Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DOST Presents CEST

(Thursday, 15th day of June 2017)


ILIGAN CITY – Community Empowerment through Science and Technology or CEST, a program of Deaprtment of Science and Technology (DOST) was presented to the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) by Engr. Ferdinand Soliven and Ms. Gerrylou Sweet Pia of DOST Lanao del Norte on June 8 at the City Administrators Office.

The Program focuses on: Health and Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Basic Education and Literacy, Livelihood and Enterprise development, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. It aims to help in poverty alleviation.

Councilor Ryan Ong represented the City Council during the meeting. He was most enthusiastic about the STARBBOOKS program.

Starbooks is the Philippines’ first digital science library. It contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface. It’s a standalone Information kiosk, hence, information access is possible even without internet connection. It is a compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world, a one stop S&T information source; and It features videos dubbed “Tamang DOSTkarte Livelihood Videos” to stimulate every Filipino’s entrepreneurial capacity. STARBOOKS aims to create interest in the field of Science and Technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T courses; to encourage great and curious minds to develop new ideas—inventions and innovations; and to inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research. (

“The reason why other countries like Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan are fast developing is because they are well exposed to science and technology,” Engr. Soliven said. “This is what we are aiming for,” he added.

Another project offered by the DOST is the RXBox. This is a multi-component program (biomedical device, electronic medical record system and telemedicine training) designed to provide better access to life-saving health care services in isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide. It is one among the Department of Science and Technology’s efforts for a “Smarter Philippines.” It is also an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) innovation designed to support the Department of Health’s call for Kalusugang Pangkalahatan or Universal Health Care (

The RxBox is a telemedicine device capable of capturing medical signals through built-in medical sensors, storing data in an electronic medical record (Community Health Information Tracking System –CHITS), and transmitting health information via internet to a clinical specialist in the Philippine General Hospital for expert advice. This device can be used as blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, electrocardiogram, fetal heart monitor, maternal tocometer, and temperature sensor.

Councilor Ryan Ong stated that he will work on this as soon as possible and provide the necessary documentations for these projects to be made possible in this city.


– –  Kristoff S. – WEB/CIO