City of Tabuk, Kalinga, Feb. 10, 2020 – In order to intensify the interest of teachers and students on research and innovation, the Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) through the Kalinga S&T Center, conducted a forum to present DOST programs and services available to inventors and researchers.


Dr. Pita S. Picpican, DOST-CAR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services (ARD-TS) introduced the DOST- Technology Application and Promotion Institute’s (TAPI) programs for inventors and researchers such as the DATBED. The DOST-Academe Technology- Based Enterprise Development (DATBED) is a program that enables young professionals, students, and out of school youth to develop entrepreneurial skills by providing initial funding and access to funds, facilities, and technologies for technology-based enterprises.


Dr. Picpican also presented the Invention-based Enterprise Development (IBED) program which provides funding for the fabrication of prototypes of inventions that are developed for business enterprises, and other technical services. She also mentioned the DOST-TAPI’s Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) which is conducted every other year, to give recognition to the inventors and researchers including students in the region.


Further, Kalinga winning inventions and researches during the 2019 RICE were presented in the forum. These include the invention on Solar Powered Light Trap for Rice Insect Pests of Camalog National High School; and two researches from Kalinga State University titled, Calamansi Peelings Cookies and Chicken Taro Balls.


In her welcome address, the DOST-CAR Regional Director, Nancy A. Bantog also encouraged the participants to continue their engagement in technology innovations and development in order to help provide solutions in addressing societal concerns.    


On the other hand, DOST-CAR turned-over four (4) Science and Technology Academic and Research Based Openly Operated Kiosk (STARBOOKS) to selected schools in Kalinga namely, Bado Dangwa National High School (BDNHS) and Balong National High School (BNHS) in Tabuk City; Lubo Elementary School and Dacalan National High School in Tanudan, Kalinga.


The STARBOOKS is the first offline science digital library in the Philippines which contains thousands of science and technology related information in the form of texts, video, and audio format. It also serves as a one stop S&T information source gathered from worldwide reliable sources, and vetted by the DOST system.//FAA