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2010/03/29

DOST fetes basic research achievers

by Jowi A. Carteciano, S&T Media Service, NRCP

Quezon City (29 March) -- The Department of Science and Technology's National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) awarded eleven researchers in different fields for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of basic research on March 10, 2010 at the Manila Hotel during the 77th NRCP General Membership Assembly.

Awarded with a plaque and medallion of recognition plus PhP25,000.00 cash incentive each are: Dr. Emily B. Tan (Governmental, Educational, and International Policies); Dr. Aurea C. Matias for Dr. Amorita V. Castillo (Posthumous Award, Pharmaceutical Sciences); Dr. Windell L. Rivera (Biological Sciences); Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz (Agriculture and Forestry);

Dr. Maria Natalia R. Dimaano (Engineering and Industrial Research); Dr. Josefina V. Cabigon (Social Sciences); Dr. Maricor N. Soriano (Physics); Dr. Drexell H. Camacho (Chemical Sciences); Prof. Mauricia D. Borromeo (Humanities); Dr. Nathaniel T. Servando (Earth and Space Sciences); and Dr. Mauro F. Manuel (Veterinary Medicine).

The awardees' outstanding researches include the following: the development of science and mathematics education and faculty (Tan); the phytochemical investigation of Philippine medicinal plants (Castillo); the development of diagnostic tool differentiating the morphological identity of Entamoeba species (Entamoeba histolytica and Entamoeba dispar) (Rivera); technical papers on watershed management guidelines and impacts of climate change (Cruz); the assessment and evaluation of possible materials as potential sources of biofuel (Dimaano); reproductive rights advocacy and population studies (Cabigon);

The innovative use of color, video, and image processing as applied to marine science (Soriano); the improvement of the semiconductor industry that dealt with the assembly process and material properties (Camacho); for pioneering the ethnomusicological research on Gaddang folk songs of Nueva Viscaya and vocal music of the Cordillera (Borromeo); the analysis and prediction of rainfall associated with monsson surge through numerical modeling using high-speed computing system (Servando); and the pioneering studies on veterinary parasitology and protozoology, particularly on blood, gastrointestinal and ecto-parasites of domestic animals and poultry (Manuel).

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, NRCP President, Prof. Fortunato T. de la Peņa, DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services, and Dr. Napoleon P. Hernandez, NRCP Executive Director led the awarding ceremonies. The Assembly was attended by approximately one thousand member researchers, scientists, and technologists from the different research institutions of the country. Other activities during the Assembly were plenary discussions that anchored on the theme "Facing Challenges of Climate Change through Science and Technology."

Barangay Fire Buster Launched

With the number of fire breakouts arising every day, inventor Mr. Antonio Andes Sr. invented the "Fire Buster", an effective and efficient mini fire truck that can traverse narrow streets in the barangays.

The Fire Buster is a project that resulted from the call made by BFP Director Enrique Linsangan to all Filipino inventors to invent gadgets and equipments that can be used to combat fire. The Fire Buster's primary purpose is to provide immediate response to fire breakouts and cease the fire while it's still at its primary stage or prevent the fire from getting bigger while waiting for the big fire trucks to arrive.

The Fire Buster was first introduced to the residents of Barangay 132 Bagong Barrio Caloocan City on August 5, 2008 spearheaded by its Barangay Chairman Danilo M. Caralde Jr. It is a welcome relief to the Barangay 132 residents since their barangay has been prone to fire (like last May where two fire broke out in their locality). The turn over ceremony was witnessed by Councilor RJ Echiverri (also the National President of Liga ng Barangay), DOST Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peņa, Caloocan City Fire Chief Inspector Major Diaz, FireBuster inventor Antonio M. Andes Sr., Barangay 132 officials and residents.

According to Barangay Chairman Danilo Caralde Jr, the Fire Buster will be of great use to them since their barangay commonly called ?Barangay Tsinelas' due to rubber sandals manufacturing sites thus it is more prone to fire incidents. It is also helpful for a barangay like Barangay 132 wherein the streets are narrow because the Fire Buster can pass these streets without any problem, saving them a lot of time.

Chief Inspector Roel Jeremy Diaz, City Fire Marshall, plans to form the Barangay Volunteer Fire Brigade (A FIRST RESPONSE TEAM) to be thoroughly trained on fire quick response and safety procedures in case of fire.

Liga ng Barangay National President and Caloocan Councilor RJ Echiverri also plans to adopt the same project in other barangays in Caloocan City and will endorse the same to the Liga ng Baragay all over the Philippines.

Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peņa appreciated the invention for its practicality being compared to some invention proposals that are quiet out of reach. He stressed the help being extended by DOST to all Filipino inventors and encourages everyone to come up with same ideas that can benefit the society.

Inventor Antonio M. Andes Sr. stressed that his invention is also useful not only to urban areas but also to far flung barangays where fire alarm response will be quite late due to its distance from the nearest fire station. Coastal barangays can also benefit most since they also have narrow streets and usually don't have any fire fighting equipments. The Fire Buster can suction water source from creek, rivers and sea. (DOST) [top]

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