Officials from DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) and Department of Trade and Industry - Strategic Trade and Management Office (DTI-STMO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on technical expertise and support on managing the trade on strategic goods.
From left to right: STMO Assistant Director Atty. Janice S. Dimayacyac, STMO Director Atty. Luis Manuel M. Catibayan, PNRI Director Dr. Carlo A. Arcilla, PNRI Deputy Director Dr. Vallerie Ann I. Samson, and Regulations and Standards Development Section Head Ms. Teresita G. de Jesus. [Photo from DTI-STMO]
PNRI signs accord with DTI’s strategic trade office to regulate strategic goods
Contributing its expertise towards national security and ensuring public safety, the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute will serve as one of the support agencies under the National Security Council – Strategic Trade Management Committee (NSC-STMCom) by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
PNRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DTI Strategic Trade and Management Office on June 13, 2022 to strengthen efforts on commodity classification, investigation, and enforcement activities involving strategic goods.
According to the DTI, strategic goods are items or products, including software and technologies, which are not allowed for export or are heavily regulated due to security reasons or according to international agreements. These include firearms and military-grade equipment, components and other similar materials, as well as items which are related to weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
PNRI's technical expertise, facilities, and laboratories on materials analysis will prove useful in managing the trade and movement of strategic goods in the Philippines, especially for dual-use equipment. These are items which are commonly used for commercial or peaceful purposes but may also be used for military applications and even for WMDs.
These items are enumerated in the National Strategic Goods List as part of the implementation of Republic Act No. 10697, or the Strategic Trade Management Act.
The law fulfills the country's international commitments and obligations in maintaining global peace and security, particularly United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 which aims to curtail the spread of WMDs.
The MOU was signed by PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla (2nd from left) and MPHPS CEO Manuel Ramirez (2nd from right). Also witnessing the signing were PNRI Deputy Director Dr. Vallerie Samson and DOST Associate Scientist Dr. Alvie Astronomo.
PNRI signs MOU for neutron applications in medical physics
Helping to ensure the safety of workers exposed to radiation due to their occupation, DOST - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Medical Physics and Health Physics Services, Inc. for Project LUNIS (Low-Dose Uniform Neutron Irradiation System) on May 31, 2022 at the PNRI compound in Quezon City.
The partnership will harness PNRI's expertise in neutron measurement and dosimetry to ultimately benefit medical professionals and other sectors, whose working environments will improve in terms of radiation protection and safety thanks to better calibration of detectors and dosimeters, among others.
PNRI Technologies at DOST Exhibit in SM Baguio
Participants check out the exhibit of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the DOST’s Nationwide S&T Promotions and Exhibit in SM City Baguio on 21 May 2022.
Featuring the latest innovations of the DOST, the exhibit is a partnership between the DOST and SM Supermalls, and implemented by the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute in collaboration with DOST agencies.
Among the exhibits of the honey authentication and fingerprinting technology, multi-shell neutron spectrometer, and non-woven fabrics for waste water treatment.
DOST-CAR provincial directors discuss with agricultural technician Ed David (second from right) the benefits of the PNRI-developed carrageenan plant growth promoter.
CAR science heads eye seaweed plant food to boost upland crop yield
The plant growth promoter (PGP) made from seaweeds is now poised to hie-off to the highlands to deliver the same benefits it brought to lowland crops. Developed by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) using irradiation technology, the seaweed-derived PGP has been proven to increase yield and make crops resistant to pests and extreme weather.
The PGP, also called plant food, has also shown to improve vegetables grown in the uplands after successful tests on rice, legumes, corn, banana, and other vegetables. This gained the interest of the DOST provincial directors in the Cordillera Region.
“We can do technology demos and field tests. We will support you,” told Ed David to the directors in a meeting on May 21 during the SM Malls x DOST Exhibits Opening in SM Baguio. David is an agricultural technician of the Vitalgro Foliar Fertilizer of VVZ Corporation, a commercial adoptor of the PGP.
In the said meeting, David shared their experiences on the effects and benefits of Carrageenan PGP to various farming communities in Region III. Describing the foliar fertilizer as a cheaper alternative to other commercial plant supplement, David revealed that using PGP resulted in a higher harvest yield and better protection from pests and extreme weather.
Extracted from red edible seaweed, also called as “guso” or “gulamang dagat”, the PGP fertilizer is a “green technology” for being environment friendly. It serves as a natural pest repellent and an attractant to beneficial insects such as aphids and beetles.
He also offered to facilitate technology demos and trials in the Cordilleras, which the directors welcomed, considering the farming associations in the highlands that produce rice, fruits, and vegetables. Further, the directors proposed that the PGP technology be featured in a regional S&T caravan to be held within the year which will travel across all provinces of the Cordillera Region.
The interest on the carrageenan PGP sparked during a technology presentation of PNRI for DOST-CAR regional and provincial heads. “Its proven effectiveness on vegetables made us realize that it will be very helpful to our stakeholders here in CAR,” Regional Director Nancy Bantog said.
DOST-PNRI delegates and DOST-CAR officials headed by Dr. Nancy Bantog (second from left, front row) agree to promote the Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter in the Cordillera Region through technology demos, trials, and caravan.
The DOST-PNRI-developed Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter which increases yield and improves quality of crops is commercialized and labeled by Vitalgro Foliar Fertilizer (left) and Aqua Oro Philippines (right). [Photos lifted from Vitalgro and Aqua Oro FB Pages]