DOST set to deploy hybrid electric road train in General Santos City

Newsbytes Ph;

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said General Santos City in Mindanao is set to test-run the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) developed by Filipino engineers from the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).

The 40-meter long road train is expected to hit the highways of GenSan this October. It successfully concluded its trial run in Cebu City last February 2017.

The train consists of five interlinked air-conditioned coaches that can hold up to 240 passengers per trip and is expected to provide technological solutions to urban transport concerns like traffic congestion of which General Santos City is currently facing.

It is mainly designed for roads and not for rails thus the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) only run a maximum speed of 50kph.

DOST forms space tech program with P258-M budget for 2017

Edd K. Usman, writing foe NewsBytes Ph;

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is intensifying its venture into space technology with the recent creation of a new program called Space Technology Development (STD) which has an allocated budget of P258 million.

Php 258 million or around $5.127 million (USD) is relatively small compare to the budget of neighboring countries with similar space program.

  • $2.4 billion for Japan
  • $500 million for China
  • $1.4 billion for India
  • $366 million for South Korea

DOST: Project NOAH tech to be turned over to PAGASA

TJ DIMACALI, reporting for GMA News;

Ill-fated disaster risk service Project NOAH is set to be turned over to the national weather agency, according to DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña. – See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/597649/scitech/science/dost-project-noah-tech-to-be-turned-over-to-pagasa#sthash.hNye9I5a.dpuf

PAGASA is the perfect agency to continue Project NOAH. Yesterday, Emmanuel Pinol Agriculture Secretary said that are interested in taking over the project.