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  1. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) funded two behavioral studies for treating addiction and depression in the newly renovated animal laboratory facility at the National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila.  The facility was presented to DOST after a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 27, 2023. 

    DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., Undersecretary for R&D Leah J. Buendia, and UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Carmencita Padilla led the brief ceremony and quick tour inside the facility. It will house the project entitled, “Cessation of Toluene (Rugby) Addiction in Adolescents: Using a Rodent Model” to test novel pharmacological and behavioral treatments for overcoming toluene craving. 

  2. The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), both attached agencies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen research collaboration on the applications of nuclear science and technology in the fields of volcanology and seismology. 

    The ceremonial signing, held on January 25, 2023, at the DOST-PHIVOLCS Auditorium in Quezon City, signals the joint initiatives of the two DOST agencies to harmonize their efforts to address disaster risk reduction and management. This is aligned with the current administration’s thrust to pursue the OneDOST4U advocacy to better improve delivery of public service.

    Under the MoU, the DOST-PNRI and DOST-PHIVOLCS will focus and venture together on projects related to the fields of geochemistry, isotopic techniques, volcanism, active faults, geothermal, and volcano-hydrothermal. 

  3. The Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) will be leading the conduct of the 2023 Philippine Innovation Forum on 20 February 2023, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Villarosa Convention Hall, Angelo King Medical Research Center, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute (DLSMHSI), Dasmariñas City, Cavite. 

    With the theme “Innovation and Pandemic Recovery: Ideas and Suggestions”, the forum will feature talks from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health, Research, and Development (DOST-PCHRD), Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) Foundation, DLSMHSI, and De La Salle University – Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Technologies; small group discussions, and open fora.

  4. MANILA- Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda has filed House Bill No. 6921 seeking to modernize the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS). 

    The PHIVOLCS Modernization Act aims to enhance the capability and human resource complement of the agency to better provide timely and quality information and services for warning, disaster preparedness, and mitigation of events arising from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami and other related geotectonic phenomena.

    “There is a need to augment and enhance the monitoring and warning capabilities of PHIVOLCS.”

    Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol, the newly appointed director of DOST-PHIVOLCS further explained that the country has 24 active volcanoes and 27 potentially-active volcanoes. Of the 24 active volcanoes, only 10 are currently being monitored, and only two of these 10 are equipped with all the required station types.