Filipinos’ perceptions on quality of life amid the pandemic were the focus of discussion in the webinar “Kumustahin ang Bayan,” launched on Aug. 6.

“Kumustahin ang Bayan,” the first in the webinar series “#PILIpiLUNAS 2022: Pagbangon at Pagsulong sa Magandang Buhay at Bukas,” (#PILIpiLUNAS 2022) had experts answering the question: “What issues will matter most for the national elections in 2022?”

In his message, UP Diliman (UPD) Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo said, “Nation-building has always been at the core of the University’s mission. With this #PILIpiLUNAS 2022 series, we hope to put UP scholarship and expertise to bear on the pressing issues of our time.”

Speakers at the webinar were Pulse Asia president, Dr. Ronald Holmes; Social Weather Station president, Dr. Mahar Mangahas; National Economic and Development Authority undersecretary, Rosemarie Edillon; and Focus on the Global South co-chair, Dr. Walden Bello.

The Swerve tool is developed by DoST-Pagasa under the program Severe Wind Hazard and Risk Assessment for Cebu City in collaboration with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the University of the Philippines Diliman-Institute of Civil Engineering. This innovation is used for the impact assessment of severe wind hazard due to tropical cyclones for the target local government unit, Cebu City.

Timbal explained that with the Swerve tool, users can access data on the impact of severe wind hazards, caused by typhoons from the provincial level down to the barangay (village) level. In doing so, this can be a big help to LGU officials, disaster managers and planners to improve their mitigation strategies and develop more effective action plans to be implemented in their respective areas and lessen the impact of this natural hazard.

Through this training that was led by the PFDA Administrative Services Department – Human Resource Division (ASD-HRD), in partnership with the University of the Philippines – Institute of Small-Scale Industries (UP-ISSI), the agency seeks to help managers learn new leadership techniques and refine old managerial skills to effectively run their respective teams. 

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the agency’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) has teamed up with the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman’s Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) to implement the project seeking to protect the country’s marine mammals.

The project, entitled “Assessment and Mobilization of Research Initiatives on Philippine Marine Mammals (PHLMarMams)” is funded by the DOST-PCAARRD.

In light of the government’s thrust to promote urban farming, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday unveiled the Urban Agri Hydro Hub Learning Center at The Pop Up Katipunan in Quezon City.

“This launching serves as our first step in reaching our goal. Today, we established our country’s first urban farming hydroponic research and training facility to overcome food shortages and heal hunger in the Philippines,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in his speech.

The project is a collaboration of the DA, the Philippine Association of Agriculturists Inc. (PAA), University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Institute of Biology, and The Freshest.