Participants, composed of members of associations and cooperatives in Benguet and Baguio City with the DOST-Provincial S&T Center-Benguet team lead by Provincial S&T Director Dr. Sheila Marie Singa-Claver (top, right), pose for a photo-op with their baked goodies during the training on food processing held from May 25-28, 2021 at the PSTC-Benguet Conference Hall, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City.
28 May 2021
Baguio City – As part of this year’s Science for the People (SFTP) Caravan in the province of Benguet and Baguio City, the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR), through the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC)-Benguet, held livelihood trainings on food processing for start-up Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the use of the DOST-Food Innovation Center (FIC) technologies and services from May 25 to 28, 2021.
In her keynote message, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog acknowledged the strong partnership between DOST-CAR and MSMEs in advancing food processing in the region, especially to the benefit of local entrepreneurs. “Innovation spells the difference for the food MSMEs to compete in the local and global markets,” she said.
Meanwhile, Provincial S&T Director for Benguet Sheila Marie Singa-Claver encouraged the participants, majority of whom are members of associations/cooperatives in Benguet and Baguio City to take advantage of the FIC to develop new products and remain competitive in the market in as much as the FIC is readily accessible.
The FIC-CAR, which was established in La Trinidad, Benguet on April 2018 in partnership with the Benguet State University (BSU), is a hub for innovation, research and development that provides researchers and local food processors the capacity to enhance foods and delicacies and produce new ones. Among the equipment available in the center are: vacuum fryer, freeze dryer, spray dryer and water retort machine.
DOST-CAR-FIC Project Staff Emmanuel Quiñones and BSU-FIC Researcher Dr. Jao-Jao Somayden discussed during a Techno-Forum on May 25 technical requirements and processes for individuals and firms who may avail of the different FIC services and technologies. Further, Dr. Somayden showcased the freeze-dried fruits and herbs as local alternative flavors for ice cream, based on a recently-concluded study funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).
Likewise, MSMEs learned the basic principles and best practices of baking bread and pastry products and making noodles infused with fruits and vegetables (most of which were processed with the use of the FIC equipment) in a three-day (May 26-28) hands-on training lead by Jocelyn Villanueva and Rene Antonio Garcia, both owners of Baguio-based bakeries (Johec’s Cakes and Cupcakes and OMG Sweets Bakery, respectively). DOST-initiated livelihood trainings such as these give MSMEs, especially startups the opportunity not only to generate income especially during the pandemic but also to produce nutritious food for the community.
DOST-CAR notes the significance of the annual provincial SFTP Caravan and has employed the hybrid on-site and virtual modality to maximize the involvement of MSMEs in the whole of CAR while bringing science, technology and innovation closer to the grassroots. For more photos, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aUD-6zsATBChZoqfo1xuZpOF1nCtX9zN?usp=sharing //Christian Robert M. Sandoval
(Center, front row) DOST-CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog and (2nd from right, front row) DOST-Benguet Provincial Director Dr. Sheila Marie Singa-Claver together with Day 1 Resource Speakers and local weavers (back row)
22 May 2021
Baguio City –The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR), through the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC)-Benguet, together with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baguio, through the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO), conducted a two-day capacity-building activity on May 19-20, 2021, in line with upgrading the local Loom Weaving industry through Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).
In her keynote message, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog encouraged the attendees—composed of local weaver groups—to keep on innovating with science and culture. “For every thread of effort for innovation, when woven in unity and beauty, it will surely produce a fabric of competitive, sustainable and inclusive growth,” she said.
Recognizing the niche weaving industry in the Cordilleras, DOST-CAR, as Chair of the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) pushed for the creation of the Cordillera Weaving Industry Council as part of the strategy in the Cordillera Weaving Industry Development Plan (CWIDP) 2020-2028, a regional policy that envisions a creative, vibrant, sustainable and globally-competitive weaving industry advanced by a community of artisans and entrepreneurs for the benefit of the Cordillera people.
Likewise, it can be recalled that Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Dr. Bantog signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on March 10, 2021, of which DOST-CAR, through the PSTC-Benguet, and the Baguio City Local LGU will provide appropriate equipment for loom weaving as well as the implementation of capacity-building programs to develop new loom weaving products and designs in the locality. This collaborative project is a result of the initiative of Mayor Magalong and his desire to improve the loom weaving industry in as much as Baguio is also a Creative City.
Provincial S&T Director for Benguet Dr. Sheila Marie Singa-Claver echoed the establishment of Common Service Facilities (in Middle Quirino Hill and Cypress Irisan) for loom weavers and the Botanical Garden in Baguio City as a loom weaving showcase and marketing center where loom weaving products will be put on display to the public—for tourists and residents alike, all targeted to be operational within the year, especially after the pandemic.
