DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, in his Landmark Speech at the 41st Annual National Physics Seminar-Convention on April 10-13, 2019 at Maxino College, Dumaguete City, elucidated the three pillars of the programs of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST): Malasakit, Pagbabago, at Kaunlaran.
“We all practice science in the society we live in,” he said, “and it is society that is being shaped by our political environment under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. His vision is for a Philippine society that promotes and sustains an environment of peace and security, growth that is more inclusive and far-reaching, public accountability, genuine compassion and meaningful change towards a just social order.”
Speaking on the mandates of DOST, he reiterated, “We seek to complement the increase in economic activity with the purposeful advancement in science, technology and innovation. The overall plan is to continually breathe life into the components that make up its ecosystem, on both ends from the supply and demand side.”
The Secretary further discussed the department's plans, programs, and activities. The full speech of DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña will be published in the next issue of the Philippine Physics Journal, Volume 42 (2020).
A donation of equipment and library materials by Dr. Loreto Feril and Filipinos and Friends of Fukuoka, Japan recently arrived to boost the research capability of Maxino College. Among the wide array of equipment and materials are a Professional Weather Station, microscope camera, nuclear radiation meter, sound level meter, optical flux meter, anemometer, aneroid barometer, infrared detector, laptops, books and many more. Maxino College will serve research needs of members of the Philippine Physics Society. The college's research thrust is on increasing local knowledge with methodology and equipment that can readily be transformed into community-based research.
Physics Teachers Enhancement Program (PTEP). The Schools Division of Negros Oriental with the cooperation of the Phiippine Physics Society and Maxino College has run the Physics Teachers Enhancement Progam (PTEP) designed as a capabiity building activity to enable physics teachers in senior high specially to design and consruct laboratory apparatus. The workshop has been going on for five Saturdays and will end on September 23, 2017 with demonstrations of the 33 participants on the apparatus they have designed. Previously, with the help of resource persons from Maxino College, the participants constructed and performed experiments on four pieces of apparatus.
After the workshop of this group, the Philippine Physics Soceity and Maxino College will look for new partners to hold similar programs.
The 3rd Annual National Confeence on Cloud Computing, Climate Studies, and Geography will be held on October 8, 2016 at Maxino College, Bagacay, Dumaguete City. The program is as follows:
9:00 Session I: Status of Climate Studies in Central Visayas and Negros Island
Gerardo C. Maxino, PhD -- Where We Are and Where We Want To Be
Ryan Tubog, MS -- Overview of Research on Rainfall and Temperature Patterns
Elaine Ontoy, MS -- Overview of Research on Awareness of and Action Related to Climate Change
Edlyn O. Sanchez,MS -- Overview of Climate Related Research
Ma. Lisa Rebusa, MS -- Overview of Climate Related Sofware Development
10:30 Session II: Presentation of Researches
Raymond John Palomar
Mary Joy Dayuday
Theresa Baniga and Brando Pinero
11:30 Session III: Workshop on Research Identification
The Philipine Physics Society will launch the International Year of Light, declared by the United Nations for 2015, during the 37th Annual National Physics Seminar-Convention at the University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on April 8-11, 2015. Prelaunchding activities will also be carried at the local and regional levels, leading to the national launching at UNP, Vigan City. In Dumaguete City, PPS and Maxino College will hold prelaunching activity for Central Visayas on December 14, 2014 will lantern display and contest.
The 36th Annual National Physics Seminar-Convention held on April 2-5, 2014 at Maxino College, Bagacay, Dumaguete City was attended by 479 delegates coming from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. With the staff of 65, the total participants reach 544. There were 85 presentations. Both regular Physics Olympics and Beach Physics Olynpics were conducted. The latter was held at Talisay Beach Resort, Bacong, Negros Oriental. PPS conferred on Dr. Michelle Natividad the National Physics Educator Award and on Dr. Angela K. Payongayong the Outstanding Service Awards. There are two bids to host the 2017 Convention by Dr. Payongayong from the University of San Carlos and Prof. Parcon for Palawan State University.
123 delegates attended the Seminar-Workshop on Physics Laboratory Instrumentation held at St. Joseph College, Maasin City, Southern Leyte on October 22, 2013. Thirty-five (35) new members were admitted to the PPS.
The delegates came from educational institutions in six Leyte and Samar provinces. Among these were: Eastern Visayas State University, Visayas state University, Calbayog City Night High School, Oquendo NHS, Maasin Voctional HS, Eastern Samar State University, Southern Leyte State University, Bolusao NHS, Samar State U, Calbiga NHS, Palompon Institute of Technology, St. Joseph College, Guadalupe NHS, Albunauan NHS, Trinidad NHS, Sogod NHS, Maasin City NHS, Malapoc Sur NHS, Matalom NHS, Baugo NHS, Sta. Mesa NHS, Tanauan School of Craftmanship and Home Industries, Mondragon Agro-Industrial HS, Tigbawan Integrated school, Bato School of Fisheries, Je Mondejar Com College, Valencia Nigh HS, Libhu NHS, Naval NHS, and Baybay City NHS.
The newly admitted PPS members are: Irene A. Dimakiling, Marie Khul C. Langub, demetrio M. Bonguet, Gladies Joy P. Gilos, Maristela R. Duarte, Julius O. Paler, Rommel T. Valmoria, Susamie B. Aquiles, Ma. Reynaflor A. Licardo, Alberto S. Pasana, Maria Katherine S. Donayre, Rosana R. So, Cecilia S. Dominice, stephen G. Falla, Jonathan G. Maraon, Jacqueline R. Campanilla, Myrna D. Abedejos, Edwin N. Tawpe, Jose William A. Viros, Victor M. Barraza, Noel A. Yanga, Rey N. Discar, Lorna May G. Parado, Rogelio M. Mabaloca Jr, Jose P. Monteroso, Virgencita C. Saavewdra, Anacleta L. dagaas, Elve Anthony A. Labo, Melvin G. Obus, Maria Christina A. Flores, Richard V. Lipat, Joven A. Manuel, Donna C. delizo, Melisa Limbasan, and Geraldine Dacena.
The lectures were Mr. Ryan Tubog, Miss Edlyn Sanchez, Miss Ma Lisa Rebusa, Miss Elaine Ontoy, and Dr. Gerardo C. Maxino.
The PPS National President thanked the Convention Director, Mr Ian Maglines, and the committees and staff for managing very well the seminar-workshop cum regional convention.
A new model for tensiometer was recently exhibited at a regional fair for inventions by Jonel Noblesala, BS Physics IV of Maxino College, who qualified as finalist. The device is a recent model of the optico-capillary method of measuring surface tension which was conceived by Dr. Geardo Maxino way back in 1976. The concept has seen an evolution of implementations, the most recent one being the foldable model designed by Jonel. The deviced is inexpensive and accurate, as shown by tests. The imported model which works with a ring dipped into the liquid and pulled up by putting weights on a lever arm costs thousands of pesos. Models of the optico-capillary method of measuring surface tension will be displayed during the 36th Annual National Physics Convention on April 2-5, 2014 at Maxino College, Bagacay, Dumaguete City.