• 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

More than 500 street food vendors in Tanauan City in Batangas, and Calamba City and Los Banos in Laguna will soon benefit from a project tasked to provide training on safe and hygienic food handling, preparation, and distribution. The Food Safety Team of DOST IV-A spearheaded by Jane Agnes U. Olivares of the Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory formed a Technical Working Group with members from LGU Batangas and Laguna. The group initially plans to develop IEC materials, conduct micro tests of sample street foods, develop standards for street foods, and prepare an inventory of raw materials suppliers. They are also currently finalizing details of a memorandum of understanding.

Big preparations are currently underway at the Regional Offices of DOST and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC IV-A). "We want to be more than ready when the next typhoon hits the region," Alexander R. Madrigal, regional director of DOST CALABARZON, explains. Together with Vicente F. Tomazar, chairman of RDRRMC IV-A, Madrigal initiated establishment of an "ICT-based Disaster Monitoring and Feedback System." The project supports the newly enacted Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 which strengthens the country's disaster risk reduction and management system, provides for a national framework, as well as, institutionalized draft and implementation of a plan.

A new project based in Kawit, Cavite, Candilicious Sweet Shop Food Products produces chocolates, polvoron and pastillas with a volume of 900 packs per month valued at PhP50,000. In 2003, the owner, Mr. Almerick Jacob, was awarded one of the 10 Most Outstanding Entrepreneurs in the province of Cavite.

Biogas production and utilization is one project which has gone a long way not only in CALABARZON but in other areas of the country. Through the efforts of PSTC-Rizal, additional 22 biogas digesters were constructed in 2009 in Region IV. There are three newly operational digesters for Rizal, one newly renovated ; 12 in Batangas, six in Occidental Mindoro and one in Oriental Mindoro. Total project cost for the construction of digester was around P300,000.

To date, there are already 240 biogas digesters established through the assistance of DOST IVA. Project beneficiaries are LGUs, private farms and commercial hog raisers nationwide.

JVN Food Products, a micro small food processing enterprise in Kawit, Cavite, produces malunggay, tahong and carrot chips at the rate of 2.8 tons/year or an income of P 40,000-P50,000 per month. 

The project aims to improve quality of food products, increase productivity of the firm, improve the skills of employees and generate an additional income of 50%. Intervention activities include technical assistance on GMP, product development and design, tests on shelf life and nutritional analysis and acquisition of required equipment such as continuous band sealer.

The MOA has been signed and the ISS fund released.