FORGING AHEAD. (2nd from left) DOST-PSTC-Ifugao Staff Engr. Max Codamon with (2nd from right) IFSU President IFSU President Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon and officials from the DOST-MIRDC and IFSU during the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the 1st MEIC in CAR at the IFSU-Lagawe Campus on 16 June 2021.
24 June 2021
Lagawe, Ifugao – In line with the thrust to enhance the competitive advantage of metals and engineering industries in the Cordilleras, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the DOST- Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), DOST-CAR and Ifugao State University (IFSU) established the region’s first Metals and Engineering Innovation Center (MEIC), the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony of which was conducted on 16 June 2021.
In her message, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog said that the MEIC is a mechanism to bring science, technology, and innovation to the countryside. “This will serve as a platform for technology generation and transfer and technical competency development, enabling us to be more responsive to the needs of the industries in the province and the region,” Dir. Bantog said.
According to her, the MEIC provides solutions to the machinery and product prototyping of priority agricultural implements and processing equipment. “With the MEIC, we can shorten the turn-around time of the production of customized prototypes and ensure fabrication or after-sales services,” Dir. Bantog explained.
The joint project will likewise aid in the conduct of research and development to develop and strengthen the capability of the human resources of the academe while providing the machine prototyping needs of the industry. IFSU, having a strong curriculum in engineering, will host the center at their Lagawe campus where the DOST shall provide P5.7million worth of fabrication equipment and auto machines (including metal sheet and electric shear, welding machine, electric hoist, plasma cutter and sheet metal roller). As their counterpart, the university allotted P1.5 million for the improvement of the center.
It can be recalled that in 2018, DOST-CAR has implemented a project with IFSU to jumpstart the university’s capability in metals fabrication through the provision of about P1.3M worth of basic machineries and equipment. Moreover, DOST-CAR recommended IFSU as the Innovation Center for CAR, which led to further coordination with MIRDC to ultimately establish the MEIC-CAR in the province.
In December 2020, officials of DOST-CAR, DOST-MIRDC and IFSU held the virtual soft launching and memorandum of agreement signing of the project in December 2020. The same center will likewise be established in regions I, II, III and X.
DOST-CAR will continue to work together with MSMEs, academe, line agencies and other metal industry players to enhance product development, fabrication, and manufacturing as productive economic activities in the countryside to the benefit of the people of the Cordilleras.//Christian Robert Sandoval
23 June 2021
Tabuk City, Kalinga – As part of the collaborative project to establish an Analytical Laboratory in the province, DOST-CAR turned over equipment for analysis to Kalinga State University (KSU) - Central Science Laboratory on June 14, 2021.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog, in her message, underscored the project’s timely provision of appropriate and accessible laboratory services to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kalinga and nearby provinces in the Cordilleras. “This is a way to decentralize our services and cover the needs of MSMEs across the region,” she explained.
Under the project, DOST-CAR has provided PhP1-M worth of equipment (such as Circulating Water Bath, Oven Binder, Burettes, among other laboratory devices) and will organize a series of capability-building activities (such as trainings and workshops) for laboratory personnel. The facility will stage preliminary and confirmatory tests on food and non-food products prior to commercialization and mass production.
DOST-CAR notes that these Science, Technology and Innovation initiatives among concerned agencies will continue to enhance industry competitiveness and provide accessible and continuous services in empowering researchers, MSMEs and other stakeholders in the locality.//Christian Robert Sandoval
PERFECT CHEMISTRY. DOST-CAR partners with the KSU to deliver laboratory services in Kalinga and nearby towns through the Analytical Laboratory. (In center, on screen) DOST-CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog during the ceremonial turnover of the laboratory equipment on June 14, 2021 with (4th from right) DOST Provincial S&T Director for Kalinga Jasmin Donaal, (2nd from left) KSU President Dr. Eduardo Bagtang, (1st and 2nd from right, respectively) KSU-CSL Project Leader Dr. Bernadette Aggabao and Director Helen Bais,, (1st from left) Information Officer and representative of Kalinga Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang Regino Wacas and officials of the KSU.
