20 August 2021
Tabuk City, Kalinga— The tripartite partnership between DOST-CAR, DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) and the Kalinga State University (KSU) for the newly-established Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation Laboratory (AMERIAL) in CAR has provided opportunities for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to explore technological advancements in enhancing their products, service and operations.
This was the testament shared during the program orientation and ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for beneficiaries of the AMERIAL held on August 18, 2021.
In her message, Regional Director Nancy Bantog underscored the benefits of the initiative especially for the stakeholders in the locality. “This is the fruit of the advocacy of KSU and DOST in promoting technologies through our research and development efforts,” she said.
The AMERIAL is envisioned to provide technological upgrades such as automation of irrigation system for farms and even micro hydro power plants in Kalinga. Currently, 21 beneficiaries are enrolled in the first batch of the program. A Forum on Water Technologies among stakeholders was held to further equip the beneficiaries towards adopting innovative solutions for their enterprises and the communities at large.
It can be recalled that DOST-CAR, DOST-MIRDC and KSU formally launched the AMERIAL on July 6, 2021, establishing the local AMERIAL team and making it the second university in the country as an extension of the DOST-MIRDC.
In support of the development of the local metals and engineering industries, DOST continues to ensure that science works for the people of Cordillera by providing opportunities to cope with the fast-paced technological developments through the AMERIAL.
FORGING TIES. Beneficiaries of the DOST-AMERIAL project at the Kalinga State University (KSU) in Tabuk City, Kalinga together with officials and personnel of DOST-CAR, DOST-MIRDC, and KSU during the ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement on August 18, 2021.
09 August 2021
Baguio City—In a bid to address water shortage and minimize flooding in the city, a project to develop an artificial groundwater recharge facility for the replenishment of aquifers has been launched by the DOST-CAR, Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baguio City and the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-ERDB) today.
(Seated, 2nd from left) Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, (seated, 5th from left) DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, (seated 9th from left) WWRRDEC Center Head Helen Maddumba and (seated, 3rd from right) Baguio City Administrator Engr. Bonifacio de la Peña lead the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the project proponents at the Baguio City Hall on August 9, 2021.
The project, which is one of the components of the “Program Boondock: A Mountain Engineering Center Towards Sustainable Infrastructure and Upland Water Security”, will have a total funding of P10 million, of which P7.5 million will come from the DOST Science for Change Program (S4CP) Niche Centers in the Regions (NICER) for Research and Development and P2.5M from LGU Baguio City as counterpart. For its part, DOST-CAR, in close coordination with the Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC)—one of the Research Centers of the DENR-ERDB—shall extend technical assistance and conduct related activities for the efficient implementation and improvement of the project.
With this, the project is seen not only to impact the state of R&D in addressing natural calamities in the region, but also in protecting the lives, livelihoods and natural resources in the Cordilleras as well recognizing the pivotal role of water on regional socio-economic development and environmental preservation. //
03 August 2021
“We should be proud of where we came from.”
This was from thirteen-year old Sharmaine Balachawe, one of the youngest participants of the Cordillera Weaving Industry Summit which was held from July 26 to 30, 2021. Hailing from Ifugao and whose family makes a living through weaving, she echoed their appreciation for the capacity-building activity while sharing her sentiments on the importance of weaving.
“This is for our love and pride of our culture and identity,” she said in her live testimonial during the summit’s closing ceremonies.
Budding weaving enthusiasts such as Balachawe were among the sixty participants from weaving communities in the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao and Kalinga during the summit organized by the DOST-CAR, together with partner-agencies. Notably, most of the participants in Abra and Ifugao were schoolchildren and teenagers who complemented the presence of seasoned practitioners such as adults and elders in further honing their skills in the craft.
Cordilleran weaving artisans and designers, young and old alike took the opportunity to learn basic handloom weaving in the week-long hands-on training session, in line with the 34th Cordillera Month celebrations. The simultaneous face-to-face and virtual training on basic handloom weaving for local weavers highlighted the event, which put on full display the creativity and skills of the participants.
Experts from the DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) and PTRI-trained weavers were on hand to virtually and physically guide the weaver groups in different venues in their respective provinces throughout the workshop.
As part of the culminating activity, instead of plainly presenting their woven fabric creations, the participants gamely highlighted their work with a twist of the local culture from chanting to dancing to the beat of gongs.
The summit was organized by the Cordillera Weaving Industry Council, which is the recognized body to implement the 2020-2028 Cordillera Weaving Industry Development Plan (CWIDP) lead by DOST-CAR and composed of the following CAR offices: Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Watershed and Water Resources Research Development and Extension Center (WWRRDDEC), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA), Intellectual Property Satellite Office Philippines (IPOPHIL), Department of Agriculture (DA), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT); higher educational institutions and weaver groups across the region.
Recognizing the need to preserve the Cordilleran weaving tradition for posterity, DOST-CAR continues to work together with partner agencies, Local Government Units (LGU), weaver groups and other stakeholders of the weaving sector through provision of responsive Science, Technology and Innovation initiatives for the benefit of the people.//Christian Robert M. Sandoval
WEAVING CORDILLERA CULTURE. The proud highland weaving tradition was the centerpiece of the week-long Cordillera Weaving Industry Summit held face-to-face and virtually in simultaneous locations across the region, where local weavers, including young enthusiasts, showcased their woven fabric creations through cultural performances (photo below) as seen in one such gathering in Benguet.