2012 DOST-ASTI Training Schedule

  •  March 5-7, 2012 Introduction to VHDL and FPGA-based Design Flow 24 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City.  Php7,500 (non-gov’t); Php 6,800 (gov’t)  Open to the public (max of15 pax)
  • March 19-23, 2012 Joomla! CMS Training 40 hours Tentative: DOST Regional Office,La Paz, Iloilo City  Php 6,000.00 (gov’t) For government agencies located in Visayas & Mindanao regions ONLY (max. of 25 pax) March 26-30, 2012 Introduction to Full Custom Digital IC and Analog Design Flow 40 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php11,000 (non-gov’t); Php 9.900 (gov’t) Open to the public (max of15 pax)
  • April 2012 (exact date to be announced) IPv6 for Intermediate Training 32 hours Cebu City  *to be determined Selected attendees of previous IPv6 for Beginners Training organized by ASTI May 8-10, 2012 Joomla! CMS for Beginners Training 24 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php6,250 (non-gov’t); Php 5,625 (gov’t)  Open to the public (max of15 pax) May 22 – June 01, 2012 Technical Training on VoIP/ Asterisk IP PBX 32 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php7,700 (non-gov’t); Php 6,900 (gov’t)  Open to the public (max of15 pax)
  • June 20-22, 2012 PHP/MySQL for Beginners 24 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php6,500 (non-gov’t); Php 5,750 (gov’t) Open to the public (max of15 pax)
  • June 25-29, 2012 PHP/MySQL for Developers 40 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php8,000 (non-gov’t); Php 7,200 (gov’t) Open to the public (max of15 pax)
  • July 2-6, 2012 Linux for Beginners 40 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City Php8,000 (non-gov’t); Php 7,200 (gov’t) Open to the public (max of15 pax) July 23-27, 2012 PC-based Routing/Firewalling/Squid Proxy Administration for Beginners 40 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City Php8,000 (non-gov’t); Php 7,200 (gov’t) Open to the public (max of15 pax)
  • August 13-17, 2012 Linux Shell Scripting & Ubuntu Administration 40 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php8,000 (non-gov’t); Php 7,200 (gov’t)  Open to the public (max of15 pax)
  • Oct. 17-19, 2012 Introduction to VHDL and FPGA-based Design Flow 24 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php7,500 (non-gov’t); Php 6,800 (gov’t) Open to the public (max of15 pax) October 22-26, 2012 Java for Beginners 40 hours ASTI-DOST, Diliman, Quezon City  Php6,800 (non-gov’t); Php 6,000 (gov’t)  Open to the public (max of15 pax)

Apart from the regular training courses, ASTI trainings also provides customized sessions for students and professionals who require specialized in-depth topics or in-depth knowledge which may not be covered by our regular courses.

For more information about ASTI trainings, you may contact the Training Team at (632) 426 9760 loc. 1500 or 927 3093 or send e-mail totrainings@asti.dost.gov.ph. Interested participants can register online registration at http://trainings.asti.dost.gov.ph.


  1. Registration is only valid upon full payment of registration fee at least 1 week before the scheduled training.
  2. Seats are limited. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. We encourage you to follow-up with ASTI training team for availability of slots at least one (1) week before the training.
  3. Walk-ins are discouraged because slots are not guaranteed and you may miss a great opportunity to attend the training.
  4. Training fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  5. For In-house trainings, class size is strictly limited to 15 people. First come, first served. Group discount applies to 10 or more participants from the same company registering at the same time.
  6. ASTI reserves the right to cancel trainings in case of low participant urn-out.

Thank you.


Pinky R. Manio
DOST-Advanced Science & Technology
(632) 426.9759/60 loc. 1500 or 9273093


Is Environmental Physics a Physics field?

by  Gemma Narisma

The thesis proposal defense did lead me to ponder on what exactly is the definition of physics.

My googling lead me quickly to the physics.org website of the IOP:


And here we clearly see how broad the expansion of physics topics has grown through time.  What I find helpful though is the very first
statement that says:

The dictionary definition of physics is “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”, but what that really means is that physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting.

And towards the end the statement, “Physicists try to uncover these relationships through observing, creating mathematical models, and testing them by doing experiments.”

And I would like to think that that is what we are all doing but applied to different disciplines including environmental physics.

On environmental physics, it is interesting to see that the IOP has an environmental physics group.


But what is environmental physics? One of the fundamental books is by Unsworth and Monteith on the Principles of Environmental Physics:


and in the description it says:

Environmental Physics concerns the description and analysis of physical processes that establish the conditions in which all species of life survive and reproduce. The subject involves a synthesis of mathematical relations that describe the physical nature of the environment and the many biological responses that environments evoke. Environmental Physics provides a basis for understanding the complex responses of plants and animals to environmental change. “

And this is where we are heading with our research, to start digging into characterizing the relationships (quantitatively) that can help
describe the biological responses (crop yield in this case) that the physical environment (tmp, rainfall, etc) evoke. This kind of research hopefully will help us understand the response of plants (rice) to environmental change.  Hence, the agriculture nature of the work does not make it not physics.

