The National Research and Development Conference (NRDC) is an event that promotes coordination and collaboration among stakeholders of research and development (R&D) and innovation. It highlights ongoing and completed R&D projects and programs that are aligned to the priority areas of the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA) that will be for the use, benefit of society and /or contribute to economic development.
The 5th NRDC will be an online event held from November 9 to 11, 2020. The theme for this year is “Research and Development: Making Change Happen”. Results of R&D that changed or transformed the lives of Filipinos will be highlighted. Projects and programs of government funding agencies namely: Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that have shown significant impact to both society and environment will be featured.
DOST to feature game-changing PH innovations in 5th NRDC
Game-changing innovations in the industry, energy, and emerging technologies are set to take centerstage as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) feature its latest technologies in the upcoming 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC).
Happening virtually on November 9 to 11 and with the theme “Research and Development: Making Change Happen,” the 5th NRDC will present the latest researches and technologies that the DOST and other government agencies have produced, including those technologies developed in response to COVID-19. Updates on the Harmonized National R&D Agenda will also be highlighted in the event.
DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit encouraged partners from industry, government, and academe to join the 5th NRDC and know the latest about the innovations happening in the country.
“May our partners in the industry, government, and academe be inspired on how our local researchers are answering to the challenging times. We enjoin everyone to be with us in this three-day conference and meet the researchers who generated these technologies,” he said.
Technologies that will be featured under the industry, energy, and emerging technology sectors are:
- USHER GoClean - the first locally made disinfection booth in the country which can be installed at the entrances of hospitals and buildings to sanitize and disinfect the whole body of a person. Developed by USHER Technologies, Inc., the booth provides sanitation thru misting of electrolyzed saline solution or Anolyte that takes up only to 5 to 10 seconds per person.
- Project RAMDAM or Resource Allocation Management, Distribution, and Monitoring - a system developed by Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions, Inc. (GrIDS) to serve as a platform for community citizens and the government to share accurate information regarding relief distribution activities, contents of relief packs, schedule of distribution, and feedback from the recipients. It can be accessed via a mobile app or through a website.
- The Tracing for Allocation of Medical Supplies (TrAMS+) project - an online geographic system for tracking information about health facilities’ medical resources. It relies on crowdsourced data to aid in the proper allocation of medical resources needed by healthcare facilities.
- The 3D-printed face shields for frontliners produced by BPSU through the Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory (AMREL). The AMREL serves as a facility for the BPSU community to do research, share and create their ideas, essentially serving as a playground for generating new products and world-class research projects.
- The MATDEV 3D-printing initiatives which mass produced over 2,000 pcs of 3D printed face shields that were donated to 21 hospitals in Metro Manila and other nearby cities. The team has also produced more than 1,800 pieces of 3D printed ear relief bands to alleviate ear pain caused by prolonged wearing of face mask.
- The Swab Collecting Booths designed by Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise, Inc. (FAME) to mitigate the exposure of frontline health workers to the virus. Using the technology, people with coronavirus symptoms can get tested without being in direct contact with the medical staff.
- The Egg White Powder of Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative’s (BEPCO). This product has a longer shelf-life than raw eggs, making it easier for bulk transport and storage without losing its functional properties and nutritional benefits. The project is under DOST’s Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) Program.
- The Platform for Assessment and Tracking of Urbanization - Related Opportunities (PATURO) which aims to formulate a smart index that can reliably and accurately capture the city’s “health” such as the diverse interactions between the city’s people, land, transportation system, and various economic activities. It intends to build a data hub allowing real-time and interactive access to data for simulation modeling to support decision making.
- The Infrastructure Monitoring Petrography which aims to provide in-depth analysis and assessment of the health of concrete used in constructions, roads, bridges, and buildings.
They have facilitated the 3D-printing of venturi valves (also called the respirator valve) to 4 hospitals. They also produced various 3d printed devices such as prototypes of N95 mask, multiple patient ventilator splitter, modified oxygen concentrator mask, doorknob handle, and mechanic ventilator.
Paringit urged the public to join the 5th NRDC and express their support to the Filipino researchers who harnessed their talents and expertise in coming up with these technologies.
“We look forward to meeting you in the 5th NRDC as we showcase the latest technologies that we have here in the Philippines,” he said.
For her part, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara stressed the importance of investing in R&D to uplift the country.
“We at DOST believe that research leads innovation and innovation drives sustainable economic growth, even in the face of a pandemic. Innovation offers avenues to overcome challenges halting normal operations and offers the possibility of new products or business disruptors that will succeed in the new environment. The 5th NRDC is a platform for our researchers and scientists to tell the world how R&D can make change happen. It is therefore imperative for us to continue to invest and prioritize R&D for the betterment of our economy, our community, and our country,” she said.
The NRDC is spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Register now at http://nrdc.dost.gov.ph/ to know more about these government-supported R&D projects and programs that will help us recover and adapt to the new normal. (30)
5th National R&D Conference to showcase breakthrough technologies in health
The 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC) is set to feature some of the latest advancements and breakthrough technologies in health that were supported by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in a virtual event on 9-11 November 2020.
