily to help OFWs who were repatriated due to the crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Interested OFWs may inquire at DOST cluster offices in Metro Manila. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

IATF approves Phl participation in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Upon the recommendation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the proposed participation of the Philippines in clinical trials that seek to formulate a potential vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Based on IATF Resolution No.39 dated May 22, 2020, the task force has also ordered the creation of a sub-technical working group which will be led by the DOST.

The group will be coordinating with the four collaborating organizations composed of the Department of Health (DOH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), and the World Health Organization (WHO) with regard to the said clinical trials.

The IATF has also issued a directive to the FDA to facilitate the processing of necessary permits for the conduct of the clinical trials in the country.

The collaborating organizations for the clinical trials are the Adimmune Corporation, Academia Sinica, Chinese Academy of Science- Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, the Sinopharm – Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, and the Beijing Institute.

Once the clinical trials are undertaken, these will be included in the FDA’s requirements for the registration process for the vaccine and the application for certificate of registration to make the vaccine available in the market.

The Philippines has initially participated in the WHO’s clinical trials, which include the testing of off-label drugs that show potential of being effective against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the IATF has also approved the plans of the DOST to construct research centers for the local vaccine research development.

These include the Virology S&T Institute at the New Clark City in Tarlac and the reactivation of the Pharmaceutical Development Unit of the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute. —(from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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