By Halyn Lunel Gamboa
After conducting a virtual program for the celebration of its Regional Science and Technology Week last 2021, DOST-CALABARZON went for a hybrid conduct of its RSTW celebration to showcase its most laudable S&T breakthroughs this 2022. The hybrid celebration consisted of a combination of virtual and limited face-to-face activities which were held at the Batangas State University Main Campus simultaneously via Zoom and Facebook Live from 17-19 October 2022.
This celebration was held together with the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute’s (DOST-TAPI) Stakeholders Forum and Caravan together with the DOST Regional Offices South Luzon Cluster (DOST-MIMAROPA, DOST-V, and DOST-NCR), DOST-CALABARZON being the lead region for the said activity.
Day One: Opening Ceremonies
On 17 October 2022, the Opening Ceremony Program was held and graced by DOST-CALABARZON Regional Director Emelita P. Bagsit, DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena with DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum, Jr. and DOST Undersecretary of Regional Operations Sancho A. Mabborang who extended their support by sending a recorded message for the event. Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, University President of the Batangas State University (the host university for the event) also delivered his message and welcomed the guests and participants.
Distinguished guests attended the limited face-to-face event including Gov. Hermilando “Dodo” I. Mandanas of the Province of Batangas, Mr. Erick Anthony A. Sanohan, Local Economic and Investments Promotion Officer who represented Mayor Beverley Rose Dimacuha of the City Government of Batangas; Mr. William Abrahan, Deputy Chief of Staff who represented Cong. Gerville “Jinky Bitrics” R. Luistro of the 2nd District of Batangas, and Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, President of the Batangas State University.
The program highlighted some of DOST-CALABARZON’s newest projects such as the Ceremonial Turnover of Fiberglass Rescue Boats to the local government units of Tingloy, Batangas; Perez, Quezon; and Quezon, Quezon; Launching of the Upgraded Makapuno Laboratory and Nursery Facilities in collaboration with the Cavite State University; Launching of the Deployable Mushroom House in partnership with the Southern Luzon State University-Siniloan Campus, and the Ceremonial MOA Signing of the “Adoption of the ASFV Nanogold Biosensor Test Kit Technology for Faster and Cost-Effective Surveillance and Detection of the Dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF) in Batangas”. Ms. Emelita Bagsit, Regional Director of DOST CALABARZON and Mr. Fernando Ablaza, Provincial Director of PSTO Rizal also gave their opening message. Dra. Dulce Amor Rivera, Tanay Municipal Health Officer , Brgy. Captain Anacleto Tongohan, Ms. Marivic Olrgario of Momilo Mio Food Ventures and Mr. Ricardo Bernados, representative of Gov. Ynares also graced the said event.
A Ribbon Cutting and Exhibit Tour of the special guests followed. The morning session of the program ended with a Technology Demonstration and Showcase of the Methanol Detection Kit and a press conference at the Higher Education Building Student Lounge.
In the afternoon, simultaneous virtual and face-to-face activities including the virtual “Orientation on IP Protection and Management for MSMEs” and “Orientation on Smart City”, and the face-to-face Technology Pitching Activity led by DOST-TAPI were also conducted.
Day Two: Back-to-back virtual activities and webinars to celebrate S&T for all
The second day of the RSTW was dedicated for the celebration of DOST-CALABARZON’s Provincial S&T Office (PSTO) Day which featured various activities from each province, namely: A “Technology Opportunity Seminar (TechOps) on Food Processing Technology: Vacuum-Freeze and Spray Drying Technologies” of PSTO-Cavite; the “Grand Launching of the First 100th SETUP Adoptor of DOST-CALABARZON and Virtual Training of Packaging and Labeling Requirements” of PSTO-Laguna; the “Inauguration of the Modular Ecology-Friendly Domestic Wastewater Treatment System (MEDOWW) and Launching of Mablea Food Products” of PSTO-Batangas, the “Blessing and Inauguration of oneSTore Hub Café Lupe” of PSTO-Rizal, and the “Blessing and Launching of the Smart Food Value Chain Processing Facility” of PSTO-Quezon. All provincial directors attended the event to present the rationale of each project.
Simultaneously happening with the PSTO Day Program was the “Talakayang Pangkaisipan: A Mental Preparedness Webinar for the Re-Opening of F2F Classes”. Afterwards, more virtual webinars were aired on DOST-CALABARZON’s Facebook page such as the “Webinar on Technology behind Biotek-M Aqua Kit” and “Halal Webinar on Tourism and Cosmetics”.
Day Three: Awarding and Closing Ceremonies
The last day’s program began with the virtual “Showcasing of LGIA-funded Projects” where it highlighted and featured various projects funded by the DOST-CALABARZON through its Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Program to ensure that the results of scientific and technological activities are properly communicated and disseminated to the public.
In the afternoon, the hybrid Awarding and Closing Ceremonies was held to recognize the winners in DOST-CALABARZON’s following programs:
- RDCHIME Animation Contest - Keneth Agar (Professional Category)
- Best Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Community - Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mauban, Quezon
- Best Adopter of Grants-in-Aid Community-Based Program (GIA-CBP)
Regional Best: The Rosario Livestock and Agriculture Farming Cooperative (TRLAFCO)
Provincial Best (Cavite): Local Government Unit (LGU) Bacoor Food Processing Center
Provincial Best (Laguna): Casile-Guinting Upland Marketing Cooperative (CGUMC)
Provincial Best (Batangas): The Rosario Livestock and Agriculture Farming Cooperative (TRLAFCO)
Provincial Best (Rizal): Sampaloc Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SARBMPC)
Provincial Best (Quezon): Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mauban, Quezon
- Best Adopter of Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP)
Regional Best: Ginga Agrifood
Provincial Best (Cavite): Doughpro Manufacturing and Trading Corp.
Provincial Best (Laguna): Gica Engineering Technology Center
Provincial Best (Batangas): Ginga Agrifood
Provincial Best (Rizal): Pidiong’s House of Cashew Nuts
Provincial Best (Quezon): Tonio’s Sisig
The program also featured DOST-CALABARZON’s new technology licensees assisted by the Fairness Opinion Board (FOB) CALABARZON team. Furthermore, DOST-CALABARZON also recognized its partner agencies and exhibitors in conducting this year’s event.
Usec. Sancho Mabborang, DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, graced the Closing Ceremonies and extended his support by delivering his message live via Zoom platform. Winners who were virtually present also gave their acceptance speeches for the said awards.
In case you missed it, watch the highlights of our event by going to this post: https://bit.ly/RSTW2022_Highlights! Follow @DOST CALABARZON on Facebook or visit our website at https://region4a.dost.gov.ph/ for more S&T updates and exciting news in the region!