By: Adela Garapan Ida
THE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION AND PROMOTION INSTITUTE (TAPI) Department of Science and Technology celebrates it 29th Founding Anniversary on January 29 2016 at the TAPI AVR Building Taguig , Metro Manila.
For this year theme: “TAPIYESTA” which means Pinatatag ng Paglilingkod para sa Agham at Teknolohiya.
TAPI as it marked it 29th Founding Anniversary, Director , Engr. Edgar Garcia welcome everyone with confidence and pride. They have gone a milestone in achieving the highest performance of excellence in terms of invention, utilization and innovation of resources in the field of Science and Technology.
Their partners and stakeholders both in government and private sectors have played an important role in its commitment to become globally competitive.
The DOST and TAPI family had been challenged to continue their full support, cooperation and dedication to maintain its commitment to the highest par of excellence in serving the nation.
Mrs Gevarra former Director of TAPI grace the affair and spoke in behalf of Secretary Mario Montejo.#
The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) is currently on its construction of two (2) units of 50.5 m offshore vessels at the Josefa Slipway, Navotas City.
The Construction of two offshore vessels is the project and spearheaded by Sec. Proceso J. Alcala (DA) and Director of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Atty. Asis Perez.
A Technical Working Group has been created in this regard with its members from the Military Group, and these are the following:
- PHILIPINE COAST GUARD
- PHILIPPINE NAVY
- PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE
- NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
- NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY
The government intention to build these offshore vessels is to combat the alarming illegal fishing in our territory, to also monitor closely the safety of our Philippine waters. That during calamities and emergencies these could be used for operation to rescue our fishermen.
The vessel costs PHP178.5 million each. It has passed the plans, drawings, specification and calculation in accordance with the rules and standards under the Bureau of Veritas Classification and Certification. This was designed by INCAT Crowther a reputable ship designer based in USA.
The construction would be the first of its kind in the Philippines considering that the labor force composed of all Filipino Professionals and skilled workers and the completion of its construction would only take for 18 months.
The Philippine Government did not avail or resort to any foreign loan to fund for this project. The funds come from the TAXPAYERS MONEY.
The contract was awarded to JOSEFA SLIPWAY, INC. Navotas City # (Adela G. Ida)
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently turned over a community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene (CPWASH) project to Caticugan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (CARBA) in Caticugan, Siaton, Negros Oriental.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Office II Louie L. Naranjo said that the local government unit of Siaton allotted P80,000 for the construction of the project, the DAR contributed P170,000 for capacity development, the barangay local government unit shelled out Ᵽ24,000 and CARBA extended their labor as counterpart.
Naranjo said the CPWASH Project is composed of four sub-projects: the rain water collector to accumulate and store rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer, the bio- sand filters to remove pathogens and suspended solids and reduce discoloration, odor and unpleasant taste, the iron removable filter to screen iron from water and eliminate ugly staining and unpleasant tastes and odor of the water, bio-gas digester to turn organic waste into usable fuel.
Among those officials who attended the turn-over ceremony were Siaton Mayor Alberto G. Ator, DAR CARPO for PBDD Grace F. Mapili, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Angeline Gadingan, Barangay Captain Nina Theresa Ragay and CARBA officials. -30- ( Gherlene Mae B. Rafols, Public Assistance and Media Relations Service,
Department of Agrarian Reform)
Months before the start of this year’s summer season, Ayala-led Manila Water said it will continue to install more fire hydrants in its concession area as part of its service continuity program.
Manila Water OIC for Corporate Strategic Affairs and Corporate Communications Head Jeric Sevilla Jr. said Manila Water currently operates 3,237 fire hydrants in its concession area as of the end of 2015. Sevilla added that personnel have also been deployed to monitor and ensure that these fire hydrants are properly maintained and ready to be use in cases of fire, particularly during the summer season where temperatures are expected to be hotter. Teams also ensure that the fire hydrants are not tampered nor used for unauthorized withdrawal of water.
Of the 3,237 fire hydrants installed, 918 are located in Quezon City, 349 in Makati, 396 in Pasig, 475 in San Juan and Mandaluyong, 361 in Taguig and Pateros and 258 in the province of Rizal.
Apart from the operation and maintenance of these facilities, Sevilla said Manila Water is also conducting a regular information campaign among barangays in the East Zone on how to use the fire hydrants during times of emergencies. (JERIC T. SEVILLA, JR., Head, Corporate Communications, Manila Water, Inc.)