The country’s growing investments in research and development (R&D)—led by the research-driven Department of Science and Technology (DOST)—took the spotlight as the US’s leading expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, recently lauded the valuable contributions of Filipino scientists, particularly in biomedical research.
When the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) submitted its vision “Feeding Metro Manila in 2050” to The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food System Vision Prize on December 5, 2019, its multi-institutional team of proponents could not have imagined a pandemic further aggravating the pervasive problem of food insecurity in the country, particularly in the capital region that it said has a “dysfunctional food system.”
The Department of Science and Technology’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) is pushing “backend” innovation as a path toward a more sustainable and resilient economy with its now fully operational Modular Multi-Industry Innovation Center (MMIC), the country’s first one-stop food and nutraceutical innovation hub.
From spending P7.7 million for two artificial intelligence research and development projects in the last 10 years, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), is “trying to catch up” on the country’s AI R&D investment by bankrolling the implementation of nine “mission-driven” AI R&D projects amounting to almost P316 million.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) signed a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on March 22 creating the steering committee to “provide strategic guidance and oversight” in implementing the country’s national program for the startup community.
Teaching and learning the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will no longer be distant or remote to students and teachers as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has made STEM resources widely available to them through weekly national radio broadcast, the use of social-media channels, and access to digital and online platforms.
In the late 2016 at a coworking space in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, a few months after “retiring” as the country’s game development pioneer, Elson Niel S. Dagondon decided it was time to “start working again and tick off one item in my bucket list—invent something” to help modernize education in the country.