Honda Power Products: Quick Solution to Rising Flood Waters

September 25, 2019

The Philippines, as one of the top countries at most risk for typhoons every year, has continuously been very vulnerable to the effects of heavy rainfall and floods. Statistics show that typhoons and floods accounted for 80 percent of the total death toll, 90 percent of the total number of affected people and 92 percent of the total economic impact in the country. In these situations, quick response is crucial to avert the ill-effects of heavy rainfall in flood prone areas. Luckily, Honda Power Products through its Honda Water Pumps can alleviate the effects of flooding with a reliable variety of units that can function as flood control pumps. And with a diverse line of SKUs to serve specific sets of requirements, Filipinos dealing with flooded streets should be a thing of the past in the immediate future. Intended for supplying water to crops to promote growth, Honda's WL Series – specifically the WL20XH and WL30XH, are more than capable of suctioning out excess water through its high efficiency impeller that minimizes the variation of water flow inside the pump, thus also reducing energy loss. Both the WL20XH and WL30XH have overhead valves with a dry weight of 24kg., they are built to supply water for both small to medium, and large scale farm irrigation. Next is the WX10T, a new addition to Honda Water Pumps that is lightweight, portable, and fuel efficient. This water pump is specifically designed for mobility to empower people in helping out communities everywhere, especially with a powerful 4-stroke 25cc engine that can help people through any challenge or task thrown in front of them. Geared with a self-priming feature, the Honda WX10T promotes efficiency, allowing faster water delivery from suction to discharge – making it perfect not only for flood control and agricultural applications, but for the cleaning & maintenance of farms as well. Nature can be a force to be reckoned with, and if we are not careful, we can end up at the receiving end of its wrath. Thankfully, Honda Power Products continues to build the country to be better equipped for whatever tomorrow may bring as the brand keeps innovating with more technology designed to build the nation's foundations for the future. Helping people get things done is what Honda Power Products continues to aim for, and with this diverse line of power products, tomorrow sure looks promising. - According to data from

Innovation that aids locked-in syndrome patients nabs top prize in 30th BPI-DOST Science Awards

September 5, 2019

Jay Patrick Nieles, a BS Electronics Engineering student from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), won the covetedProject of the Year award at the 30th BPI-DOST Science Awards held last August 2, 2019, at the Alphaland City Club in Makati City. His research on helping locked-in syndrome (LIS) patients communicate through a brain-computer typing interface that uses visual imagination of shapes and sizes was among the thirty promising entries shortlisted for this year’s competition. Nieles also received the Best in Innovation Award for the same study with Christian Badua from the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila for his study on how probiotics can be used to treat colon cancer. The project, organized by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), convened outstanding students from all over the country to contribute researches in line with the theme, “Moving the Nation toward Sustainable Development through Science and Innovation.” “Through these awards, we hope to inspire more Filipino students to pursue scientific researches and innovations that contribute to building a stronger and more sustainable future for all of us,” BPI Foundation Executive Director Maricris San Diego said. San Diego led the awarding ceremony with DOST-Science Education Institute Deputy Director Albert Mariño. Students who participated came from eleven universities, namely the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), Ateneo de Davao (AdDU), De La Salle University-Manila, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, St. Louis University-Baguio, UPDiliman, UP Manila, UP Los Baños, University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. Each participant received P10,000 and a medal. The two entries chosen as Best in Innovation received an additional P20,000 and a trophy each, while the Project of Year Award came with an additional P25,000 and a trophy. Aside from Nieles and Badua, Alex Retona (AdMU), Chester Tantoco (UP Los Baños), Dewey Sia (AdDU), Ryan Suplito, (UP Los Baños), Jeremie Pearl Cruz, (UP Diliman), Jody AdrieneDong-E (St. Louis University-Baguio), Marc Anthony Reyes (Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan) and Marvin Serge (Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan) made it to the Top Ten and were awarded an additional P15,000 and certificate each. The annual research competition also featureda workshop from Asian Institute of Management (AIM)Professor Matthew Escobidoand inspiringtalks from Outstanding Science Alumni Awardees Dr. Leopold Ilag from Stockholm University, Dr. Luis Sison from DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship, and Engr. Maria Leah Flor De Castro from Ateneo de Davao University. The Outstanding Science Alumni Awards is a special category introduced this year as part of the 30thanniversary of the Science Awards. DOST-SEI Director Dr.JosetteBiyo congratulated the students and the BPI Foundation for another successful year of the Science Awards. “The works of our young scientists and engineers are truly worthy of recognition and we’re grateful that BPI is with us in urging and inspiring students to excel in science and technology. Three decades of Science Awards is a feat and a testament to BPI’s commitment to strengthen the role of scientific research in national development. Rest assured, DOST will always be supportive of this endeavor,”Dr. Biyo said. (30)  

