By: Carmela Isabelle P. Disilio
After deploying its first two phototherapy units, the Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) innovated jaundice treatment through the development of the Smart Low-cost Phototherapy Light System (SLPLS), which features a smart monitoring system and computer vision technology for enhanced monitoring and curing of neonatal jaundice.
Led by Project Leader Paul Cabacungan, the SLPLS team seeks to provide a low-cost alternative to traditional phototherapy units. Unlike their electricity-dependent counterparts, the solar-powered SLPLS can be easily assembled, making it adept for various clinical settings, especially in resource-constrained and remote communities in the Philippines.
Upon seeing its potential in advancing neonatal care, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) approved the SLPLS as the next supported Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNiCOM) project on March 22, 2023.
By Sharah Ibrahim
Taguig City - The Presidential Communications Office has formally recognized the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) for its full compliance with the Freedom of Information (FOI) requirements. This distinction is a testament to DOST-TAPI's commitment to transparency, accountability, and the principles enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.
The certificate was awarded to DOST-TAPI based on the standards stipulated in Memorandum Circular No. 2022-1, put forth by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring Information and Reporting Systems (Task Force Administrative Order 25, s. 2011).
This achievement reflects DOST-TAPI's adherence to Executive Order No. 02, s. 2016, signed on July 23, 2016 by former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The order operationalizes the people's constitutional right to access information concerning official acts, transactions, or decisions, promoting transparency and accountability within government institutions.
With this certification, DOST-TAPI exemplifies its dedication to:
- Providing the public with timely and accurate access to information, records, and documents of public interest.
- Observing and upholding the people’s right to information on matters of public concern, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution.
- Implementing robust systems to facilitate easy identification, retrieval, and communication of vital information to the public.
The recognition is not just an acknowledgment of DOST-TAPI's present efforts but also a commitment to maintain the same level of dedication in the future. By abiding by the provisions set in the executive order, DOST-TAPI is reaffirming its role in enhancing public trust and fostering an environment where the citizenry is empowered through information.