DOST-PCIEERD delegate receives Best Participant Award in the Professional Diploma in Total Quality Management Programme in Malaysia
Mr. Roland Yanquiling of PCIEERD-DOST
In its commitment to achieve excellence and constant improvement of its core business processes and services for its clients and partners at all times, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development, through its delegate, Mr. Roland Yanquiling, participated in the Professional Diploma in Total Quality Management (TQM) Programme last November 16 to December 16, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Staying true to PCIEERD's core value of upholding excellence in work, Mr. Yanquiling, PCIEERD Quality Management System (QMS) Coordinator, even bested 16 other delegates from Asia and Africa and received the Best Participant Award during the programme's closing ceremony held last December 15, 2014 at the Hotel Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Selection of Best Participant Award was done through the meticulous assessment of the participants' exercises, outputs and examinations. The said award entitles him to a membership to The Institute of Management Specialists (UK).
The one-month training programme on TQM is under the flagship banner of the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) and was organized by the Infrastructure Enviro-Water Management Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the Malaysian Chapter of The Institute of Management Specialists (UK), an International Professional Body which offers British Qualification awards.
TQM is a management philosophy or a set of guiding principles aimed towards a company-wide long term program to develop and improve the overall effectiveness of an organization as a whole, involving everybody, every activity and every function within the organization. As of now, it has been adopted and embraced by the world's top Industrial Nations and proven by successful implementations by global conglomerates and many world class companies such as Microsoft, IBM, GE, Motorola, Toyota, and Petronas.
According to Mr. Yanquiling, the training was very rigorous. It covered topics from the fundamentals of TQM to the actual Quality Planning and Implementation and TQM audit. They were showcased examples of agencies/companies in Malaysia which fully implements the TQM such as the Melaca National Historic Council and Halal Hub Center. (Arlyn Joy Amata and Janina Myn Villapando)
Developments in the prototypes of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) Automated Guide-way Transit System (AGT) sheds more light in addressing the grave lack of environmentally sustainable technology that will ease the country's air pollution and traffic.
With air pollution in Metro Manila hitting higher than the acceptable level set by Republic Act 8749, and congested roadways causing high traffic related costs, the need for sustainable technology alternatives in the transport industry is imperative.
Based on the Philippines' Republic Act 8749, also known as the Philippine Clean Air Act, the allowable total suspended particulates (TSPs) or amount of dust and solid pollutants in the air is 90 ug/Ncm. However, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau, the TSPs in Metro Manila for 2013 reached 118 ug/Ncm and is triggered by smoke-belching vehicles.
Similarly, road traffic in the country is very problematic as it leads to high fuel cost and can also affect the country economically as it relates to unearned monetary value among workers being stuck in traffic. These implications of traffic are severe; in fact, the Japan International Cooperation Agency reported that the country can lose 6 billion pesos daily by 2030 if traffic in the Philippines will not be addressed.
As a proactive measure, a prototype AGT system is being developed and funded by the DOST in partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman. The agencies behind this pioneering effort are the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and Project Management and Engineering Design Services Office (PMEDSO).
AGT in UP Diliman and AGT 120 in Bicutan
The project was conceptualized to develop a Mass Rail Transport similar to the monorail technology (a railway with one track and is often elevated) having only 1/5 of its cost. Specifically, the development of a prototype AGT aims to demonstrate it as an efficient transport model in the Philippines; develop the local capability and industry on Mass Rail Transits (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT); and promote the AGT into a mainstream environmentally-friendly and sustainable transport system suitable for Philippine conditions.
The AGT is an electric train and is a fully automated-driverless transit system (automatically steered). Having an environment-friendly alternative to usual transportation means such as jeepneys, taxis, MRT and LRTs will aid in addressing the highly problematic traffic among Filipino commuters. Further, this will serve as a feeder system to MRT and LRT.
Currently, there are two AGT prototypes- one in UP Diliman and another in Bicutan that runs on an elevated test track. The AGT prototype in UP can carry a maximum of 30 passengers per coach and has two passenger sections with safety features. It also has a communication and automated fare collection system. The prototype has two coaches that are fully-airconditioned and is equipped with suspension system, solid tires for guide wheels and extra wide automatic sliding doors. Each coach has a spacious cabin locally designed and developed by DOST. The full load top speed of each coach is 30-45 kph.
AGT prototype in UP Diliman
Meanwhile, the AGT 120 was situated in Bicutan, Taguig City as it is noted to be one of the highly urbanized locations in Metro Manila. Similarly, it complements the ongoing development in C-6. With its bigger size than the prototype in UP, the AGT in Bicutan can carry a total of 120 passengers per coach having its target maximum speed at 60 kph.
