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.

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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.

Sources

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/06/28/1470928/put-bicycle-lanes-govt-urged

http://www.brighthubengineering.com/diy-electronics-devices/123918-generating-electricity-from-a-bicycle-dynamo/#imgn_1

www.nacosti.go.ke/news

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Pregnancy Type Test Kit For Dengue Positivity

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Introduction

Various deceases and viruses has become a widespread issue in other nations and also in our country today. It has been categorized unto its levels of effect to the health of the people and the cause of how it is being acquired. Some can be cured through immediate medication and random set of test’s, but some doesn’t have remedies but can be prevented, this is because to its undefined symptoms and effect to the body of a certain person. One of the alarming viruses that has been unto several cases here in the Philippines is the Dengue.

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The Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. This can be cause by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person. Symptoms appear in 3–14 days average 4–7 days after the infected bite. Some of this symptoms may include:

Dengue fever is like a normal flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults.There is no specific treatment for dengue fever. Severe dengue is a potentially fatal complication, but early clinical diagnosis and careful clinical management by experienced physicians and nurses often save lives. This has been also the cause of the rapid number of children being hospitalized every year.

The Philippine’s exposure to dengue cases has become an alarming situation in the country. According to the National Epidemiology Center of the Philippines’ the Department of Health reports a total of 59,943 dengue cases from January 1 to September 6,2014. This is 59.57% lower compared to last year (148,279). Of the total cases, 10.47% came from Northern Mindanao Region X, 9.6% from CARAGA Region XIII, 9.19% from Davao Region Region 11.from Region IV-A and , Region III, which are 8.93% and 8.01% respectively, to the overall figure.

As an immediate response to the rapid spread of the Dengue virus into the body and to assure the case of the infected person , a product of study was made  by the Research and Biotechnology Division of the St. Luke’s Medical Center with the help of the Department of Science and Technology DOST,  they developed a “point-of-care” test for dengue meant to be simple enough to be done even by people without medical training.

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The pregnancy type test kit for dengue is like a pregnancy test kit, but it is just only for dengue. Just place a few drops of blood into a plastic wand, and you can see if you’re positive after 15 minutes. Like in the ordinary off-the-shelf pregnancy test, a strip of specially-treated materials soaks up the fluid and changes color in the presence of specific chemicals.

According to Dr. Mark Pierre Dimamay one of the members of the research team, the problem with dengue is that its most common symptom fever is usually shrugged off by sufferers, delaying medical attention. It’s only when the fever persists for three or four days that people decide to consult a doctor. But by then, the dengue will already have progressed so time is of the essence.Dengue should not be a fatal disease, it only becomes deadly when treated too late or not treated at all.
While it is too early for them to tell how much this device might cost, the  research team is hoping that it is around the cost of a pregnancy test since they are similar in format.

A prototype of the product has already been produced, with field testing scheduled for next year.

How it works

The dengue test prototype is designed to detect dengue even in its earliest stages, well before the breakout of any tell-tale fever. 

The test involves two strips: one that detects the dengue virus itself in the earlier stages of contamination, and another that reacts to the antibodies produced after virus numbers have subsided. 

This is because, once the dengue virus enters a person, it multiplies until it reaches a peak level; this is when the symptoms, like fever, start to manifest. But after the fourth day of contamination, virus numbers drop as the body counterattacks by producing antibodies which determines the number of weeks being infected. 

So the test works by detecting both the virus and the antibodies produced in its wake.

Other existing methods

A similar device called the Rapid Dengue Test is already available in the market. Unlike the point-of-care prototype of the St. Luke’s team, it only detects the antibodies against dengue, which appear in the blood four to five days after the onset of fever.

Yet another device called the Dengue NS1 Ag Strip is being used by some hospitals to test early dengue infection. However, it still won’t fit the ideal point-of-care test, because its end-users are still healthcare professionals: The patients cannot perform this test by themselves.Methods for diagnosing dengue like the Nucleic Acid Amplification, serological methods, and virus isolations require technical expertise and a lot of time, which don’t make them ideal point-of-care screening tools for general feversThese methods need a laboratory and specialized equipment, plus the technical expertise of the people performing the tests. These methods would also take at least half a day to finish, according to Dr. Dimamay.

