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Six (6) projects on microbes, clean water and clean energy of the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) will be featured in the 3rd Basic Research Symposium (BRS) on October 30, 2019 at the Manila Hotel.

Themed “Communicating Basic Research Results to the People: Lifelines and Microbes”, this year’s BRS will focus on two (2) sub-themes: 1) Microbes: The Positive and Negative Impacts to Agriculture, Industry, Health, and 2) Pharmaceuticals and Lifelines: “Safe” Potable Water and Green Energy.

Each sub-theme highlights various research-based information on how people can benefit from microbes, be assured of drinking water that is free from disease-causing pollutants, and how to generate environment-friendly energy.

The DOST-NRCP BRS aims to communicate basic research findings and new knowledge generated to the people in most graspable manner.

Microbes: The Positive and Negative Impacts to Agriculture, Industry, Health, and Pharmaceuticals
There are several microbes causing infections that can weaken, impair, and kill. But, there are also bacteria that fight against it. To better understand and appreciate microbes, three (3) projects will be presented in the most popular and simple terms: 1) Fungal Avengers: Infinity War Against Deadly Microbes by Dr. Thomas Edison E. Dela Cruz of University of Santo Tomas (UST), 2) Microbial Treasures in Philippine Mangroves by Dr. Gina S. Dedeles also of UST, and 3) The Bad Bacteria studied by Dr. Windell L. Rivera of University of the Philippines Diliman. The researchers are all NRCP members.

Lifelines: “Safe” Potable Water and Green Energy
Is your potable water really safe to drink? Another DOST-NRCP member has come up with new research-based information that detects the various elements present in water systems. Find this out through the project “Development of a Low Cost and Portable Electrochemical Sensor for Heavy Metal Detection in Water by Dr. Shirley T. Palisoc of De La Salle University Manila (DLSU-M).

Solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass energy are all alternative energy sources that are safe to the environment.
Two clean energy sources will be highlighted in the symposium, 1) Designing Green Technology using Fuzzy Mathematical Programming Approach of Dr. Aristotle Ubando from DLSU-M; and 2) Development of Next Generation all-Solid-State Li-ion Battery Energy Storage Application conducted by Dr. Rinlee Butch M. Cervera UPD.

A highlight of the symposium would be the presence of Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno as Keynote Speaker. Participants in this symposium include students and researchers of UPD, UPM, UPLB, DLSU, Ateneo de Manila University, Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila, UST, University of the East, FEATI University, Far Eastern University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, national government agencies, key industries, and the scientific community.