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.