By: Cesaree M. Caperare


The Philippines lost a great woman in science a year ago when Dr. Maripaz Lawang Perez passed on last March 31, 2021. She was the former Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Assistant Secretary for R & D and Technology Transfer, Director of DOST Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), and has been championing STI solutions with the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) since 1977. Aside from Usec. Perez’s loyalty and unwavering commitment, her works, and legacy continue to touch lives and shape the society. She enabled the metamorphosis of the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) from being Usec. Tesoro’s brainchild to a realized DOST's strategy that encourages and assists Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in adopting technology and innovations, enhancing their operational efficiency, boosting productivity, and promoting competitiveness. This program has helped many businesses and enterprises write their rags-to-riches success stories.

By: John Maico M. Hernandez

Women beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Sitio Masasa, Brgy. San Juan, Tingloy, Batangas underwent a training on coconut-based products processing aimed at helping them establish their own community enterprise, May 17-18.

The science and technology interventions for the indigenous community of Aetas in Brgy. Banoyo, San Luis, Batangas continues!

Women members of the Aeta community were trained on basic course on sewing as a kick-off activity for their Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded solar-powered sewing services enterprise, January 31 - February 1, 2021.

The course covered the topics on sewing technology, parts of the sewing machine, steps on setting-up the machine, mensuration and calculation, taking body measurements, drafting and cutting of patterns, and the sewing process.  Measuring, cutting, and marking tools were individually discussed and explained to familiarize the women members on its uses. A lecture was conducted prior to demonstration and hands-on activities. Outputs from the sewing activities were rags, draft patterns, and blouses.

By: John Maico M. Hernandez

It’s a dream come true for members of the Aeta Community in Brgy. Banoyo, San Luis, Batangas!  

After the dialogue they had with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Batangas, the solar-powered sewing services enterprise they wanted to establish as a source of income is now underway for implementation.

By Roselle Lopez

Last 24 June 2022, SM Center Angono, featured the fresh produce of the Angono New Normal Farmers Association (ANNFA), under the SM Foundation Inc. program, “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan-Farmers Market” through the assistance of the Provincial S&T Center of Rizal (PSTC-Rizal), LGU-Angono, Department of Agriculture, Municipality of Angono, Rizal and other agencies supporting the organization.