July 11 marks the celebration of World Population Day--a day established by the United Nations in 1989 to give focus on the importance and urgency of population growth and the issues and concerns that surround it.
As of today, there are an estimated 7.8 billion people scattered throughout the world, with China and India leading as the most populous countries, and the Philippines ranking 13th with more than 109 million Filipinos.
The United Nations noted that historical evidence shows that it took humanity 200,000 years just to reach a population of one billion but took only 200 years to reach seven billion, an alarming rate that calls for immediate action from governments across the globe.
The Philippines, being a tropical country, is considered to be a Dengue hotspot according to the Center for Disease Control’s 2019 Dengue Map, thus making the virus a constant biological health hazard.
In 2019, the Department of Health declared a national dengue epidemic after they recorded more than 145,000 cases in the first and second quarter of the year which was almost twice than the previous year. Of the thousand cases reported every year, fatalities are at record high among children stricken by the virus based on DOH’s 2019 numbers.
For years, it has been a recurring problem for the Philippine government and since the virus has no cure aside from supportive treatment, DOH and DOST have come up with ways to prevent the spread of the virus such as the former’s 4 O’clock habit program and the latter’s Ovicidal Larvicidal Traps.
However, the government is not alone in this struggle to defeat dengue virus for Filipino inventors have joined the cause to find solutions through their unique and noteworthy inventions. One invention in particular has proven its great potential in the large scale dengue outbreak prevention--the MYLK Kiti-KitiX.
SCIENCE IN ACTION. Mr. Lyle Christian Herbosa demonstrates his invention to panelists of an organized exhibit.
While the nation and the rest of the world stand still in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) have been in the front line of business who are greatly affected by the ongoing pandemic.
To help SMEs rise above the challenge, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) offers assistance to local entrepreneurs that addresses their need to access laboratory and testing facilities, and acquire additional equipment to improve their operations and production.
One of which is the Strategic Promotion through Integrating Collaboration and Engagement of SMEs to Support the Technology Transfer and Commercialization of DOST-Developed Technologies including Testing Laboratories and Services or #SPICEStoDOSTLabS.
ADMATEL offers advanced analytical equipment for failure analysis and materials characterization
In 2002, the United Nations recognized that the human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in dignity. It has also become a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights.
However, the reality is not quite as ideal as it should be with billions of people around the world still not able to access clean water on a daily basis.
Let alone in the Philippines, climate change continues to take its toll on the water supply in Metro Manila and other parts of the country. The drying up of fresh water sources leads to water rationing, which is prone to unequal distribution and worse, surge in water prices.
Similarly, along the worsening scarcity of clean water, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System reported in 2019 that around 39% of the water supply in the metropolis are wasted due to both old busted sewage pipes and unsustainable practices in households.
This crisis calls for immediate action from both the government and the scientific community to come up with sustainable ways of reducing both the average consumption and wastage of clean water to its bare minimum.
As always, the creative minds of Filipino inventors never fail to amaze us with their timely and unique inventions that offer solutions to the crisis that our country continues to deal with.