As the rapid number of people being hospitalized every year due to dengue, the innovation like the pregnancy type test kit for dengue can be an immediate tool in determining the direct case of the symptoms being undergone by the person. This could also determine the antibodies as to how long the body has been infected by the virus. And such, person suffering with such symptoms could immediately know his/her case and that it could be treated as soon as possible by the medical experts, so that the virus could be detected and can somehow be prevented in spreading. This is also a way in preventing sudden deaths of people due to dengue, because in just a number of minutes you could already determine if your positive of dengue or not. Because, in cases like dengue “Early prevention is a must”. 

By: Sarah Mae Arante

References & Sources

http://www.wpro.who.int/philippines/areas/communicable_diseases/dengue/continuation_dengue_area_page/en/

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dengue-fever-reference

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/319776/scitech/technology/pinoy-scientists-invent-pregnancy-test-for-dengue

http://www.science.ph/full_story.php?key=10636:pinoy-scientists-invent-pregnancy-test-for-dengue&type=latest

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Valley Fault System Atlas: A Tool for Disaster Preparedness

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The Valley Fault System (VPS) Atlas is a handbook of large scale maps showing detailed areas throughout East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault. It is a new and better mapping tool which could help local government units and individuals to minimize the impact of disaster on every lives and structures.

The Valley Fault System Atlas was launched on May 18, 2015 by PHIVOLCS, MMDA, NDRRMC and UNDP officials in preparation for a possible 7.2 magnitude earthquake that may happen within our lifetime.

Valley fault system is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area having two fault traces: the 10 km long East Valley Fault in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault that runs through different cities and towns in Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna.

The West Valley Fault can produce a large earthquake which poses a threat to people’s lives, buildings, infrastructure, and livelihood. It is also known to generate big quakes every 400 to 600 years. The last major quake happened 357 years ago in 1658, meaning another one can happen as soon as 43 years from now.  According to Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study, the death toll in Metro Manila could be around 33,500 with at least 100,000 injured. Some 40% of residential buildings are likely to be heavily or partially damaged. Total cost of damage could reach P2.3 trillion. With those points, the atlas should enable national and local governments, homeowners, building owners, and disaster officials to prepare for this eventuality.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NEW VFS ATLAS

  • Uses the most recent official maps available from the National
    Mapping Resource Authority (NAMRIA).
  • Shows a more detailed view of specific streets and villages along and near the fault.
  • An improvement of a previous map by PHIVOLCS done in a 1 to 10,000 scale.
  • Presents the most detailed map of the two faults, having been done in a scale of 1 to 5,000 which shows actual streets, villages, and even the outline of some structures.
  • User-friendly way, that even laymen can check their proximity to the fault and coordinate with their local governments on disaster preparedness measures.
  • Serve as a “solid reference” for the placement of evacuation centers, roads, and houses.
  • Can help city planners draft more disaster-resilient land use plans.
  • Strengthen disaster risk management and policies on land use, engineering, and issuance of building permits.

The atlas shows the actual fault line that runs through a few cities in the Metro Manila. Thus, by knowing where the active fault lies is the key to people’s awareness and preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures.

THE CREDIBILITY OF VFS ATLAS

“The Valley Fault System Atlas was conceptualized as a handy reference for everyone to serve as a guide in making sure that areas traversed by active faults are avoided. Such sites include houses and structures that are considered in various mitigation and response actions or enhancing the safety and resilience of communities to strong earthquake events. Thus, ensuring buildings are earthquake-resilient is the best preparation for an earthquake.”

– Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director of DOST-PHIVOLCS

“Through the publication of this Atlas, which specifies the position and location of the Valley Fault System in GMMA, we have taken a leap forward in reducing risk from earthquake. This tool will help us closer to achieving the goal of our national DRRM effort to build safer, disaster-resilient and climate-change adaptive communities throughout the country.”

– Alexander P. Pama, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Undersecretary

“The atlas is very relevant for land use planning as we are helping LGUs review and update their Comprehensive Land Use Plan or CLUPs.”