DOST, UP: Small satellite subjects put space within students’ reach

August 24, 2019

More scholarships on nanosatellite/cube satellite engineering under way QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) Project is gearing up for the second batch of students for the nanosatellite engineering track under the Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical Engineering (EE).  The current batch of STeP-UP scholars presenting results of the thermal and vibration simulations (Photo courtesy of Christy Raterta) The nanosatellite engineering subjects in the MS EE and MEng EE programs are being offered by the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute in the College of Engineering of UP Diliman (UPD-EEEI) through the initiative and support of the Department Of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded research program, “Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement” (STAMINA4Space), and the STeP-UP Project, which is one of its components.  A step closer to space through scholarships The STeP-UP Project aims to proliferate the knowledge gained from the Development of Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program to local universities through the design and teaching of hands-on courses or subjects on small satellites and inter-university collaboration. Through the support of the DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), the STeP-UP Project offers scholarships for masters students who are interested in applying to the MS EE or ME EE programs in UP Diliman to study nanosatellite technology, specifically the mission design, implementation, launch, and operation of 1U CubeSats. All these programs and their corresponding projects were made possible through the full support of DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña. In 2016, his first presentation to President Rodrigo Duterte and then Cabinet members included DOST’s Space Technology Development Program (2017 to 2026) to have a corresponding funding requirement of 10 billion Pesos over 10 years. The first batch started in January 2019, consisting of eight individuals from different backgrounds and sectors, ranging from industry, academe, to the armed forces, in line with the project’s principle of valuing diversity and working with people from multiple disciplines. These scholars are pioneering the local cube satellite development and are dubbed as “UP’s next satellite builders.” The current STeP-UP scholars at work in the University Laboratory for Small Satellites and Space Engineering Systems (ULYS3ES), located in UPD-EEEI. Major activities in the nanosatellite engineering track include the development of 1U CubeSats, space environment testing of the CubeSats (engineering model and flight model) at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan, launch of the CubeSats via the International Space Station (ISS), and CubeSat operations. The list of the courses under the program is available here. Bringing it back home The local development of the 1U CubeSats in UPD-EEEI is being undertaken in partnership with the Laboratory for Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering (La SEINE) of Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) and the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite Project (BIRDS) Project. BIRDS is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite initiative of Kyutech that trains students from non-space faring nations on the hands-on design, development and operation of 1U CubeSats. The Philippines participated in BIRDS-2 (2016-2018), which launched Maya-1, and in the ongoing BIRDS-4 (2018-2020). In BIRDS-2 and BIRDS-4, a Filipino scholar was selected to be the project manager (PM) to oversee the team of international students undertaking the design and development of the CubeSats. “Being tasked as a PM for a satellite project is a major responsibility and is a reflection of the hard work and competence of our Filipino scholars”, says Dr. Joel S. Marciano, Jr. STAMINA4Space Program Leader and Acting Director of the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), also a Professor in the UPD-EEEI.   Recently, the BIRDS-3 CubeSats from Japan, Nepal and Sri Lanka were successfully deployed into orbit. “The STEP-UP project builds upon the technical experience gained from BIRDS-2, as well as updates from the BIRDS-3 iteration, to build and operate a 1U CubeSat   in the local academic setting and to proliferate the know-how to other Philippine institutions”, according to Engr. Paul Jason Co, Assistant Professor in UPD-EEEI and Project Leader of STEP-UP.  A team of eight (8) scholars in the MS/ME EE program in UPD-EEEI, supported by STEP-UP scholarships from the DOST-SEI, are now building two (2) CubeSats that are targeted for launch in 2020. This will be followed by another batch of eight (8) scholars who will further develop two (2) more CubeSats and launch them into orbit by 2022. The scholars receive guidance and mentoring from faculty members of the College of Engineering and College of Science in UPD, technical personnel from the STAMINA4Space program and researchers from the DOST-ASTI. Applications for the second batch of eight (8) STEP-UP scholars will open in November 2019 with classes starting on August 2020. Interested parties and applicants may contact the STEP-UP Project Secretariat at The application requirements and process can be viewed at  

