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National Workshop on the Logical Framework Approach

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Left Photo: IAEA Training Officers Ms. Galya Dimitrova (1st Row, 5th from Left) and Mr. Francis Xavier Campbell (1st Row, 6th from right) with the workshop participants

Right Photo: The participants discuss about the process trees developed during the activity for various projects


Aiming to improve the skills of our scientists and professionals in crafting well-formulated and well-written proposals for both national and international projects, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (PNRI–DOST) in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosted a National Workshop on the Logical Framework Approach for TC Project Design from July 8 to 11 at the PNRI Compound in Quezon City.

Project leaders and other participants from PNRI, National Power Corporation (NPC), Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRMMC), Philippine Society for Nuclear Medicine (PSNM), Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD–DOST), Bureau of Soils and Water Management–Department of Agriculture (BSWBM-DA), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA–DOST) and the Environmental Management Bureau – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB–DENR) were divided into teams as they engaged in step-by-step activities in building a solid framework as a basis for their respective projects.

Experts from the IAEA handled the four-day workshop, emphasizing the benefits of the logical framework approach as part of the agency’s quality management system, particularly as a foundation for a successful technical cooperation project.

“In order to ensure quality and meet the following criteria – relevance, ownership, sustainability, efficiency, effectiveness and safety – the methodology that will help us is the logical framework approach,” said IAEA Training Officer Galya Dimitrova.

The framework involves a thorough analysis of the various aspects of the project, from the problem and situation analyses to the project’s objectives and the issues that various stakeholders would like to be addressed.

“For example, before I can start a radiotherapy treatment in a country, I need to see what kind of existing equipment is already there, what kind of expertise do I already have, what additional expertise will I need, who do I need to train, what do I need to build, what equipment to buy, et cetera,” said IAEA Training Officer Francis Xavier Campbell during his discussion on situation analysis.

Since the Philippines became a Member State of the IAEA in 1958, the IAEA, which is the United Nations’ center for world cooperation on nuclear matters, has supported many of the projects involving the peaceful and beneficial applications of nuclear and radiation science and technology in the country through its strong partnership with PNRI, formerly the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission.

The workshop will also particularly benefit the younger participants in light of their increasing role in the institute’s technical cooperation projects with the IAEA and other functioning organizations, said PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa.

“Indeed, many of our younger researchers are already becoming the project leaders themselves,” she said.

The Director added that the logical framework approach will help the institute’s project leaders in crafting proposals not only for international projects but also for local cooperation projects with other institutions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 22:53
 

Nuclear Technologies to be Featured at 2014 NSTW Celebration

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Nuclear technologies, state-of-the art facilities, services and products that help boost competitiveness of local industries and for more accessible and improved healthcare will be featured by the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) at the exhibits and forum during the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia on July 24 to 28, 2014.

The activities for this year’s NSTW celebration will focus on the theme Philippines:  A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges.

PNRI experts will also present radiation technologies that have numerous beneficial applications in a techno forum entitled “Radiation: May Benepisyo Ito!” on July 25, 10:00 am to 12:00 nn at Forum Hall 2 of SMX. The topics to be presented are on nuclear-based and isotopic nuclear analytical techniques to ensure food safety and traceability, applications of electron beam and gamma irradiation.

The public is invited to attend the forum and view the nuclear technologies exhibits at DOST Outcome 3 – Industry Competitiveness and DOST Outcome 6 – Quality Healthcare which will also feature the technologies, services and products of various DOST agencies. Admission to the NSTW exhibits and forum is free.

The PNRI facilities and technologies for industry competitiveness are the following: Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility, Electron Beam Facility, Nuclear-based and Isotopic Analytical Techniques, Portable Gamma-Ray Spectrometry, Gamma-Ray Column-Scanning Technology, Receptor Binding Assay for Red Tide Monitoring and Non-Destructive Testing with Gamma Radiography.

For quality healthcare, PNRI will feature the following technologies: Technetium 99m for Radiopharmaceutical Production, Radiation-Sterilized Food for Immuno-compromised Persons, Skin-UpTM PVP-Carrageenan Hydrogel Dressing, Honey Alginate Wound Dressing and Development of PVP-Chitosan Injectible Hydrogel Implant for Treatment of Vesicoureteral Reflux.

For more information on the PNRI exhibits and forum and for bookings, you may contact Justina S. Cerbolles and Joan L. Tugo at 920 8787, 929 6010 to 19 local 286 and email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit the NSTW website at nstw.dost.gov.ph.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 23:13
 

Regional Meeting on Receptor Binding Assay to Address Red Tide

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Left Photo: (Seated 1st row from left) PNRI Atomic Research Division Chief Dr. Soledad Castaneda, IAEA Program Management Officer Ms. Jane Gerardo-Abaya, PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa, IAEA Scientist and Technical Officer Ms. Marie-Yasmine Dechraoui Bottein and PNRI Nuclear Services Division Chief/Officer in Charge, Office of the Deputy Director Dr. Christina Petrache (Standing 2nd row, 2nd from right) at a group picture with the experts and participants

Right Photo: PNRI Senior Science Research Specialist Mr. Rhett Simon Tabbada tours the experts and participants inside the PNRI Chemistry Research Section HAB Laboratories


Doing its part to help reduce the impact of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) or red tide throughout the Asia-Pacific region, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (PNRI–DOST) hosted the first coordination meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) RAS7026 Project, “Supporting the Use of Receptor Binding Assay (RBA) to Reduce the Adverse Impacts of Harmful Algal Toxins on Seafood Safety” at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City from June 23 to 27.

