Pineapple Really Improves Fertility?

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Pineapple Ananas comosus(scientific name), also known as “Pinya”, is a delicious tropical collective fruit (a cluster of flowers mature into a single mass that produces into a fruit). That’s belongs into one of Bromeliacea family which consist of have one healthy and important compound called bromelain enzyme that was used for medical and culinary purposes.In addition pineapple juice which can be found in tropical countries has many byproducts, have been created through innovation of time from pineapple. It does not only limit its wide array in cuisines but byproduct  from this fruit may include many beverages such as “piñacolada” as one of the main ingredient use in cocktails also vinegar’s and wines. Pineapples is also use as fiber material in  textile manufacturing for Barong Tagalog and Baro’tSaya, commonly known as piña that can be found here at the Philippines.

According to Megan Ware in her written article titled Pineapple Health Benefits, Recipes, Health Risks, that consumption of antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility. Since free radicals can damage the reproductive system, foods with high antioxidant activity like pineapples that battle free radicals are recommended for those trying to conceive. The antioxidants in pineapple such as vitamins C, beta-carotene and the vitamins and minerals and copper, zinc and folate have properties that affect both male and female fertility.Moreover, fruits that contain bromelain enzymes like pineapple helps reduces or fight inflammation in the body, including in the uterus. It is also a mild blood thinner which some believe can aid in implantation. But take note that many doctors prescribe baby aspirin, a blood thinner, to help with implantation.  In addition humans implantation is the very early stage of pregnancy at which the product of conception at any point between fertilization and birth adheres to the wall of the uterus.

Another written article from Ashley Bravo entitled Does Pineapple Increase Fertility, tells that the common beliefs of women  regarding  about pineapple is that it helps with the implantation process when in  becoming pregnant. However, there is no scientific proof in this belief. On the other hand, men can also helped in regards to fertility by eating an increased amount of Vitamins C. This has been shown to help with the quality of their sperm and is especially helpful for men who are heavy smokers. While it is best to avoid smoking altogether when you are trying to conceive, adding vitamin C to your diet can help if you continue to do so. In some studies according to pineapple can also help with fertility because it is a common source of pregnancy. Adding it to your diet can help to allow you to lose weight, which can hinder your ability to become pregnant. So, while pineapple doesn’t have any direct ties to fertility, it can definitely be something that will help in a number of other ways.

On the other hand  the truth behind  that eating pineapple gives a great deal of Vitamin C it helps women to become pregnant. Vitamin C helps fight the symptoms like PCOS, (Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome – Symptoms) that one of the common symptoms of this PCOS is having an irregular periods or no periods at all that leads to a difficulty  of getting pregnant, it is because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate.



Cycling while Charging, the Power of Bicycle Charger

Photo by: Jeremiah Murimi

Photo by: Jeremiah Murimi

Bicycle serves as a main method of transportation in the Philippines. Based on 2013 National Labor Force Survey, 37.917 million or 87 % Filipino labor force choose bicycle as the primary mode of transportation according to Rep. Samuel Pagdilao. Biking does not only promotes health and leisure but can be an alternative solution to the high prices of fuel, fares, traffic, noise and air pollution. Also, mobile phone electricity charges can be now saved through cycling. Cycling while Charging, the power of bicycle charger.


The bicycle charger was an innovation made by the undergraduate students of University of Nairobi namely, Pascal Katana and Jeremiah Murimi. The wind is the alternative energy source. It was made out of the idea to use rotation motion of a bicycle wheel to generate electricity using a dynamo. Dynamo is a type of alternator in generating electricity for lighting a small lamp. Once the wheel is rotated, current is induced in coils of copper wire under the influence of a rotating magnetic flux, generated by alternate shifting of magnets to north and south poles which is also known as the fundamental principles of electromagnetism. The charger is made of recycled materials e.g radio parts computer electronic components etc. The market cost of the kit were estimated at Ksh 150 or Php 67.19, however it may vary to the economies of scale in mass production.

