March 30, 2021
Tabuk City, Kalinga – Anchored on the cause for inclusive and holistic countryside development through Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), the Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) conducted the first leg of the Science for the People (SFTP) caravan in CAR for the year.
The Kalinga Provincial S&T Center (PSTC), headed by PST Director Jasmin Donaal, organized the month-long hybrid information campaign (March 2021) consisting of a series of promotional events and dialogues on existing programs, projects and activities (PPAs) designed to bring STI closer to the community and various sectors at large, and accessible even to the remotest towns in the province of Kalinga. Besides targeting grassroots, the Caravan also centered on women for the technology transfer activities, in sync with the celebration of women’s month.
Workshop on Basic GIS for Mapping and Risk Assessment
As Vice-Chair for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in CAR, DOST-CAR has partnered with the local scientific community to implement trainings and programs on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) for a more proactive and resilient region.
On March 22-24, 2021, an onsite cum virtual Training-Workshop on Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) for Mapping and Risk Assessment was held with the help of Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD)-CAR, DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), DOST- Cordillera Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Consortium (CIEERDEC), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-CAR) and Provincial Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kalinga.
A score of frontline disaster personnel from the public and private sectors across the province explored the use of GIS through a series of discussions and hands-on activities on basic GIS features as a vital science-based tool for DRRM.
Among the participants were staff and officers from the Local Government Units of the provincial, municipal and barangay level, local DRRM councils, Department of the Interior and Local Government-Kalinga, Bureau of Fire Protection and Kalinga State University (KSU) and Red Cross-Kalinga Chapter.
DOST-CAR notes that virtual simulation of different disaster scenarios such as floods or landslides through spatial location analysis and visualizations (i.e. maps and 3D scenes) may prove critical in crafting sound plans and policies to address threats and respond to situations accordingly in real time.
Support to Establishment of Analytical Laboratory
As part of the collaborative plan to establish an Analytical Laboratory in the province, DOST-CAR turned over equipment for analysis (oven and circulating water bath) to KSU - Central Science Laboratory on March 24, 2021.
Currently, the facility is being used for the local production of ethyl alcohol. The equipment will aid in the preparation of samples for analysis and thus hasten the timely distribution of the disinfectant to public offices, business establishments and schools across the province especially during the pandemic.
Empowerment of Cordilleran weavers
In a separate event in Baguio City, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog convened members of the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) to discuss plans on forming the Cordillera Weaving Industry Council on March 24, 2021.
As chairperson of the RRDIC, DOST-CAR, together with line agencies, has recently crafted the Cordillera Weaving Industry Development Plan (CWIDP) 2020-2028 that aims to empower artisans and weavers, especially women in the local weaving industry, through capacity-building activities and provision of equipment to improve livelihood and marketing opportunities for local businesses.
As of 2020, there were a total of 24 projects under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and community-based projects in the natural dyeing and weaving sector in the region.
To help meet market demand, DOST-CAR has established silkworm rearing and cocoon processing facilities in the KSU for enhanced silk production since 2017, with the aid of the Philippine Textile Research Institute and the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority. Mulberry fields were also prepared in the KSU as well as the Apayao State College.
Farm and firm visits for technology needs assessment
Staff from the Kalinga PSTC, together with a team of experts from the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center, particularly of the Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation Laboratory (AMERIAL) project and the KSU Local AMERIAL team, visited 41 (forty-one) farms and firms in Tabuk City and the town of Rizal for technology needs assessment.
The 10-day activity (March 15-26, 2021) included technical assistance for existing SETUP beneficiaries and potential startups using technology upgrades which they may adopt to enhance competitiveness and productivity.
Skills Training on Food Processing
Hands-on skills training for different farming communities were done to help improve the efficiency of local producers. DOST-CAR, together with the KSU and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Kalinga, conducted discussions on best practices and demonstrations on the use of appropriate technologies for community-based projects.
In the village of Malagnat in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, women from the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI)- Malagnat gathered to master the methods involved in making quality vinegar from banana on March 8 and March 26, 2021.
Meanwhile, planters from Ambato in the town of Tinglayan, Kalinga learned new ways on how to handle sugarcane to produce superior classes of wine through a training in partnership with Tinglayan LGU on March 12, 2021.
Info drives on CEST projects and other programs
The S&T team conducted a validation activity with the Municipal LGU of Pasil for the RxBox as well as the monitoring and maintenance of Science & Technology Academic Research-Based and Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) units as part of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) projects in the municipalities of Pasil and Balbalan on March 9-11, 2021.
In line with this, DOST-CAR Inter-agency Design and Engineering Assessment (IDEA) Team Leader Engr. Angel Maguen lead a seminar-workshop on Energy Audit, particularly on energy-saving measures for representatives from the MSMEs in the province, KSU and DTI-Kalinga in Tabuk City.
Forum on R&D Opportunities and Networks
DOST-CAR presented research opportunities and linkages for stakeholders from the academe through its Research and Development arm, the Cordillera Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Consortium (CIEERDEC) during the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Caravan held onsite in Tabuk City on March 25, 2021.
Researchers and professors from different educational institutions in the province, including KSU, Saint Louis College, Kalinga College of Science and Technology and Cordillera A+ Computer Technology College attended the forum on different projects and services available through the consortium, particularly in its priority sectors.
Going beyond implementing STI programs for regional development, DOST-CAR continues to ensure that science works for the people of Cordillera.// Christian Robert M. Sandoval
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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