To prepare for situations similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is funding research that will develop a low-cost indoor ventilation technology that can curb the spread of viruses spread through the air. 

DOST has issued a grant of P8.3-million to the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu, who will be in charge of the study. 

According to Science Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, the research, which will be headed by Dr. Edward Querikol, will be a collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. The German team will be led by Dr. Frank Helleis, an inventor who developed a type of low-cost ventilator system. 

Dela Peña said USC will use Helleis’ invention to develop their anti-virus ventilation technology. 

If successfully realized, the ventilation system will be used in indoor settings all over the Philippines, especially in classrooms for primary, secondary, and tertiary levels, business and government offices, small manufacturing facilities, and in public transport vehicles like jeepneys and buses. 

The USC team in charge of the research is now undergoing training in Germany to realize their innovative ventilation technology. 

Out of the total grant, USC has received P6 million, which was released by the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.

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