Key resource speakers on Day 1 included Benguet State University-Department of Social Sciences Dean Stanley Anongos, who elaborated on Cultural Appropriation and the responsibility of designers to protect cultural meanings and beliefs behind ethnic designs when woven cloth are used for fashion; and Bayo Foundation Owner Anna Lagon facilitated a workshop with the loom weavers on Purposeful Design, giving the artisans advice on improving their craft.
On Day 2, renowned Inabel Fashion Designer Harvic Dominguez shared his insights and experiences in creating his own brand of clothing during the Training on Basic Fashion Design, together with event designers Charmaine Joy Guzman and Chai Ramos who discussed and demonstrated fashion design and marketing techniques to the participants.
Also present were former Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer Marie Venus Tan, CSWDO Head Betty Fang-asan, and Baguio City LGU Executive Assistant Marlene de Castro (representing Mayor Magalong) who reiterated fruitful partnership with DOST-CAR and local weaving groups: D' Dreamers Association of East Quirino Hill, The Conquerors Assoc. of Middle Quirino Hill, Inc., West Quirino Hill Women's Organization, Share Weaver Assoc. in Irisan, Bloom Weavers Assoc., Agape Weavers Assoc., and Blessed Hope Assoc.
DOST-CAR notes that these STI initiatives among stakeholders will continue to offer avenues on sustainable livelihood and promote possible partnerships among businesses, thus enhancing the weaving industry in the city and neighboring Cordillera towns.// For photos, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hghYgYTY3fJmvL6SlXyGkHd18w9McJFc?usp=sharing// Christian Robert M. Sandoval
21 May 2021
The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has recently approved 23 RA 7687 and one (1) RA 10612 graduate scholars under the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) from the Cordillera Administrative Region to be deployed in the region this year as Teacher I or Special Science Teacher I. One (1) RA 7687 graduate scholar will be deployed in Abra, three (3) in Apayao, three (3) in Baguio City, 13 in Benguet, three (3) in Kalinga; and one (1) RA 10612 graduate scholar will be deployed in Apayao.
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 10612, RA 7687 and Merit. The RA 10612 aims to strengthen the country’s science and technology education by fast-tracking graduates in the sciences, mathematics and engineering who shall teach science and mathematics in secondary schools throughout the country.
Graduates of RA 10612 have to teach in senior high schools as their service obligation. These graduates are given priority for job placement to teach in Department of Education (DepEd) senior high schools in their home province as Special Science Teacher I under a provisional status. Moreover, they must have to pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) within the first five (5) years if they opt to continue teaching in DepEd after completion of their service obligation. Meanwhile, graduates of the RA 7687 and Merit under this program are also accommodated as Teacher I in Junior High School but they must have passed the LET.
Meanwhile, undergraduate scholarship program for 1st year college students are the RA 7687 and Merit Scholarship Program. RA 7687 or the “Science and Technology Act of 1994” provides for scholarships to talented and deserving students whose families’ socio-economic status do not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators. The Merit Scholarship, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and are willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.
12 May 2021
La Trinidad, Benguet –The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) program is the agency’s answer to the call to support returning OFWs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOST-CAR, under the leadership of Regional Director Nancy Bantog, provides innovation support and opportunities for pandemic-affected OFWs in order for them to establish technology-based enterprises right at the comfort of their home provinces.
“This is our response to the challenges faced by OFWs who were affected by the pandemic,” said Dir. Bantog in a statement. “We will continue to work hard—and work together—to advance the livelihood of our modern-day heroes,” she added.
It can be recalled that on 29 May 2020, DOST launched the said project on a live virtual presser through the DOST-Philippines Facebook page.
The first project under the iFWD PH program in CAR was launched on May 11, 2021 in Luna, Apayao with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the Hachloley Caluducan Curtains and Beddings, managed by former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Mrs. Joanna Marie Caluducan, to enhance and market curtains and beddings accented with woven fabrics of the yApayaos.
Having completed the Phase 1 (capability-building), where the firm was guided on how to establish and maintain their business, Hachloley Caluducan Curtains and Beddings 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.
For CY 2021, there are a total of 8 applicants for the program from the region, with one (1) each from Abra, Apayao, Kalinga and Mt. Province; and two (2) each from Benguet and Ifugao. All these firms are currently undergoing a Training on Business Core Development to prepare them for jumpstarting their respective businesses.//Christian Robert Sandoval