Benefits of the innovation

  • It can promote employment and revenue.
  • It can promote sufficient power to charge phones in areas without electricity.
  • It reduces over-reliance on electricity to charge phones.
  • It eliminates the regular cost of charging phones.
  • It can boost consumption of local products and innovation.


The Indestructible: New Innovation of Rescue Boats

In June 2008 the city and province of Iloilo was under a state of calamity after a destructive storm, Typhoon Frank (international name: Fengshen) had hit the country. According to Marcos Detourist, aside from Iloilo City, most of Iloilo Provinces of 42 towns were also heavily affected especially the towns crossed by major rivers. Detourist state that around 80+% of the Iloilo City went underwater and the worst hit district was Jaro, where the flood waters reported to have reach a high of 2 meters submerging almost the entire district.

Mariano Griño,now 68, a resident of Gran Plains Subdivision in Jaro experienced the destructive typhoon and was spared; his family had to lend their inflatable rubber boat to rescue trapped residents in neighboring subdivisions but the boat was damaged. He was 61 back then. (Cebu Daily News)

The Regional Community Defense Center where Griño was a reservist,  had an inflatable rubber boat years back but were damaged and became unusable after it was punctured. For years, Griño had the idea of building a rescue boat that was indestructible, a rescue boat that could resist collisions and not be broken or crashed easily.

He started constructing the boat in August 2008 at the backyard of his house. The boat’s body is filled with lightweight polystyrene (Styrofoam) insulated in marine epoxy composite. Its body frame is made of plywood and has skid plate made of aluminum serves as a protection from hard and pointed objects in steering over rooftops or fences. In my research the use of Styrofoam as a material in building boats will not sink in water and it is lightweight and can be transportable and it’s cheaper. Measuring 14 feet in length, six feet in width and three feet in height, the boat can accommodate 12 people. The boat includes a trailer for easy transport, equipped with a 40-horse power outboard engine, four paddles, a grappling hook or anchor to maintain stability while picking up victims, and a life jacket to throw easily to victims. The boat was completed a month and half later and was successfully tested at the Jalaur River in Iloilo last September 2008.


Mariano Griño (with hat) test drives his invention at Jalaur River, Iloilo. –

“We could save more lives and will respond better if we have the right equipment like unsinkable rescue boats, life jackets and lifebuoys,” Griño told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview last 2012.

Griño said he was planning to sell a unit with trailer and other accessories at P380,000 without engine and at P580,000 with a 40-hp outboard engine. He also said that the indestructible boat would still be cheaper than the inflatable rubber boats that cost P700,000 each.

Antique has the interest to buy several of these boats from Griño and the Iloilo City government is studying the project. He is also planning to build an indestructible rescue raft similar to the boat but cheaper and intended for poorer communities. (

According to Inquirer, Griño has not stopped working on innovations that could help save lives during disasters. He recently designed an indestructible life vest made of Styrofoam and ballistic nylon which costs around P350, cheaper than commercially sold life jackets. He’s latest innovation is a lifebuoy, a ring-shaped life preserver, made of Styrofoam and fiberglass cloth that can accommodate up to four adult persons.

With this new innovation of rescue boats, it can be a new kind of aid to Typhoon victims especially in the Philippines since the country had experienced one of the strongest typhoons in history (which was typhoon Yolanda, international name: Haiyan) back in 2013. Rescue boats are one of the equipment’s used during floods to evacuate victims out of  the affected area. With Griño’s new innovation of rescue boats made out of cheap alternative materials that can resist collision and cannot be punctured than the usual inflatable rubber boat, this can help the government because it can be use again and will last a long time and can save us money unlike the inflatable rubber boat that can be easily damaged and we need to supply more because it cannot be used again which is a total waste of money.

