Baguio City – As part of the collaborative efforts to upgrade the city’s weaving industry, Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) Regional Director Nancy Bantog signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong yesterday, March 10, 2021.
“A common direction is needed for this joint effort to be successful,” Dr. Bantog said in her message during the ceremony, assuring full support to the four (4) beneficiaries, namely D' Dreamers Association of East Quirino Hill, The Conquerors Association of Middle Quirino Hill, Inc., West Quirino Hill Women's Organization and Share Weaver Association in Irisan.
The project titled "Upgrading the Loom Weaving Industry of Baguio City through Science, Technology and Innovation” of which DOST-CAR will bring in Php557,000.00 from its regional Grant-in-Aid program while the Baguio City Local Government Unit (LGU) with their counterpart of Php1.5M, is targeted to be operational within the year.
Under the MOA, DOST-CAR, through the Provincial S&T Center-Benguet and the Baguio City LGU will provide appropriate equipment for loom weaving as well as the implementation of capacity building programs. The DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) as well as appropriate experts shall be tapped for the implementation of development trainings for the loom weavers.
Meanwhile, the agreement entails developing new loom weaving products and designs in the locality, establishment of a Common Service Facility (in Middle Quirino Hill and Cypress Irisan) for loom weavers and the designation of the Botanical Garden in Baguio City as a loom weaving showcase and marketing center where loom weaving products will be put on display to the public—for tourists and residents alike.
In his message, Mayor Magalong extended his appreciation to the DOST-CAR for partnering with the city government in his initiative to develop the loom weaving industry. Further, he said he recently met with Bayo, a fashion company, who are also willing to help in the marketing and purchasing of locally-woven products, thus adding to the market potential of the industry.
DOST-CAR notes that these Science, Technology and Innovation initiatives among stakeholders will continue to offer avenues on sustainable livelihood and promote possible partnerships among businesses, thus enhancing the weaving industry in the city and neighboring Cordillera towns.// Christian Robert Sandoval
EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN. DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog (second from left) with (from left) DTI-CAR Assistant Regional Director Juliet Lucas, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Chairperson Sandra Montano, PCW Executive Director Atty Kristine Rosary Yuzon-Chavez and DA-CAR Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Atty Jennilyn Dawayan (DTI-CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo participated virtually) during the Regional Women Micro Entrepreneurs (WME) Assembly in CAR held on-site at the Venus Parkview Hotel in Baguio City and online via Zoom on March 4, 2021. For more event photos, click here.
04 March 2021
Baguio City - The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) together with partners from the public and private sectors, underscored the significance of improved economic empowerment of Women Micro Entrepreneurs (WME) and their workers through the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women Project 2). Specifically, this was held during the Regional WME Assembly held on-site at the Venus Parkview Hotel and webcast live via Zoom on March 4, 2021.
“Be counted as contributors to our regional development in the best way you can as empowered, enlightened and beautiful women inside and out,” DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog said in her message during the event, which saw one hundred eight (108) participants from WMEs across the region.
Building on GWP1’s success, the GWP2, also otherwise known as Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Philippines, was developed to improve sustainability, productivity, and competitiveness of women’s micro-enterprises and to continue enhancing the enabling environment for economic empowerment of women.
The project, which covers coffee and the home style and wearables (H&W) sectors in the Cordilleras, is spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-CAR, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-CAR, and Department of Agriculture (DA)-CAR and is funded by the Government of Canada. Currently, there are 32 WMEs from the coffee sector and 41 WMEs in the H&W sector under the project.
Key government officials from the said agencies held a series of panel discussions on the status and accomplishments, and ways forward of the coffee and H&W industries in the region in light of the COVID-19 pandemic while Tuba Benguet Coffee Growers Association and Montañosa Weavers Association shared their insights and experiences on their journey as businesses under the GWP2. Notable speakers included PCW Chairperson Sandra Montano, PCW Executive Director Atty. Kristine Rosary Yuzon-Chavez, ECHOsi Foundation President Pacita Juan, Baguio Arts and Creatives Collections Inc. President Adelaida Lim and FreshBuys PH co-owner Angelo Valdez.
