The Cordillera Administrative Region was surrounded by vast, misty, and mossy forests. However, the increase in population and households as well as private companies’ expansion of operations has greatly affected the region’s forest cover. Consequently, it has compromised air quality and water resources in CAR which serve as a watershed hub of the entire Luzon.
As aligned to the objectives of the National Greening program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Science and Technology - Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) has adopted a communal forest in Shilan, La Trinidad, Benguet to help revive its mossy and natural freshness as well as to do its part in rejuvenating the environment.
Last year, a two (2) hectare communal forest overlooking the whole La Trinidad Valley was planted with 150 Callandra and Pine Trees. Coffee seedlings were also planted to make it more beneficial to the community, since coffee production is among the existing industries in CAR over the decades.
‘Til the last leaf survives
Tree planting may be a common activity, but it is also a long-term commitment to the environment and society. It cannot end by merely digging the soil and burying the roots, rather it is continuous until the seedlings have grown into trees, bearing their own fruits and cherries.
The DOST-CAR staff, together with a representative from the DENR-CAR, Forester Jonard Dio-as, conducted the monitoring and weeding in its adopted communal forest on March 13, 2020. This is to ensure that the seedlings planted are surviving.
With this, it was noted that 90% of the seedlings have survived and expected to be more robust come rainy season. Mr. Dio-as further recommends that planting activity will be done during rainy season to save the seedlings from drought.
As the DOST-CAR planned to adopt more communal forests and plant more trees this year, it will continue to monitor its area in Shilan to ensure that the seedlings will survive.//FAA
La Trinidad, Benguet -- The Department of Science and Technology- Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) through the DOST-Cordillera Administrative Region opens its online application for the 2020 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) program for regular second year college students or incoming third year college.
Qualifiers to the program will enjoy various scholarship benefits, such as tuition and other school fees, book allowance, and monthly living allowance for two to three year specifically, benefits include PhP40,000.00 tuition fee per Academic Year; PhP10,000 book allowance per academic year, and PhP7,000 monthly stipend; and PhP10,000.00 thesis allowance. However, scholars must maintain good academic standing to enjoy the said benefits.
The deadline of the online application will be on April 30, 2020 while the qualifying examination will be held on June 7, 2020. Meanwhile, applicants should be natural-born Filipino Citizen, poor, talented, and deserving student whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set values of certain indicators, a regular 2nd year college student in an identified priority S&T program for the 2nd semester of AY 2019-2020 with a general weighted average (GWA) of at least 83%, must be a resident of the municipality for the last four years as attested by the barangay chairman, has good moral character.
Interested applicants are encouraged to secure and file their application ONLINE at http://bit.do/fAndb or at https://www.science-scholarships.ph/jlss_app/#/register.
Application requirements are the following: (1) Official Transcript of Records or Certified True Copy of Grades; One recent (1”x1”) picture; (3) Birth certificate; (4) Any document showing the DepEd Learner Reference Number; (5) 2019 Income Tax Return/ W2/ Employment Contract for OFW/ BIR Certificate of Exemption for filing of ITS/ Municipal or Barangay Certificate of Indigency; (6) Affidavit of guardianship (if with legal guardian).
The JLSS is among the DOST-SEI’s scholarship programs for regular third year students that aims to increase the number of S&T workers that will help boost knowledge creation and economic productivity in the country.
For details, you may visit http://www.sei.dost.gov.ph/ or you may call us at (074) 422-0979 or 09079132231.//FAA
La Trinidad, Benguet -- The Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) granted more than PhP9.2 Million to upgrade twelve (!2) firms in Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet and Apayao through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) after the Memoranda of Agreement were signed recently.
From the twelve business firms, three (3) are from Ifugao province namely Butoeg Enterprises from Alfonso Lista, and JMD Farm and Glorietta’s Sewing Shop, both from the municipality of Lamut.
Further, there are (4) four from Mountain Province namely Pilcorp Construction Services in Bauko, Chamtong Printing Services in Sabangan, Sagada Homemade Whole Wheat Bread House in Sagada, and Ebays Lodging also from Sagada.
More than PhP3 Million will also fund the upgrading of three (3) firms in Baguio-Benguet and two (2) firms in Apayao. The firms are Grae’s Souvenir Trading in Sablan, and Chilli Queens and You’re Invited Desktop Publishing and General Merchandise in Baguio City; and the Oandasan Poultry Farms and Moontreats Food Products in Apayao.
The fund assistance will be used to acquire additional machineries in order to increase the production and enhance product quality of the firms. Aside from financial assistance, the DOST-CAR through its provincial offices will also provide technical services like Packaging and Labeling of products, laboratory analyses for food businesses, and technical consultancies in order to ensure safety of products being produced.
SETUP is a nationwide strategy that encourages and assists the micro, small and medium enterprises to adopt technological innovations that will help them increase their productivity and competitiveness as these MSMEs are recognized as substantial contributors to spur inclusive growth and economic development of the country.
The program focuses on MSMEs belonging to food processing, metals and engineering, furniture, agriculture, gifts, decors and handicrafts, health and wellness products, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Halal products and services, and other regional industry priorities.//FAA
The SEARCH, an abbreviation for Systematic Exploration of Available Research and Development Institutions (RDIs) in the Cordillera Highlands, is an information management system for research and development institutions in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The system aims to facilitate the management of information on researches, researchers, institutions, Intellectual Properties and patents, and R&D facilities in the region.
The Regional Research Development Innovation Committee through the DOST-CAR, conceptualized the development of the system and was launched by DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña in November 2019 during the RSTW in CAR celebration at Bontoc, Mountain Province.
As a follow through, the DOST-CAR facilitated a user's training on February 21, 2020 for the deployment and population of the said system.
The DOST-CAR Regional Director, Dr. Nancy A. Bantog said that the SEARCH will aid researchers as their reference to avoid duplication of researches and will serve as an enabling strategy for researchers to collaborate and to maximize resources/facilities that are available in other research institutions in the region.
Likewise, Dr. Jimmy Catanes of the Commision on Higher Education said this will aid for easier monitoring and strenghtening the research capabilities in the region.
Moreover, Engr. Nathaniel Vincent Lubrica of the University of the Cordilleras, and a member of RRDIC facilitated the crafting of SEARCH guidelines that will ensure an accreditation of worthy research resource database with quality and integrity.
DOST hopes that RDIs will populate the system for the successful realization of its uses.//cgd