With the theme, “Research and Development: Making Change Happen,” the 5th NRDC aims to bring together researchers, technology adopters, and industry leaders and present to them the latest technologies supported by DOST and other agencies, especially those that have impacted the government’s response against COVID-19. The different DOST Council heads will also be presenting updates on the Harmonized National R&D Agenda during the event.
Technologies and programs that will be featured under the health sector are:
GenAmplify Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) rRT PCR Detection Kit
Developed by Dr. Raul Destura from the University of the Philippines Manila – National Institutes of Health (UP – NIH), this diagnostic kit was locally developed to detect the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with high specificity and efficiency through a one-step multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) platform. Priced significantly cheaper than its foreign counterparts, it provides accessible and affordable COVID-19 testing for Filipinos and expedited the process and turnaround period for COVID-19 testing in the Philippines.
Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler
Designed and developed by researchers from the Ateneo Center for Computing Competency and Research (ACCCRe), in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Manila - National Telehealth Center (UPM-NTHC) and the Department of Health – Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB), FASSSTER is a web-based disease surveillance platform that uses deterministic compartmental modelling to facilitate understanding of the effect of specific interventions to the spread of diseases. Relative to the pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) officially adopted FASSSTER as the national data hub to support real-time decision-making for the COVID-19 crisis.
SOLIDARITY Treatment Trial: Multicenter Randomized Trial of Additional Treatments for COVID-19 in Hospitalized Patients
A global collaborative effort on the effectivity of repurposed antivirals in supporting the recovery of people who contracted COVID-19. This may be adopted in the official management protocol of COVID-19 patients, especially those who are critically ill.
In Vitro Study on the Efficacy of Lauric Acid and Deliverables Against SARS-CoV2
Led by Dr. Fabian Dayrit of the Ateneo de Manila University, the study aims to investigate whether coconut oil compounds, monolaurin and lauric acid, can be used as antiviral agents against COVID-19. Based on previous studies, these compounds are effective at killing viruses.
Tuklas Lunas Program: Drug Discovery and Development from Philippine Biodiversity
Recognizing the potential of the country’s natural resources for the discovery of novel drug compounds and local expertise in drug development, the DOST-PCHRD established the Tuklas Lunas Program. The priority conditions to be addressed includes cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes mellitus, and important communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and drug-resistant infections.
Tuklas Lunas Development Center: Mushroom Technologies
This research program on myko-mining and myko-pharming, headed by Dr. Renato G. Reyes from Central Luzon State University, works on the discovery and study of wild edible and poisonous mushrooms in Luzon Island, Philippines for their medicinal properties, and to develop functional food products from prioritized species of mushrooms. To date, the program was able to produce mushroom-based chips and shing-a-ling, generation of three bioactive extracts, and optimization of cultivation processes for priority mushroom species.
Improving Neurocognition through Dance and Kinesthetics (INDAK)
Headed by Dr. Jaqueline Dominguez and implemented by the Institute of Neurosciences of the St. Luke’s Medical Center -Quezon City, the INDAK program embraces the ability of dance, specifically ballroom dancing, to stimulate cognition, and physical and social activity. Currently, INDAK is conducted as an individualized home-based program, or facility-based program at the Institute for Dementia Care Asia, for elderly with mild cognitive impairment.
The 5th NRDC is hosted by the DOST in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Register now at http://nrdc.dost.gov.ph/.
Agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources technologies generated through R&D to be showcased in the 5th NRDC
Technologies and innovations which are products of research and development with the goal of food security and sustainability in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sectors, will be one of the highlights of the 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC).
Organized and held annually by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the NRDC features outputs of government-supported programs and projects under the Harmonized National R&D Agenda (HNRDA) to government agencies, local government units (LGUs), academe, industry and communities, local and international organizations and the general public.
Themed, “Research and Development: Making Change Happen,” NRDC will be held virtually via Zoom from November 9 to 11, 2020.
The R&D outputs in the agriculture and aquatic sector will be discussed during the third and final day of the NRDC, which will be moderated by Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Executive Director of the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).
Among the R&D outputs to be showcased are: how we have won the battle against cocolisap in coconut; clonal forestry; Hi-Q VAM for bamboo; microalgae as aquaculture feed; quality trepang from Philippine sandfish; surveillance system for banana disease; flora and fauna in Cebu Island’s key biodiversity areas; Pinoy gourmix; farming superlicious worms; and wonders of Philippine mushrooms.
A lineup of reputable speakers, who are the technology generators themselves, from various state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs), government agencies, and private institutions will discuss these topics.
Aside from showcasing technology and innovation outputs of the AANR sectors, COVID-19 initiatives will be headlined by PCAARRD Executive Director Reynaldo V. Ebora during the event. Ebora, who will be one of the panelists, will discuss PCAARRD’s GALING-PCAARRD program to address the impact of the pandemic. GALING is short for Good Agri-Aqua Livelihood Initiatives towards National Goals. GALING in Filipino means ‘to heal’ (Anna please continue with our usual description)
Ebora will also tackle the amendment to the HNRDA, particularly in the AANR sector, during the second day of the conference.
To learn more about the 5th NRDC and to register for the event, visit the website https://nrdc.dost.gov.ph/.