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2020 NAST AND DOST AWARDS: Call For Nominations

November 29, 2019

The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines, the highest recognition body on science and technology in the country is searching for nominees for the various NAST and DOST awards for 2020, namely;   I.      NAST PHL Awards 1.       Outstanding Young Scientists 2.       NAST Environmental Science Award 3.       NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists 4.       NAST Award for Outstanding Research in Tropical Medicine 5.       Geminiano T. De Ocampo Visionary Award for Medical Research 6.       Outstanding Book/Monograph Award 7.       Outstanding Scientific Paper Award   II.    DOST Awards 1.       NSTW Outstanding Science Administrator Award - Dioscoro L. Umali Medal 2.       NSTW Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award - Gregorio Y. Zara Medal 3.       NSTW Outstanding Research and Development Award a.       For Basic Research – Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal b.       For Applied Research – Julian A. Banzon Medal 4.       Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award (MFET)     Please take note that the deadline for the submission of nominations for all awards is on the last working day of November 2019 except for MFET award which is due on the last working day of July 2020.   NAST PHL is also accepting abstracts for the Call for Papers for the Scientific Poster Session with the deadline of January 15, 2020. Attached are the announcements on the awards for your information.   The nomination forms can be downloaded at http://nast.ph/index.php/about-nast/functions/recognition.          

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Hedcor turns waste to funds through Balik Baterya Program

November 20, 2019

A COMMON GROUND. Hedcor, OMMC, and PBSP sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their partnership geared towards advancing communities and the environment. Some wastes, like batteries, can be toxic to human health and the environment if mishandled when they are disposed. Because Hedcor continues to look for ways to improve the state of the community and the environment, it has forged a partnership with Oriental and Motolite Marketing Corporation and Philippine Business for Social Progress, Inc. for the Balik Baterya program. In this program, Hedcor gets to trade its Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULABs) to OMMC for proper disposal under accredited recyclers. Each ULAB disposed holds a trade-in value which will then be forwarded to PBSP to fund projects identified by Hedcor. Among various health and socio-economic projects, PBSP actively endorses projects on education such as the Learning Enhancement Assistance Package, known also as Project LEAP. This goal aligns with Hedcor’s desire of advancing communities through education. “This program doesn’t only help fulfill a company’s responsible business practices but also helps in terms of funding projects for the community,” said PBSP Regional Manager Garibalde Alvin Enriques. "The Balik Baterya program has been around for more than 10 years already, with over 260 partner companies." OMMC Representative Mark Lopez also expressed his gratitude over the interest in their program. “We really welcome companies who actively take part in the Balik Baterya program because it helps address community and environmental issues. I hope our partnership will be more harmonious in the long run,” said Lopez. In his message, Hedcor’s Assistant Vice President for Operations Leo Lungay also shared how program participants share goals. “Our operations depend on the status of mother nature, thus we are very active and dedicated in initiatives that ensure that sustainability is met,” Lungay noted. “Involvement in this program is one of those. And seeing the goals of your organization and this project, it appears that we all have the same objective--we are all for the betterment of the environment and the communities,” he added. Hedcor is a run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower. It currently operates 22 hydropower facilities in North Luzon and Mindanao and holds a total gross capacity of 277.36MW of clean and renewable energy.

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APC PR: Beyond Steelmaking

November 18, 2019

COMMUNITY PARTNER. Since establishment in 2008, Melters Steel Corporation (MSC) has sustained its efforts to better the quality of life of its host community in Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga. The current administration’s Build! Build! Build! program has fueled the significant growth of the Philippines’ infrastructure sector and along with it, the demand for quality and cost-effective steel. This presents a great opportunity for the steel industry. But for Melters Steel Corporation (MSC), one of the major steel manufacturers in the country, growth is not just about being able to leverage the booming demand and capturing a significant market share, but most importantly, it is about helping the community. On November 15, MSC, together with AboitizPower and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., embarked on a medical mission for its host community in Pampanga. Around 85 residents of Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga underwent free medical and dental consultations, as well as received medicines with a total worth of Php 200,000. "We are very thankful to Melters that as their host barangay, we are able to reach out to them to address our needs, and they have always been willing to help," Randie Flores, San Isidro Brgy. Chairman, said. Apart from the medical mission, other corporate social responsibility initiatives of MSC include disaster relief efforts, computer donation, and cement donation for the rehabilitation of the community church. "We try to help as much as we can. Anything with regard to the community, we're always here to help," Lance Lim, MSC Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, said. MSC also recognized the value of its long-standing partnership with AboitizPower to community and nation-building. "It's a win-win situation. We can always do it on our own but it's a lot better with the support of Aboitiz. We're very happy with our partnership and when the time comes, we want to expand our business with Aboitiz and grow together with Aboitiz," Lim added. AboitizPower supplies reliable, cost-efficient, and sustainable electricity to MSC’s smelting plant in Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga. "AboitizPower is very professional and we want to deal with people like that. They know what they're doing. They know what they want, and they know the direction that they're going to. We're thankful that we did not make a mistake in choosing them," Nena Lim, MSC President and Chief Executive Officer, said. The partnership between MSC and AboitizPower is built on their shared values and common goal of advancing business and communities. About AboitizPower AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities. The company is one of the largest power producers in the Philippines with a balanced portfolio of assets located across the country. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, its brand for clean and renewable energy with several hydroelectric, geothermal and solar power generation facilities. It also has thermal power plants in its generation portfolio to support the baseload and peak energy demands of the country. The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, including the second and third largest private utilities in the country. For further queries on this Press Release, please contact

