‘Science in bloom’: DOST’s CRADLE program features technologies for environment, wellness

Published February 24, 2022, 8:16 PM

by Charie Mae F. Abarca

In an online event, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) program featured various research collaborations and technologies developed mainly for wellness, community, and the environment sector.

(Department of Science and Technology)

The symposium was held on Thursday, Feb. 24, and it was entitled “Science in Bloom: Innovative breakthroughs for wellness, community, and the environment.”

One of the projects was the collaboration of Sarnimian Small Scale Mining Corporation and Caraga State University. The project, according to DOST, aims to develop alternative solutions to the waste of gold-processing plants called mill tailings.

Another project presented was the “Driver Air ni Juan: Aluminosilicate Technology for Compact Air Purification.”

“[It was created] in partnership between Manly Plastics Inc., MC Home Depot, Global One Shuttle Service Inc., and the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD). This project will develop a powerful yet portable air purifier for automotive air filtration systems which works as a particulate filter, harmful gas remover, and anti-microbial filler,” said DOST.

For wellness, the CRADLE project between Adamson University and Compact Pharmaceutical Corporation seeks to determine the formulation, quality control, and immediate-release tablets of “fixed-dose combinations” of Aspirin and Cilostazol.

Meanwhile, for community and arts, the collaborative project made by the Agricultural Sustainability Initiatives for Nature Inc. and UPD aims to help coastal communities in Macalelon, Quezon by using a science-based approach to increase the supply of oysters in the area and ensure its sustainability.

“CRADLE empowers our local Filipino companies to shift and adapt the needs of their clientele. The partnership between industry and academe allows sharing of knowledge and insight.

CRADLE improves the capabilities of our local companies, and at the same time broadens the understanding of our scientists and researchers on the needs of the industry,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña.

 
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