Under this project, coffee farmers and weavers of various associations in the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province are assisted to improve their productivity and competitiveness. Further, WMEs are encouraged to pursue environment-friendly practices and adapt digitalization for the sustainability of their businesses.//Christian Robert Sandoval
(Back row,L-R:) PSTC-Benguet Director Sheila Marie Singa-Claver, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, Engr. Ricardo Tacio, Jr. (representing Benguet Caretaker Congressman Eric Yap), Kibungan Mayor Hon. Cesar Molitas, with representatives of the beneficiary-groups (front row) Kibungan Arabica Coffee Growers' Multi-purpose Cooperative, Badeo Arabaica Coffee Growers Organization and Tacadang Organic Coffee Growers Association. To view more pictures click here:
22 February 2021
The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) rolled out the first Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) project in Benguet during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kibungan and the three (3) beneficiaries under the livelihood component namely, Kibungan Arabica Coffee Growers' Multi-purpose Cooperative (KACGMPC), Tacadang Organic Coffee Growers Association (TOCGA), and Badeo Arabica Coffee Growers Organization (BACGO) last February 19, 2021.
With the CEST program, DOST-CAR empowers and improves the standard of living of beneficiary-communities in the region through holistic S&T interventions. It aims to provide S&T assistance to vulnerable communities in the country through five (5) entry points namely (1) economic development, (2) health and nutrition, (3) human resource development, (4) environmental protection and conservation, and (5) disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Priority areas include Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) that are physically and socio-economically separated from the mainstream society to include islands, upland, lowland and landlocked areas.
For this particular project, DOST-CAR will provide common service facilities for the rice processing, muscovado processing and coffee processing in barangays Tacadang, Badeo and Poblacion, Kibungan, respectively. These will eventually help in the communities’ livelihood which is likewise expected to impact the whole municipality.
Furthermore, DOST-CAR will organize livelihood trainings; provide the STARBOOKS Digital Library to barangays Badeo, Lubo, Palina, Poblacion and Sagpat; provide ceramic water filter to barangay Tacadang; and strengthen the Disaster Risk Reduction & Disaster Risk Management of LGU-Kibungan by providing appropriate communications system.
In her speech during the ceremony, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, acknowledged the desire and efforts of the community to improve their industries while assuring DOST-CAR’s unabated support to the LGU and beneficiaries of the project.
Meanwhile, Benguet Caretaker Congressman Eric Yap in his message delivered by Engr. Ricardo Tacio, Jr. conveyed his confidence that the implementation of the project will be smooth given all stakeholders’ ability to develop the project and even exceed its objectives.
During his acceptance message, Kibungan Mayor, Hon. Cesar Molitas encouraged his constituents to be more productive as he extended his appreciation to the DOST-CAR for being the first recipient of the CEST project in the province.
DOST-CAR, through the CEST program, envisions building more active, sustainable and more resilient communities through the implementation of responsive science, technology and innovation programs. //CRS
10 February 2021
La Trinidad, Benguet – Pledging to work together in an undertaking to benefit displaced workers, including agricultural entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) signed a tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR) on January 28, 2021. This convergence is part of the agencies’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect to agripreneurs and OFWs in the region.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, DA-CAR Regional Director Cameron Odsey and DTI-CAR Myrna Pablo signed the agreement with top officials from the agencies as witnesses to this initiative.
The partnership will provide technology-driven, resource-based livelihood activities and business opportunities to address the needs of the affected sectors. Likewise, a series of collaborative initiatives such as trainings, technology transfers and online marketing campaigns will mark its implementation.
Under the agreement, DOST-CAR, which is assigned to direct and coordinate S&T-related efforts in the development of programs and policies, will activate the iFWD PH (Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines) to encourage OFW returnees to venture into technology-based enterprises.
Moreover, DOST-CAR will also promote the smart food value chain program for food security and tap the support of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).
For its part, DA-CAR will ensure the sustainable livelihood of agri-based workers through goods, services, infrastructures and institutions and encourage OFW returnees to pursue agri-based businesses.
On the other hand, DTI-CAR is expected to provide technical, financial and marketing support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and link them with the markets in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors for a more comprehensive approach, support OFW returnees through business start-up financing and enhance e-commerce platforms in the region.
DOST, together with the concerned agencies, will continue exploring possibilities and uplift the lives of the people.//CRS