June 19, 2019


DA Seeks Meeting with DOST, DOH & DTI over ‘Fake’ Vinegar Issues

(SDN) — CONSUMERS’ strong desire to know the names of 15 Philippine vinegar (“suka”) brands reported to be “fake” have found support from the Department of Agriculture (DA). The issue has already reached the ears of DA Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” F. Piñol as he laid down his department’s position in what he described as “the controversy.” […]

Update, DOST Study: DOH Says Synthetic Acetic Acid in Vinegar ‘Not Necessarily Unsafe’

Updated, today, May 21, 2019: (SDN) — Be careful what vinegar brand you put in your food! It could be a matter of health, or a cause of degenerative diseases. Like Parkinson’s Disease. Even cancer. This is because a study made by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has established that of the 17 […]

DOST Revives Digital City Initiative in Iloilo

By I.M. Biazon ILOILO CITY (SDN) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has recommended smart technologies for local government units (LGUs). In a meeting in Iloilo City, DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) recommended the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to create “smart cities”. […]

​DOST Holds RSM in Mindanao, Drives Home Importance of S&T in Sustaining Environment

The MindaDOST Cluster led by DOST XII co-organizes with NAST PHL the Mindanao leg of the Regional Scientific Meeting (RSM). Headed by Regional Director Dr. Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, DOST XII is host of the two-day event. =============== (SDN) — KORONADAL City, South Cotabato – “Caring for the Country’s Carrying Capacity.” Above theme embodies […]

Bad News: 44% of Filipinos Do Not Trust Digital Services — Report

Media Release: DESPITE the boom of digital services in the Philippines, a recent study from Microsoft and IDC Asia Pacific, Understanding Consumer Trust in Digital Services in Asia Pacific, revealed that only less than half (44%) of consumers in the Philippines believed that their personal data will be treated in a trustworthy manner by organizations […]

DOST Constructing 2 More Satellite Ground Stations in Visayas and Mindanao

Philippines’ Diwata-1 and Diwata-2 “eyes-in-the-sky” to get two more ground stations to increase data transmission to Earth By I.M. BIAZON DUMANGAS, Iloilo — THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to put up a a ground satellite data receiving station in Dumangas, Iloilo, the first time installed outside of Metro Manila. DOST’s ground […]

Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato Lowers Risk of Vitamin A Deficiency — Report

​Media Release: STOCKHOLM – Millions of families in Africa and South Asia have improved their diet with special varieties of sweet potato designed to tackle Vitamin A deficiency, according to a report published on June 14. A six-year project, launched in 2013, used a double-edged approach of providing farming families with sweet potato cuttings as […]

PH, HK Achieve ‘Milestone Accord’ for Filipino Domestic Workers

(SDN) — JUST in time for the International Domestic Workers’ Day today, June 16, the Philippines and Hong Kong have reached a “milestone agreement” as they signed a Code of Conduct for fair recruitment. In an email to SDN — Science and Digital News, the International Labor Organization (ILO) in the Philippines relayed this positive […]

Lucio K. Tan, Jr. Starts Green Canopy Project in Cagayan Valley

(SDN) — EVERY summer every year Cagayan Valley in Northern Luzon, experiences sizzling hot temperatures. In fact, Tuguegarao City, the capital, had the Philippines’ hottest temperature ever recorded at 42.2 degrees Centigrade on May 11, 1969, according to Quora.com. And ever since that day, maybe even before, the people of the province have been hard […]

Rapidly Aging Asia Needs More Domestic Workers; What About Their Rights?

Media Release: ​Op-Ed: Domestic Workers’ Day A rapidly aging Asia means a rapidly growing need for domestic workers. But what about their rights? Mr. NILIM BARUAH, International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Regional Migration Specialist for Asia and the Pacific, reviews progress on migrant domestic workers’ rights in Asia. ASIA is on track to become one of […]

HackerOne Reveals Results of ‘Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities’ Report

​Media Release: HackerOne’s white hat hackers continue to collect millions of dollars in bug bounty rewards, now at US$54 million — and growing (SDN) — ON June 13, HackerOne made public what it described as a “never before seen research” naming cyberworld’s top 10 most impactful security vulnerabilities. HackerOne collected the vulnerabilities through its programs […]

PCAARRD Joins Workshop on ‘Knowledgebase’ System Management of Lakes

Media Release: THE Philippines through a council of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has participated in an international workshop on the use of a knowledgebase/database system on lakes that can be contributed to by countries in Asia. Representing the country was the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development […]