Water crisis will be permanent if people won’t conserve


By Rose de la Cruz


The supply crisis for potable water within the eastern concession area of Manila Water Co. Inc. just highlights the disturbing reality that water sources are drying up faster than population growth because of wastefulness and wanton neglect for conserving this finite God-given asset.


What really brought hysteria to Manila Water Company Inc’s concession customers is that the company did not give concrete, easy-to-understand and comprehensive service interruption advisories, which left their households dry for days, even weeks.


But as Jeric Sevilla, MWCI corporate communications officer, said their advisories turned out to be inaccurate because…

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Scrap tea leaves as wood glue additive




By Allyster A. Endozo, DOST-STII


Scientists from the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) have proven the usefulness of spent tea leaves (STL) as cheap but reliable additive for plywood adhesives.


Their study proved that STL can potentially serve as cheaper replacement for wheat flour when simultaneously used as extender and filler in locally-produced plywood adhesives. Moreover, the STL can effectively reduce the emission of carcinogenic substances when the STL is applied in wood-based panels for home and construction. 


The researchers collected STL from a local beverage manufacturing plant, dried the leaves, milled…

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Bangaw can aid forensics, study shows


By Allyster A. Endozo, DOST–STII



Experts from the University of the Philippines Diliman have established baseline data on the country’s blowfly (bangaw) population. With key information on their distribution, identity and growth rates, local forensic investigators would be aided in setting accurate crime scenarios from the onset of decay of a victim’s body.


Commonly, the blowfly (Chrysomya megacephala) is considered a pest that brings dirt on surfaces it lands on.  But in research in the Philippines, the abhorred bangaw can bring clues in crime scenarios, making it a flagship specie for forensic entomology.


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 1st Pinay councilor in UK deserves another term


By Rose de la Cruz


For her dedication to service, especially among her Filipino countrymen, Cynthia Alcantara-Barker was generously rewarded in May 2015 in a very credible election (unlike ours) for two positions as Councillor of Elstree and Borehamwood (the equivalent of Hollywood in the U.S.) and Potters Bar Furzefield under the Conservative Party (commonly known as the Tories), the party of then Prime Minister David Cameron.


This Laguna native worked even harder to deserve such an overwhelming support from both resident Filipinos and British locals of these boroughs and could very well be running…

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30M kilos of solid waste removed from Pasig River



By Rose de la Cruz


Since the establishment of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, around 30 million kilograms of solid waste (coming mostly from household and commercial/industrial sewers) were removed from the Pasig River aside from the dredging of 19 km of the river. Some 19,000 families informally residing within the river’s immediate vicinity were also relocated.


This was the report during the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), which was chaired by former Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno at its 94th Board of Commissioners Meeting last March 4 at the DBM Central Office, where…

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