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By: Rochelle L. Cruz

To enhance the development of the science tourism in Los Baños, the Los Baños Science Community Foundation Inc. (LBSCFI), Department of Tourism IV-A (DOT IV-A), and Department of Education IV-A (DepEd IV-A) inked a Memorandum of Understanding last December 6 at DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center (DPITC) as part of the Launching of Science Tourism Program. This event is in line with this year’s celebration of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

LOS BAŇOS, Laguna – A Halal Verification Laboratory (HVL) is now open under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in CALABARZON region.

Servicing the provinces of  Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, the CALABARZON Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) was inaugurated and turned over Monday at the DOST regional science complex in Barangay Timugan here.

DOST-CALABARZON  Director Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal led national and regional officials for the inauguration and tour of the new facility that uses the most advance technology in detection of haram (forbidden by Islamic law) and mushbooh (doubtful or suspect foods in Islam) food products.

The inaugural and turnover ceremonies highlighted the DOST-CALABARZON 54th Anniversary Celebration themed “Improving Lives and Sustaining Inclusive Regional Growth through Innovative Programs and Services.”

By Quimby Mari Genota

The Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research  and Development  (DOST-PCAARRD) forged collaboration with DOST CALABARZON, the Department of Agriculture CALABARZON (DA) and University of the Philippines (UPLB) last November 8, 2017 at Crimson Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila. The event was hosted and facilitated by DOST CALABARZON.

By Quimby Mari Genota

The Department of Science and Technology tied-up with Nanyang Polytechnic International (NYPi) and Temasek Foundation Inc. (TF) to train food control, food safety monitoring, food safety specialists and food testing experts and officials in Singapore.

The following agencies: the Department of Science and Technology (17 Regional Offices and 3 attached agencies -DOST-PCIEERD, DOST-FNRI, DOST-ITDI), Department of Health (DOH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture - National Meat Inspection Service  (DA-NMIS), National Food Authority – Food Development Center (NFA-FDC) sent representatives to Singapore from year 2016 to 2017 in a batch- per- batch sequence to undergo the Food Safety and Technology Program.

By Quimby Mari R. Genota

The competitiveness of research capabilities of the academe lies in the initiatives of the academe members to upgrade their infrastructure and equipment, instruments, tools and techniques. Included in this upgrading is the subscription to good metrology practices.

The Department of Science and Technology, in partnership with Laguna State Polytechnic University and Regional Development (RDC), organized a seminar to provide background for research staff and professor of SUCs in CALABARZON in the field of Metrology. The ‘Metrology Awareness Seminar: Metrology in the Academe and Research and Development Agencies,” provided the state universities and colleges the basic knowledge and importance of accurate measurement and valid analyses of data presented to customers, last October 24, 2017 at Acacia Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Manila.

The seminar tackled the importance of good measurement practices among SUCs research laboratories, which could alter or affect the competitiveness of researches conducted in the region. The competitiveness of researches could be affected by the results/reading provided by laboratories, most especially if it a new discovery.