Published on: December 12, 2020
With the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) conducted its first virtual celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) in CAR, synchronized to the virtual NSTW celebration in Manila themed, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan” from November 23-29, 2020.
The activity highlighted the contribution of DOST-CAR in achieving the government’s development goals for the region. This was done through a series of webinars and virtual exhibits in a hybrid modality where a limited number of participants with poor or no access to the internet were accommodated in the Provincial S&T Centers.
A total of 1,180 participants from the six (6) provinces in CAR, as well as from other regions benefitted from the free webinars during the weeklong NSTW in CAR. The participants were representatives from the academe, students, entrepreneurs/farmers, National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), teachers, and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
Meanwhile, a total of 36 programs and technologies of DOST were also showcased in the virtual exhibit. In keeping with the year’s theme, the virtual exhibit was clustered into the 4K’s namely, Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, and Kinabukasan. The Kalusugan cluster showcased researches, activities, and other initiatives of the agency in addressing health and nutrition concerns while the Kabuhayan cluster staged the DOST-CAR’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) beneficiaries and the Community-based projects from the Six (6) provinces in CAR. Further, the Kaayusan cluster featured programs and technologies that support the enhancement of systems or processes used or applied by the public; and the Kinabukasan cluster staged programs and initiatives that support the enhancement of education and community empowerment in the region.
The DOST-CAR shall maintain the virtual exhibit even as the NSTW celebration has already come to a close. This shall serve as an additional advocacy to promote its programs and services. Everyone is invited to visit https://nstw.dostcar.ph/ to explore and experience this exciting platform in the new normal.
Published on: December 7, 2020
Pudtol, Apayao. Joana Marie Caluducan will no longer return abroad as she will be starting her own curtains and beddings business thru the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH). This is after Ms. Caluducan successfully completed the Phase 1 of the program, which entails a three-month capacity building session. She was one of the 59 graduates of the program on October 30, 2020.
The capacity building sessions include Technology Pitching, Business Matching, and online learning modules on Business Concept Development and Business Plan Development, comprising of a total of 13 sessions. The iFWD PH program will provide a maximum of PhP250,000.00 per cooperator to cover entrepreneurship and technical training, product development and market testing, operational consultancy services, initial laboratory testing, packaging and labeling design and execution of market testing, and equipment acquisition. However, the amount of equipment shall be refunded in whole without interest within a period of 3-5 years.
The iFWD PH is a new program of the DOST spearheaded by the DOST- National Capital Region that aims to provide opportunities for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their immediate families to establish technology-based enterprises in the country. The program targeted OFWs who have been repatriated or have returned to the Philippines within the last three (3) years, or those OFWs with existing contracts but should have an immediate family member, such as spouse, parent, or children more than 21 years old as a co-implementer. Aside from individual businesses, the program is also open for community-based enterprise funding.
Further, the program prioritizes businesses under food processing; furniture making; gifts, housewares, decors; agriculture, marine and aquatic resources; metals and engineering; health and pharmaceuticals; ICT electronics; and S&T services which includes engineering and IT consultancy.
As of now, Ms. Caluducan is the first OFW in CAR to apply and accomplish the Phase 1 requirement of iFWD PH. She is currently preparing her business proposal for funding. Meanwhile, the Phase 2 of the program will be the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DOST-CAR before the fund will be released to the beneficiary.
Interested parties may visit the nearest DOST-CAR Provincial S&T Center or thru the iFWD PH official website, https://ifwdph.dost.gov.ph/ to know more about iFWD PH.
While scrolling through Facebook, I came upon a picture of a group of teenagers huddled together to answer a module. And I remembered. It was not long ago that I was also a secondary student. I once read an article saying that high school is the best part of a student’s life. I don’t know how true that is. But one thing I’m sure of is that the profession of an individual cannot yet be determined when they are in high school. Thus, prejudice should be avoided. You never know whether your sleepy seatmate will become a high ranking official, your timid friend who always sits at the back becomes a politician or sadly, your group leader ends up marrying early thus unable to finish college. Graduating high school is preparatory for college where your choice determines your future career.
How can science and technology help entrepreneurs build resilient businesses? How can firms start their recovery amidst pandemic? Ms. Grazel Wakit, owner of Grae’s Souvenir Trading and a DOST-CAR’s SETUP Cooperator in Banangan, Sablan has an answer- innovation coupled with DOST’s SETUP.
From working in the Business Processing Outsourcing company, Ms. Grazel decided to enter the world of entrepreneurship after having a baby. With this, she can stay at home for her family while still earning for their needs. The Highland Delights was established in 2014 with an ideal location along the road, near a school and the barangay hall of Banangan, Sablan.