– Emerson Carlos, Assistant General Manager for Operations of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

“Once the documents to secure a building permit is submitted to us and we suspect that it’s near the fault line, based on PHIVOLCS data, we will endorse it to PHIVOLCS for a hazard assessment report. The atlas could expedite the city’s evaluation process on which areas are hazardous.”

– Engr. Robert Moreno, technical evaluator of the Marikina City Engineering Office

“Informed policies are the key to ensuring that the devastating earthquakes in Nepal last April and May and in Haiti in 2010 – won’t claim as many lives in the Philippines. Earthquakes themselves do not kill people. What does kill people is poor planning, inadequate preparedness, and the lack of application of appropriate building standards.”

– Titon Mitra, United Nations Development Program’s Country Director

HOW TO READ THE HANDBOOK?
vfs-atlas-ph-part-1-1-638The handbook has its own guide on how to interpret it. This guide can be seen in the introduction of the Valley Fault System Atlas Handbook. Different lines were indicated to know the location of active faults fissures, and where faults go along with fissures, also the certainty of PHIVOLCS on the location of the fault and whether or not the fault is hidden by natural or man-made obstructions.

Hardcopies of the handbook were distributed to local government officials of affected cities and towns who attended the launch. A digital copy can be accessed in the PHIVOLCS website.

You may click the link below to log on PHIVOLCS website and download the original, full-sized document of the atlas.

http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=500043

Once you already log-in, you may click the linked pages to download files. The VFS Atlas maps can be downloaded per city or municipality. Downloading of each file may take some time due to big file size.


Here’s the complete PDF of Valley Fault System Atlas, uploaded in smaller parts:

The Valley Fault System Atlas Part 1

The Valley Fault System Atlas Part 2

The Valley Fault System Atlas Part 3

The Valley Fault System Atlas Part 4

The Valley Fault System Atlas Part 5

The Valley Fault System Atlas Part 6

The Valley Fault System Atlas Part 7


REFERENCES AND RELATED TOPICS:

High Resolution West Valley Fault Maps- http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/93575-valley-fault-system-map-launch

New PHIVOLCS Atlas Shows Detaile View of Quake Fault-http://cnnphilippines.com/metro/2015/05/18/Phivolcs-atlas-disaster-preparedness-tool.html

DOST Gives Fault System Atlas to Local Gov’t Units-http://www.dost.gov.ph/index.php/knowledge-resources/news/44-2015-news/693-dost-gives-fault-system-atlas-to-local-gov-t-units

Earthquake Magnitude Scale and Classes- http://www.geo.mtu.edu/UPSeis/magnitude.html

Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=419:mmeirs&catid=66



Rice Husk Powered Stove: Your Waste, Our Fuel

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Rice husk is a byproduct during rice milling. This is the outer covering of rice and you will usually see this kind of waste at the back of rice mills or sometimes near irrigation areas where milling is sometimes done by travelling cono. The Appropriate Technology Center (Approtech), under the College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences (CARES) of Central Philippine University were able to look for a way on how to utilize these wastes. Hence, they developed the technology and this technology is a stove fuelled by rice husks.

The stove is a device developed for cooking, utilizing the rice husks as fuel. The stove utilizes the direct combustion method wherein it was designed to make use of the available air in the surroundings in order to sustain the operation. No electricity is needed to use this stove.

“The stove is a device wherein the fuel is used. The fuel is burned first for a purpose. This is not open burning because open burning is burning a fuel without a purpose. For the stove, you are actually burning it to provide heat. In this case, we are burning rice husk in which we place it in a stove as a fuel specifically designed for rice husk only because other ordinary stoves like the charcoal stove cannot be utilize as a rice husk stove. Hence, we have this technology. Therefore, rice husk stove is a stove intended purely for rice husk fuel for cooking or for industrial heat or for other application.” says Engr. Aries Roda D. Romallosa, Project Director of the Approtech.

The technology was started by Engr. Alexis T. Belonio and it was a joint effort together with the Agricultural Engineering students of the college and its faculty. The technology was developed as an answer to the volume of rice husk generated in Iloilo and Panay. Western Visayas specifically for this are rice producing region and Iloilo is a rice producing province. Having so many of this waste the CPU CARES look for a way on how to utilize it rather than letting it decay for many years since rice husk has silica and its quite difficult to decompose. “Rice husk has a good heating value meaning. It is really appropriate to utilize it for burning. It is really an appropriate waste of fuel for burning that’s the main reason why we invented the stove because there are so many of this type of waste in the region so of course if you are into technology development you look for the problem or an issue in the area and one issue here is many generation of rice husk. We look for science and technology that would utilize that waste.” said Engr. Romallosa.

