ABOUT THE COVER
2020 has drastically changed the way we work, and the way things have operated within the DOST-ASTI. The cover aims to represent COVID-19, and different ways that the Institute’s R&D initiatives contributed to the fight against the pandemic.
Cover design: Therese Quilnat
Franz A. de Leon, Ph.D.
Welcome to the third issue of “ang Surian – Research Updates from the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).”
Following the second issue released in 2020, this newsletter aims to continue the discourse on the ever-growing infrastructure of ICT, microelectronics, and space technology in the country. The onset of the pandemic during the year 2020 has led to several challenges and changes in our everyday lives. However, this did not hinder the DOST-ASTI from doing our part in the advancement of science and technology in the country.
It is during these times that DOST-ASTI’s role as a research and development institute is needed more by our country and the Filipino people. We at the DOST-ASTI continued to provide quality services to our partners and stakeholders for research and development projects and programs. Even with a remote work setup for most of the staff, the plans set for the year 2020 were achieved and even led to more linkages that will intensify DOST-ASTI’s pursuit of achieving its vision and mission.
Our researchers and support staff are our main reason for thriving in the field of research and development and we have continued to value their dedication and skills through opportunities that will help enrich their expertise in this field. This has been evident with the initiatives in developing technologies and providing support to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the country was immediately done by our dedicated DOST-ASTI researchers and were ready for use and benefited by the stakeholders and partners as early as the first quarter to first half of 2020.
We hope you enjoy reading through this year’s issue and continue supporting us in the next ones to come.