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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) though its regional office in Region III have started the delivery of specimen collection booths or SCBs to selected hospitals to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr.Julius Caesar V. Sicat, DOST regional director said that nine units of the SCBs will be given to six hospitals in Region 3, including the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH). “The Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital and the Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center in Balanga City, Bataan and the Paulino J.Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City have already received the SCBs. The MMWGH received one unit while the BGHMC and PJGMRMC received two units each. They will be used to boost the mass testing capacity of the DOH so we can fast track the identification of infected residents so we can slow down the further transmission of the Covid-19 disease,” Dr. Sicat added.
The SCBs were fabricated and designed by a DOST Startup Grant awardee Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprises or FAME in collaboration with two other DOST agencies, namely, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development.
The SCBs will provide zero-contact between the medical personnel doing the collection and the patient providing the specimen sample. Before their mass distribution, the SCBs underwent initial performance assessment at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM), Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Lung Center of the Philippines, and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital to make sure they comply with safety protocols on sample collection.
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Is your business in distress during this quarantine? Do you want to know how you can adapt and keep your business going?
The current situation leaves the small businesses uncertain about how they can cope in these trying times. While it can be stressful, it can also be an opportunity to engage with customers on social media and increase your brand awareness.
Hence, the DICT Luzon Cluster 2, in partnership with the DOST Region III and Filipino Online Professionals Service Cooperative, will conduct a Free Webinar on Social Media Marketing for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Entrepreneurs, and those who are just getting started on their business. This webinar aims to teach the participants the basic marketing and advertising on different social media platforms and how their business can strategize during and after the enhanced community quarantine.
It will be held on April 28, 2020 at 1pm-5pm.
1. Share the pubmats thru post and emails
2. Register to the link: https://forms.gle/7i1Th1fivyeodQvP9
3. Accomplish the registration and follow the instructions after
4. Join the FB Group to be provided after the registration
5. Wait for approval
6. Once approved in the FB group, registration is successful.
7. Wait further announcement thru the FB Group
Registration is open until April 28, 9am.
MULTIMEDIA INTERACTIVE LEARNING MODULE: A TEACHING AID FOR SELECTED IP SCHOOLS IN MARIA AURORA, AURORA THROUGH THE expanded COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT THRU SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (eCEST) PROGRAM OF DOST III
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Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between DOST-III represented by Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Regional Director and Dianawan National High School represented by Ms. Florence Gay S. Marmol, School Principal witnessed by Ms. Maricel M. Sicat, Provincial S&T Director-Aurora, Mr. & Mrs. Leo De Velez of Frontlearners, Inc and Ms. Venisse U. Porbido
A total of three (3) schools in Maria Aurora, Aurora were provided with Multimedia Interactive Learning Module under the Upgrading of Schools for Indigenous People Community in Far-Flung Areas Project of the Expanded Implementation of Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (e-CEST) Program. This project aims to boost the knowledge and interest of IP students in all subjects but mainly focused in science and math. The conduct of simulation in laboratory subjects and student research are facilitated with the help of easy to access illustrations and photographs, sound/video clips, as well as large amounts of text and interactive multimedia programs present learning information to teachers and students in a newly engaging and expressive ways. Interactive multimedia can be a powerful learning and teaching tool because it involves multiple senses. Students using multimedia are reading, seeing, hearing and actively manipulating the materials. The integration of multimedia programs into classroom exercises promise not only to change the kind of information that is available for learning, but also the way that learning takes place. The students are likewise provided the flexibility to study anytime and anywhere they want. Teachers can manage classes more effectively with this technology. The project is also designed to encourage more students to take up a STEM strand curriculum.
This project was in accordance with the objective of DOST-CEST to empower disadvantaged communities to alleviate poverty through Science and Technology interventions in the area of education. The P458,080.00 worth of multimedia equipment was awarded to the school beneficiaries namely; Dianawan National High School with 61 IP students, Francisco Q. Dagyapen Memorial Elementary School with 103 IP pupils and Dimotol Elementary School with 64 IP pupils who will benefit from this project.
The orientation and turn over ceremonies of the Multimedia Interactive Learning Modules for students and teachers were organized by the Provincial Science and Technology Center of Aurora in coordination with the school-beneficiaries and conducted by the developer, the Frontlearners Inc., on March 9-10, 2020 at Maria Aurora, Aurora.
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Keeping our frontliners healthy, one veggie bun at a time.
The battle against COVID-19 might be long and tough, and so it should not be fought with an empty stomach. But during times of health crises like this pandemic, medical staff can hardly eat healthy food, and they mostly eat up on their feet as they brace themselves for another emergency. That’s why it is important that whenever they do get a chance to break for food, they should eat something nutritious and nourishing.
There has been a lot of heartwarming stories out on social media praising the good deeds of private individuals and companies donating food to our brave frontliners. In Region III, Lailen’s Pastries, known for its sweet and heavenly cakes in Pampanga, came up with a recipe for a nutritious veggie-bun made of malunggay leaves and squash as soon as the Department of Science and Technology requested for the implementation of the OneDOST Against COVID-19 Project. The bakery produced 10,500 veggie buns, freshly baked and delivered every other day to ensure the best quality for our frontliners.
Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, regional director of DOST in Region III was inspired by the cooperation and support extended to the agency by some of its project beneficiaries and co-operators. Lailen’s Pastries is a beneficiary of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). “We are indeed blessed that when we sounded the call for assistance so that we can implement the One DOST Against Covid-19 project, our program beneficiaries did not hesitate to lend a hand,” Dr. Sicat enthused. He also added that as a sign of solidarity with the community, DOST has approved a five-month moratorium on the repayment of funds granted under SETUP.
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Around 400 families in Brgy. Maimpis which hosts the Regional Government Center in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga received food packs from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office here. Likewise, medical staff of the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga and Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital located along Olongapo-Gapan road, received the same. Members of the Philippine National Police and barangay officers manning the checkpoints along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Brgy. Del Pilar in the same city and Brgy. Lagundi, in Mexico, Pampanga also received the food packs.
The DOST3 food packs contain veggie buns, rice monggo crunchies and calamansi juice. Each pack also contain one washable face mask. The first batch of assistance totaling 1,100 packs were distributed last April 4 and will be repeated every other day for two (2) weeks. A total of 10,500 food packs will be distributed.
Today, another 1,100 food packs were picked up by representatives from the Pampanga Provincial Police Office in the persons of PSSg Henry Manuel, from the Provincial Police Strategy Management Unit and PSSg Jayson Aronce, of the Police Community Affairs and Development Office; Miss Madelen Jezer, Nutritionist-Dietician received the goods for the JBLMRH while Miss Erica Joy Paule and Leslie Ann Sarmeinto, both Social Welfare Officers, received the donation for DPMMH.