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By Halyn Lunel Gamboa

DOST-CALABARZON, together with DOST-TAPI and DOST-PCIEERD, is set to lead the conduct of its Technology Transfer Day on 7 May 2021, 1:00PM to 5:30PM via Zoom, to showcase local technologies and innovations and build partnerships with potential technology adopters in the region.

The event will feature 12 technologies from Research and Development Institutes (RDIs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the CALABARZON and NCR regions and will be attended by DOST key officials, Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., OIC-Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, DOST-PCIEERD Director, and Engr. Edgar I. Garcia, DOST-TAPI Director.

By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza

On April 20-21, 2021, the Department of Science and Technology – CALABARZON (DOST-CALABARZON), through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Cavite (DOST-PSTC Cavite) conducted an online food safety seminar-training to 30 employees of Purefoods-Hormel Company, Inc. – Cavite Plant (Purefoods) via Zoom. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, DOST-CALABARZON Food Safety Team members, Mr. Jake Lloyd Peña and Ms. Jenny Bronburac, trained the participants on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) during the two-day activity.

DOST-PSTC Cavite Provincial Director Engr. Raul D. Castañeda opened the event with a brief message on the importance of having a food management system, especially in food manufacturing firms, such as Purefoods. He also acknowledged the participants, comprised of production managers and engineers for Purefoods, for joining the activity, as it is equally important for the managers as well as the staff to learn about food management practices, including the HACCP.

By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza

Pioneering the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Program for OFWs in the region, DOST-CALABARZON conducted an orientation on the Capability Building Phase (Phase 1) of the Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) attended by around 60 OFW-participants last April 14, 2021 via Zoom.

The iFWD PH, launched in 2020, “aims to provide support opportunities for OFWs and their immediate families to establish technology-based enterprises in the country”—a DOST answer to the adverse impact of the pandemic to our economic landscape. Ms. In her welcome message, Emelita P. Bagsit, OIC – Regional Director of the DOST-CALABARZON, hoped that through the iFWD PH, repatriated OFWs and their dependents would be able to recover from last and this year’s challenges. “Congratulations and welcome to your journey in technopreneurship,” she remarked.

Ms. Lyn A. Fernandez, Regional Program Management Operation (RPMO) Unit Head, discussed the activities under each of the two phases of the iFWD PH.

 Ms. Lyn A. Fernandez, TO-RPMO Unit Head, outlines the activities for the Capability Building Phase (Phase 1) of the iFWD PH, April 14, 2021.

By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza