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NEDA holds “Stakeholder’s Step-Up Campaign Forum on Philippine MDGs”

The National Economic Development Authority held the “Stakeholder’s Step-Up Campaign Forum on Philippine MDGs” last September 8, 2010 at Dusit Thani Manila in Makati City. The event promoted the findings on the Philippines’ progress in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), such as ending extreme poverty and malnutrition by the year 2015. Local government leaders, members of the Philippine Congress and Civil Society Organizations, representatives from the academe and members of the diplomatic community attended the forum.Various speakers from the Philippine government and the international community discussed the current status of the Philippine and international efforts to reach the target MDG’s. Secretary Enrique Ona of the Department of Health discussed the country’s progress in reaching the health MDG’s such as Maternal Care and Clean water supply. Dr. Jacqueline Badcock, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, reiterated the UN’s commitment in supporting the Philippines’ aim to meet the MDG’s. Ms. Vanessa Tobin, representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund, said that many countries are moving forward in reaching their MDG’s, even the poorest ones. However, progress is slowed down due to factors such as lack of resources, focus, and accountability. Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr. of the National Economic and Development Authority presented the Philippines’ Fourth Progress Report on the MDG. To close the forum, His Excellency President Aquino III delivered the keynote address where he urged the Filipino people to cooperate with the Philippine government in attaining the MDG’s.

For more information about the National and the Provincial Millennium Development Goals Reports, please visit:

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

OVCRD-UP Diliman Conducts Invention Disclosure Form and Patent Workshop with DME

The Technology Transfer Officers of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) at UP Diliman conducted their third Invention Disclosure Form and Patent workshop for the members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (DME) on September 06, 2010 at the Conference Room of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The team and Vice-Chancellor Luis Sison discussed the filing of patents, the functions of the OVCRD’s technology transfer team, UPD’s protocols for Intellectual Property Protection, and the filling in of the Invention Disclosure Form.The DME group, which was comprised of Prof. Gerald Denoga, Prof. Edwin N. Quiros, Prof. Menandro Berana, Ms. Juvy Balbarona, Mr. Ralph Jose and Mr. Rex Bingabing discussed their current technologies that might be developed for patent application and commercialization. The technology transfer team also clarified some questions raised by the DME faculty like the territoriality of patents.

The representatives from the Department of Mechanical Engineering headed by Chairman Gerald Jo Denoga (fourth from the right) and the OVCRD Technology Transfer Team lead by Vice-Chancellor Luis Sison (fourth from the left)

The DME and the OVCRD Technology Transfer Team also discussed the possibility plan of holding an IDF and Patent workshop for the ME 155 course (Machine Design III) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Technology Transfer Team hopes to assist the students at ME 155 in developing patentable technologies.

Inquiries about OVCRD’s IDF and Patent Workshop Program may be addressed to:

Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares
Technology Transfer Officer
OVCRD phone: (Phone) 927-2309, (UP Trunkline) 981-8500 loc. 4047/4048

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

"SHOCK VALUE" Promises to Awe, Reveal and Shock

Dulaang UP’s roster of plays for its 35th Theatre Season unveils Floy Quintos’ Shock Value… The Return of TV’s Most Beautiful Monsters! Under the direction of Alexander Cortez, the restaging of this amusingly sensational play promises to leave its audience on the edge of reason. With a chock-full dose of show business’ blinding studio lights and gritty secrets in all its glamorous glory, this production is bound to shock, entertain and impress its audiences.

Floy Quintos’ Shock Value is about the prevalence of Reality TV. It showcases how real the reel can get, for it is a revelation of how stars are made and it is a confession of the truly expensive price that comes with stardom. Exposing the truth and value behind fame as a drug, Shock Value is nevertheless, the ultimate medium that will get you high.

Light and canty but ever bold and daring, this contemporary piece, revised and edited to suit a continuously innovating era, received various commentaries of acclaim during its first run in 2006. Andoy Ranay, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Stella Cañete, Arkel Mendoza, Dexter Santos, Jomari Jose, Carlo Cannu, Paul Santiago, William Elvin, Mica Pineda, Nikki Ventosa, Randy Concepcion, Natasha Cabrera, Cindy Mayo and Christian Alvarado who successfully essayed their roles at that time, remain to be part of this year’s production.

Joining the wacky mayhem of various TV personalities are new recruits for the show, among them, Jojit Lorenzo, Ana Abad Santos, Mylene Dizon, John Lapuz, Mitoy Sta. Ana, Cai Cortez and Nikka Angeles.

The rerun of Shock Value is presented by Dulaang UP, a semi-professional university-based theatre company which serves as the foundation for UP Theatre students’ professional exposure in the performing arts, and related fields such as scenery design as well as technical, stage, production and theatre management.

Shock Value will run from September 15 to October 3 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City from Wednesdays to Fridays at 7 pm and at 10 am and 3 pm during weekends. For tickets, please contact Cherry at 0917-7500107, or the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840.

UP System’s 2010 Second Call for Proposals for Research and Creative Work Grant Extended!

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) is now accepting proposals for the Research and Creative Work Grant of the UP System.  Faculty members and Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS) who are in active service in UP Diliman or its extension program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) are eligible to submit their proposals.
Submitted proposals should be in six (6) hard copies, and their soft copy for emailing to: OR
(for those coming from the natural sciences and engineering) OR
(for those coming from the social sciences and humanities)
Proposals will be reviewed by a technical panel for endorsement to the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA).
Click here for application form and guidelines.
Deadline for proposal submission is on September 15, 2010 September 22, 2010
For inquiries, contact OVCRD at telephone 981-8500 local 4050 (voip), telefax 927-2568 or the above email addresses.

OVCRD-UP Diliman Conducts Invention Disclosure Form and Patent Workshop with NIMBB

The Technology Transfer Officers of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) at UP Diliman conducted their second Invention Disclosure Form and Patent workshop for the members of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB) on July 20, 2010 (click HERE for the first Invention Disclosure and Patent Workshop with NIMBB).  The team briefed the NIMBB researchers on the features of patentable technologies and patent filing, the Invention Disclosure Form and OVCRD’s protocol in the evaluation, protection and commercialization of the invention.

The NIMBB group, which was comprised of Dr. Vermando Aquino, Dr. Neil Andrew Bascos, Dr. Wilberto Monotilla and Mr. Fabini Orata, presented the current research initiatives at the NIMBB. Among these technologies are new plant varieties, improved methodology for studying protein structures, identification of candidate alga for biofuel production and isolation of microbial enzymes for biotech industry processes. The Technology Transfer Officers and Vice-Chancellor Luis Sison suggested various routes for developing and commercializing these technologies.

The OVCRD Technology Transfer Team plans to hold another IDF and Patent workshop for the Department of Mechanical Engineering in September.

Any interested UP Diliman departments and institutions may contact the OVCRD to request assistance in protecting and commercializing the technologies developed at their facility.

Inquiries about OVCRD’s IDF and Patent Workshop may be addressed to:

Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares
Technology Transfer Officer
OVCRD phone:  (Phone) 927-2309, (UP Trunkline) 981-8500 loc. 4047/4048


By Cedrik Ben Gayares

DOST Holds the 1st National Stakeholders’ Consultation on Tech Transfer Act

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held the 1st National Stakeholders’ Consultation on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for Republic Act (RA) 10055 or the Philippine Technology Transfer Act on July 16, 2009 at the Development Academy of the Philippines. The consultation’s aim was to obtain the opinions of and proposals from the various parties involved in Technology Transfer and draft the IRR for the RA 10055.

Dr. Mario G. Montejo, the new Secretary of Department of Science and Technology and Ms. Carmen G. Peralta, Director of the Information and Technology Transfer Bureau of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines addressed the participants with the aim of the consulation. The participants were composed of various members of the academe, research and development institutions, DOST constituents and Government Funding agencies. Undersecretary Fortunato dela Peña later presented the background of the RA 10055 and the issues that need to be addressed in the law’s IRR.

The participants were arranged into four groups to address the different aspects of the Technology Transfer Act. These aspects include the Fundamental Objectives of the Act, the Rights of the Research and Development Institutions, Revenue Sharing and Income obtained through Technology Transfer and the Institutional Mechanisms to utilize the Technology Transfer Act. A plenary session was held to discuss the results of the group discussions.

