Dr. Manuel M. Garcia, a Food Development Center visiting consultant from Canada, led the Seminar on Enhancing Food Safety in CALABARZON held last March 15 to 19, 2010 at the Splash Mountain Resort, Los Banos, Laguna.

The seminar, one of several banner activities of the program on Regional Food Safety and Quality Assurance by DOST CALABARZON, tapped into Dr. Garcia's expertise through DOST's Balik-Scientist program. Dr. Garcia, a corresponding member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST), returned as visiting foreign adviser of the Natural Sciences Research Institute-UP Diliman, Philippine Coconut Authority and the Career Executive Service Organization. He is currently working with universities, industry, and other government agencies.

For the first time in local robotics history, the Philippines will be hosting the World Robotics Olympiad (WRO) on November 6-7, 2010. With the theme "Robots Promote Tourism," more than 1,000 elementary and high school students from 30 countries will be converging in Manila to compete in this year's Robotics Olympiad.

The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) recently developed a non-toxic electroplating process. The old process employs the use of cyanide, a chemical compound known to be poisonous to humans, animals and the environment. It is used, however, to harden metals that are electroplated or coated like gold jewelry. Health and environmental hazards inherent to the process prompted MIRDC to develop a non-cyanide gold electroplating solution. MIRDC registered the technology for patent which was granted by the Bureau of Patents of the Intellectual Property Philippines of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) recently received its Registration Certificates from the Bureau of Patents of the Intellectual Property Philippines (IPP) for two utility models, namely, portable retort for separation and recovery of mercury from amalgam (Frame 1), and decorticating machine for separating coco coir, peat and dust from coconut husk (Frame 2).

The Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD) recently launched use of the office software applications developed by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI). ASTI customized a set of information systems solutions (Infosys) which includes the following modules: Personnel Management Information System; Inventory System; Procurement System; and Announcements and Events (Calendar) System. The Inventory and Procurement System consists of sub-modules that enable users to monitor and keep stock of equipment and supplies; monitor and update Acknowledgement Receipts of Equipment (ARE); and generate forms used for procurement. The Announcement and Events System on the other hand, enables staffs to communicate about event schedules, including in-house meetings and other activities. The integrity of data in the system is maintained through access privileges given to staffs.