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Activities to Improve LRT-1 Services to Go Full Swing in May

By: Zalda R. Gayahan

April 21, 2021 – The Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) entered into a partnership with the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) with the shared goal of improving the services of the Light Rail Transit – Line 1 (LRT-1).

The LRMC sought the expertise of the DOST-MIRDC in the areas of fabrication of obsolete or difficult-to-source spare parts and conduct of structural repairs of light rail vehicles (LRVs). Even before the signing of the MOU, the LRMC and the DOST-MIRDC have already began the inspection of the LRVs. After the initial inspections, the DOST-MIRDC conducted preliminary analysis which gave the MIRDC team a better perspective of the technological interventions needed. Succeeding inspections are set to be conducted beginning in May, when hopefully the NCR will be placed in a less stringent community quarantine.

The LRMC expressed excitement and optimism in the partnership. The LRMC shared that they tried to look for a partner, either local or foreign, who will be able to help them address the technical issues with the LRVs. ‘We looked everywhere,’ says LRMC Chief Operating Officer, Enrico Benipayo, ‘but unfortunately…the interest of foreign companies is not really there.’

Engr. Robert O. Dizon, DOST-MIRDC’s Executive Director, imparted the agency’s appreciation of the partnership with the LRMC. Director Dizon said that the DOST-MIRDC’s services are open to the LRMC, to help create improvements for the LRT-1 and also to pursue the Center’s mandate of assisting the local metals, engineering, and allied industries. ‘We are optimistic that the establishment of a competitive railway industry will be one of the outcomes of this partnership,’ Dir. Dizon added.


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Maker of Rain Boots Benefits from Services of the DOST-MIRDCMaker of Rain Boots Benefits from Services of the DOST-MIRDC

By: Jim Patrick S.D. Erispe

Boscolo Mfg. Corp., a privately-owned company based in Pasig City, is the maker of Spartan rain boots. Spartan is known in the market as quality, yet affordable, rubber boots.

Boscolo Mfg. Corp., a privately-owned company based in Pasig City, is the maker of Spartan rain boots. Spartan is known in the market as quality, yet affordable, rubber boots.

At the time when the country was brought under community quarantine, Boscolo Mfg. Corp. sought the services of the Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) to help them rehabilitate their 24-piece aluminum boots mold. These are imported molds estimated to be 5 years old already.

As it is the DOST-MIRDC’s mandate to provide assistance to the industry, the rehabilitation assistance the Center extended to the company involved the restoration of the molds of Boscolo Mfg. Corp. Using mold technology, CNC machines, and laser welding, the DOST-MIRDC attended to the task of polishing the built-up portions of the molds. Also, the Center prepared a program that incorporated important branding details to the mold – it now contains the Spartan Armor Viking and helmet logo.

The quality of mass-produced goods is largely influenced by the quality of well-maintained molds. The rehabilitation of the boots molds of Boscolo Mfg. Corp. and the inclusion of the logo in the design of the molds are remarkable investment decisions. The polished molds now help in producing great-looking boots, and the logo is a smart marketing strategy.

The rehabilitation process of the molds started in July of 2020 and was completed in December 2020.

The company is poised to engage in profitable business as boots come in handy for many Filipinos in different walks of life.

The DOST-MIRDC entertains inquiries related to the use of metalworking technologies for the benefit of businesses across various industries.

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Importance of Science and Technology Apply to All, Even to Electric Poles

By: Jim Patrick S.D. Erispe


Electric posts have welded metals that provide added strength. That is, if the metals are checked and tested regularly.

Electric poles along Quirino Highway in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan had their ‘check-up’ done in 2020.

The check-up conducted is called the Liquid Penetrant Testing, which focused on welded joints of the poles.

For the sake of raising the public’s awareness on how science and technology find application in all that we do, the Liquid Penetrant Testing is a kind of non-destructive test (NDT). It is a test that does not break apart or destroys a sample.

It is a test method that is very effective in detecting porosity, cracks, fractures, laps, seams, and other flaws which may be caused by fatigue, impact, quenching, machining, grinding, forging, bursts, shrinkage, or overload.

If left untested, the public has no way of determining the integrity of various structures that we commonly see and use daily.

The test conducted will show the actual condition of an electrical pole. Results will determine if the electrical pole can withstand earthquakes and typhoons, absorb energies from impacts of vehicles in accidents, and carry heavy electrical or internet cables.

The test generally offers safety to the general public.

The Liquid Penetrant Testing is a service offered by the Non-Destructive Laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Center.

This is just one of the many ways by which science and technology find application in the everyday life of each Filipino.

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Philippines First 3D Printing Laboratory to Launch in April 2021

by Faith P. Macatangay on March 1, 2021


 Taguig City, Metro Manila– The 3D printing technologies and services of the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen) is set to launch on 12 April 2021.

An additional facility of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the AMCen aims to be the first technological hub for Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing in the county.

The AMCen is a project co-implemented by the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) and the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). Joining the two lead agencies in the implementation of the AMCen project is Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, a Case Western Reserve University professor.

“AMCen aims to connect scientists, consultants, engineers, and other professionals from different disciplines to create a robust ecosystem that will speed up the adoption of additive manufacturing as an alternative to traditional processes,” Engr. Fred P. Liza, AMCen’s Program Leader and Chief of the DOST-MIRDC’s Materials and Process Research Division (MPRD) shared.

For the latest updates, visit their website at or on their Facebook page, Advanced Manufacturing Center.