NOW SERVING IN MT. PROVINCE. (From left: DOST Provincial S&T Director for Mt. Province Alfonso Berto, E-Nutribun adoptor Tadian Marie June Bakeshop’s Malou Quiño and Milagros Caridad Obedoza, and PSTC-Mt. Province staff Michelle Edpis).
21 June 2021
Tadian, Mt. Province—DOST-CAR successfully rolled-out the enhanced nutribun (E-Nutribun) squash variant for the supplemental feeding program of the government for children through technology adoptor Tadian Marie June Bakeshop, a beneficiary of the DOST-Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
With the help of the DOST- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the third E-Nutribun adoptor in CAR is expected to start its production in June 2021, having recently u ndergone the required assessment and training as well as completion of requirements on the standards and protocol to produce the E-Nutribun. It can be recalled that Mila’s Bakeshop and Canteen, and VFM Food Products, SETUP-assisted firms in Ifugao and Apayao, respectively, also adopted the production of E-Nutribun.
The E-nutribun is a bread made specially to help growing Filipino children get the nutrients they need. The squash variant is rich in fiber, energy, protein, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamin A and also has no trans-fat, cholesterol, artificial flavor, or food coloring.
This product is one of those currently being used by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its feeding programs. Further, the DSWD in a 2020 circular, encouraged local government units (LGU) to use DOST-FNRI-developed products along with healthy and nutritious family food packs and sustainable food source during community quarantine.
Based on the DOST-FNRI’s Rapid Nutrition Assessment Survey conducted between November and December in 2020, only 11.9 percent of children aged 12 and below have participated in supplemental feeding programs — which was lower compared with the 21.6-percent participation of the targeted beneficiaries based on FNRI’s Expanded National Nutrition Survey.
DOST-CAR, through its Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program aims to enhance the productivity of micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) from various sectors such as food processing at the same time to ensure the application of science-based processes and technological innovations through technical assistance. With this, DOST-CAR calls on entrepreneurs to continue working together in view not only of the economic opportunities for technology adoptors but also to spur livelihood opportunities for local vegetable farmers in the production and marketing of the E-Nutribun.
To date, there are 80 licensed adoptors of E-Nutribun across the country since it was launched in July last year.// Christian Robert Sandoval
18 June 2021
La Trinidad, Benguet –As part of the government’s efforts in strengthening postharvest handling and delivery of highland crops, the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) in partnership with the DOST- Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) and the Benguet Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) has jumpstarted a project on packaging technology and logistics to upgrade the Benguet Cold Chain (BCC) facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.
The joint project, which kicked-off on May 1, 2021, will involve technology transfer through the provision of PhP8.2M worth of equipment as well as appropriate capability-building activities for the processing facility’s personnel. An operational packaging line at the BCC will serve to effectively package fresh and semi-processed (i.e. pre-cut, washed, ready-to-cook) agricultural products such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, bell pepper, carrots, and strawberry. For their part, the Benguet PLGU has allotted P8.15M for building renovations to foster adjustments through the project.
Known as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines, the province of Benguet boasts of being the top producer of fresh semi-temperate vegetables. Upland farmers have constantly faced the challenges of income loss due to farm-to-market issues such as improper handling, packaging and transport of these perishable goods, not to mention the lack of postharvest storage facilities.
The project, through the DOST’s Smart Food Value Chain Program for the New Normal, is targeted to be operational by November this year. Through this S&T intervention, it is expected that the shelf life of the farmers' produce shall be extended, postharvest losses of crops minimized, and income of upland farmers consequently increased.
This collaborative project is being implemented to empower farmers and agricultural workers in the community with more adaptive and inclusive science, technology and innovation programs for the benefit of the people of Cordillera.// Christian Sandoval