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DOST, UP lay ground for mass railway transit

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DOST Secretary Mario Montejo and UP President Alfredo Pascual lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the Automated Guideway Transit prototype on July 18, 8AM at Jacinto cor. Lakandula Streets, UP Diliman campus. The event was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by Sec. Montejo, Pres. Pascual, DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center Director Arthur Lucas Cruz, UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma,  DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development Director Amelia Guevara, and UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora.

The AGT, developed by the Department of Science and Technology initially for UP Diliman, is a rail-based local mass transit very similar to the MRT and LRT, except that it runs on a single rail which acts as its sole support and guideway.  

“We are coming up with a local AGT to address the severe lack of less expensive and environmentally sustainable technology alternatives,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. “The AGT is developed to show Filipino ingenuity and capability in engineering and as a model for adoption in other urban areas in the Philippines.”

DOST Asec. Robert Dizon, project leader, said that President Aquino wants the AGT project to be tested thoroughly. “The President wants quality to be translated to commuter safety and transport reliability” he said.

A group of engineers from UP Diliman are working with DOST on this project. The prototype will have two 60-passenger coaches to run on a 56-meter, to be extended into two-kilometer, test track in the campus. Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service

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July 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

Tiendesitas Pet Village Receives Registration Certificates

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Thirty (30) pet shops and a veterinary clinic of Pet Village in Tiendesitas, recently received their Certificates of Registration for Animal Facility. The said certificates were handed by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Director Efren C. Nuestro and Animal Welfare Division Officer-in Charge Dr. Angel B. Mateo during the turn over ceremonies held at People’s Village, Tiendesitas en  Frontera Verde in Ortigas, Pasig City .  


Registration of animal facilities is implemented by the bureau pursuant to the Republic Act(RA) 8485 otherwise known as “ The Animal Welfare Act of 1998” and Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2005-01.


The said turn over ceremonies is the result of previous dialogues with Mr. Henry G. Babiera, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Las Islas Tiendesitas and The Ortigas Group of Companies about the necessity of complying with the regulation.  


During the ceremonies, Mr. Babiera said that the awarding of certificates is a part of creating awareness to establishment owners, referred to as “locators” and the community that the facilities are registered for animal welfare.  This is a continuation of his advocacy to comply with government regulations, as he has previously done with his kennel in Tagaytay City and zoo facility in Guimaras.      


The Animal Welfare Division is tasked to implement the Animal Welfare Act with the objective of protecting and promoting the welfare of animals in the country by supervising and regulating the establishment and operation of all facilities used for breeding, maintaining, keeping, treating or training animals either as objects of trade or as household pets.    Under the said act, all animal facilities should secure a certificate of registration from the Bureau of Animal Industry.   


Further inquiries in relation to this can be obtained by calling (02) 924-79-51 or visiting the Animal Welfare Division, Bureau of Animal Industry, Visayas Ave. Diliman, Quezon City.  Outside Metro Manila, application forms can be obtained from the DA RFUs Regulatory and Licensing Division. DA-BAI

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July 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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ASEAN delegates consolidated results of R & D mapping for infectious diseases

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Last December 6, 2010, country coordinators of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Network for Drugs, Diagnostics and Vaccines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) held its 2nd meeting at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel, Makati City.


35 participants attended the event, including 10 country Focal Points of the ASEAN Subcommittee on Biotechnology (SCB) and delegates from respective countries’ Ministries of Science and Technology and Ministries of Health.


The meeting reviewed and consolidated the ASEAN R&D landscape mapping results; share the lessons learned from other innovative networks being established from the other parts of the world, such as the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) and other regional networks; and discuss 2011-2012 plans for funding opportunities for future activities.


Dr. Carol M. Yorobe, Focal Point for the Philippines of the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Science and Technology Infrastructure and Resources Development, and Undersecretary for Regional Operations of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and H.E. Mr. Lim Kong, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in the Kingdom of Cambodia graced the occasion.


Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) Executive Director, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, lead coordinator of the mapping activity and Focal Point for the Philippines for the ASEAN Subcommittee on Biotechnology, led the discussions.


The group was joined by Dr. Bernadette Ramirez, scientist of the World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR) and Mr. Jun Nakagawa, Technical Officer from the Western Pacific Region Office (WPRO).


Dr. Ramirez called for convergence in R&D activities in the ASEAN; she said, “It is very important for us to work together, to be linked together, because as a group, we can do bigger and greater things.” ASEAN can learn from ANDI, and use these lessons in the ASEAN context. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD   


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July 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

UP Manila signs first license agreement for the technology of Lagundi syrup

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The University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) signs its first license agreement for the technology of Lagundi pediatric syrup with Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc. last January 24, 2010.


Per the Resolution of its Board of Regents (BOR) on October 2010, UP Manila adopted the evaluation and recommendation of PCHRD to approve the license application of Azarias based on the policies and guidelines of the DOST.


In his acceptance message, Project Operations Head of the Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc., Engr. Jaime Joel C. Monje said,  “The therapeutic effects of Lagundi is indeed a testimony that the indigenous medicinal products developed in the Philippines can very well compete with the more established preparations coming from imported pharmaceutical companies. Our many thanks to UP Manila and to the office of the PCHRD, for making this long awaited event to be a reality.”