AGT 120 in Bicutan
AGT towards future commercialization
Presently, DOST and UP Diliman are still facilitating updates in developing the AGT prototype so it can effectively cater to the needs of its intended users. Continuous test runs and monitoring are being made by engineers from UP and MIRDC to address the AGT's identified areas for improvement. Some areas given particular attention to are passenger safety, emergency protocol in case of power shutdown, and safe braking distance.
In addition, the UP- National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) currently conducts a pre-feasibility study on three (3) potential routes of the AGT, namely AGT 120 in Bicutan, AGT 30 in UP Diliman, and a proposed new AGT site in Litex Rd, Quezon City. The pre-feasibility study will determine the potential extension of the current AGT tracks to come-up with its master plan.
The target site extensions involve extending the AGT Bicutan track to C-6, possibly all the way to Rizal, and of the AGT UP track to PhilCOA and/or Katipunan to address the needs of the areas' high-commuting population.
Albeit still in its prototype testing stage, several agencies and private institutions already expressed their intent to support the commercialization of the AGT, such as the Local Government Unit of Quezon City (Litex Rd), once it is already fully-developed. This is with the aim of providing a sustainable alternative in the transportation sector through a Filipino built mass transport system.
With the development of the AGT, DOST hopes to contribute to the country's economic progress by producing a locally made, safe, and reliable developed mass transport system that will help curb traffic and promote a greener environment. Its launching will also serve as a milestone for the country as it will be the first Filipino-made AGT exhibiting the ingenuity of our engineers. (Edgilyn R. Alcasid)
The two resource persons for the IEC (From left: Mr. Oscar Victor Lizardo and Ms. Rachel Habana)
Accurate information about environmental hazards, such as impending floods and methane emissions, is now accessible with just a few clicks of the fingertip. This is made possible through the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) "Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards", popularly known as Project NOAH, and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development's (PCIEERD) initiated website "iesmanila.com/lgis".
These two technologies were bannered in the last leg of PCIEERD's Information Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign in line with the celebration of the DOST Regional Cluster Science and Technology Fair (RSTF) last November 15,2014 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City.
With the theme anchored on "Addressing Environmental Hazards", the topics presented were focused on advocating disaster preparedness and promoting environment sustainability.
The event was graced by Director Alfonso P. Alamban, Regional Director of DOST Region X, who emphasized that the information from the two selected topics are vital in Mindanao because of the recent calamities that wrought havoc in their area. Further, he stated that having knowledge in new technologies about addressing environmental hazards is necessary to prevent more calamity-related casualties from occurring.
Project NOAH was discussed by Mr. Oscar Victor V. Lizardo, Chief Science Research Specialist for Web GIS under DOST-Project NOAH. He stated that the project is DOST's take to creating a program for disaster prevention and mitigation with the task to provide high-resolution flood hazard maps and deliver timely and accurate data against impending floods. Aside from accessing the information from their website, Filipinos can now avail of the free NOAH application for their mobile phones.
To make the application appealing, Mr. Lizardo specified how they package information about project NOAH by utilizing the social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to reach out to more audience and laymanize its contents. He stated that their team, headed by Executive Director Dr. Mahar A. Lagmay, thought of new ways to entice the public to download the Project NOAH app by using witty tweets in Twitter and tapping celebrities, such as Anne Curtis and Kim Atienza, as the project's ambassadors. Through these, they hope that more people will download the free app to give accurate data and critical weather updates to Filipinos nationwide especially during the occurrence of typhoons.
Afterwards, Ms. Rachel R. Habana, Senior Science Research Specialist from DOST-PCIEERD, presented the results of the project entitled "Capacity Building on Methane Emissions Recovery and Utilization from Landfills in the Philippines". The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) funded the project with PCIEERD as a co-funding Council. As a result, the project was able to generate an action plan on municipal solid waste management and landfill Geographical Information System (GIS) in the Philippines.
Ms. Habana introduced the website "iesmanila.com/lgis" generated by DOST-PCIEERD, through the services of Rio Environmental Management and Development Services to make information about the aforementioned project accessible for use by the public. The website contains technical information relevant to the site preliminary assessment for potential landfill gas generation and recovery projects. These information were acquired from the Local Government Units (LGUs) or private companies managing the disposal facility. In particular, it contains pictures, maps, gas recovery projects and other information about landfill facilities in the country.
Ms. Habana added that as commitment to the GMI partnership, a National Action Plan for Municipal Solid Waste Methane Emission Reduction wad drafted as part of the project implementation. Inputs from various stakeholders during the regional consultative fora and gaps to determine appropriate strategies in addressing particular concern from different stakeholders were also gathered and discussed. She added that the National Action Plan for Municipal Solid Waste Methane Emission Reduction will be made available to the website.
The PCIEERD initiated IECs hope to support Science and Technology research initiatives in the country though information dissemination. Advocating utilization of technologies generated towards disaster preparedness and environment sustainability, such as the two mentioned above, are the Council's means to promote awareness and encourage proactive measures on addressing environment related concerns. (Edgilyn R. Alcasid)