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
26 July 2021
Baguio City – In a bid to harmonize and strengthen the weaving industry in the region as well as highlight the vital role of weavers in the community, the Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) together with partner agencies has launched the Cordillera Weaving Industry Development Plan (CWIDP) on July 26, 2021.
“It is a blueprint to all stakeholders in the weaving industry to capitalize on the strengths and opportunities within and outside the region while proactively dealing on the internal and external challenges to expand the industry’s share for the socio-economic development for the region,” DOST-CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog said in her message. “The CWIDP converges both the governments and private sector’s initiatives towards a competitive and sustainable weaving industry.”
The CWIDP 2020-2028 envisions a Cordillera-inspired, creative, and vibrant weaving industry that is sustainable, resilient, and globally competitive, advanced by a community of artisans and entrepreneurs for the benefit of the Cordillera people.
In his message, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña congratulated and gave his full support to all the stakeholders in the weaving sector. “May our partnership with key agencies and lead institutions guide the region towards a competitive and sustainable weaving industry for the benefit of the community.” He added: “This is a testament that through Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), we can improve the lives of our people.” The organized Cordillera Weaving Industry Council is the recognized body to implement CWIDP.
During the launching, a press conference was also held with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-CAR) and local media with stakeholders from across the region such as the academe, line agencies (Department of Trade and Industry-CAR, National Economic Development Authority-CAR), Local Government Units (LGUs) and weaver groups (West Quirino Hill Women’s Organization, Share Weavers Association, The Conquerors Assoc. of Middle Quirino Hill, D’ Dreamers Association, Bloom Weavers Association, Agape Weavers Association, Blessed Hope Association, Ubob-on Di Babae ed Cypress Irisan, Kulibangbang Weavers, Highland Women Multi-purpose Cooperative, and Weaving Arts and Crafts of Tublay).
As chair of the Cordillera Weaving Industry Council (CWIC), DOST-CAR has organized the Cordillera Weaving Industry Summit from July 26-30, 2021, in time with the 34th Cordillera Month celebrations. Activities will include face-to-face and virtual webinars, trainings and workshops for local weavers on topics such as contemporary fashion trends and basic handloom as well as marketing trends and opportunities in traditional and digital platforms. Different weaver groups from Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province joined via live webcast of the events. //Christian Robert M. Sandoval
FOR THE FUTURE OF CORDILLERA WEAVING. DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog (center, in red) leads the launching of the Cordillera Weaving Industry Development Plan (CWIDP) 2020-2028 along with DTI-CAR OIC-Regional Director Juliet Lucas, representatives of partner-agencies, weaver groups and other stakeholders on July 26, 2021 at the Paragon Hotel and Suites in Baguio City.
13 July 2021
Tabuk City, Kalinga—DOST-CAR and the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Kalinga State University (KSU) for the establishment of the first Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation Laboratory (AMERIAL) in CAR on July 6, 2021.
In her message, Regional Director Nancy Bantog stressed that the project will help bring about Industry 4.0 in the Cordilleras that will enable micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their capabilities in the metals and engineering industries.
The industrial automation laboratory will support the technological advancement, workforce improvement, and competitiveness of the local metals and engineering industries with the conduct of research and development activities related to mechatronics and automation in order to improve the products, services, and operations of Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) cooperators and MSMEs.
At KSU, which is the second university in the country that has partnered with DOST for the local AMERIAL team as an extension of DOST-MIRDC, technical consultancy will be readily available for MSMEs, from assessment to proposed solutions to implementation needed for the mechatronics, robotics, industrial automation of their firms or farms.
Going beyond implementing STI programs for inclusive development, DOST continues to ensure that science works for the people of Cordillera by enjoining entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities to cope with the fast-paced technological developments through the AMERIAL.//Christian Robert M. Sandoval
FORGING TIES. (On screen) DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog and DOST-MIRDC Executive Director Robert Dizon with (3rd from left) PSTC-Kalinga Director Jasmin Donaal, KSU President Eduardo Bagtang and members of the KSU local AMERIAL team during the ceremonial signing on July 6, 2021.