The regular availability of the fuel is one of the greatest benefits for the people or for the users in utilizing the stove. Since, we are not buying rice husk here, except for those who are into bigger production in which rice millers will usually sell rice husk for them, it is really a great benefit for an ordinary household unit in which they could have it for free. The availability of the fuel is very cheap and the rice husk is very abundance in the area, you just have to invest a little for the stove. After that, you don’t have to worry about the price of the fuel because it’s just here, nothing is being done with those wastes and all we need to do is to make use of it. It is a good replacement for LPG stove which of course contributes a lot on environmental pollution but particularly in terms of fuel savings, utilization of rice husk stove will significantly reduce the cost of household spending.

The advantage of the stove is the availability of the fuel found in the local area. Fuel is really available especially here in Iloilo because every municipality has a rice field. So, if there is a rice field there is a rice production and if there is a rice production there is a rice husk. Rice Husk Stove will help minimize the problem on rice husk disposal. Rice husks can be converted into char which is a good material as soil conditioner due to its high water holding capacity. Like with the others, it has also disadvantages. Since rice husk stove is not comparable with the charcoal stove for it would cost only sixty pesos (P60.00). In the case here, the rice husk stove would usually range from one thousand three hundred (P1,300.00) up. However, that one thousand three hundred up would mean no more buying of fuel unlike in the case of LPG tank with 11 kg that would cost at around five hundred (P500.00) to seven hundred pesos (P700.00). So, you will spend seven hundred pesos in buying an LPG every month. For three months, that is more than one thousand three hundred but in the case of rice husk stove you would only buy once and you will not buy for fuel anymore. There is economic benefit in the stove. It would compensate whatever amount you invested and it will be covered later on because the fuel is free.

The operator of the stove has to be familiar also with its operation. According to Engr. Romallosa you would have to learn, in a way, the technique first in using the stove. According to her, others would put the fuel and will unload it hastily, so there is a possibility that the fire would die right away. She said that it’s more of one or two practice, after that, you would have to learn the operation of the stove and it was not really difficult to learn.

So, it is just a matter on when to load or unload the char. Char is the black burned fuel of rice husk.

Rice husk stove pertains to stoves that are operated by direct combustion. Meaning it does not use any other devices like fan or blower to continue the operation. There are three models of rice husk stoves : Conic, Side-in and, Super-Turbo Rice Husk Stove.

Conic Rice Husk Stove is the pioneering stove upon the three and the most common conical stove we have in the country. The stove has a conical shape. It is like a cone but it has no steam.

The Side-in Rice Husk Stove and Super-Turbo Rice Husk Stove is both stove that uses steam injection. The inculcation of steam and fire enhances its operation. The movement of the fire and the heat is different compared to the Conic Rice Husk Stove.

Side-In Rice Husk Stove       Super Turbo Rice Husk Stove

The Side-in Rice Husk Stove is called Side-in Rice Husk because the steam injection is done on the side. Once the water is heated or boils then the water is converted into steam and then the steam would mix into the fire. On the other hand, the Super Turbo Rice Husk Stove is a kind of super turbo because in terms of volume it was bigger and its fire is more or less powerful. Thus, it was seldom recommended for household use. The flame quality is very fine but it is more complicated to the households.

In terms of the stove’s lifespan, assuming that you will use it every day for morning, lunch and dinner; it will lasts for about 12 to 15 months. It depends on how you take care of the stove. So it should be maintained. The Stove is made up of 18 GI Sheet.

Rice Husk Stove used and sold not only in various parts of the country, but also overseas, such as Thailand, Cambodia, U.S. and India.

If more households will adopt this technology, more rice husks will be disposed as fuel. Thus, problem on rice husk disposal would then be minimized.

For details on the Rice Husk Stove, Engr. Aries Roda D. Romallosa can be reached at the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences of CPU, Jaro, Iloilo City at (033) 329 1971 local 1071.