The meeting was attended by 17 participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and the Marshall Islands with experts from Institut Louis Malarde (ILM), French Polynesia; Cawthron Institute, New Zealand; and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC–UNESCO), Denmark. The IAEA which organized the meeting was represented by Dr. Jane Gerardo Abaya, Section Head for the Technical Cooperation Department in Asia and the Pacific and Programme Management Officer, and Ms. Marie Yasmine Bottein, IAEA Technical Officer. Local participants included scientists, researchers and regulators from the University of the Philippines–Marine Science Institute (UP–MSI), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and PNRI.

The meeting assessed the technical gaps and constraints for each nation’s marine environment monitoring programs on red tide and the possible cooperative solutions to these problems. Sampling protocols for toxins and strategies to enhance public awareness on the use and acceptance of the RBA as a regulatory tool were among the focus of the discussions.

On the last day, the IAEA experts visited the PNRI Chemistry Research Section HAB laboratories. The institute serves as the IAEA Collaborating Center for the project.

The Philippines is one of the member states participating in the regional project to promote the radioligand RBA technology for the detection and quantification of HAB toxins in mussels and other shellfishes which prove damaging to the health and business of fishing communities and consumers alike.

“The project starts with a noble purpose which will ultimately benefit our fisher folk and the public at large. It is also very relevant as the HAB problem has not gone away, but has spread to new areas in the Philippines,” said PNRI Director Dr. Alumanda Dela Rosa in her welcome address.

The RBA method uses membrane receptors prepared from rat brain which react to the toxins extracted from the shellfish. It was adopted by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) in 2011 as the official method for detecting paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

In the Philippines, PNRI collaborates with the UP-MSI and BFAR in developing a field detection system and in transferring the RBA technology to the regulatory authorities.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 00:43
 

PNRI Hosts 2014 General Election of Quezon City Science Community

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PNRI Hosts 2014 General Election of Quezon City Science Community

As the secretariat of the Quezon City Science Community Foundation Incorporated (QCSCFI), the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (PNRI–DOST) hosted the 2014 General Elections of its Board of Trustees on June 27 at the PNRI compound.

Founded in 1993, the QCSCFI is an organization of scientific, technological, academic and administrative institutions in Quezon City for the purpose of undertaking science and technology ventures to address the needs of the city as well as the country. The QCSCFI currently has 38 members, including DOST and other government agencies, educational institutions from both secondary and tertiary levels, research institutions, media networks, hospitals and the Quezon City Government.

Former University of the Philippines Diliman Chancellor Dr. Caesar Saloma (extreme right) administered the oathtaking of the newly elected agencies for the Board of Trustees and Sector Representatives: Ateneo de Manila University for President, QC Government for Vice President, Philippine Science High School System for Secretary and Science Education and Awareness Sector Representative, PNRI for Treasurer, Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) for Environmental Enhancement and Protection Sector Representative and Philippine Children’s Medical Center for Health and Medicine Sector Representative.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 07:37
 

Gamma Ray Column Scanning Technique For Industries

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The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute - Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) is now offering its service to assist the industry in the inspection and investigation of process vessels using the Gamma Ray Column Scanning Technology. This technology makes it possible to “see” inside a process vessel (e.g. distillation columns in refineries or petrochemical industries) and quickly identify its problems without interrupting normal plant operations.

Process columns are critical components in industries where separation of components to extract or refine raw materials is undertaken such as the case in petroleum products and fertilizer manufacturing plants. Malfunctioning of components or erroneous parameter settings would cause inefficiency in processes that could lead to waste of materials or loss of resources or even worse, to emergency total shutdown of operation. These in turn would mean significant financial loss to the industry and, depending on the nature of the product, could affect the economy.

Gamma Ray Column Scanning Technology or simply Column Scanning uses a gamma-ray emitting radioactive source, either a Co-60 or Cs-137, and detector strategically positioned to scan a process vessel or column to acquire its density profile even when the process is on-going. This density profile could provide significant information on the condition of the whole process and vessel such as damaged or missing trays and their positions, extent of flooding and its location, liquid weeping and foaming, liquid levels, and blockages, among others.

From this information, the engineers and operators can derive conclusions on the status of the column and consequently make arrangements for maintenance and troubleshooting to prevent emergency shutdown.

 

Advantages

-       Because gamma-ray column scanning provides real-time information and uses a sealed radioactive material that is not affected by environmental conditions, it provides advantages in troubleshooting procedures.

-       Moreover, it is non-destructive and cost efficient as there is no need for column preparation, removal of insulations and shutdown of operation during investigation thereby reducing production downtime.

-       It also does not emit or produce any waste to the environment making it safe to use.

The advantages and benefits of gamma column scanning make it a favored procedure that is routinely used by competent industries in other countries to inspect and ensure the integrity and condition of their processes and vessels.

For more information on gamma column scanning, please contact Section Head Ms. Adelina M. Bulos, Head - Isotope Techniques Section, PNRI in Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City or call us at 929-6011 local 225 or 240. You can also send your queries at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 00:11
 
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