31 August 2021
Recognizing the crucial role of proper packaging and label designs in boosting the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the local and international markets, DOST-CAR has conducted a forum with stakeholders in Kalinga and Mountain Province on August 26-27, 2021.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog led the event, which is in the run-up to the establishment of a regional Packaging Innovation Center (PIC) in La Trinidad, Benguet. Subsequently, beneficiaries composed of firms and organizations in the areas enrolled under the DOST-CAR’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Local Grants-In-Aid program were awarded short-run printing designs.
There were six beneficiaries in Bontoc, Mountain Province, namely: Munfiaron Kaleo Organization, Tingey Farmers Org., Nesmar Enterprise, Local Government Unit of Bauko, Betwagan Pewong Irrigators Association Inc., and Besao Organic Planters Assoc.; and 5 in Tabuk City, Kalinga on August 27, namely KALIPI-Malagnat, Kalinga State University, Bulanao Multipurpose Cooperative and Kalasag FIA.
DOST-CAR continues to support MSMEs and organizations in the Cordillera communities through the provision of world-class, innovative and sustainable packaging solutions as well trainings and technical and consultancy services.//
DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog and DOST-CAR officials together with the beneficiaries, composed of DOST-CAR SETUP- and LGIA-assisted firms and groups, during the forum on packaging and labeling services and awarding of short-run printing services in Bontoc, Mountain Province on August 26, 2021 (top photo) and Tabuk City, Kalinga on August 27, 2021 (bottom photo).
20 August 2021
Tabuk City, Kalinga— The tripartite partnership between DOST-CAR, DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) and the Kalinga State University (KSU) for the newly-established Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation Laboratory (AMERIAL) in CAR has provided opportunities for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to explore technological advancements in enhancing their products, service and operations.
This was the testament shared during the program orientation and ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for beneficiaries of the AMERIAL held on August 18, 2021.
In her message, Regional Director Nancy Bantog underscored the benefits of the initiative especially for the stakeholders in the locality. “This is the fruit of the advocacy of KSU and DOST in promoting technologies through our research and development efforts,” she said.
The AMERIAL is envisioned to provide technological upgrades such as automation of irrigation system for farms and even micro hydro power plants in Kalinga. Currently, 21 beneficiaries are enrolled in the first batch of the program. A Forum on Water Technologies among stakeholders was held to further equip the beneficiaries towards adopting innovative solutions for their enterprises and the communities at large.
It can be recalled that DOST-CAR, DOST-MIRDC and KSU formally launched the AMERIAL on July 6, 2021, establishing the local AMERIAL team and making it the second university in the country as an extension of the DOST-MIRDC.
In support of the development of the local metals and engineering industries, DOST continues to ensure that science works for the people of Cordillera by providing opportunities to cope with the fast-paced technological developments through the AMERIAL.
FORGING TIES. Beneficiaries of the DOST-AMERIAL project at the Kalinga State University (KSU) in Tabuk City, Kalinga together with officials and personnel of DOST-CAR, DOST-MIRDC, and KSU during the ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement on August 18, 2021.
09 August 2021
Baguio City—In a bid to address water shortage and minimize flooding in the city, a project to develop an artificial groundwater recharge facility for the replenishment of aquifers has been launched by the DOST-CAR, Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baguio City and the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-ERDB) today.
(Seated, 2nd from left) Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, (seated, 5th from left) DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, (seated 9th from left) WWRRDEC Center Head Helen Maddumba and (seated, 3rd from right) Baguio City Administrator Engr. Bonifacio de la Peña lead the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the project proponents at the Baguio City Hall on August 9, 2021.
The project, which is one of the components of the “Program Boondock: A Mountain Engineering Center Towards Sustainable Infrastructure and Upland Water Security”, will have a total funding of P10 million, of which P7.5 million will come from the DOST Science for Change Program (S4CP) Niche Centers in the Regions (NICER) for Research and Development and P2.5M from LGU Baguio City as counterpart. For its part, DOST-CAR, in close coordination with the Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC)—one of the Research Centers of the DENR-ERDB—shall extend technical assistance and conduct related activities for the efficient implementation and improvement of the project.
With this, the project is seen not only to impact the state of R&D in addressing natural calamities in the region, but also in protecting the lives, livelihoods and natural resources in the Cordilleras as well recognizing the pivotal role of water on regional socio-economic development and environmental preservation. //