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By: Demee Angelica S. Ludia
Photo credits: Mr. Ronaldo Relador, Mr. Christopher Suazo De Villa, Bayani-Juan Mobile Market Solutions Facebook Page

#LOOK: Laudable Ounces of Kindness is an article series which features extraordinary efforts in this time of pandemic from DOST-assisted micro, small, and medium enterprises and people’s organizations in CALABARZON.


Meet Farm Asia Global Environmental Research or Farm Asia, a non-stock, non-profit association of organic farmers, enthusiasts, educators, consumers, and health-oriented individuals. Farm Asia’s primary goal is to bring the industry of organic and natural agricultural products, services, and technology closer to the community.

With years of backbone experience in the field of research and agriculture, how has this DOST-CALABARZON Grants-in-Aid Community-Based Project (GIA-CBP) beneficiary been coping up with the current situation? What pushed them to craft their mobile palengke project? These questions answered by the president of Farm Asia himself, Mr. Ronaldo Z. Relador, or “Doc” Ron to many. Come on and let us take a #LOOK.

By: Demee Angelica S. Ludia and Rochelle L. Cruz

The Department of Science and Technology-CALABARZON together with the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) San Pablo through their Ideation, Design, and Development (IDD) Laboratory have joined forces to help in the battle against COVID-19. The DOST-LSPU IDD Lab has developed a total of 1,240 PPEs composed of the following: 600 bent acrylic face shields, 610 safety gown suits made from poly microfiber (blue) and water repellent microfiber (white) fabric, 20 aerosol boxes, and 10 ventilator valves.

CALABARZON new DOST scholars

By: Rochelle L. Cruz

A total of 2,000 graduating senior high school students from CALABARZON region qualified in the country’s premier S&T scholarship program, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Scholarship Programs – 1,210 of them qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, given to academically talented students belonging to the economically disadvantaged families; while 790 passed under the Merit Scholarship Program.

 

By: Demee Angelica S. Ludia

The Department of Science and Technology-CALABARZON together with the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) San Pablo through their Ideation, Design, and Development (IDD) Laboratory have joined forces to help in the battle against COVID-19. The  DOST-LSPU IDD Lab is currently operational and targets to produce 10 ventilator valve prototypes (in close coordination with the Department of Health), 400 gown suites, 40 aerosol boxes, and 400 face shields. These products aim to serve hospitals and frontliners in the province of Laguna. Primary target beneficiaries are seven hospitals in San Pablo City and three hospitals in the municipality of Los Baños.

By: Myrrh Caithlin L. Gutierrez

The past week has brought about drastic changes to the work setup of a lot of companies especially to those who work for the government but DOST-CALABARZON’s Public Service Continuity Plan proved its efficiency as the organization implemented its work-from-home work arrangement in compliance with the enhanced community quarantine. All these were possible through the in-house developed Smart Systems of DOST-CALABARZON and other free online services that run through its reliable and resilient ICT infrastructure.

In the past years, DOST CALABARZON has been flattening its organizational hierarchy enabling fast work delegation, approval, and execution. It has also implemented the “less paper” work environment resulting in reduced cost. Even before the community quarantine, DOST-CALABARZON has been providing support to mobile working allowing its workforce to perform their job anytime and anywhere.

Let us look at the first week of the work-from-home setup.