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By: Rochelle L. Cruz, DOST-CALABARZON

More than 7,000 visitors have flocked in the Lion City of the South, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, last September 25-27 to witness the back-to-back celebration of the 2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) and Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) in the CALABARZON Region with the theme of “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development”.

The Department of Science and Technology - CALABARZON (DOST-CALABARZON) has once again amazed its audience with a jam packed and awe-inspiring activities in its opening ceremony. Bannering the tagline of “We innovate. We make a difference”, DOST-CALABARZON’s specialty is known to be innovation. The organization is continuously creating new projects that will stimulate the innovativeness and inventiveness of its stakeholders whether they are students, professionals, MSMEs, entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators.

Let your eyes be mesmerized as we take you back to our RSTW and RICE highlights.

Launching of Integrated Circuit Design Challenge

The challenge competition will involve identifying of a problem by the partner industry in which the participants will design solutions for that specific problem. This is made possible through the joint efforts of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH), Xinyx Design and Consultancy Services, DOST-CALABARZON, Southern Tagalog Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development (STCIERD), and Manila-Laguna-Batangas Research and Innovation Consortium. Registration for the competition is open from October 1 to December 15, 2019. 

Launching of “DOSTories: Mga Buhay na Pinaigting ng Siyensya at Teknolohiya” 

DOST-CALABARZON partnered with Community Cable Vision Corporation (CCVC) to produce a local cable TV program featuring the success stories of our assisted stakeholders. Our first two episodes featured Greenlife Coconut Products, a SETUP beneficiary from Quezon, and Mabini Tablea Food Producers, a GIA-CBP beneficiary from Batangas.

DOSTories first aired last October 5 at CCVC MAXTV 8 and live streamed via our official Facebook page.

TIKME sa CALABARZON

Teknolohiya at Inobasyon, Kaagapay ng Micro Enterprises, or TIKME, has now become a regional brand in the CALABARZON. Conceptualized and started by PSTC Batangas in 2017, TIKME is a food expo giving spotlight to home-grown entrepreneurs provided with DOST assistance and technology.

This year, TIKME will be going in all the five provinces in CALABARZON! “TIKME ahoy sa Bacoor!” is PSTC Cavite’s brand featuring tahong delicacies, “TIKME dine sa Sta. Rosa!” is PSTC Laguna’s brand featuring fruit preserve delicacies, “TIKME are sa Taal!” is PSTC Batangas’ brand featuring fish products, “TIKME hane sa Tanay!” is PSTC Rizal’s brand featuring kasoy and kakanin, and “TIKME ire ulit sa Tayabas!” is PSTC Quezon’s brand featuring lambanog.

Commitment Board Signing on the Makapuno Products R&D Center

DOST-CALABARZON and STCIERD have been collaborating for the revitalization of Makapuno industry in CALABARZON. This year, the partner agencies involving different NGAs, NGOs, SUCs, and LGUs have committed to establish a Makapuno Research, Development, and Extension Center to cater product development and applications research.

Ceremonial Handover of Fiberglass Rescue Boat to CEST Island Community Beneficaries 

In its continuous efforts to assist the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in the region, DOST-CALABARZON awarded fiberglass rescue boats to the five CEST island community beneficiaries from the Polillo Group of Islands (Polillo, Burdeos, Jomalig, Panukulan, Patnanungan).

These rescue and response vehicles will soon be equipped with ICT system that will be able to track and locate the current position of the boat for safety and security purposes.

Turnover Ceremony of Nipanog and Lambanog Manuals

After the successful implementation of the project on Quality Assurance of Lambanog and Nipanog for Consumer Safety and Sustainable Industry, DOST-CALABARZON, UP Diliman – Institute of Chemistry, Southern Luzon State University, and DOST-PCIEERD have turned over the Current Production Practices of Lambanog and Nipanog Manuals to its beneficiaries: LGU Tayabas, LGU Infanta, LGU Mauban, LGU Polillo, LGU Burdeos, and LGU Panukulan.

 Awarding of the 4th STCIERD R&D Competition Winners

The winners of the 4th R&D Competition of STCIERD were also recognized during the opening ceremony. The following winners were “CARSIKLO Machine” from Cavite State University – Carmona Campus (2nd Runner Up), “Soil Nutrient Analyzer” from Cavite State University – Carmona Campus (1st Runner Up), and “Design and Development of an Automated Multi Commodity Heat Pump Dryer” from the Adventist University of the Philippines (Regional Winner).

Awarding of Provincial Best SETUP Adoptor and Best CBP Adoptor

To recognize the significant innovations of our MSMEs and CBP beneficiaries in their businesses and communities, DOST-CALABARZON awarded the winners of the Provincial Best SETUP Adoptor and Best CBP Adoptor. Here are the winners:

Best SETUP Adoptor

  • Amira’s Buko Tart Haus – Cavite
  • Gem See’s Cakeshop – Laguna
  • 3G Country Farms – Batangas
  • Jam Food Products – Rizal
  • Green Life Coco Products – Quezon

Best CBP Adoptor

  • Persons with Disability Organization in Carmona, Cavite – Cavite
  • Association of Shoe and Bags Maker and Retailer, Inc. – Laguna
  • Rosario Dairy Raisers Association – Batangas
  • Sampaloc Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative – Rizal
  • Yakap at Halik Multi-Purpose Cooperative Quezon 2 – Quezon

The inauguration of the 21st Century Learning Environment Model (21st CLEM) Classroom in Los Baños Senior High School at Brgy. San Antonio, Los Baños, Laguna followed afterwards. Sec. de la Peña recognized that this is the first regional initiative done for this project. Paula’s Candies Store, a SETUP beneficiary in Calamba, Laguna, was also visited by the DOST Secretary.