Senate passes Philippine Innovation Act on final reading

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The Senate passed on Tuesday, May 2, a bill which seeks to adopt innovation as a vital component of the country’s development and use it to promote the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, through programs and initiatives which include the creation of a new interagency national innovation council.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, principal author of Senate Bill No. 1355, otherwise known as the Philippine Innovation Act, said the measure seeks to make innovation a major driver of economic growth in accordance with the Ambisyon Natin 2040 long-term plan laid out by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

Philippines’ build.gov.ph portal now online

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The Philippine Infrastructure Transparency Portal, build.gov.ph is now online. The portal is managed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

The main feature of the portal is that it list down the Government’s current infrastructure project, the implementing agency, its cost, starting date and status. The Build Build Build Portal also has different sections like News, Success Stories, Videos and more.

Department of Agriculture to talk to Pres. Duterte to take over Project NOAH

Emmanuel Pinol Agriculture Secretary just announced on Facebook that they want to take over Project NOAH. Hopefully, Project NOAH will have a new lease under the Department of Agriculture.

I just cannot see why would the Government kill a useful tool like Project NOAH, specially with the strong Typhoons that are “visiting” the country. Unless of course they plan to replace it with a better “tool”.

DOST Project NOAH in danger due to lack of funds

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

The Department of Science and Technology’s real-time weather platform called Project NOAH is in danger of being terminated due to lack of funds, according to local news.

It’s sad to see a project as essential as Project NOAH be terminated just because their not included in the priority list of the Government.