The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) is created as a research and development institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by virtue of Executive Order 128 in 1987. The agency is committed to the development of the Filipino society and contribute to the attainment of national development priorities through providing innovative solutions through Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics Technologies.
Recognizing the importance of ICT and electronics technologies, the Institute is mandated to undertake long-term researches to strengthen and modernize science and technology infrastructure, and improve initiatives in the scientific field with intensive activities in the computer and information technologies.
To date, DOST-ASTI continues to pursue and implement changes on its organizational operations to bring about a more efficient and service-oriented organization. A new organizational structure was implemented to focus more on its programs and accord significant contributions to the community at the same time. Efforts continue to streamline and review organizational performance, and provide a more customer-centered and proactive organization.
The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain’s colonization brought about the construction of Intramuros in 1571, a “Walled City” comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence.
In 1898, the Philippines became the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946.
Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes. The Philippines is a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by 12 English national newspapers, 7 national television stations, hundreds of cable TV stations, and 2,000 radio stations.
Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes.
Source : www.visitmyphilippines.com
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Currency. Peso (PhP) is the Philippines’ official currency. The exchange rate between USD and PhP is approximately USD 1.00 to PhP 52.00. Most establishments in the Philippines do accept major credit cards including American Express, Visa and Master Card. However, personal checks drawn on foreign banks are generally not accepted.
Language. The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. Filipino is based on the Tagalog and is the national language of the country. English, on the other hand, is widely used and is the medium of instruction for higher education.
Electricity. The common standard electricity in the Philippines is 220 Volts a/c. However, 110 Volts a/c is also used especially in major hotels.
Climate. The average temperature in the Philippines is 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and the average humidity is 77%. The coolest months in the country are from November to February while the warmest months are from March to May. From June to October is when the country experiences rainy season.
Clothing. Filipinos dress for the weather. The casual attire for women are light blouses and shorts and for men are collared T-shirts worn over slacks. For Men, if you are expected to attend any occasion that require a jacket and tie, a good substitute will be a barong tagalog. The said attire is an embroidered shirt that is considered a formal dress and is regarded as the national dress of the country.
Anti-Smoking Law in Enclosed Spaces, etc.. MANILA, Philippines — Section five of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211) prohibits the carrying of any lighted tobacco product in public vehicles, schools, health centers, elevators, cinemas, malls and in places where fire hazards are present. Smoking is also banned in recreational facilities for minors. Fines imposed on violators of this section range from P500 to P10,000.
Time. The local time of the Philippines is eight(8) hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).