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By: Quimby Mari R. Genota 

The Enhancement of Municipal Dairy Project of Magdalena was sealed by the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the DOST IV-A, Magdalena Dairy Raisers Association (MADRA) and LGU Magdalena last November 24, 2015.

The project intends to suffice the increasing demand for buffalo and carabao’s milk products through technology intervention and research and development services amounting to 1 million pesos provided by DOST IV-A.

DOST IV-A recognized the potentials of producing buffalo milk to employ and provide a major source of income for farmers in Magdalena, Laguna.MADRA.jpg

Achieving a healthy lifestyle does not only involve eating right and exercising regularly but also entails stopping a bad habit like cigarette smoking. and avoiding excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages.

Cigarette Smoking
Why do we have to stop smoking? Smoking has been associated with different kinds of cancer such as cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat and lungs, as well as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, ischemic heart diseases, hypertension and other diseases. The heavier the smoking, the greater is the risk to these diseases. Even those who do not smoke but are exposed to cigarette smoke can also have the same diseases.

The Roundtable Discussion (RTD) on Linking Agriculture and Food Systems to Non-Communicable diseases was held last November 20, 2014 at Hotel Jen Manila. The RTD was organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) through its Agricultural Sciences Division (ASD).

This RTD was conducted in preparation for the upcoming Annual Scientific meeting (ASM) on July 8-9, 2015 which will focus on Non-Communicable Diseases. National Scientist Dolores A. Ramirez, member of the ASD, provided the objectives of the RTD, which were to 1) discuss research-based information about the links between food habit and non-communicable diseases; 2) discuss research-based information about possibilities for intensification, integration and diversification in Philippine Agriculture to meet the needs for balanced human nutrition; and 3) propose ways to improve the eating habits of the Filipino masses to reduce incidence of non-communicable diseases.

By: Juan Carlo M. Manas

 Globalisation makes it clear that social responsibility is required not only of governments, but of companies and individuals. All sources must interact in order to reach the MDGs.” - Anna Lindh.

From a general perspective, some people may view DOST as an institution focused on scientific interventions, technological advancements and whatnots –­­­­ or basically… things that are required in coping up with the race of global development.

Ebola virus and other infectious diseases were the focus of the Roundtable Discussion (RTD) on Coping with Emerging Infectious Diseases held on November 3, 2014 at Traders Hotel Manila. The RTD was organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) through its Biological Sciences Division.

The recent outbreak in Western Africa and cases in the United States have given Ebola worldwide attention. Ebola is a virus from the familyFiloviridae that causes African Hemorrhagic Fever which can be fatal if untreated.