By: Harajean Mae D. Hachero


The S&T-Based Model Farm for Bamboo at Maasin, Iloilo: The Science Solution for a Sustainable and Vibrant Bamboo Production

One of the problems being faced by the nation today is the insufficiency of lumber. A good alternate for lumber is bamboo. Bamboo culm matures and develops strength properties comparable to most wood species in about three years. Its utility has expanded to include its transformation into various structural floors and panels and engineered bamboo products. Bamboo has spurred worldwide attention as a versatile plant with multifarious uses. Its uses ranged from subsistence to commercial food, to building and furniture. It offers vital economic and ecological benefits to many people in the world.

Bamboo, are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Bamboo is a kind of grass. Bamboo can be propagated by reproductive propagation or the use of the seeds, and the vegetative propagation, the use of rhizomes and cuttings. Among these methods vegetative propagation through the use of one-node cuttings is the most economical. These are easier to handle and more productive.

Bamboo belongs to the grass family, Gramineae or Poaceae. It is commonly known as woody grass because some of its structural growth characteristics resemble those of woody plants. A bamboo often has a tree-like habit. It is woodly and usually hallow clums, complex rhizome and branch systems, petiolate leaft blades and prominent sheating organs. Many bamboo species have big and upright stems, like Dendrocalamus asper which is known locally as Giant Bamboo. Some species are small and look like ordinary grass like Utod or Yushania niitakaymensis.


Some of the bamboo-made products from the Bamboo Farm at Brgy. Inabasan, Iloilo.

There are about 1,200 bamboo species that belong to at least 80 genera in world. Of these, about 200 species belong to approximately 20 genera found in Southeast Asia. Bamboos regenerates fast, hence, it can be harvested in 3 years. One mother pole can reproduce more than one shoot. It can hold soil erosion, stabilize riverbanks and improve the environment. It can endure in semi-arid and marginal areas. It grows readily on cogonal areas, survives summer drought and grass fire, and develops a forest-like canopy quickly. Likewise, it is the best alternate for wood because its strength properties are as good as with mahogany and other medium hardwood types. Bamboo has many uses. Many Filipino uses bamboo as material for house building, decorations, baskets, furniture, toothpicks, lampshades, fruit tray, flower vases, “kisame”, placemat and many more. Bamboo used for construction purposes must be harvested when the culms reach their greatest strength and when sugar levels in the sap are at their lowest, as high sugar content increases the ease and rate of pest infestation.

Bamboo is one major commodity of the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC). Iloilo aims to become the bamboo center of the Philippines. It has an abundant supply of bamboo poles, mostly Kawayan tinik. As of 1999, the bamboo stands in both natural stands and plantations have an aggregate area of 8,085 ha. The province is producing 2,426,487 poles every year, supplying the raw material requirements of 41 manufacturers, 32 domestic producers, and 9 exporters of various processed bamboo products. Due to the increasing demand for bamboo poles, Iloilo is accelerating its plantation development efforts with a long-term plan of establishing additional bamboo plantations of about 58,200 ha.

With its abilities to be used for a variety of purposes, bamboo is now renowned as the material of the millennium particularly in the province of Iloilo. The most dominant species found in Iloilo is “kawayan tinik”. As such, the bamboo industry in the region is flourishing, employing 2,074 people and boasting a recognized export marketplace for its locally produced bamboo products.

While manufacturing quality high-end products and the products’ design advantage are considered the assets of the industry’s export market, availability of quality bamboo poles and under capitalization of existing firms remain the bamboo industry’s weaknesses. Small firms find it difficult to acquire funds for upgrading tools and equipments and would use any available bamboo poles thus, limiting their production capacity and capability.

