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MEMORANDUM

Suspension of the Conduct of the 2010 Summer Orientation and Enrichment Program for RA7687 Scholars

The Advisory Committee on S&T Scholarships during its meeting on February 11, 2010 approved the nationwide conduct of the Summer Orientation and Enrichment Program (SOEP).

The SOEP was to be conducted nationwide for freshman RA 7687 scholars in May 2010. This would have entailed provision of a month's stipend for the scholars.
Considering that the scholars come from poor families and would have needed their allowance for their stay in key cities where the host institutions of SOEP are located, it would have been necessary that the financial assistance be received in time during their training.

However, due to the 1/12 budget policy of the DBM, deficit has already accumulated and resulted in unreleased allowances to the on-going scholars this First Quarter of CY 2010.

In view of the said constraint, the matter was elevated to the National Technical and Selection Committee (NTSC) through a referendum on march 29, 2010. The NTSC recommended for the suspension of the conduct of the SOEP this year.

Please advise the concerned Scholarship Project Staff accordingly. Moreover, this information must be disseminated to all RA 7687 freshmen scholars in your region.

Thank you

ESTER B.OGENA

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).

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).