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NGCP restores earthquake-damaged Kidapawan Substation

November 13, 2019

NGCP has restored its Kidapawan Substation on Sunday, November 10, ahead of its November 17 target energization. The substation is now ready to fully accommodate power from Mt. Apo Geothermal Power Plant (MAGPP) to the Mindanao grid once it goes online. The Kidapawan Substation suffered damage to its high voltage substation equipment and control room facilities due to the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Tulunan, Cotabato last October 31. Access to the substation was also initially hindered by landslides around the area, necessitating rescue of substation personnel by chopper. Despite the damage to facilities, supply of power to electricity consumers in the area was uninterrupted as NGCP was able to shift and transfer power supply through its Tacurong Substation. As soon as the situation in the area was deemed safe and passable, NGCP deployed its personnel to assess the substation damage and implement a restoration plan. This plan involved clearing of debris; design and installation of scaffolding/support structures; removal of damaged high-voltage equipment; and installation, testing, and evaluation of new equipment.  “We are pleased to report that with the collective efforts of our Mindanao personnel and additional line crews from Visayas and South Luzon, we were able to energize Kidapawan Substation and Kidapawan-Matanao 138kV Line 1 and 2 one week ahead of schedule. Our customers can be assured that we will continue monitoring the situation in the area,” stated the company. NGCP defers to the DOE on the status of generation, sub-transmission lines owned by the electric cooperatives, and distribution lines. NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.###

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Cagayan de Oro teachers hone their skills through Ayala Foundation’s CENTEX education program

November 13, 2019

As part of its sustained efforts in helping improve teacher effectiveness across the country, Ayala Foundation recently completed intensive training sessions for educators in Cagayan de Oro City, under the CENTEX Training Institute program. Forty teachers and a school head from Bongbongon Elementary School participated in a three-day training session organized by Ayala Foundation, in partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro and the Department of Education Division of Cagayan de Oro. Held from October 21 to 23, the intensive training sessions focused on the following essential elements for lifelong learning: “Classroom Pedagogy and Methodology, Values Clarification, and Use of Technology in the Classroom.” The development of thinking skills does not only play a big role in improving the learning experience, but also has a lasting impact in the growth and development of children. CENTEX Training Institute prepares Cagayan de Oro City educators to become collaborative agents of change who will guide children of today and tomorrow live and lead more successful lives. Among the topics discussed during the learning sessions were 21st-century learning skills and 21st-century learning environments, classroom management, socio-emotional learning, visible thinking, teaching with technology, and values clarification. Ayala Foundation develops and implements its education initiatives through CENTEX. CENTEX started in two public schools in Manila and Batangas, providing high-quality public education for children from economically disadvantaged families. Over the years, the program has evolved, as it emphasized that a child’s holistic development is the shared role of teachers and school heads, parents, and members of the community. Through the CENTEX Training Institute, Ayala Foundation brings the CENTEX experience of holistic and quality public education to different parts of the country. To date, Ayala Foundation has trained hundreds of public school teachers from 17 areas in 11 provinces nationwide, making an impact in the lives of thousands of students. About Ayala Foundation As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation's main program areas are Education, Community Leadership, Suitable and Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. For more information, visit www.ayalafoundation.org.      

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23 NorMin LGUs win SGLG award  

November 12, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 10 -- From 10 awarded local government units (LGUs) in the previous year,  Northern Mindanao surges up its number of Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awardees this year, reaching 23 LGU passers.   For the Provincial Government category,  the Province of Bukidnon made it to the list of awardees, along with El Salvador City and Valencia City under the City Government category.    For the Municipal Government, the following snatched the seal this year: Impasugong, Kadingilan, Pangantucan, Quezon, and San Fernando from the Province of Bukidnon; Sagay from the Province of Camiguin; Bacolod, Balo-i, Baroy, Kapatagan, Kauswagan, Sapad, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Tangcal, and Tubod from the Province of Lanao del Norte, Plaridel from the Province of Misamis Occidental; and Lugait, Medina, Salay, and Villanueva from the Province of Misamis Oriental.    “It is the honor of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 that our local government units took the challenge of passing the seal this year. Despite the tougher criteria, more LGUs even won the SGLG award,” DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said.    He commended the efforts made by the LGUs saying “beyond the recognition and incentives that the LGUs could get, being awarded with SGLG manifests that ‘good governance’ exists in their jurisdictions and they are able to provide excellent services for their constituents.”   This year, the SGLG carries on with the “All-in” assessment criteria where the LGUs must pass all seven (7) governance areas of (a) Financial Administration, (b) Disaster Preparedness, (c) Social Protection, (d) Peace and Order, (e) Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, (f) Environmental Management and (g) Tourism, Culture and the Arts.    For a province to qualify, ten percent (10%) of its component cities and municipalities must be passers, as per DILG MC 2019 – 44.   “The SGLG assessment criteria continues to be upgraded and redefined to highlight the critical roles of our LGUs, to encourage continual improvement to the services they are providing,” Agabe explained.    Moreover, he also lauded the efforts of DILG filed officers who contributed to this success.    “We also salute our matitino, mahuhusay, at maaasahang DILG field officers who did the extra mile in preparing their LGUs for the assessment, through the support of their Provincial/City Directors,” Agabe further said.    SGLG is a yearly award and incentive program that puts a premium on integrity and good performance as it seeks to institutionalize the continuity of local governance reforms and development. It is a progressive assessment system that gives LGUs a distinction for their remarkable performance across several areas. (Rezza Mae B. Tolinero/DILG10)

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