To address these concerns, an S&T based model farm for bamboo was developed in Barangay Inabasan, Maasin, Iloilo led by Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Ecosystems Research and Development Service (DENR-ERDS) Region 6 to demonstrate the effectiveness of S&T in improving and maintaining the quality and productivity of existing bamboo clumps and the quality of bamboo woven products produced. This project started on March 2007. The S&T based farm was established in a 1-hectare farm of Mr. Norberto Ceballos, the Magsasaka Siyentista of Barangay Inabasan, Maasin Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center, Maasin, Iloilo.
One of the S&T interventions introduced was the production of good quality bamboo poles from existing bamboo clumps of Mr. Ceballos through the rehabilitation of 100 unmanaged clumps of bamboo in his farm. The rehabilitation technology involved cleaning, thinning, watering, and fertilizing existing clumps to facilitate growth and development of new shoots and the production of good quality poles.

Bamboo Farm at Brgy. Inabasan, Maasin

Bamboo Farm at Brgy. Inabasan, Maasin

As a result, the 100 rehabilitated clumps of bamboo had improved shoot production in terms of size and number by an average of 1 centimeters and 2 shoots or clumps respectively. This was observed a year after the rehabilitation and was expected to significantly improve every year.

As part of the science and technology intervention, construction of a small production of a processing area within the farm was also done. This area served as the small processing plant for the harvested bamboo poles. The manufacture of bamboo woven products with the use of introduced processing equipment and tools as well as proper treatment and preservation techniques had greatly improved in terms of craftmanship and volume. More quality bamboo woven mats or “amakan” were produced and this was shown in the partial budget analysis made in which the established science and technology based farm on bamboo had accued to the Magsasaka Siyentista guaranteed profit on a daily basis.

One of the highlights of this project was the conduct of field day to showcase the interventions done to improve the productivity and increase the income of the Magsasaka Siyentista compared with his existing farm practice. The field day is conducted every 2 months in the farm of Mr. Ceballos depending on the demand of its members. The event was attended by different groups and individuals including representatives for the Local Government Unit of Maasin, Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) Techno Gabay Program Bamboo International, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, media, officials of the barangay and Maasin Mayor Mariano Malones Sr. The field day has three major parts: program ceremony, technology forum and the field tour and exhibit. Farm extensions were also realized and established in Barangays Buntalan, Daja, Abay, Bolo and Dagami still in the Municipality of Maasin. The 5 barangays with the help of a non-profit organization KAPAWA, started their operation a year ago with the farm in the Barangay Inabasan as its “Mother Farm” and its production and processing center. Each farm in every barangay has a group that maintains the farm.

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development visits the farm every year for the preservation and monitors the development of the project. The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) is one of the sectoral councils under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). PCAARRD was established on June 22, 2011 through the consolidation of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) and the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD). The Council formulates policies, plans and programs for science and technology-based research and development in the different sectors under its concern. It coordinates, evaluates, and monitors the national research and development (R&D) efforts in the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) sectors. It also allocates government and external funds for R&D and generates resources to support its program. Mr. Ceballos also joins trade fairs for the exposure of the bamboo products made from his farm. The biggest client of Mr. Ceballos is Mang Inasal. His farm supplies the bamboo sticks in the whole franchise system of Mang Inasal in the whole Philippines. Mang Inasal purchases 5,000 bundles of bamboo sticks in every week. He has also clients from Manila that exports his products. Every Saturday, he delivers his finished bamboo sticks in the Iloilo Central Market and in Iloilo Terminal Market in City Proper, Iloilo City.

Five bamboo production technologies were packaged in the form of flyers and brochures for reproduction and distribution, which had the following titles: “Teknolohiya sa Pagporma sang Tiko nga Layon sang Kawayan”, “Produksyon sang Tambo”, “Ang Pagtubo sang Kawayan”, Ang Pagasikaso sang Puno sang Kawayan” and “Pagpreparar sang Sukdap nga Kawayan para sa Pagrara”.

While there have been significant positive results in this science and technology based farm project, a sustained strategy must be put in place for the multiplier effect to be realized among other bamboo farmers in Maasin. There is also a need to continuously monitor the growth performance of the rehabilitated clumps of “kawayan tinik”, including the implementation of silvicultural treatments as part of the maintenance activities as required of the technology.

