DOST bares agenda under PNoy
by RG Alama
Davao City (24 September) -- The Department of Science and Technology is focusing on an eight-point agenda under the Aquino administration, says DOST-XI regional director Anthony Sales during his guesting at the recent Kapihan sa PIA media forum.
First of the DOST agenda is the eradication of dengue and malaria through science and locally-made technology. Just recently the DOST has developed and will begin pilot testing of a kit that will control dengue mosquito larva.
According to Sales, the contraption is a simple black bottle that contains a solution which will kill the larva of these Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes.
Another focus point is the development of a locally-made Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. These PCOS will be locally designed and fabricated and be made available to the Commission on Elections for use in future polls. These machines will be 20% cheaper than those used by Smartmatic in last May's elections.
The third agenda would be the development and piloting of a mono-rail that would serve the routes along the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus. According to Sales, it would be a locally-designed and manufactured monorail which will encapsulate the current mantra of the present DOST Secretary Mario Montejo which is "local technology works."
Fourth agenda would be translating the highly technical weather bulletins released by PAGASA to be more layman friendly, which will be easier to understand.
Fifth agenda would be to issue frequent PAGASA bulletins, that would make the public and the concerned government agencies and local government units more accurately updated in times of typhoons.
Another agenda is the development of locally-fabricated wind turbines as an alternative source of energy especially to remote barrios.
Providing more science scholarships to deserving high school and college students and the ISO certification of testing and calibration centers in DOST offices will round up the remaining agenda of the DOST under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. (PIA XI) [top]