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).
BENGUET, Philippines –The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched a mineral processing technology that seeks to provide a better recovery rate for small-scale mining communities in Benguet without harming the environment.
The DOST pilot-tested the mining technology called “flotation” in Gumatdang, Itogon on Friday, February 27.
The technology will be housed in a facility to be constructed with an initial funding of P36 million ($816,400) from the DOST, including equipment needed by experts to train the community beneficiaries.
DOST Regional Director Julius Caesar Sicat said in an interview that the project is in partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman and Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research Development (PCIERD).
Dr Herman Mendoza, UP project head, said the technology can “environmentally optimize” the recovery of gold and other metals by using gravity concentration and floatation, refining gold concentrates, and application of integrated disposal and treatment of tailing materials.
Root crop washing especially ginger rhizomes takes much time, effort and water when done manually. Hand brushing is employed by most root crop processors in Ifugao and that commercial washers are hard to locate in the locality and in nearby provinces. This prompted the Ifugao Science and Technology Center (ISTC) to conceptualize a Ginger Washer that can be locally fabricated.