(Back row,L-R:) PSTC-Benguet Director Sheila Marie Singa-Claver, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, Engr. Ricardo Tacio, Jr. (representing Benguet Caretaker Congressman Eric Yap), Kibungan Mayor Hon. Cesar Molitas, with representatives of the beneficiary-groups (front row) Kibungan Arabica Coffee Growers' Multi-purpose Cooperative, Badeo Arabaica Coffee Growers Organization and Tacadang Organic Coffee Growers Association. To view more pictures click here:
22 February 2021
The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) rolled out the first Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) project in Benguet during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kibungan and the three (3) beneficiaries under the livelihood component namely, Kibungan Arabica Coffee Growers' Multi-purpose Cooperative (KACGMPC), Tacadang Organic Coffee Growers Association (TOCGA), and Badeo Arabica Coffee Growers Organization (BACGO) last February 19, 2021.
With the CEST program, DOST-CAR empowers and improves the standard of living of beneficiary-communities in the region through holistic S&T interventions. It aims to provide S&T assistance to vulnerable communities in the country through five (5) entry points namely (1) economic development, (2) health and nutrition, (3) human resource development, (4) environmental protection and conservation, and (5) disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Priority areas include Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) that are physically and socio-economically separated from the mainstream society to include islands, upland, lowland and landlocked areas.
For this particular project, DOST-CAR will provide common service facilities for the rice processing, muscovado processing and coffee processing in barangays Tacadang, Badeo and Poblacion, Kibungan, respectively. These will eventually help in the communities’ livelihood which is likewise expected to impact the whole municipality.
Furthermore, DOST-CAR will organize livelihood trainings; provide the STARBOOKS Digital Library to barangays Badeo, Lubo, Palina, Poblacion and Sagpat; provide ceramic water filter to barangay Tacadang; and strengthen the Disaster Risk Reduction & Disaster Risk Management of LGU-Kibungan by providing appropriate communications system.
In her speech during the ceremony, DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, acknowledged the desire and efforts of the community to improve their industries while assuring DOST-CAR’s unabated support to the LGU and beneficiaries of the project.
Meanwhile, Benguet Caretaker Congressman Eric Yap in his message delivered by Engr. Ricardo Tacio, Jr. conveyed his confidence that the implementation of the project will be smooth given all stakeholders’ ability to develop the project and even exceed its objectives.
During his acceptance message, Kibungan Mayor, Hon. Cesar Molitas encouraged his constituents to be more productive as he extended his appreciation to the DOST-CAR for being the first recipient of the CEST project in the province.
DOST-CAR, through the CEST program, envisions building more active, sustainable and more resilient communities through the implementation of responsive science, technology and innovation programs. //CRS
10 February 2021
La Trinidad, Benguet – Pledging to work together in an undertaking to benefit displaced workers, including agricultural entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) signed a tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR) on January 28, 2021. This convergence is part of the agencies’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect to agripreneurs and OFWs in the region.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, DA-CAR Regional Director Cameron Odsey and DTI-CAR Myrna Pablo signed the agreement with top officials from the agencies as witnesses to this initiative.
The partnership will provide technology-driven, resource-based livelihood activities and business opportunities to address the needs of the affected sectors. Likewise, a series of collaborative initiatives such as trainings, technology transfers and online marketing campaigns will mark its implementation.
Under the agreement, DOST-CAR, which is assigned to direct and coordinate S&T-related efforts in the development of programs and policies, will activate the iFWD PH (Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines) to encourage OFW returnees to venture into technology-based enterprises.
Moreover, DOST-CAR will also promote the smart food value chain program for food security and tap the support of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).
For its part, DA-CAR will ensure the sustainable livelihood of agri-based workers through goods, services, infrastructures and institutions and encourage OFW returnees to pursue agri-based businesses.
On the other hand, DTI-CAR is expected to provide technical, financial and marketing support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and link them with the markets in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors for a more comprehensive approach, support OFW returnees through business start-up financing and enhance e-commerce platforms in the region.
DOST, together with the concerned agencies, will continue exploring possibilities and uplift the lives of the people.//CRS
Published on: February 01, 2021
La Trinidad, Benguet – Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) launched its very first “Dad-at di DOST Scholar (A Scholar’s Story)”, a virtual story-telling initiative that aims to promote the impact of the DOST’s scholarship program. The program also seeks to increase public awareness of the scholarship program through social media and highlight how graduate-scholars were able to cope with challenges during their scholarship years. Through the new platform, the DOST-CAR hopes to encourage scholars, aspiring scholars and all learners in overcoming their own academic challenges.
“Dad-at”, which is a Kankana-ey term for “a story”, is a type of an Indigenous Knowledge System and Practice (IKSP) wherein stories are chanted by one person who knows the Dad-at, to either entertain or inform.
This activity marks a milestone for DOST-CAR as it is a complement to existing science education promotion strategies and will hopefully contribute towards improving the science culture in CAR. In 2015, our country had 270 R&D personnel per million population compared to UNESCO’s standard of 380 R&D per million. Through the DOST scholarship programs, it is hoped that the pool of scientists and engineers in the country shall increase.
DOST-CAR has been advocating scholarship programs through the years down to the grassroots by conducting scholarship caravans to different schools in the region aside from promoting these through radio, print and social media. Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, physical gathering has been a challenge such that the use of virtual platforms has been maximized.
In the official launch, Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, DOST-CAR Regional Director, encouraged scholar-graduates to continue the advocacy on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the country’s socio-economic progress.
“We want to boost the self-esteem of students, encourage and inspire our scholars towards winning the battle against college life challenges,” added Dr. Bantog.
First off in the online series, Janisse Gas-ib, a former DOST scholar who graduated as Cum Laude, BSE in Mathematics at Saint Louis University, Baguio City, detailed DOST’s support in her journey as a scholar and in her subsequent career. She is also currently taking up a doctorate through the DOST’s Capacity Building Program for Math and Science Education scholarship.
“We should not stop learning, we must keep going,” Ms. Gas-ib told participants during the live virtual session, when asked what advice she had for the youth especially during the pandemic.
This project shall feature a scholar-graduate every month up to December 2021 and will be posted live on DOST-CAR’s official FB page (https://www.facebook.com/dostcar.gov.ph) and website, www.car.dost.gov.ph.//CRS