To celebrate its 80th Foundation Anniversary this December 8, 2013, the Department of Science and Technology - National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) will show various research-based technologies and state-of-the-art science and technology information to the public in a program dubbed as Agham Mula sa Lahat, Para sa Lahat. This activity will be held on 6 December 2013, Friday, 8 am onwards, at the NRCP Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City.

The Council invited 150 mothers and heads of households from three Taguig barangays, namely Upper Bicutan, Lower Bicutan and Tanyag, to participate in two activities. One is called Budbud Sustansiya which involves the demonstration of preparation techniques in cooking using a nutritious food additive – the budbud sustansiya -- which was scientifically tested to enrich the vitamin, mineral, and nutrient content of the usual food recipes prepared by mothers, particularly those in the rural and urban poor households.

A mixture of indigenous green leafy vegetables, budbud sustansiya is composed of malunggay, kangkong, kamote leaf, pechay, and alugbati.

This activity is based on the research project of Dr. Epifania V. Tabadda, which is now a published recipe book entitled Veggie Healthy Recipe. Dr. Tabadda is a regular member of NRCP Division of Governmental, Educational, and International Policies.

The Council will also launch the NRCP Aquaponics Demo Park and will let participants observe and learn the methods of backyard and limited space farming and livestock raising. This demo park includes two major greenhouse dome structures that confine the aquaponic system machines. The said machines are being used to raise tilapia, pechay, and kangkong at the same time.

The participants will be informed on how the aquaponic system works well in raising tilapia while farming the said vegetables at the same time. They will also observe animals grown around the compound like chickens, rabbits, and goats, as well as plants like mongo, sitaw, pechay, kamote, patola, upo, mais, and papaya. This project is funded by the AKBAY Program of NRCP and managed by Dr. Chito F. Sace, associate member of the NRCP Division of Agriculture and Forestry.

Aside from the activities for parents, the Council will also hold a lecture titled DOST Project NOAH Awareness for 100 college students and professors of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Taguig City University.

In said lecture, the students will learn about the various DOST projects that help manage hazards and reduce risks such as: 1) HYDROMET or hyrometeorological devices; 2) DREAM – LiDAR or disaster risk exposure assessment for mitigation – light detection and ranging project; 3) GEOHAZARD MAPPING that uses LiDAR technology and computer-assisted analyses to identify the exact landslide prone areas in the country; 4) CHASSAM or coastal hazards and storm surge assessment and mitigation; 5) FLOODNET or flood information network; 6) LADDERS of local development of Doppler radar systems; 7) Landslide Sensor Development Project; and 8) WHIP or weather hazard information project.

Dr.Mahar A. Lagmay, Project NOAH Executive Director, will lead this lecture activity.

With DOST’s high regard to the safety and health of children, the Council invited 50 pupils along with their teachers and principal of the North DaangHari Elementary School to participate in a story telling activity called Dengue Awareness for Kids. This activity will teach the kids, in their own little ways, how to prevent dengue infection.

Storyteller will be Dr.Judilyn N. Solidum, regular member of the NRCP Pharmaceutical Sciences and the author of three Filipino Komiks on dengue, namely Moskee: Ang Bampirang Lamok; Dinugo si Dino; and Huwag Mo kong Kagatin, Ang Kwento ng Batang na-Dengue.

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, and NRCP President and National Scientist Lourdes J. Cruz with the members of the Governing Board will lead the affair.

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