Beat the heat with DOST-FNRI’s healthy ice cream


In the Philippines,  hot, lazy afternoons are  not complete without ice cream.  But, sad to say, there is a portion of the population that shies away from this “sinful” dessert simply because they have hypertension or diabetes. So will these people have to suffer in silence and miss out the fun out of this  tropical weather? Maybe not,  with the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) incredible guilt-free ice cream.

Low in fat and sugar, but equally loaded with ice cream goodness, this healthy frozen delight is a developed by food experts at the DOST- Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

Based on the September 2008 data, a cup of this FNRI-developed ice cream at 100 grams contains only 0.46 grams of fat compared with other commercial brands with about 10.9 grams. Likewise, the FNRI formulation makes use of both ordinary and substitute sugar as sweetener at less than 0.1 gram per serving.

Biotech is worth pursuing, DOST chief says


“The potential of biotechnology to increase agricultural productivity is one of the reasons why at the Department of Science and Technology, we believe it is a cause worth pursuing,” said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo.  Moreover, the DOST supports a science-based method of evaluating both the benefits and risks of GM crops, he clarified.

Sec. Montejo’s take on biotechnology came at the heels of biotechnology milestone in global agricultural history when developing countries in 2012 achieved a feat unheard of in past decades. For the first time, farmers from the developing world, including the Philippines, produced more biotechnology crops, or biotech crops, than farmers from highly developed and more technologically advanced nations.

Dr. Randy A. Hautea, global coordinator and Southeast Asia Center director of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), announced this astounding news during the international conference on the “Adoption of Biotech Crops in the Developing World” held recently at the Hyatt Hotel Manila, co-organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology, an advisory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST).

CVCHRD Official Logo

The Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development Advisory Council held a special meeting on March 1, 2013 at the DOST 7 Conference Room to choose the winning entry from among those submitted for the CVCHRD Logo Design Contest.

In selecting the winning logo entry, the following criteria were used: originality (30%), relevance to the CVCHRD Vision, Mission, and Goals (30%), artistry (20%), and over-all impact (20%).

CVCHRD Official LogoFrom among the nine entries, the Council members chose Entry No. 8 as the winning logo entry with a rating of 81.71%. It was subsequently revealed that the entry was submitted by Mr. Brian Canape, a staff member of Cebu Doctors’ University Student Affairs, Publications, and Public Relations Office.


PHILIPPINE’S First Digital Science Library Reaches Cebu

Cebuanos can now get easy access to a compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world.

The Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-STII) recently developed the Philippines’s first digital science library.

PHILIPPINE’S First Digital Science Library Reaches CebuThe Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated  Kiosk Station known as “STARBOOKS” is a stand alone, onsite research kiosk that provides free access on S&T information for academic and livelihood use. It contains hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and audio/video) placed in specially design “pods” set in a user-friendly interface.

DOST holds health tea making seminar-workshop

 tea making seminar-workshop

The growing popularity of herbal beverages and their health benefits has propelled the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Center to conduct a tea making seminar-workshop for existing and potential entrepreneurs in Negros Oriental. Around 15 participants attended the training held recently at the local DOST office .

The workshop included a comprehensive lecture on tea-making and hands-on exercises, and covered an extensive discussion on the proper methods and techniques most especially in drying, mixing and storing herbs. Also pointed out in the seminar are the correct way of making teabags, proper packaging and labeling; and fair costing of tea products.

“Herbal tea has been accepted as a catch-all term for any non-caffeinated beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in water since “tea” in the real sense of word is made of cured leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis,” explained Vina R. Antopina, the resident food and food safety expert from Bohol who facilitated the workshop. The participants had the chance to explore their creativity in mixing different types of dried plant materials and creating different  kinds of natural  and such as dried turmeric, malunggay, guava leaves, basil, lagundi leaves, mango peelings, and orange peelings, among others.



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