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The Philippines News Agency (PNA) is a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government. The PNA Headquarters are housed at the 2nd floor of the PIA building along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. PNA's website address is http://www.pna.gov.ph

It has been 35 years since PNA was launched in an era when newswire operations relied mainly on teletype machines and typewriters. PNA has steadily paced the highly competitive and changing arena of Philippine journalism; it is now slowly but surely coming to par with the challenges posed by the globalization of media communications. This has deeply shaped modern journalism and the news media organizations that have been instrumental in creating the very conditions that made globalization a reality.

PNA has evolved today as an Internet-based news service agency that caters to the global demand for news and information to its subscribers, readers and a host of other clients. PNA's mission is spelled out clearly: to provide the government, the Presidency, the public, as well as its media and non-media clients, both local and foreign based, sober, factual, impartial and objective news and information. PNA provides news 24/7, including photos of major events, feature stories, sports news and events, local and global opinions, general information, as well as global news and feature stories. PNA employs about a hundred journalists and stringers across the country, with several foreign-based correspondents.

PNA beat reporters and stringers are deployed practically in every government office and agency, including the main offices and camps of police and security forces, to provide news 24/7 for local, regional and global subscribers and readers. PNA likewise maintains active news exchanges with news agencies of ASEAN member-countries and the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).

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DOST holds 1st Technology Transfer Day

MANILA, (PNA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held the first Technology Transfer Day on Wednesday, showcasing its journey in revolutionizing science and technology for the benefit of the local industry.
With the theme, "Promise: Technology Transfer Day: Promoting Research and Outstanding Milestones in Innovation and Science for Entrepreneurship", the event aimed to provide opportunities for investors, enterprises and organizations to capitalize on the solutions offered by locally-developed technologies in the areas of agricultural productivity, industry competitiveness, countryside development, environment management and disaster risk management, and quality healthcare.
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said it was a historic occasion for the agency, as it was the first time the DOST brought together all the local technologies spearheaded and supported by the agency.
The DOST noted that with the passing of the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 10055), the agency, through its partnerships and linkages among scientists, researchers, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and industry players, has raised its efforts in building an ecosystem for the transfer and adoption of Filipino technologies into the mainstream market.
"For our local innovations to be maximized to the fullest and eventually be adopted by the private sector, there must be an encouraging environment for technology transfer -- where technology generators can efficiently transfer knowledge, processes and outputs of technologies to end-users," Montejo cited.
During the event, several DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)-supported technologies will be featured during the event. These include the Axis Knee System, eHATID, RxBox, ReliefVent, OLTrap, and Biotek-M.
Axis Knee System is the first and only knee system designed in the ASEAN region. It is a more affordable knee replacement because it is 40-50 percent cheaper than imported brands. Through its innovative instrumentation and surgical technique, more surgeons can also perform knee surgery using this without the need to undergo one year fellowship programs.
The eHealth Tablet for Informed Decision Making of LGUs (eHATID) is an android application which provides real time health information and facility for direct communication between local chief executives and rural health units. It works even without internet connection. This eHATID Tablet provides decision-making support to LGUs in creating sound and evidence-based health policies and programs.
RxBox, on the other hand, is a device that captures medical signals through built-in sensors. It stores data in an electronic medical record (EMR), and transmits health information via internet. It enables diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of patients from geographically isolated and depressed areas of the country, thus reducing unnecessary travels and hospitalizations.
ReliefVent is a compact, easy-to-use, volume-cycled servo ventilator which embodies a self-diagnosis protocol for offsite malfunction troubleshooting. Powered by AC/DC back-up battery, ReliefVent can also be used as transport and home ventilator.
Ovicidal/Larvicidal Trap (OLTrap) is used to control the population of dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito. It works by attracting female mosquitoes to lay eggs on the paddle drenched with an organic solution.
Biotek-M Dengue Detection Kit is a confirmatory test for dengue diagnosis which, according to PCHRD, is as accurate as the currently available Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology, yet more affordable as it was locally developed. Designed to be used in hospitals, Biotek M would allow less admissions for dengue-suspected cases, therefore saving resources for both hospital and patients.
Other innovations, particularly on food and beverage, were also showcased in the event. (PNA)