By Ma. Cristina Arayata
MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will meet with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for possible research adaptation by the latter.
“We will have a convergence meeting with the DILG because the PCIEERD (Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development) have many kinds of research that would be useful for them,” DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday.
Among these researches and technologies, he said, is on rapid charging. Called CharM (Charging in Minutes), this research aims to develop a fast-charging system that could boost electric tricycles and electric vehicles the same way as the conventional gasoline stations. The goal is to make the e-vehicles replenish energy in their storage tank as soon as possible.
CharM has been adapted in Isabela, and would also be piloted in Visayas and Mindanao, dela Pena added.
“We also have technologies for traffic management, disaster risk reduction, and those that the DILG could use in relation to smart cities,” he remarked.
PCIEERD has developed the LocalSim (local traffic simulator), a microscopic traffic simulation software designed for road and traffic engineers of local government (LGUs) as a decision support system for traffic simulation and management.
This can incorporate the Filipino driving behavior in the system and create model local traffic improvement alternatives through evidence-based traffic analysis and evaluation of the alternative scheme.
USHER (Structural Health Monitoring System), on the other hand, is a 24/7 system for buildings and bridges which could help enable economical and hassle-free compliance. It provides sensors to assess building damage immediately after an earthquake and helps prevent casualties by providing periodic building occupancy suitability and safety parameters.
The DOST-attached agency also offers “Fire Check”, which produces research-based information to aid emergency responders and officials, as well as strategic planners and policymakers in fire disaster assessment and risk evaluation.
This is done using fire hazard maps, 3D maps of high-risk communities, the fire spread modeling and simulation, neighborhood evacuation plans, and fire risk reduction management or investment plans.
Petrography, meanwhile, is for concrete quality assessment for existing infrastructure. According to PCIEERD, petrography aims to conduct an in-depth analysis and assessment on the health of concrete used in the identified lifeline infrastructure under the Metro Manila Oplan Yakal Plus (the contingency plan of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council).
“There is also a project to develop a template for the growing urban settlement centers,” added dela Pena.
He was referring to PCIEERD’s Human Settlements Development Model. The projects main objectives include formulating a model on how settlements develop, to name potential new growth areas in the Philippines based on the identified growth drivers.
It also aims to project the corresponding housing requirements in terms of the total housing demand, spatial distribution, and financing needs.
Other technologies that dela Pena suggested to offer to the DILG are:
* Hybrid Electric Road Train — an alternative mass transport system envisioned to help ease traffic congestion in metropolitan cities and ferry more commuters at any given time. It is composed of five interlinked air-conditioned coaches that run on both diesel fuel and electricity powered by a generator with 260 batteries. This is currently being tested in General Santos, Soccsksargen, and Isabela.
* ClinnGem — a field-testing project that deploys pilot-scale gold-copper mineral processing plant to selected small-scale mining regions. It is a bold step to introduce and promote an environment-friendly, high yielding alternative process of extracting gold from ores using flotation or gravity concentration technologies.
This project will address technology limitations of mineral processing and extraction through the proper application of technology to allow small-scale operations conduct recovery activities at the lowest capital and operational expenditure while maximizing profit and minimizing the adverse effects to health and environment.
* VISSER — aims to address the need for modern science laboratories to improve the current state of instruments used in science education and research. VISSER is a collaborative effort to promote locally-assembled sensors and handheld computing devices, in tandem with highly-descriptive learning modules for use in science experiments.
* e-Governance System — According to PCIEERD, this project was able to automate legislative management, e-building, and e-business permit and licensing, real property assessment and tax management, point of payment, and local ID systems in the municipalities of Nabua and Bula, Camarines Sur. It aims to serve as a model for smart governance for other LGUs.
* Smart Surface – converts any ordinary flat surface into an interactive smart surface.
* LEAP (Learning English Application for Pinoys) — a standalone, computer-based training program for English language skill improvement.
* Development of Interactive Software and Teaching Guides for Grades 7-10 Mathematics — This aims to facilitate the implementation of the mathematical goals envisioned by the K to 12 curricula. The interactive learning resources, accompanied by teaching guides or modules, and linked to particular competencies in the Year 7-10 mathematics curriculum are expected to help mathematics teachers design lessons in each of the five mathematical strands (number, measurement, algebra, geometry, probability or data analysis) and promote the goals of mathematics education (critical thinking and problem solving) in the classroom. (PNA)