The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the DOST said it is currently working on a number Covid-19 projects including a non-contact temperature-taking device which uses a medical-grade sensor that can be utilized by frontliners.
After exceeding its projected life span of 18 months with four years of journey in space, the country’s first micro-satellite – Diwata-1 – is ending its mission and is expected to burn up as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere.
Ranging from nano-enhanced sanitizers to mobile AI-powered thermal scanners, the technologies are DOST’s quick response to the ongoing pandemic that has endangered the lives of many.
DOST-MIRDC said it has transitioned to a plastic injection technology that allows it to increase production volume of up to 2,500 pieces of face shield frames per day.
The test kit is the first locally manufactured test kit for Covid-19. The approval signals the start of its roll-out to several hospitals in and out of Metro Manila starting on April 4.
Developed by Filipino researchers, the RxBox is a biomedical device capable of measuring a patient’s temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, uterine contractions, and electrocardiogram readings.
In a statement on Monday, March 30, DOST secretary Fortunato dela Pena said the field validation for the Covid-19 testing kits is ongoing and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, April 1.
Out of the total number of passers, 5,917 qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, which provide for academically talented students who belong to economically disadvantaged families; while 3,871 qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.