“We want smarter cities. We want smarter ways of doing things.”
— PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit
Twitter: @edd1819, Instagram: @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science & Digital News
By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — SEARCH for a new technology for a better life for Juan and Juana continues at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
This time it’s through the DOST’s Innovation Council, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) under Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit’s leadership.
“We want smarter cities. We want smarter ways of doing things,” Paringit, PCIEERD head, said on Tuesday, January 5.
He emphasized the importance of continuing the search for new technologies and innovations during the virtual signing ceremonies of various projects worth a combined Php23,484,982.40 under PCIEERD’s Infrastructure Development Program (IDP) and Good Governance through Data Science and Decision System (GODDESS).
IDP and GODDESS are among the many programs of the DOST attached agency covered by its Human Resource and Institutions Development Division (PCIEERD-HRIDD).
HRIDD Supervising Senior Research Specialist Glenda Dorcas T. Sacbibit presented the division’s many programs highlighted by the signing of the five projects PCIEERD approved under IDP and GODDESS.
Under IDP, the two approved projects are:
1. Establishment of a Solid Freeform Fabrication Research Laboratory (SoFFReL) led by engineer Rex B. Basuel, project leader, worth Php6,494,950 for Pangasinan State University (PSU). When the project is completed, SoFFReL will be the province’s pioneer laboratory that employs 3D printing in metal craft faabrication. It will introduce the province, particularly PSU, to concept modeling, prototyping, rapid tooling, and digital manufacturing.
2. Center for Green Nanotechnology Innovation for Environmental Solutions (CGNIES) with Dr. Chosel P. Lawagon, project leader, Php5 million, for University of Mindanao (UM). CGNIES was designed to develop sustainable, scalable, and economical routes to functional nanostructure materials. Its research trajectory focuses on promoting green innovations in Mindanao, a solution that cares for both the environment a humanity.
PCIEERD approved three projects under GODDESS:
1. Development of Data Analytics and Information System: Support on Social Welfare Services for Senior Citizens of Butuan City, headed by engineer Eltimar T. Castro, project leader, Php4,999,050, Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU). The proponents described the project as an initiative to discover new knowledge using the Knowledge Discovery to Data Base (KDD) model and to develop and information system and data analytics to help in the formulation of policies, projects and programs for effective delivery of services to the city’s senior citizens.
2. PhilRice Data Analytics Initiative (RiceLytics), Dr. Jesusa C. Beltran, project leader, Php4,991,000, The RiceLytics intends to harness Data Analytics to enhance baselining and forecasting of status of the rice farmers the rice industry. It will develop an online Analytics dashboard that can be accessed by the public especially the decision and policy making bodies at different government levels for decision and policy formulation.
3. Development o Iloilo Province Employment Portal and Services (IPEPS) with Analytics, Dr. Yvette G. Gonzales, project leader, Php999,982.40, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ITSU). IPEPS will apply the analytics to forecast real-time data which are important parameters to improve the labor and employment services that the province is being provided. Its additional features will be added to help the job seekers, company, training providers and students.
In a related development, PCIEERD Deputy Executive Director Raul Sabularse voiced the planned facilities under the projects will benefit Filipinos.
He also urged stakeholders to help campaign for more support for research and development (R&D) not only from the DOST, but also from the international community. (✓)