Published on: February 01, 2021
La Trinidad, Benguet – Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) launched its very first “Dad-at di DOST Scholar (A Scholar’s Story)”, a virtual story-telling initiative that aims to promote the impact of the DOST’s scholarship program. The program also seeks to increase public awareness of the scholarship program through social media and highlight how graduate-scholars were able to cope with challenges during their scholarship years. Through the new platform, the DOST-CAR hopes to encourage scholars, aspiring scholars and all learners in overcoming their own academic challenges.
“Dad-at”, which is a Kankana-ey term for “a story”, is a type of an Indigenous Knowledge System and Practice (IKSP) wherein stories are chanted by one person who knows the Dad-at, to either entertain or inform.
This activity marks a milestone for DOST-CAR as it is a complement to existing science education promotion strategies and will hopefully contribute towards improving the science culture in CAR. In 2015, our country had 270 R&D personnel per million population compared to UNESCO’s standard of 380 R&D per million. Through the DOST scholarship programs, it is hoped that the pool of scientists and engineers in the country shall increase.
DOST-CAR has been advocating scholarship programs through the years down to the grassroots by conducting scholarship caravans to different schools in the region aside from promoting these through radio, print and social media. Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, physical gathering has been a challenge such that the use of virtual platforms has been maximized.
In the official launch, Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, DOST-CAR Regional Director, encouraged scholar-graduates to continue the advocacy on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the country’s socio-economic progress.
“We want to boost the self-esteem of students, encourage and inspire our scholars towards winning the battle against college life challenges,” added Dr. Bantog.
First off in the online series, Janisse Gas-ib, a former DOST scholar who graduated as Cum Laude, BSE in Mathematics at Saint Louis University, Baguio City, detailed DOST’s support in her journey as a scholar and in her subsequent career. She is also currently taking up a doctorate through the DOST’s Capacity Building Program for Math and Science Education scholarship.
“We should not stop learning, we must keep going,” Ms. Gas-ib told participants during the live virtual session, when asked what advice she had for the youth especially during the pandemic.
This project shall feature a scholar-graduate every month up to December 2021 and will be posted live on DOST-CAR’s official FB page (https://www.facebook.com/dostcar.gov.ph) and website, www.car.dost.gov.ph.//CRS
Published on: December 23, 2020
In celebration of Baguio City’s UN award of Creative city of Crafts and Folk Arts, the Ibag-iw annual November festival ran its course with two major activities: The Interlinked Exhibit and the BACCI - sponsored (Baguio Arts and Crafts and Collective Inc.) multi-sector competition, both held at the Baguio Convention Center Artists and artisans competed under the categories of Metal Crafts, Basketry, Weaving and Wood Carving.
Tawid Crafts Corporation (using the brand name TAWID SILVER), a DOST-CAR SETUP co-operator, won 2nd Prize for its jewelry piece entry, with the 1st prize going to sculpture.
TAWID SILVER’s winning piece was a sterling silver neckpiece inspired by the Cordillera symbol of fertility and prosperity, the lingling-o. The challenge to the designer was how to integrate exquisite quality and global competitiveness with the competition guidelines to showcase Cordillera culture and contribute to economic sustainability among others.
The entry piece was created using an electric rolling mill which was acquired through the DOST-CAR SETUP assistance. With the machine, the piece’s lead tie in preparation was shortened, helping them to beat the deadline and top quality finish was achieved.
While it was the firm’s first time to join the IBAGIW Arts and Crafts Competition, it is delighted to have bagged the award which gained scores in the craftsmanship and skills employed, artistry and aesthetics, innovation, scalability and cost efficiency, and audience vote.
Moreover, through the creativity, innovative ideas, coupled with the technology interventions of DOST-CAR SETUP, the firm diversified and improved its jewelry product to sterling silver tableware.
The firm continues to support local employment while portraying craftsmanship and beauty of arts through their crafts by joining the local bazaar, the “Mandeko Kito” artisans fair, held last July and the second leg held last November.
The firm is open to taking orders to reproduce the same design which has a pending patent at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.
Tawid Silver may be contacted thru Mr. Daniel Rimando and Mr. Rey Remando with the mobile numbers, 09175601986 and 09175240230, respectively.//FLAA
Published on: December 23, 2020
Through the Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR), a total of nine (9) Youth Excellence in Science (YES) awardees from the region received their medals during the virtual awarding on November 9, 2020, held via Zoom App.
The awardees were composed of eight high school (8) students from the Philippine Science High School- Cordillera Administrative Region Campus (PSHS-CARC) in Baguio City namely: Aldred Alvarado, Vash Patrick Ancheta, Viany Rhese Calaunan, Alaric Justin Conlu, Cris Magdalene Dela Cruz, Iustus Maximus Nas, Alphonsus Rouis Nonog, and Gabrielle Andrei Rico who were able to bag international bronze and silver awards last year. Meanwhile, Meljon Viste from Abra High School (AHS) in the Province of Abra also bagged silver and bronze awards after joining two (2) international competitions last year.
“The Youth Excellence in Science Award or the YES Award is a simple recognition of the highest degree for the youths’ exemplary achievements in the fields of science and mathematics. By being a recipient of the YES Medal, the Philippines, through the Department of Science and Technology, regards your efforts as a value in the nation’s quest for excellence and your names shall be included in the roster of honorable men and women of science”, underscored by the Regional Director of DOST-CAR, Dr. Nancy A. Bantog as she expressed her congratulatory note to the awardees.
Meanwhile, Dr. Conrado C. Rotor, the Campus Director of the PSHS- CARC encouraged the awardees to excel more as he reminded that success is not measured by the number of medals received, rather it is the achieved long-term meaningful goals thru passion and perseverance.
The YES Awards is conducted annually through the DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) in recognition to young achievers in international science and mathematics competitions. This also aims to further motivate and inspire the youth to strive for excellence in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).//FLAA