DOST-Laguna promotes Halal Certification for an inclusive MSME sector
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By: Rachel Joy C. Gabrido
In its continuous endeavor to promote an inclusive Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector, the DOST Provincial S & T Office (PSTO) - Laguna conducted a Webinar that encouraged local MSMEs to get Halal certified.
Prof. Joan Z. Corañes of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) underscored the importance of getting Halal certification as its market fragment continues to grow and be recognized internationally, particularly by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community.
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DOST Secretary Solidum visit ICDeC, SLSU, and BIPCO in Infanta, Quezon
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By: Clarenz Polo Ocampo
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., along with DOST-CALABARZON Regional Director Emelita P. Bagsit attended the 56th Annual Regular General Assembly Meeting of the Infanta Credit and Development Cooperative (ICDeC) and performed an ocular visit to the scholarship testing center of the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) - Infanta and the Binonoan Producers’ Cooperative (BIPCO) last March 18 in Infanta, Quezon.
ICDeC invited Sec. Solidum as a guest speaker for the organization to share about the importance of science, technology, and innovation and how DOST can reach out in providing such services to communities. Sec. Solidum mentioned that through cooperatives, these services are consolidated and centralized, and in doing so, will reach small-holder farmers.
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Quezon Food and Herbal Processing Center (QFHPC) receives Seminar-Training on cGMP
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By: Jaquelyn D. Merjudio
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Quezon together with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) – Quezon conducted a Seminar-Training on Current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMP) for the staff of the Quezon Food & Herbal Processing Center on March 15-16, 2023 at QFHPC the Processing Facility, Brgy. Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon.
The Quezon Food and Herbal Processing Center (QFHPC) is a PGU-Quezon funded facility capable of processing various food products to augment the need of nutrition through various technologies and other commodity crops for both the PGU projects and that of the people’s organizations that the PGU is assisting. They are currently engaged as licensee of DOST-FNRI Rice Mongo Blend and Rice Mongo Curls. Along with the adoption of the complementary food technologies.
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LGU Sto. Tomas, Batangas benchmarks DOST CALABARZON’s HRMIS and TRACE
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By: Princess Plebiscite B. Tope, DOST MIS OJT
“Digital transformation is a long process that needs full support of the top management,” Engr. Francisco R. Barquilla, III, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Operations of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) CALABARZON stated.
DOST-CALABARZON held a benchmarking activity for the local government unit (LGU) of Sto. Tomas, Batangas, to showcase its information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives and best practices, held at the DOST-CALABARZON Regional Office in Los Baños on March 9, 2023.
The event aims to orient the government officials and employees about the information systems of the agency, as part of the “Aksyon Bilis” program by Atty. Arth Jhun Aguilar Marasigan, City Mayor of Sto. Tomas, Batangas. In particular, the local authorities seek to improve their current human resource management system as Sto. Tomas now becomes a city consisting of more than 900 employees.
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Beneficiaries of OFIS's Negosyo Starter Project in Lemery, Batangas undergo food safety seminar
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By John Maico Hernandez
Twenty beneficiaries of Odyssey Foundation Inc.’s (OFI) Negosyo Starter Project in Lemery, Batangas underwent food safety training of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Batangas held at GAD Building, Municipal Compound of Lemery, Batangas, March 10.
OFI’s Negosyo Starter Project is a livelihood development strategy that aims to improve the socioeconomic well-being of the identified marginalized beneficiaries. It is a streetfood vending livelihood starter package that will help beneficiaries establish a sustainable self-employment. The package consists of tools, equipment, and products. On the other hand, the Local Government Unit of Lemery will counterpart all other necessary tools and personal protective equipment of the beneficiaries. Hence, to ensure their food safety compliance, DOST-Batangas provided them with a seminar on Basic Food Hygiene (BFH) and Food Safety Hazards (FSH).
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