DOST CALABRZON, through the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) of Cavite, assisted Hon. Mayor Jenny A. Barzaga of Dasmarinas, Cavite in acquiring a bioreactor facility developed by the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). Mayor Bargaza obtained financial assistance worth nearly PhP1M through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). The amount was used to fabricate two, one-tonner bioreactor units for the municipality. The project aims to use the composting facility as an alternative solution to the fast-increasing garbage problem of the municipality. Use of the bioreactor can convert the municipality's market wastes into an income generating enterprise that will benefit not only the residents but also local farmers. It will make widely available low-priced organic fertilizer. The production site will also serve as demonstration area for DOST-developed technology.

DOST CALABARZON, through the Provincial S&T Center of Batangas, assisted Ramon B. Mitra of PhilHybrid Inc. in improving his farm production and irrigation system, as well as, his laboratory for culturing pure Makapuno. Mitra, a commercial producer of embryo-cultured Makapuno seedlings based in Barangay Sta. Teresita, Sto. Tomas, received PhP0.76M in assistance through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). He used the amount to install an irrigation system and implement an intensive fertilization program to boost his Makapuno nut production. An existing laboratory facility located in Los Banos was also upgraded.

In 2009, continuing farm and laboratory activities paid up. PhilHybrid now averages 900 Makapuno seedlings annually valued at PhP0.60M. The project aims to assist in the development/enhancement of the Makapuno industry and help increase the income opportunities of local coconut farmers.

Culture contributes much to the state of health of people, according to key experts as they recently explored at the Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila the various aspects that affect the health of people in the Asia Pacific region. Health issues such as A (H1N1), parasitism, bangungot (nightmare), and equitable health care took on fresh perspective as discussed in the context of culture by key experts.

Six food manufacturing firms in Batangas and Cavite acquired various equipment and plant facilities through a financial assistance worth PhP3.47M from DOST CALABARZON Region under the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

Some 25 participants recently gathered at Days Hotel in Tagaytay City to discuss food hazards plaguing the local food industry.

Guilberto A. Veluz, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Regional Director of DOST CALABARZON, in coordination with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and Glenwood Technologies International, Inc. (GTII), led conduct of the Seminar-Workshop on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) in support of the project "LGUs and SUCs Capability Building on Food Safety System and Development of Provincial Food Safety Teams in CALABARZON."