The video below shows the actual operation of the Rice Husk Stove

CPUCA Side-In Rice Husk Stove

Step-by-Step Operation of the Stove

  1. Remove the steam box from the stove and fill it with water. Fill it with water at about half of its height. Do not fill the steam bow fully with water because it will not emit steam, instead it will quench firing of fuel in the stove.
  2. Fill the hopper of the stove with RH. The hopper should be evenly filled with fuel.
  3. Insert the steam box into the combustion chamber of the stove. At the start, the total length of the steam box must totally expose to the burning gases. Once the steam is produce, gradually pull the box to control the flow of combustible gases from the stove burner.
  4. Drop 1 to 2 pieces of burning paper into the combustion chamber of the stove. Additional pieces of paper may be added if necessary. Observe the firing of the fuel. If burning of fuel indicate poor ignition, add pieces of paper until the stove shows good burning of fuel.
  5. Keep the fuel hopper with RH to attain continuous combustion. If the flame dies out, tap the grate or Push RH with a rod. Always keep the combustion area filled with burning RH to minimize smoke and rekindling of fuel.
  6. Remove the char by swinging the discharge lever. This is to replace the burnt fuel with fresh RH. Do not remove all the char in order to sustain combustion of fuel.
  7. If there is no more water in the steam box, refill it with water. It would take at about 4 minutes before steam is generated from the steam box during operation. Make sure steam box is totally closed during operation.
  8. Dispose char from the pan when it is fully filled. Char can be stored in a metal can and it can be used later as soil conditioner in the farm.
  9. Clean the stove after use.

References:

Department of Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences, Central Philippine University, Jaro, Iloilo City

Engr. Aries Roda D. Romallosa.,Project Leader, Appropriate Technology Center.

Development Communication: Significance in Popularizing Breakthroughs in Science and Technology

Science and technology, uplifting the today’s face of reality because of advanced innovations. It is one of the biggest factors why most of the societies today are progressive. Like Japan, despite of being a victim of the natural phenomenon and tragedies, they recover so fast and their development growth never goes down. Since it is under science, Development Communication has a very wide scope of work. Therefore it plays an important role in popularizing breakthroughs in science and technology.

            The rapid prevalence of ICT, it defined a new form of social underclass as demarcated by the digital divide between developed and developing countries. The need for ICT served economic, political and social justice. Development communication policy as a field has always been characterized by tension and conflict owed to a socially contextualized policy-making process and value-driven technologies. Communication has been framed within the ruling discourses on development paradigms along with the convergence of media and communication technologies and the rule of the market-based media structure.

            Developing countries today face a wide range of needs, from more secure food supplies to cheap and effective medicines. One factor that almost all these needs have in common is that satisfying them adequately will not occur without the use of modern science. From both points of view, development can be characterized as the process of putting scientific and technical knowledge into practice. Conversely, it is important that building the capacity to absorb and make use of scientific and technical knowledge must be placed at the heart of the development aid efforts if these are to be successful in achieving their goals.

            Development is such a big word for us to comprehend its truest sense. We can define development on our own.  Yet, true development can and will be measured through me and my community.

Human Communication Roles in Development Communication

         Communication is necessary in the world. We are obliged to communicate in order to live life harmoniously. Can you just imagine what will happen if we don’t know the art of communication? Exactly! This world will start and end up in an unorganized way. No understanding and no development at all.

          Human communication plays an important role in development communication. Humans are the centered of development. We find ways on how to achieve the kind of development we wanted and needed. As a human being, we have the answers on how important human communication is in achieving our goals in life. As much as we know, we are lucky to be born with skill and knowledge on how to communicate. We just have to know how to develop these.

Development Communication can be simply discussed using only two terminologies, Development and Communication itself. On my own words, it is a tool on achieving desired goals which can result to the development of a certain place through the use of human communication in forms of science and technology and artistry.

Human Communication promotes development if actively practiced. The concept of people’s participation creates development. As they say, Development Communication is an art and science of human communication. Indeed, development was brought by the advancement of science and technology in our society. Technology made our lives easier. These thought may give us a hope of achieving development in a faster way with the use of different technologies such as the use of Social Media. Technology is already part of human communication. It creates a bridge on giving and getting information no matter where we locate ourselves. With the modernization we have now, human communication improved in a way we never expected.

