• 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

In a firm, baritone voice, Raymund E. Liboro, newly appointed director of the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) and CEO of GEOMEDIA Inc., the Countryside Associated Network, and Discovery Channel said that "a new way of thinking saved the day for PAGASA when it proved that movement of Typhoon Megi can be tracked and broadcasted on an hourly basis." The story underlined the new thrusts of DOST in his message during the 47th Anniversary celebration of DOST CALABARZON held on November 18, 2010 at Los Banos, Laguna.

Luzvimin Vocalan of Balaw-Balaw Foods Incorporated initially opened her business as an eatery in 1982. With her and her husband's passion for art and good food, the company has since expanded into a full-scale restaurant and art gallery in Angono, Rizal. Designed to cater to food lovers' selective taste for ethnic foods, the company serves dishes such as balaw balaw or fermented fish, ginataang kuhol (snails cooked in coconut cream), fried itik (duck), and kinilaw na puso ng saging (banana flowers in vinegar sauce). However, to continue to do this, the company needed to expand production to fill a rapidly growing market.

The Provincial S&T Center of Rizal equipped Dario Coronel of Fortress Food Manufacturing Corp. with the latest in technology and design system to cope with the new packaging trend. It facilitated provision of funding support totaling PhP0.86M through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), a banner project of the science and technology department. The company has since acquired modern equipment, new packaging design, and additional laboratory equipment.

The company, located in Antipolo City, Rizal engages in the manufacture of canned vegetable products. Now totaling 19 variants, 17 of these vegetable-based viand are cooked in coconut milk including the local favorite laing (yam leaves), puso ng saging (banana flower), and ubod (coconut pith). The firm now produces 3,200 cans per day of the variants. It sells these in supermarkets here and abroad such as the US, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Taiwan. In the latter month of 2009, it produced a total of 53,000 canned viand valued at nearly PhP1M.

The Provincial S&T Center of Rizal assisted Elbert C. Pigtain of Tropical Fruit Winery Corporation acquire a loan of PhP0.98M from the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), a banner project of the science and technology department to expand fruit production and increase the number of wine producers. The company located in San Mateo, Rizal produces wine from tropical fruits such as duhat (Java plum), bignay (currant fruit), guyabano (soursop), and mango.

The loan enabled the company to ensure continual supply of the fruits through expanded orchards, and conduct of training series on wine production for farmer-cooperators of the Antipolo City Livelihood project and employees of the Department of Agriculture. The company produces the internationally acclaimed wine brands Mijiah and Piel. It has penetrated local supermarkets such as Sta. Lucia, Landmark, Rustan's and Anson's. It has since developed domestic consumers' taste for tropical fruit wines.

Teresa Guerrero Talavera of Grandpa's Farm Foods located in Cainta, Rizal used to process meat such as tocino (pork fillet), tapa (beef fillet), longganisa (pork sausage), and embotido (pork roll), among others. Now engaged in the production of pre-mixed seasonings and sauces (powder blend of spices and seasonings for meat processing and sauces), Talavera received PhP0.34M in financial assistance from DOST CALABARZON through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), a banner project of the science and technology department, in order to expand production.