PH bolsters fight against child labor

June 28, 2019

The labor department has strengthened its commitment of achieving a child-labor free Philippines as it pushes for more inclusive and preventive interventions in combatting child labor and its worst forms.   Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said DOLE has so far profiled 85,582 child laborers in 16 regions of which 18,651 were referred to appropriate agencies for the provision of services and assistance needed by the children and their families.   “Profiling of the child laborers is our strategic way of withdrawing children from child labor. We must first assess their needs and refer these children and their families to appropriate agencies and organizations for the provision of necessary assistance to remove them from child labor,” Bello said.   Apart from the nationwide profiling, DOLE has also provided livelihood assistance in form of Negokart and starter kits to parents of child laborers to enable their families to start their livelihood as a preventive measure against child labor.     Also, DOLE has partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Industrial Tripartite Councils for the provision of skills training to former child laborers to help them land decent employment.   “Eliminating child labor calls for intensified convergence efforts from various government agencies, non-government organizations, local government units, and the communities. We must work together in advocating for a child-labor free Philippines by understanding the problem that puts our children at harm,” Bello said.   DOLE, along with its social partners is all set to observe the World Day against Child Labor on June 29, 2019 at the GSIS Theater, Pasay City to draw public attention to the issue of child labor and encourage communities to be active partners of the government in ending child labor.   These initiatives of the labor department are aligned with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, which targets to reduce the cases of child labor by 30 percent or 630,000 from the estimated 2.1 million child laborers nationwide

25 teacher-scholars complete Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education

June 24, 2019

A special ceremony was held in their honor last May 19 at Casa Real of the VIP Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. The Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education is a flagship project of the Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan (through its Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts, School of Education Graduate School Program, and as facilitated by the Department of Education - Region X) acts as one of the delivering institutions in the country.  The diploma course has a total of 53 graduates since it started in 2015 at Xavier Ateneo. In his message to the graduates during the ceremony, Dr Arturo Bayucot, OIC regional director of DepEd-X, highlighted the significance of strengthening the teachers’ capacity to “radiate goodness” and not just to transform the lives of the students in our country. The graduation exercise was attended by the family and friends of the graduates and guests Dr Bienvenido U Tagolimot Jr, education program supervisor of DepEd-X; Irene Grace A Guitarte, XU's VP for mission and ministry; Dr Junefel Macagba, faculty member XU School of Education; and Hobart P Savior, XCCA director. “This is the positioning where our dear graduates are equipped and trained with, not just as scholars or teachers but also as enablers on cultural education and cultural work," Savior shared during the event. "We need more of them so we are able to strengthen a community of artists, leaders, and teachers who have high regard on developing greater awareness and appreciation on our very own arts and culture," he added. The said program has definitely inspired the “cultural warriors,” with their deeper understanding and appreciation of culture and the arts and they all have become “cultural champions” in their respective areas, having been able to gain local, national, and even international acclaim in their works.  The president of their batch, Cheryl Pontillas, particularly acknowledged some achievements of the graduates like awards in research competitions, Araling Panlipunan Regional Research Summits, and even for outstanding performances as educators; recognition for cultural mapping and establishing a strong link with Talaandig tribe to name a few. Dan Ralph Subla from Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, one of the graduates, who delivered a message on behalf of their batch said: “Evidently, the point at hand is to materialize each of our potentials into its actuality. Not only ours but to who makes us purposeful – our learners who will then become cultural educators in their respective time frames and circumstances.” The scholars turned "cultural enablers" have realized that they will leave a legacy already with what they have accomplished. Last May 29, another group of scholars completed their 42-unit master’s program of the same graduate diploma program and will have their own graduation exercise next year. This will once again produce compelling contributions to culture-based education. The people behind this program consider this a significant transformation brought about by PCEP-NCCA and Xavier Ateneo which by itself will leave a mark not just in the academe but also in our country.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines mobilize 2000 youth volunteers in 20 sites for Young Leaders Build 2019

June 24, 2019

Michael Ng a Grade 12 student of British School Manila was one of the youth volunteers at the May 18 HYLB event in Bistekville 1, Quezon City, he shares “I learned that it is important for all of us to be our own little leader, doing our best to inspire others to help other people, especially the less fortunate.” “We would like to thank the communities, sponsors and youth volunteers for participating in HYLB2019. Your enthusiasm and dedication is inspirational. We do hope for your support in HYLB 2020 and beyond,” says Lili Fuentes, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat Philippines. HYLB is Habitat’s flagship youth program in Asia Pacific which started in 2012 and has happened every year since. It aims to engage youth to take the lead in helping communities have safe, decent and affordable housing. Volunteer sites for HYLB 2019 include: Brgy. Tanza-Navotas City; Brgy. Pinagbuhatan- Pasig City; Bistekvilles 1, 4, 5-Quezon City; Kaakbay Community-Caloocan City; FTI Complex-Taguig City;  Brgy. Bignay-Valenzuela City; Katuwang Village-Silay City; and a dozen sites in Leyte, Cebu and Davao


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