The Department of Science and Technology led by Assistant Secretary Robert Dizon and DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute Director Raymund Liboro recently held talks with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino to identify areas that the two agencies can jointly work on.

The talks were held in the light of MMDA's move to explore homegrown technology solutions to its pestering concerns in maintaining order and cleanliness along the capital’s major roads and waterways.

Initially, DOST will look into the possibility of developing enzyme-based process to degrade or reduce harmful chemicals in garbage. “Daily we collect thousands of tons of garbage in Metro Manila, which contain residual chemicals harmful to humans and the environment,” Tolentino said.

To accelerate the clean up of the Pasig River and its tributaries, the DOST can also introduce bioremediation through the use of chemical waste-absorbing plants and organisms.

Both sides agreed to look into the possibility of developing Filipino-designed solar powered traffic signal system, speed radar guns, rescue sensors for collapsed buildings, and colored plastic-asphalt mix that can be used to mark pedestrian lanes, Liboro explained. [S&T Media Service]



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