Neoweb Technology: Paving a Durable and a Long-term Road Network in Passi City, Iloilo, Philippines


First in the Philippines. The City of Passi in Iloilo is the pilot city to utilize Neoweb Technology in road paving. | Photo by (c) MAC

H.L. Menken, an American journalist, asserted that for every complex problem, there is a solution that is concise, clear, simple and wrong. Also, with the many solutions a man can think of to address a particular problem, there is always this one best solution for it. Now, the questions are, how do we know it is the best solution that one can take? How do we know it is a solution that is concise, clear and simple? And how do we know whether it is the right or the wrong solution after all? Well, a gamble for success always starts with… trying.

The large innovation in almost all aspects of life throve, in unison with the fast changing world. Very vivid in the field of technology, its incapability to adapt to the melody of impermanence implies a jam over the traffic of developments. Definitely, in this generation, only those who can adapt and fit to the evolution can survive.

Moreover, with man’s greater demands come greater efforts to meet them. However, with man’s explorer mentality, the cycle of struggle of always letting both ends meet is never ending.

In the Philippines, developmental initiatives of the government for the welfare of its countrymen had upgraded from all-traditional yet controversial remedies to a highly claimed effective ones, as testified by foreign users. To be specific, let’s go over the usual dilemma of Filipinos coming from the provinces, with their transportation situation.

In provinces, particularly in rural areas, one of the major implications of development is a concrete road. It indicates faster business transactions, and an easier access to institutions that are highly significant to the day to day necessities of residents. Traditionally, the government approaches on road concreting go either by plain cement or asphalt. However, for several decades that these methods were used, by experience, it dissatisfied users. Road pavements of cement concrete require reconstruction every after few years; and reconstruction would mean, a traffic jam, a longer time to allot for travelling, and technically a doubled expense for the same facility.

With high hopes of addressing this one common transportation problem, a new technology in road concreting is adopted. This is a technology found effective in Israel, and now constructed and is under further study in the city of Passi, in the province of Iloilo, Philippines.

Significantly outstanding in pineapple plantations, sugarcane areas and annual output in fruit production, the only component city and the largest in the province of Iloilo; Passi City was entitled as the Sweet City in the Heart of Panay.

The city has rich and wide physical resources providing its people the opportunity to maintain and enrich a vast plantation of different highly commercialized agricultural products, which enforces its large economic income, that finally provoked for the city’s conversion from a mere populous town to a third class, asset city of the province of Iloilo, in January 30, 1998, with the signing of R.A. 8469 by President Fidel V. Ramos.

Passi City is relatively dominated by rolling hills and narrow valley plains, having flat land which stretches along­side the Jalaur and Lamunan Rivers. It has a total land area of 25,139.13 hectares making up 5.39% of the provincial land area of Iloilo. Thirty eight rural barangays and thirteen urban areas compose the city.

As a city with resources in fine fettle, also having capable administration and hardworking people, the city is defi­nitely investment worthy for Agri-Industrial developments. These potentials made the City of Passi be one of the 12 Local Government Units (LGUs) that the Community-Based Forest and Mangrove Management Project (CBFMMP), a German funded project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines, will center its project implementation, motivated of the advocacy of achieving sustainable development in the process of forest manage­ment, and with an active participation of the people.

As a healthy, protected and conserved environment is very important to the welfare of its people and the to the preservation of the city’s title, the city of Passi has committed itself to the Natural Resources Management (NRM) and Infrastructure Component of projects of the CBFMMP. Commitment process started with its formation of People’s Organi­zation (PO) like the Dalikanan Agro-Forestry Farmers’ Association (DAFA) and Gemommoa Agahon Integrated Social Forestry Beneficiary Association (GAISFOBA) that were later recognized because of their significant contributions on the projects’ implementation.


