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By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza

Home-based and online food sellers were gathered virtually during the Department of Science and Technology – CALABARZON (DOST-CALABARZON) Webinar on Basic Food Hygiene and Orientation on the Use of Food Safety Self-Assessment Tool (FSSAT) last 22 December 2021. More than 100 attended the online event streamed via Zoom, which briefed the participants on fundamental food hygiene practices and promoted the use of the FSSAT.

Dir. Emelita P. Bagsit, DOST-CALABARZON Regional Director, in her welcome address referenced a January 2021 study conducted by Mariano Marcos State University which found that only 8.3% among the surveyed home-based food handlers met food safety standards. “With the industry projection of 12.4% annual growth of food e-commerce, we should be more cautious if our favorite online food business and their partner delivery service are knowledgeable and consistently practicing compliance to food safety regulations,” she said. Thus, to address this concern, the DOST-CALABARZON launched in November 2020 the FSSAT, a web application that assists persons engaged in the food industry to track their compliance to basic food hygiene.

By: Cesaree Caperare

DOST-CALABARZON, Southern Tagalog Consortium for Industry and Energy R&D (STCIERD), and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) joined forces in bringing the 3-day “Training on IP Basic Information and Patent Drafting” to all STCIERD member agencies, state universities and colleges, private higher educational institutions, and National Government Agencies last December 1,3, and 6. The event was joined by 31 participants. Its purpose is to enhance understanding of the basics of intellectual property and to coach members on how to prepare and submit patent applications.

By: Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag

With almost everything digital due to COVID-19 pandemic, the government services are still hurtling up the transition to correspondingly fulfil the mandates, uninterruptedly provide services, and continuously cater people’s needs.

Twelve (12) years towards its centennial year, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) aims to re-imagine and future-proof itself to be a Council that is indispensable and strong in providing and integrating services despite changes as its 88th Founding Anniversary revolves with the theme, “Re-imagining, Future-proofing NRCP”.

By: John Maico M. Hernandez

A total of 473 ‘undernourished’ children from the municipalities of Laurel and Talisay, Batangas benefitted from the Enhanced Nutribun (e-Nutribun) Feeding Program which lasted for four months, from August to November of this year.

The feeding program is a partnership project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) CALABARZON through Provincial Science and Technology Center - Batangas (PSTC-Batangas), CDO Foodsphere Inc., and Odyssey Foundation, Inc. (OFI) aimed at combatting the malnutrition problem in the two municipalities. CDO Foodsphere Inc. through OFI became interested on extending assistance to undernourished children of these two municipalities after adopting the e-Nutribun technology of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of DOST (DOST-FNRI).