For more information on the 1st National Stakeholders’ Consultation on the IRR for the Philippine Technology Transfer Act, please contact Ms. France Bicomong at (02) 837-2932 (telefax) or (02) 837-2071 to 82 loc 2074.

The full text of the Technology Transfer Act of 2009 can be accessed at the link below:

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo addresses the Philippine Technology Transfer Stakeholders in preparation for the Consultation for the IRR of the Technology Transfer Act. (Photo Courtesy of Mr. Paul Jersey Leron of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development)

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

UPD Scientists Win 2010 NAST Awards

Well-known scientists and faculty members of University of the Philippines Diliman became this year’s awardees of the National Academy for Science and Technology (NAST). The awarding ceremonies were held during the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting last July 14-15, 2010 at Manila Hotel. The prestigious NAST Awards for the rank and title of academician were awarded to the following:

  1. Dr. Marco Nemesio Montano (Marine Science Institute, College of Science) in recognition of research outputs on the quality of Philippine natural grade carageenan, agars from different seaweeds, alginates and by-products such as seaweed fertilizers and ink for the textile industry. These have significantly contributed to the strengthening and expansion of the Philippine seaweed industry. He has also published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles in local and international journals and holds a utility patent on seaweed-based carageenan gels.
  2. Dr. Fernando Siringan (Marine Science Institute, College of Science) for his significant accomplishments in environmental changes and processes from geological to historical time scales that have helped local and national leaders and environmental managers reach informed decisions.
  3. Dr. Guillermo Tabios (Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering) in recognition of the pipe network model with optimization he developed for the West Concession of Metro Manila and an optimization simulation model for monthly reservoir operations of Angat Reservoir.
  4. Dr. Kerlvin Rodolfo (National Institute of Geological Sciences) for his significant contributions to the field of geology and volcanology: the deep-sea drilling research in the Philippine Sea which showed the cycles of arc sundering in the Marianas Region  and his studies with Filipino scientists on the Mayon and Pinatubo lahars, just to name a few.

NAST Academicians from L-R: Dr. Gisela Concepcion (MSI), National Scientist Dr. Lourdes Cruz (MSI), Dr. Marco Nemesio Montano (MSI), Dr. Rhodora Azanza (MSI), NAST Corresponding Member Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo (NIGS), and Dr. Fernando Siringan (MSI) (Photo Courtesy of Dr. Gil Jacinto of the UP MSI)

On the other hand, the NAST-LELEDFI (LEL Educational Development Foundation, Inc.) Award aims to recognize outstanding research works that contribute to the advancement of the country’s knowledge and practice in Tropical Medicine. The 2010 NAST-LELEDFI Award for Outstanding Research in Tropical Medicine was given to Dr. Windell Rivera and Vanissa Ong (Institute of Biology) on the current advances in the study of trichonomas vaginalis infections in the Philippines. Trichomonas vaginalis is a human urogenital pathogen that causes trichomoniasis, the most common nonviral parasitic sexually transmitted infection in the world.

Awards were also given to Outstanding Young Scientists who have made significant contributions to science and technology:

  1. Dr. Fredegusto Guido David of (Institute of Mathematics, College of Science)  in recognition of his outstanding research in computational biomechanics, an inter-disciplinary area that utilizes mathematical modeling and computational methods to solve significant and relevant medical and biological problems.
  2. Ms. Rachel June Gotanco (Marine Science Institute)  in recognition of her pioneering and outstanding research in the field of molecular biology specifically on DNA marker development and their application in the understanding of the ecology and evolution of marine organisms and their management.
  3. Dr. Eric Galapon (National Institute of Physics) in recognition of his significant original contributions in the field of theoretical physics specifically on the fundamental issue of time in quantum physics.

NAST is the government’s highest recognition body on science and technology. It gives awards to Filipino scientists whose technological endeavors aim at advancing the state of Philippine science and technology.

By Gracious Romero

UP Holds Forum on Reducing Effects of Rainfall Variability on Life, Food and Property

The University of the Philippines (UP) conducted a forum on “Reducing Risks and Disasters due to Rainfall Variability: Protecting Life, Food and Property from Flood and Drought” at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (NISMED) Auditorium, UP Diliman last July 28, 2010 (Wednesday).

