A ceremonial turn-over was done on September 20, 2016 at the Tineg Municipal Hall, Vira, Tineg Abra for the CEST project of the municipality.
CEST or the Community Enhancement thru Science and Technology is a program initiated by then DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo designed to provide S&T assistance to the poorest of the poor municipalities in the country through five (5) entry points namely (1) livelihood; (2) basic education; (3) DRRM; (4) health and nutrition; and (5) water and sanitation.
The DOST-CAR, headed by Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, ARD for Technical Services and Mr. Menandro B. Buenafe, Provincial S&T Director-Abra awarded the Certificate of Award to Hon. Corinthia B. Crisologo, Mayor of Tineg, Abra as well the municipal vice-mayor, councilors, barangay captains, and representatives for the recipient schools of the STARBOOKS. Aside from the certificate of award, two (2) STARBOOKS kiosks with solar panel systems, ceramic water filters, and other equipment were turned-over to the beneficiaries.
In her welcome remarks, Mayor Crisologo emphasized that “education is the best antidote to poverty” especially since the CEST project has a holistic approach that will not only provide livelihood opportunities but will also support education. She added that the project will help the municipality attain its goal of “Bayan ng Tineg, Umasenso Ka.”
PSTD Buenafe, in his acknowledgement of guests and participants enjoined everyone to value the assistance, no matter how small the amount. He said that the CEST project should serve as the start of something better for the community, especially in terms of the livelihood activities in the municipality.
Dr. Bantog gave the rationale and message, representing Dr. Victor B. Mariano, Regional Director of DOST-CAR. In her message, she stressed the importance of collaboration between the DOST, the LGU and the beneficiaries, to ensure that the project, even if it is small, will be successful.
Meanwhile, in his message, Dr. Ronald Castillo, DEPED-Abra Superintendent said that government programs that involve the beneficiaries are important because a sense of ownership to the project is instilled from the start. He said that if the beneficiaries accept and own the project, this will ensure its success.
It can be recalled that the a benchmarking activity for the CEST Tineg project was done in October 2014 by regional office staff and PSTC-Abra.//smsc
Report of the pre-feasibility study commissioned by the DOST to the Transport and Traffic Planners, Inc. (TTPI) regarding the viability of Deploying the DOST Developed Mass Transportation Technologies in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet has been completed.
The proposed project is the deployment of the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT), the DOST’s answer to address the
The Department of Science and Technology-CAR in partnership with the Department of Education-CAR signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the project entitled “Support to Science and Technology Education in CAR through the STARBOOKS Digital Library” on June 17, 2015 at the Provincial Science and Technology Center-Benguet Conference Room. Present during the MOA signing were Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Regional Director of DOST-CAR; Dr. Estela L. Cariño, Assistant Regional Director of DEPED-CAR and representing Dr. Ellen B. Donato, Regional Director of DEPED. Likewise, Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, ARD for Technical Services, DOST-CAR and Dr. Ethielyn E. Taqued, EPSC, DEPED-CAR completed the roster of signatories in the MOA.
A total of 159 high school students from CAR qualified for the DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Scholarship for SY 2015-2016 under the RA 7687 scholarship program otherwise known as the S&T Scholarship Act of 1994 which provides scholarship privileges to talented and deserving students whose families’ socio-economic status does not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators. There was a 15% increase in the number of passers from 2014 to 2015 with 138 total passers in 2014.
Of the 159 qualifiers this CY2015, almost all municipalities in the Cordillera Region are represented. For the province of Abra, 19 of the 27 municipalities have passers; in Apayao, Benguet (including Baguio City), and Ifugao, all municipalities are represented; for Ifugao, 9 of 11 municipalities and Mountain Province, 9 out of 10 municipalities have qualifiers. Similarly, Baguio City has the most qualifiers at 41; followed by Benguet (31); Abra (25); Mountain Province (20); Kalinga (19); Apayao (13); and Ifugao (10).