By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza

The Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) Technology Forum (TechnoForum) Committee, chaired by Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, the Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) CALABARZON, organized a virtual forum via Zoom and Facebook Live on December 3, 2020. The TechnoForum titled “Si Plantito, Plantita sa Pandemya: Food Security Challenges and Opportunities Under the New Normal” is part of the 12th Los Baños SyenSaya Science Festival. Around 200 individuals, coming from different parts of the country, attended the event.

Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria, the Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) and the President of the LBSCFI, highlighted the virtual or online character of this year’s TechnoForum during her welcome address. She said, “While we will be missing the usual physical or face-to-face gathering that characterizes our TechnoForum participation during the previous years, this virtual TechnoForum was designed to achieve the same set of objectives—to provide information, models of good practices, on the application of science-based products and services to our daily lives, and to stimulate discourse concerning issues that are controversial to many.” She cited how food security is a relevant issue, given the instances of families not having enough to eat, or of farmers restricted to sell their produce under the “new normal.” However, she continued that the forum is a celebration of resilience—“to move past these initial challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and even surface opportunities that kept many of us going.”

Dr. Madrigal shared the active participation of the DOST-CALABARZON to the recently concluded National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration, and presented the rationale behind the TechnoForum’s program of activities. The forum covers the 4 thematic Ks of the 2020 NSTW: Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, and Kinabukasan. Under Kalusugan, Dr. Eufemio V. Rasco, Jr., the Chair of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Agricultural Sciences Division, was invited to talk about how food security involves not only adequacy, but accessibility to nutritious food. Under Kabuhayan, the organizing committee invited Los Baños-based produce sellers, Carbonn Farms and Sierreza, to talk about how the pandemic both posed a threat to, and offered opportunities for, food security. Under Kaayusan and Kinabukasan, Ms. Cheryll Laviña-Gonzales, the Municipal Agriculturist of Los Baños, and Hon. Filomena Cinco, the Barangay Chairperson of 412, Sampaloc, Manila, were invited to share local government and community projects on food security, and how these has helped them cope with the pandemic.

By: Demee Angelica S. Ludia
Photo credits: Mr. Ronaldo Relador, Mr. Christopher Suazo De Villa, Bayani-Juan Mobile Market Solutions Facebook Page

#LOOK: Laudable Ounces of Kindness is an article series which features extraordinary efforts in this time of pandemic from DOST-assisted micro, small, and medium enterprises and people’s organizations in CALABARZON.

Meet Farm Asia Global Environmental Research or Farm Asia, a non-stock, non-profit association of organic farmers, enthusiasts, educators, consumers, and health-oriented individuals. Farm Asia’s primary goal is to bring the industry of organic and natural agricultural products, services, and technology closer to the community.

With years of backbone experience in the field of research and agriculture, how has this DOST-CALABARZON Grants-in-Aid Community-Based Project (GIA-CBP) beneficiary been coping up with the current situation? What pushed them to craft their mobile palengke project? These questions answered by the president of Farm Asia himself, Mr. Ronaldo Z. Relador, or “Doc” Ron to many. Come on and let us take a #LOOK.

CALABARZON new DOST scholars

By: Rochelle L. Cruz

A total of 2,000 graduating senior high school students from CALABARZON region qualified in the country’s premier S&T scholarship program, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Scholarship Programs – 1,210 of them qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, given to academically talented students belonging to the economically disadvantaged families; while 790 passed under the Merit Scholarship Program.

Binthau Bakeshop distributes free bread and PPEs to the frontliners in Rizal Province

By: Myrrh Caithlin L. Gutierrez

#LOOK: Laudable Ounces of Kindness is an article series which features extraordinary efforts in this time of pandemic from DOST-assisted micro, small, and medium enterprises and people’s organizations in CALABARZON

DOST-CALABARZON invites you to a FREE Webinar this February 28, 9:00AM - 12:00NN on Technology Forum on Innovations against Emerging Global Health Threats through BIOTEK-M Dengue Aqua Kit and GenAmplify Corona Virus Disease-2019 RT-PCR Detection Kit with the following topics:

  1. The Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit (a. Epidemiology and Current Dengue Status in the Philippines, b. Dengue Virus, Vector and Infection, c. Dengue Diagnostics and Therapeutics, d. The Lab-in-a-Mug Project, e. Principles of LAMP as a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test) by Dr. Raul V. Destura, MBA-H, Director of Health of Philippine Genome Center and President and CEO of Manila HealthTek, Inc.
  2. Laboratory Requirements and Set-up, The DenCET Project, and Recording of Results in iDengue Database by Ms. Ma. Jowina H. Galarion, MSC from Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, National Institutes of Health, UP Manila
  3. Other Biotek-M tests, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and GenAmplify Corona Virus Disease-2019 RT-PCR Detection Kit by Dr. Raul V. Destura, MBA-H