The presentors were Dr. Fernando Siringan of the UP Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), Dr. Felino Lansigan of College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and Dr. Guillermo Tabios of the College of Engineering, UP Diliman.  Dr. Siringan presented his team’s paper on “Water-related Hazards in the Philippines”. He pointed out the importance of downscale modeling and additional instrumentation in simulating extreme climate signals. Dr. Siringan also mentioned the possibility that the Philippines may experience prolonged dry periods of 3 years or more; other extreme events are also expected. However, such cases can be prevented through watershed reforestation and critical land-use management and having small water impounds. Dr. Siringan’s team members are Dr. Laura David (UP-MSI), Dr. Flaviana Hilario (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAG-ASA), and Dr. Tolentino Moya (College of Science, UP Diliman).

The second presentor was Dr. Lansigan who discussed “Food Vulnerability amidst Climate Variability.” He mentioned some of the effects and impacts of climate variability on food productivity, and on dependability of water supply. He also presented strategies like rationalizing agricultural land use plan and strengthening research and development programs in UP. The members of Dr. Lansigan’s team are: Dr. Candido A. Cabrido (School of Urban and Regional Planning, UP Diliman), Dr. Jesusita Coladilla, Dr. Rogelio Concepcion and Dr. Ma. Victoria Espaldon (School of Environmental Science and Management, UPLB), Dr. Rex Victor Cruz, Dr. Juan Pulhin, and Dr. Rodel Lasco (College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB), and Dr. Oscar Zamora (College of Agriculture, UPLB).

Lastly, Dr. Tabios presented his team’s paper on “Institutional Courses of Action to Reduce Water-related Risks and Disasters”. He mentioned that disaster risk management (DRM) requires multi-disciplinary and multi-phase solutions to reduce disaster risk. Several courses of actions are proposed for DRM or disaster risk reduction: prevention and mitigation, alertness and preparedness, response, and recovery. According to Dr. Tabios, DRM should be accomplished with innovative science and technology, accompanying decision support system, sound national policies, adequate management instruments, enabling laws and regulation and strengthened institutions with strategic multi-sector alliances.

The forum was a joint project of the UP Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and the College of Engineering, College of Science, School of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Social Work and Community Development, College of Social Science and Philosophy of UP Diliman, and the College of Forestry and the Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology, School of Environmental Science and Management of UPLB.

DOST Holds the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 National Science and Technology Week

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the 2010 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration on July 19, 2010 at the Centennial Hall of the Manila. The event is the first of the two-day opening ceremony for NSTW under the theme “Filipinnovation: The Way Forward”.

Secretary Mario G. Montejo started the program with a keynote message on the future of Philippine Technology. As an inventor and a technopreneur, Sec. Montejo stressed the importance Philippine innovation and supporting the local industries. He suggested adapting foreign technologies and improving them to suit local needs. Sec. Montejo also announced DOST’s research and development initiatives in the areas of mass transit, weather monitoring systems, malnutrition alleviation, dengue control, and election counting machines.

The 2010 NSTW Award Ceremony commenced after Sec. Montejo’s inspiring message. The Awards were given to commendable researchers for their exceptional research and development projects and technology commercialization collaborations. Among the awardees were Dr. Caesar Saloma for the Outstanding Science Administrator Award, Dr. Eulito Bautista Dr. Lilian Pateña for the Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award, and Dr. Guillermo Tabios II and Dr. Victoria Lapitan et al for the Outstanding Research and Development Awards. The awarding ceremony and the program were then brought to a close with a special number from the Modern String Quartet.

Sec. Montejo and his wife, Mrs. Maria Rosario Montejo, with assistance from Undersecretary Fortunato dela Peña and Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, then performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the exhibits of various DOST’s agencies to the public. The DOST exhibits provided updates of their current research and development initiatives to members of Research and Development Institutions, the Academe, students, and the media.

For more information on National Science and Technology Week, you could contact the NSTW secretariat at (02) 837-2071 loc. 2074. You could also visit NSTW’s official website at

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

Plays by Filipino Americans

The Pearl Project

This SUMMER, some of the finest Filipino and American artists will converge at Theatre Row (The Clurman Theater).

DO NOT MISS the world premiere of original works by award-winning Filipino-American Playwrights.

July 6-35, 2010,

Click HERE for more details.

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