Indeed, active human communication plays a big role in development communication.

Development Communication: scientific and technological breakthroughs

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“The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value.”

In the year 1972 Nora C. Quebral , who also known as the “Mother of Development Communication turned a phrase “Development Communication”  which she gave explanation that it is “the art and science of human communication linked to a society’s planned transformation from a state of poverty to one of dynamic socio-economic growth that makes for greater equity and the larger unfolding of individual potential”. (Khan, 2009)

Communication is meant for every individual on how we deal and interact with other people and also to every little thing that surrounds us and Development was driven by the process of mankind’s evolution and later it was driven by technological human progress.

What is the significance of development communication in popularizing breakthroughs in science and technology?

In our present time, we, people know that there is high existence of technology in any part of the world. Science and Technology are linked hand in hand, because science is the intellectual practice or what we called “knowledge” and technology is the medium used to apply our knowledge.

Science and Technology is almost part of our everyday life, even we do not always see it but wherever we go, whatever we do, we can’t deny that there is always Technology.

In this way, the significance of development communication which has various characteristics that also implies balance creativity with understanding and its various contributions as it helps developed the challenge of sustainable global development, especially when it comes into social media that contributes in popularizing breakthrough in science and technology through giving more information to broaden people’s knowledge on how much of a role does technology play in those meaningful address of different problems in our society. 

 

DevCom: Disseminating Innovations in Science and Technology

Science is the study of knowledge which depends on seeing and testing facts while technology is the practical application of scientific knowledge. A nation cannot be developed without science and technology because it is associated with modernity and it is an essential tool for rapid development. Modern gadgets in all aspects of human comfort, production of medicines and other treatment of illness are inventions of science and technology. They are also applied to fields such as architecture and agriculture.

Development Communication can play an important role to build the capacity to make use of scientific and technological knowledge so that development can be successful in achieving goals. Before providing the people these modern technology, one of the things to consider is to educate them on the importance and uses of these things for the development of themselves in particular and of their community in general. This is where development communicators come in. Development communicators can become channels to provide factual information in delivering technological education to communities in practical and useful ways, especially in the rural areas where people have limited knowledge and access on modern technology. They can visit these communities, identify their problems and help them find their solutions. For instance, in agricultural communities where television and radio availability is inadequate, development communicators can visit the residents, bringing with them these new technologies and resource persons who are authorized to conduct trainings to the residents on how to use newly-discovered agricultural breakthroughs. In this way, technologies can be extended to people with the power and skill to use them, thus maximizing their use.

Furthermore, development communicators can establish partnerships with government and non-government organizations to build communication channels to fully integrate the developmental process from governments down to community. This could help them gather more participants during these trainings.

Development Communication will always be related with Science and Technology because they have the same goal – to bring a nation towards progress.

Development Communication: Significant in Popularizing Breakthroughs in Science and Technology

Science and Technology has a great part in transforming our society, it plays an important role in our daily lives. Almost everything has been touched on what we called “Science and Technology”.
Science and technology development must meet the objective of sustainable socio-economical development that fast economical growth must come along environmental protection, social equality and maintaining national defense security.
But this days we people tend to neglect the importance of this that we almost destroy our society. In connection with this, Development Communication will now take part on this issue. Science and technology will have a tandem in Development Communication in order to have a progressive society.
We all know that Development Communication is defined as the art and science of human communication applied to the speedy transformation of a country from poverty to a dynamic state of economic growth and makes possible greater economic and social equality and the larger fulfillment of human potential.
The significance of Development Communication is that it helps in informing the people about the importance of technology and what are the things that the technology could help on our daily life. It also makes us understand that technology could help in transforming our society into a better one.
Development communicators will let us understand how science and technology could help us in addressing the social issues in our society such us, poverty, education, employment, health, government, environment and many more. Communication will be a great tool in achieving this. Development communicator will share what they have learned, experience and the knowledge they have. Through this, people will be more aware on what was happening in the society and how they could address that issue. They will no longer be ignorant about it and they won’t blame the government on the things they are experiencing right now.