As we move into broadening our work in Physics, it is perhaps important for us to see and understand these wider perspectives that
are now covered by Physics. (The IOP actually publishes the Environmental Research Letters, which is incredibly broad in coverage,
but signifies the broadening of areas that the Institute is beginning to be involved in.)

Earthquake intensity and magnitude scales of Phivolcs

by Quirino Sugon Jr.

I am working on earthquake risk measurements.  To measure risks, we have to determine earthquake energies: how they are measured and how they die down as a function of distance.  Here are some reference notes:

In the Philvocs website, the earthquake values are obviously magnitude not intensity scales, since we cannot have fractional intensity scales.  Intensity scales are subjective, as seen from the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale.  The Phivolcs scale is a Richter scale.

From the wiki.answers.com:

As stated above, the Richter scale itself is a logarithmic mathematical formula which is calibrated so that a ten fold increase in amplitude relates to a single whole number increase on the scale (e.g. an earthquake with a Richter magnitude of 5 has seismic waves with a maximum amplitude 10 times larger than those for a magnitude 4). It has a number of practical limitations, in that it is poor at recording earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 7 and at distances greater than 650 km from a seismometer.

The equation for calculating the Richter magnitude (MR) is shown below:

MR = (Log10A) – (Log10A0)

A = maximum zero to peak amplitude of seismic wave (mm) recorded.
A0 = Empirical function derived from the distance from seismometer station to earthquake epicentre

Log10A0 From 0 to 200 km distance:
Log10A0 = 0.15 – 1.6 log(distance in km)

Between 200 and 600 km distance by:
Log10A0 = 3.38 – 3.0 log(distance in km)

Due to the limitations described above (distance and maximum size of measurable earthquake), it has since been replaced by the Moment Magnitude Scale in the measurement of large earthquakes – for information on this, please see the related question.


Does anybody know what would be the empirical function for each point in the Philppines?

Notes on the Negros-Cebu quake of 6 Feb 2012

Death toll in Visayas quake rises to 7; 29 missing (www.philstar.com)

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) measured the earthquake at magnitude-6.9. It said the quake, which was tectonic in origin, occurred in waters off Tayasan town in Negros Oriental at 11:49 a.m. with a depth of 10 kilometers.

The agency reported that the strong quake was followed by more than 40 aftershocks as of 2 p.m. The two strongest aftershocks were measured at magnitudes 4.8 and and 5.3.

The quake was felt strongest at Intensity 7 in Dumaguete City and Vallehermoso town in Negros Oriental. It was also felt at Intensity 6 inLa Carlota City and La Castellana towns in Negros Oriental and Argao town in Cebu province.

In the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS), Intensity 7 was described as “destructive.” It said that during an Intensity 7 quake, people in upper floors may find it difficult to stand and heavy objects and furniture may overturn or topple…

The areas of Roxas City; Dao and Ivisan in Capiz; Iloilo City; Ayungon town in Negros Oriental; Kanlaon City; Lapu-lapu City; Guimaras; Cebu City; San Carlos City; Bacolod City; Sagay City; Tagbilaran City; Candoni and Binalbagan towns Negros Occidental felt the quake at Intensity 5.

The quake was also felt at Intensity 4 in San Jose de Buenavista, Pandan, Anini-y, Patnungon towns in Antique; Kalibo in Aklan province, Dipolog City, Sipalay in Negros Occidental and Ormoc City.

It was also felt at Intensity 3 in Butuan City in Agusan del Norte; Legaspi City, Albay; Carmen, Cagayan de Oro; Tacloban City; Catbalogan; Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte; Masbate, Masbate; Cagayan de Oro City; Intensity 2 in Cabid-an, Sorsogon; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Mambajao, Camiguin and Intensity 1 in Pagadian City.

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge on trial at Ateneo de Manila University until Feb 29, 2012

The Ateneo Community (Loyola Heights Campus) may now access Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge on trial until February 29, 2012. The database covers a broad range of topics in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

The following products are included:

Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Citation Index
BIOSIS Previews
Chinese Science Citation Database
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Derwent Innovations Index(SM)
Food Science & Technology Abstracts
Essential Science Indicators(SM)
Science Edition
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Web of Science
Conference Proceedings Citation Index
Current Chemical Reactions (CCR)
Index Chemicus (IC)
Zoological Records

Website: http://webofknowledge.com (on-campus use only)

Make sure you don’t miss any valuable research. Desktop access to the searchable full text will enable you to more effectively integrate information from these resources into your daily work.

For more e-resources, please visit the Rizal Library website. If you have any questions, you may reach us at rizal.library@admu.edu.ph.