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
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