Concluding the signing ceremony, Professor Zorayda E. Leopando, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, UP Manila stated, “This pioneering partnership with Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories Inc. is our proactive and committed response in the implementation of the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009.”


Together with UP Manila’s signing of the license agreement with Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories Inc., PCHRD, also signed the formal transfer of technology entitlement on medicinal plant products generated from National Integrated Research on Philippine Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP) researches to UP Manila in accordance with RA 10055. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD   


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July 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Expert tackles the basics on technology and the cells

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Dr. Jose Enrico H. Lazaro, a doctor in experimental and clinical pharmacology and assistant professor at the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology – University of the Philippines Diliman (NIMBB-UPD) lectured on the different technologies on cell biology and genetics and the basic operational procedures in the study of cells during a seminar sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) entitled “Technology and the Cells” last February 2011 at the DOST Executive Lounge, Bicutan Taguig City.


According to Dr. Lazaro, “This seminar is very important to renew the knowledge of the project officers in the discipline of biotechnology and other molecular-based approaches elated to pre-clinical and clinical studies, crucial in performing their functions as front-liners in the management and processing PCHRD supported and monitored researches.”


Among the technologies highlighted were: the Confocal Microscope or Confocal Microscopy which is important in specific identification of sub cellular components like DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and protein markers, the Flow Cytometry System that is used in counting and isolating cell populations, PerkinElmer’s TopCount Scintillation Counter for cell reproduction and the Roche’s Xcelligence System that can be used in monitoring cell growth and morphological changes.


Dr. Lazaro also presented how 2D (two dimensional) PAGE works, the MuDPIT System for proteomics, the NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) for structural biology and diagnosis, the ELISA-BIOTEK System, the Western Blot System, the iBlot System or Invitrogen, the Southern Blot System, the SKY (spectral karyotyping) and M-FISH (Multiplex-FISH) Systems, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), Agarose Gel Electrophoresis and the different DNA sequencing processes.


“This is the first among the capacity building activities that we are going to pursue this year,” said PCHRD Director Dr. Jaime Montoya. “Being at the forefront of health research and development (R &D) in the country, it is important to equip people with the required skills and knowledge to effectively deliver quality products and services and to cope with the challenges brought about by rapid development in health R&D.” Dr. Montoya concluded.


This seminar series is part of PCHRD’s staff capacity building program; and this topic on “Technology and the Cells” prepares the staff for the R&D programs on genomics, drug discovery and stem cell. Edmon B. Agron, PCHRD   



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July 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

PCHRD’s 29th year: Challenges and Innovations in Local Health Technologies

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The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will celebrate its 29th Anniversary on March 18, 2011, at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila with the theme “Challenges and Innovations in Local Health Technologies.”


The celebration will be graced by Secretary Mario G. Montejo of the DOST and Secretary Enrique T. Ona of the Department of Health (DOH). Dr. Reynaldo L. Garcia of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology – University of the Philippines Diliman will be the anniversary keynote speaker.


Part of the program is a panel discussion highlighting the drug development situation in the Philippines in terms of clinical research, ethics, clinical trials regulation and intellectual property rights.


There will be two breakout sessions in the afternoon. Session I will tackle the prevention and control of two infectious diseases, dengue and leptospirosis. Session II will focus on non-infectious diseases like cognitive problems in aging and renal disease. The sessions will be followed by a business meeting of the PCHRD Scholars Society.


PCHRD, one of five DOST sectoral councils, coordinates and monitors health research activities in the country. Since its founding on March 17, 1982, it has advocated a strong health research culture and mobilized resources to generate knowledge, technologies and innovations and their use in Philippine healthcare. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD   


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July 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

6th APOCB congress tackles impact and challenges in cell biology

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The Asian Pacific Organization for Cell Biology Congress (APOCB) held its 6th International Congress last February 25-28, 2011, at the EDSA Shangri-La, Mandaluyong City.


With the theme “Challenges in Cell Biology: Health, Agriculture, Industry and Education”, the APOCB congress brought together educators, postgraduate and post doctoral researchers, students, and experts in cell biology to talk about the latest advances and state-of-the-art technologies in cell biology and their impact on the various fields of medicine, plant and animal sciences, biotechnology and  education.


The event featured eleven plenary lectures from well-known experts on a diverse range of topics: cell biology, molecular biology, drug discovery, emerging technologies and issues in biosafety and biobanking.


During the opening ceremonies last February 26, Dr. Nobutaka Hirokawa, President of the APOCB, highlighted the significance of cell biology in his message, “Cell biology is the core of the life sciences — molecular biology, structural biology, biophysics, and systems biology. And it does not only cover the basic science but also covers applied science such as pharmaceutical science, clinical medicine, and agricultural science.


In his keynote address, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo shared about the initiatives of the DOST in support of cell biology R&D, “This year, we are going to launch new policy and program initiatives on drug discovery, stem cell and genomics. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has already proposed for the creation of the Drug Discovery and Diagnostics Development Program which aims to establish and sustain the country’s capability in drug discovery and diagnostics development through collaborative research and building human, institutional and economic capacity.”


Prior to the plenary lectures, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the opening of the poster and commercial exhibits. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD

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July 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm


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