“Science For The People” NSTW 2017 unveils S&T treats for Filipinos » Manila Bulletin Technology



The department of science and technology (Dost) is bringing “science for the people” via this year’s national science and technology week — highlighting services, products, and research outputs aimed at improving the lives of Filipinos.

From July 11-14, the World Trade Center in Pasay City was transformed into a virtual tech heaven, of amazing discoveries and potentials. See some here.


April 27, 2016 saw the launch of the first Philippine satellite, DIWATA, and was expected to be in orbit for two and a half years. Which means a little over a year from now, we can expect the DIWATA to disintegrate in the Earth’s atmosphere without debris crashing down on us.

The DIWATA has various applications but it is mostly used to capture images to determine if typhoons are on its way to the Philippines. This will allow Filipinos to prepare for disasters that are about to hit them.

The DIWATA passes the receiving station in the Philippines four times a day where it is expected to collect data and send new commands such as which parts of the country to take photos of. Satellite images of typhoon afflicted areas will be able to alert response teams. With satellite images other activities such as agriculture and mining can also be monitored.

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Project DILAW

This project seeks to install monitoring devices on all registered PUV vehicles. The device stores the vehicle’s route and plate number data. The ideal situation here is when a PUV passes by an MMDA station, the traffic enforcers will be able to determine if the vehicle is colorum. The MMDA station willl receive a notification if an unregistered PUV passes by, thus alerting traffic enforcers about the vehicle. The developers of Project DILAW claimed their engineers have designed it to be tamper-proof, so no one can simply extract the device from their vehicles, and likewise, removing the device will alert traffic enforcers. The project is expected to be implemented in full swing next year.

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The RxBox

In the Philippines, 60% Filipinos die without seeing a doctor, according to the National Telehealth Center. The reasons include the lack of medicines and life-saving technologies and the limited deployment of health workers all over the country. Some Filipinos also die without seeing a doctor because of geographical isolations.

A DOST solution is to develop the RxBox. It is a portable medical device that has multiple features: Blood pressure monitor; pulse oxymeter which can help in determining whether the patient has lung or heart problems; electrocardiogram (ECG), which monitors heart movement and can be used to help people with acute and chronic heart problems, including pregnant mothers with heart diseases; fetal heart monitor, measures the baby’s heart rate while in the womb and provides critical data to help in delivery; maternal tocometer, assesses the strength of contraction of the mother’s uterus while delivering; and temperature sensor.

The RxBox improves on the documentation of patient information using its CHITS (Community Health Information and Tracking System) electronic medical record — reducing unnecessary travels and hospitalizations of patients.

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Who ever said that Lego is only for kids? Felta Multimedia Inc., an educational manufacturer and distributor, added a twist to your usual Lego blocks by incorporating a little programming trick.

LEGO EV3 Core Set 45544 is optimized for classroom use and contains a small computer that makes it possible to control motors and collect sensor feedback, also called the EV3 Intelligent Brick.

It is designed for teaching children in the field of robotics, as well as natural sciences – physics, mathematics, computer science and design. The kit includes five sensors and a programmable block, through which the robot can be controlled, as well as receive data on the computer, via Bluetooth and WiFi.

You can interpret and turn two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional ones with the help of wheels, axles, gears, and sensors which you can troubleshoot, and revise all throughout the building process.

Felta also helped in producing Filipiniana Video Programs in association with the Cultural Center of the Philippines with titles including Encyclopedia Britannica, Library on Science and Technology, Math, Computer Science, Engineering, Values Education Videos, among others.

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3D Printed Prosthetics

3D printing is not just for the purpose of sole entertainment. 3D printing is now starting to be used for the benefit of PWDs , especially those without access to low-cost prosthesis.

Japan International Cooperation Agency, a bilateral company chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, in partnership with SHC Design Inc., and local clinic Orthopaedie Frey Fast East, Inc. piloted the 3D prosthetics printing in the Philippines.

3D printing prosthetics would cost less than the traditional, and can be manufactured in about 30 hours. 3D printed prosthetics would mean no more crutches for amputees, enabling them better mobility and opportunities. Unlike metal ones, 3D printed versions can be used for bathing and swimming.

Meanwhile, JICA also goes big on addressing Climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management. JICA cooperates with the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, and Department of Public Works and Highways to name a few.

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