02 August 2021
DOST-CAR proudly announces the nine (9) students from CAR who are among the qualifiers of the DOST-Science Education Institute’s (SEI) 2020 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Program: 1 from Apayao, 6 from Baguio City, 1 from Ifugao and 1 from Mountain Province.
The following are the qualifiers under each program:
RA 7687 program:
Mike Kim B. Leoag, Sheena Rain B. Madrid, Harvey L. Sapigao
Jan Onin M. Martinez, Jaydee Mae D. Yogyog
RA 10612 program:
Joshua Nico V. Bati, Dale Andre M. Dicang, Noellen W. Lao-e, Keana Rose G. Pacada
The JLSS program is one of the DOST undergraduate scholarship programs for 3rd year college students, currently enrolled in priority S&T courses in accredited universities. This program covers three (3) types of scholarship namely RA 7687, Merit and RA 10612. The first provides scholarships to talented and deserving students whose families’ socio-economic status does not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators. Qualifiers must pursue priority fields of study in the basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics teaching. Meanwhile, the Merit scholarship program is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and are willing to pursue careers in the field of science and technology. The RA 10612 aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast-tracking graduates in science, mathematics and engineering who shall teach science and mathematics in secondary schools throughout the country.
The schedule of orientation will be informed to the qualifiers the soonest possible time.
Meanwhile, 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 years. Specifically, benefits include P40,000.00 tuition fee per Academic Year; P10,000 book allowance per academic year, and P7,000 monthly stipend; and P10,000.00 thesis allowance. However, scholars must maintain good academic standing to enjoy the said benefits.
30 July 2021
HIGHLAND COMMUNICATION WITHIN REACH. DOST-CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog and Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Dr. Pepita Picpican during the ceremonial turnover of the REACH project, which was simultaneously held in Bontoc, Mt. Province and webcast live at the other provinces in the region on July 30, 2021.
Bontoc, Mountain Province—With the aim to enhance the communications network for early warning and monitoring of hazards and incidents in the Cordilleras, DOST-CAR has conducted the ceremonial turnover of the pilot project in Mountain Province and launching of projects in Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, and Kalinga of the Radio Network Establishment for All-weather Communications in the Highlands (REACH) Project on July 30, 2021.
“With this project, we hope that in the coming years no one will be beyond reach,” said DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog in her message during the event, which was held in time for the National Disaster Resilience Month celebrations.
“We recognize that with our region’s mountainous terrain and geographic characteristics, there is an apparent need for the establishment of alternative means of communication to serve as backup of existing communication systems, thus this Very High Frequency (VHF) project” Dr. Bantog added.
The REACH project is a collaborative project of the DOST-CAR and the respective Provincial Local Government Units (LGU) in CAR for the establishment of provincial radio communications network for early warning and hazard and incident monitoring. The project highlights the significance of radio communication networks as a component of a sound early warning system for emergencies and in the operation of the local DRRM councils. With sufficient inputs from the successful pilot project in Mountain Province in 2020, the REACH will be subsequently operational in the whole of the region.
DOST-CAR, as Vice-Chair for Cordillera Regional Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, continues to ensure that science works for the people towards building a healthier, more resilient and safer Cordillera through the establishment of this science-based tool for disaster prevention and mitigation in the regional, provincial, municipal and citywide levels. // Christian Robert M. Sandoval
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30 July 2021
DOST’s Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) program, which is the agency’s answer to the call to support returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, has culminated with the provision of livelihood assistance to 6 OFW returnees from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Abra (1), Benguet (2), Ifugao (2) and Mountain Province (1).
In her message during the iFWD virtual concluding ceremony on July 30, 2021, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog congratulated the OFW returnees enrolled in the program while assuring them support. “We will continue to work hard—and work together—to advance the entrepreneurial initiatives of our modern-day heroes,” she said.
According to her, iFWD provides opportunities for OFW returnees to be mainstreamed in the economic machinery of the government through technology-based enterprises in different sectors such as the food processing, furniture, gifts, houseware and décor, agriculture, marine and aquatic resources, metals and engineering, health and pharmaceutical products, ICT and electronics and S&T Consultancy Services.
Having completed the Phase 1 (capability-building), where the firms were guided on how to establish and maintain their business, the 28 graduates will now be provided the innovation-Enabling Fund (iFund) for entrepreneurship. This is Phase 2 of the program that includes the provision of technical training, product development and market testing, operational consultancy services, packaging and labeling design and equipment acquisition. Likewise, the DOST’s e-commerce OneSTore hub, will also be tapped to promote and sell their products online.
Meanwhile, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Engr. Sancho Mabborang, including officials from the regional offices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in regions CAR, 9, 10 and 11 and from the Entrepinoy Volunteers Foundation, Inc., shared their appreciation to the OFW returnees in their respective messages. They appreciated the OWF returnees for engaging in the entrepreneurial spirit for the benefit of their families, communities and country through the iFWD. The DOST officials likewise reiterated commitment for institutional support for this new journey. // Christian Robert M. Sandoval
29 July 2021
Baguio City – Two firms assisted by the DOST-CAR through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP are among the winners of the 2021 Regional Productivity Olympics of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-CAR, which was announced on July 28, 2021.
Palayen Farms in Mountain Province and The Health 100 Restoreant in Baguio City were recognized in the micro-agribusiness category and medium-service category, respectively as winners in the Productivity Olympics. This is a national competition on best practices on survival and resiliency in the new normal of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) nationwide
This year, five (5) micro, three (3) small, and two (2) medium enterprises from the Cordillera region were nominated in the competition, which highlights establishments that have demonstrated resilience and overcame difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to reach their targets, sustain growth, while preserving jobs. Rallying behind its theme “Bounce Back Better”, the 2021 Productivity Olympics is also a confidence-building strategy for MSMEs who are still reeling from the impacts of the pandemic.
RB-CAR’s regional winners will be endorsed to the National Screening Committee for the selection of national finalists who will advance to the final selection level, the National Judging Panel.
Palayen Farms, which is owned and managed by Jovito Palayen and located in Tiking, Monamon Sur, Bauko, Mt. Province, has been a SETUP cooperator since 2016. As a result of the technical assistance and provision of equipment on the drip irrigation system, the farm’s production increased by 45% and gross sales by 42%, with two (2) additional market outlets and four (4) additional employees hired.
Meanwhile, Health 100 Restoreant, which is owned and managed by Elmer Macalingay and located in Magsaysay, Baguio City has been enrolled in the SETUP since 2014 and is currently on its 2nd phase of the DOST program. With support through the provision of technical consultancy services under the DOST-Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program and equipment upgrades, the firm has increased its gross sales by 30% and has expanded into three (3) market outlets. Even with government support however, it is important to note that this recognition is highly credited to the innovation and resiliency of both firms ensuring that their respective businesses will survive the pandemic.
For its part, DOST-CAR continues to ensure that science works for the people of the Cordilleras through the implementation of responsive science, technology, and innovation (STI) programs to achieve productivity and quality excellence. // Christian Robert Sandoval