• 1 of 7 Laboratory Services
  • 2 of 7 Smart Systems
  • 3 of 7 SETUP
  • 4 of 7 SFTO
  • 5 of 7 Food Safety
  • 6 of 7 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • 7 of 7 Science for Change Program

Canteen concessionaires at Batangas State University (BatStateU) – Alangilan underwent a training on Basic Food Hygiene (BFH) and Food Safety Hazards (FSH) as preparation in the pilot use of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-CALABARZON’s mobile food safety self-assessment tool (FSSAT) conducted at the campus’ audio-visual room, Alangilan, Batangas City, January 30-31.

FSSAT, first launched in November 2020 as a web application, was developed by DOST-CALABARZON to assist persons engaged in the food industry track their compliance with basic food hygiene. Its development was anchored on the growing number of “career shifters” or individuals that shifted into home-based and online food selling during the pandemic. Generally, it ensures that food safety is practiced by local food entrepreneurs. Hence, in a move to expand its scope and make it more accessible and convenient to use by members of the food industry, a mobile version was developed.

By: John Maico M. Hernandez

Cheonsa’s Food Products, a turmeric and ginger brew producer in Brgy. Maruclap, Batangas City, strengthened its food safety system implementation through a seminar on current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), January 6 and 9, 2023.

Through the acquisition of a License to Operate (LTO) and Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) from the Food and Drug Administration, the company has consistently ensured their compliance with food safety regulations (FDA). For them, customer safety is a primary concern that must constantly be safeguarded. Thus, the seminar served as a venue for imparting knowledge on the HACCP system and cGMP requirements to the company's employees. It also covered the significance and advantages of implementing GMP and HACCP in their food business, compliance with the requirements of the Food Safety Act of 2013 (RA 10611), the 12-step procedure fordeveloping HACCP plans, and the seven HACCP principles.

By Precious Rivera Monedera

To introduce smart agriculture, specifically for the production of Japanese Musk Melon and other high-value melon varieties, the Bukidamara Agri Farm launched its first fully automated greenhouse on January 30, 2023 in Lucban, Quezon. The technology was funded by the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of DOST CALABARZON through PSTO-Quezon.

The launching ceremony was graced by the presence of Ms.Emelita P. Bagsit, Regional Director of DOST CALABARZON, and Mr. Mario Daga, Supervising Tourism OperationsOfficer of the Department of Tourism CALABARZON, who both served as the opening keynote speakers. Bukidamara Agri Farm was hailed by DOT-CALABARZON as Best Farm Tourism Experience Award 2022.

By Halyn Lunel A. Gamboa

DOST-CALABARZON received a Plaque of Recognition from the Department of Education (DepEd) IV-A in its efforts to deliver S&T even closer to the children in CALABARZON, during the 2022 Education Summit and Stakeholders Appreciation at the Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay, Cavite last January 10, 2023.

By Halyn Lunel Gamboa

Taking off from the last deployment of the Sensing Environmental Parameters through Telemetry (SENTRY) project last 2015, DOST-CALABARZON has partnered with the Laguna State Polytechnic University of Los Baños (LSPU-LB) to launch a leveled up version of this system now called the Enhanced Sensing Environmental Parameters through Telemetry (e-SENTRY). The launch of the e-SENTRY was conducted last 30 January 2023 at the Alligator Lake in Barangay Tadlac, Los Baños, Laguna.