(Left) The compacted Neoweb (Right) The Neoweb as the base.
| Photo by (c) MAC

The Farm-To-Market road is a project under the infrastructure component of the CBFMMP in which construction started last March 5, 2012, and finally accomplished in the month of June, 2013. Target date of accomplishment should have been in February, 2013 yet suspension of operation delayed the accomplishment of the construction due to the weather condition.

The Neoweb technology system delivers high-performance solutions for a wide range of road, rail, civil infrastructure, energy and mining applications. And in the implementation of the Farm-To-Market road, the this technology is adopted by the CBFMMP of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in partnership with the German Society for International Cooperation, Ltd (Giz), KfW Banking group, Landbank of the Philippines and the government of Passi City.

This project of the CBFMMP costs a total of Php15, 499, 514. 61, invested on Neoweb technology for road concreting. In cost comparison between conventional type of road and the Neoweb technology; the new technology is cheaper. With this, the new technology is found economical and workable compared to con­ventional type of road constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Passi City is a pilot city to utilize the Neoweb Technology for road construction in the Philippines. It covered Brgy. Magpana, Brgy. Javellana and Brgy. Jaguimitan. The Technical Grouping group chose these areas for implementation to also cater an easy transportation access for eight more neighboring barangays. Also with the new technology, it is seen to uphold ease and capability to the transport of agricultural products from its farm source to its market, considering the 20 to 50 tons designed heavy loads tra­versing the road.

The Neoweb Technology is an initiative adopted from Israel under evaluation, whether suitable and effective in providing durable and long term road utilization in the Philippine setting. A span of one year can already tell whether the adoption of the said technology is applicable in the country. However, study shows that the Neoweb technology is a non-corrosive, inert engineering thermoplastic resistant to extreme environmental conditions such as the heat, cold, water, wind and dust. It operates in temperature extremes of -50°C to +50°C, and has been successfully deployed in all environments from deserts to saturated peat bogs to the arctic tundra. Special additives and manufacturing processes make the Neoweb technology highly resistant to environmental influences, such as UV radiation and oxidation, during long-term outdoor storage, installation as well for long-term project design-life.

According to Israel’s Clean Tech News, a site that features the leading market players and the on-going project of Israel’s Clean Tech Industry, Neoweb Cellular Confinement System is a soil stabilization solution based on innovative honeycombed geocells. It confines, stabilizes and reinforces soft soils in road construction, as well as in slope and earth stabilization. This unique polymer-based solution, originally developed by the US Military and utilized by American troops in the Gulf War, has been enhanced by Israeli for long-term use in civil engineering and construction projects.


The Neoweb Technology is adopted from Israel and is 13 cm or 5 in thick.| Photo by (c) MAC

This Neoweb technology incorporated in paving roads has a thickness of 13 cm or an equivalent to 5 in. It lies under a sub base which is the existing road way, only corrected and leveled. It is after a hundred percent compaction on the Neo-web that an 8 in thick cement will then be paved on. Since the Neo-Web is designed to hold base course, it allows no movement whenever water saturate; implying a more durable road. This is most applicable to the setting in the city of Passi, as there is a high volume of traffic jam, and frequency of loaded vehicle passing by.

Testimonies in Israel say that Neoweb technology does not only create efficient and instant roads, but also advocates a green environment. Neoweb technology can also be used for the creation of green roofs on buildings. The said technology is also capable of encouraging vegetative growth on eroded slopes. This is in the process of the honeycomb geocells holding the soil in place, while perforations in the material allow plant roots and soil nutrients to move freely between the cells and the ground, encouraging natural landscape growth.

The adoption of the Neo-Web is believed to be a risk worth taking for the city of Passi. It manifested significant performance in Israel, making the city pursue their initiative despite the difficulty to acquire the said technology. But with the thorough monitoring on its utilization, the city of Passi together with the CBFMMP and other stakeholders believe that the Neoweb technology is one best solution ought to make a greater opportunity for the people in Passi to increase their potentials and showcase their resources.