QUEZON CITY, April 10 -- The Department of Science and Technology- Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) announces that nomination of media personalities to the Bantog: The Science for the People Media Awards is still on. The Institute shall receive nominations until 30 April 2018

The Bantog Awards is given in recognition of the important role of media practitioners (print, radio, TV and online), in government and private practice, who made significant contributions to the promotion of science and technology information. 

The awards has four categories. The Institutional Media Award is given to an institution or organization that served as a vital link between the science and technology (S&T) sectors and its clients through informative advocacy. Meanwhile, the Outstanding S&T Journalist Award is given to an individual media practitioner who has been an ardent advocate of science and technology whether in print, broadcast, or online. Further, the Outstanding Regional Media Practitioner Award is given to an enthusiastic regional media personality who has shown strong support in promoting science and technology information. Finally, the Outstanding Information Officer Award is given to exemplary information officers in DOST working in the area of communication production and dissemination. 

Nominees should be Filipinos or Filipino-owned media companies which have broadcast and published S&T information in January 2017-March 2018. Nominees for individual practitioners from print, broadcast, and online media shall be judged according to substance, form, style, relevance of works, and additional requirements by the board of judges. Meanwhile, nominees for institutional awards shall be judged according to innovativeness, relevance, and commitment to S&T reportage. The DOST Information Officer Award shall be based on his/her accomplishments in print, broadcast, online media, and public relations. 

All Bantog Awardees shall receive trophies while the individual category winners shall receive additional cash prizes. The Outstanding S&T Journalists for online, print, radio and TV will all take home P100,000; P50,000; and P25,000 for the first, second and third prizes respectively. The sole winner of Outstanding Regional Media Practitioner will receive P50,000 and the Outstanding DOST Information Officers will get P30,000; P20,000; and P10,000. 

For queries and further information on Bantog, please contact STII Public Affairs Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call(02) 837-2071 local 2146 or mobile no. 09493039998 and look for Ms. Ma. Lilibeth P. Padilla. (Mark Francis S. España, DOST-STII)

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will tie up with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) expand their market and reach clients online with the

“MSMEs are the backbone of the Philippine economy. And as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s whole-of-government approach to assist MSMEs, we are teaming up with DOST to impact the lives of more Filipino entrepreneurs,” said DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.

The is a government e-commerce platform (business–to-customer and business-to-business platform) dedicated to marketing high-quality Filipino products of MSMEs online. Under the agreement, DTI will promote the to MSMEs through Negosyo Centers.

At the same time, DTI will make Negosyo Centers accessible to clients of DOST and allow clients to display and dispatch their products with its payment and logistic partners in One Town One Product (OTOP) Philippines HubStores, subject to availability of space and to DTI priorities and promote oneSTore and provide signs for the spaces provided for and oneSTore hub in every OTOP Store identified as co-branded hub, among others.

DOST, on the other hand, will develop and maintain where its accredited regional hubs and MSMEs can sell products and services to its clients and engage with payment and logistics partners and provide services to accredited regional hubs, MSMEs and partner agencies.

DOST will also provide priority to dentified OTOP products for development initiatives including improvements in packaging and labeling, subsidy or discounts in testing fees, equipment support such as the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), and strengthen research and development efforts. (PR)

Sharie Al-Faiha A. Lubang

Los Baños, Laguna – The Regional Durian Research and Development (R&D) program (Phase2) kicked off recently in an inception meeting held at the headquarters of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD). 

 Geared towards increased fruit yield, improved fruit quality, and more efficient fertilizer application, the program will establish durian tree management practices for six durian Philippine varieties namely, Puyat, Arancillo, Kob, Duyaya, D101, and Karnyao. It will also validate the program results of Phase 1 to generate more conclusive and comprehensive results. 

The program, “Enhancing Productivity and Sustainability of the Durian Industry in Southern Mindanao for Improved Market Access Phase 2,” will be implemented by the Bureau of Plant Industry-Davao National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BPI-DNCRDPSC), University of Southern Mindanao (USM), and University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) in Southern Mindanao for two years.  

The program will develop a fertilization guide based on the optimum nutrient standards of durian. It will also cross validate the pruning, detopping, flower and fruit thinning techniques, and fertilization standard of durian for optimum yield and quality. 

A Geographic Information System (GIS)-aided soil suitability map for durian in Davao and Cotabato is also among the expected outputs of the program. 

The program is one of the initiatives of DOST-PCAARRD to help the local durian industry in achieving a higher national average production. 

The Crops Research Division (CRD) of DOST-PCAARRD organized the inception meeting to level off expectations and fine-tune the technical and financial aspects of the program. 

Dr. Jocelyn E. Eusebio, Director of CRD, led the panel of technical evaluators along with Dr. Domingo E. Angeles and Dr. Erlinda S. Paterno of the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

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