Houses and buildings in Metro Manila including churches, need inspection  to ensure that they comply with the standard Building Code, told Dr. Renato U. Solidum, director of the Department of Science and Technology’s  Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS).

Solidum’s warning came in the face of mounting concerns about Metro Manila’s readiness should an earthquake with a magnitude similar to the 7.2 temblor  which shook Central  Visayas  last week hit the crowded metropolis.


Less than two years after its inauguration in December 2011, the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program has finished acquiring floodplain data for 17 of the 18 critical river systems through a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) equipment, a state-of-the-art technology used to generate high-resolution, up-to-date, and three-dimensional (3D) flood hazard maps.

This positive development, reported earlier by DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo,  is among the information outlined in a progress report that DREAM, led by engineers from University of  the Philippines (UP) Diliman, is set to deliver in a stakeholders’ meeting at the UP-Diliman National Engineering Center on October 17, 2013.


We wish to clarify the role of Senator Pia Cayetano and former Senator Panfilo Lacson in regard to the DOST- FNRI’s priority program, the Malnutrition Reduction R&D Program.

Although both senators have expressed their support for the program, neither of them had sought budgetary support to fund the program through the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP.