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By Halyn Lunel Gamboa

DOST-CALABARZON, through each Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in the region, conducted five simultaneous virtual webinars and awardings for its PSTC Day as part of its celebration of the Regional Science and Technology Week. With this year’s theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon”, each PSTC in the region catered to different sectors in hopes of responding to their needs in the new normal.

Keep on reading and learn more about the activity highlights of each provincial event!

CAVITE: On water and wastewater management

DOST-Cavite activity was graced by the Regional Director of DOST CALABARZON Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit, who welcomed and shared words of encouragement to all participants and the  speakers, Engr. Rolly Causing from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) who discussed and presented the pertinent environmental laws specifically the Clean Water Act of 2004, and the requirements and processes of treating water. 

Engr. Rodelma Perez from the DOST – Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), on the other hand, introduced the DOST ITDI-developed Compact Wastewater System for food establishments, and other wastewater treatment technologies. Engr. Perez encouraged the participating firms to adopt the technology presented as support to their compliance on environmental laws and standards on water and wastewater management.

Noting that around 99% of businesses in the Philippines are MSMEs, Engr. Perez cautioned, "The environmental pollution from these establishments can be substantial, especially when they are left untreated. Unfortunately, majority of these enterprises have a hard time ensuring compliance to environmental policies and standards."

Around 500 participants composed of owners, managers and Pollution Control Officers of various firms and students not only from CALABARZON region but also nearby regions participated in the virtual event via Zoom and Facebook Live, , garnering positive reviews from the virtual audience. During the same activity, Ms. Gilda S De Jesus presented DOST programs and technologies, while Ms. Verjo Angelie C. Maristela presented the services of the Cavite Water and Wastewater Testing Laboratory (CWWTL). 

Echoing Engr. Causing’s call for a sustainable development, Ms. Anna Marie Daigan of DOST-Cavite ended the activity with “Magtulong-tulong po sana tayo para maprotektahan ang ating mga ilog, not just for us, but for future generations.” 

ICYMI, you may still view the Facebook Live replay by clicking https://tinyurl.com/PSTCDayCavite. Like and follow @DOST Cavite for more updates!

 

LAGUNA: Enriching ideas and strengthening innovations on CALABARZON’s design and automation industry

In collaboration with the Metalworking Industries Association of the Philippines (MIAP), DOST-Laguna started the celebration of its PSTC Day through the pledge of the new members of MIAP Laguna and the recognition of the winners of the Ideation, Design and Development (IDD) Laboratory Automation Challenge. 

The program was attended by the current and new members of the MIAP-Laguna, the LSPU, the Metals Industry Research and Development Center of DOST (DOST-MIRDC), and MSMEs from the metal and engineering sector. Upon the establishment of the Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automations Laboratory (AMERIAL) Team by DOST-CALABARZON, DOST-MIRDC, and the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) last 2020, the team aims to strengthen the collaboration and support for and among the MSMEs from the metal and engineering sector in the region.

Engr. Samuel L. Caperiña, the Provincial Director of DOST-Laguna formally opened the event and gave its rationale. Moreover, Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit, Regional Director of DOST-CALABARZON, extended her support through a pre-recorded video message to the participants.

She said, “These efforts, the creation of AMERIAL, the MIAP – Laguna chapter, and the IDD Lab are only a few among the current and future undertakings of the DOST-CALABARZON to foster a culture of innovation, particularly in the field of metals and engineering,” she continued, “[From these, we] encourage the generation of technologies and solutions in response to the global pandemic.”

In his inspirational message, Engr. Fred Liza, Chief of the Materials and Process Research Division of DOST-MIRDC, encouraged the MSMEs to be more determined in their metal and engineering businesses. 

“We have a tendency to dream big, and that is perfectly okay,” Engr. Liza assured the participants, “But the smallest step we take to fulfill that dream will always be the very first step that will make a difference.”

The program was also attended by Engr. Franz Joseph Libao, Senior Science Research Specialist from the DOST-MIRDC, to also share his piece to the participants. He also expressed his excitement for this year’s entries on the IDD Laboratory Automation Challenge and bid the participants and winners good luck.

After these inspirational messages, Mr. Virgilio Landuela, National President of the MIAP also shared his organization’s mission and initiatives to further encourage membership to the organization. Meanwhile, Mr. Trinidad Sager of DOST-Laguna presented an overview of the IDD Lab Automation Challenge while Dr. Edilberto Andal, College Dean of LSPU-San Pablo, presented the three entries for the said competition in terms of their economic value. Ms. Wilma G. Del Rosario of DOST-Laguna closed the event.

“Ito pong ginawang activity natin ngayon is not the end, it is just the beginning of many more business endeavors with all of you particularly the metals [and engineering] sector, ” she concluded.

ICYMI, you may still view the Facebook Live replay by clicking https://tinyurl.com/PSTCDayLaguna. Like and follow @DOST Laguna for more updates!

 

BATANGAS: Intensifying CALABARZON’s food safety, security, and sustainability through the empowerment of food MSMEs in the region

DOST-Batangas starts off its virtual celebration of its banner activity titled, “Virtual TIKME: Teknolohiya at Inobasyon, Kaagapay ng Micro Enterprises” on its PSTC Day, joining other PSTCs in the region.

The activity aims to increase awareness on the technologies that process common raw materials into value-added products as well as to equip food MSMEs in the region on the processing, promotion, and marketing of their food products. 

In celebration of its PSTC day on 29 September, DOST-Batangas conducted the webinar titled, “Ensuring Food Safety in School-based Feeding Program” which was attended by a total of 180 participants from 140 firms and featured Ms. Agnes G. Morales, Science Research Specialist II and Food Safety Team member of DOST CALABARZON, as the resource speaker. 

Ms. Felina Malabanan, the Provincial Director of DOST-Batangas, gave her opening message and thanked the participants for continuously supporting the current and the upcoming webinars of DOST-Batangas.

“Muli po, nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng sumusuporta at nakikijoin or nagpaparticipate para po sa aming mga seminars,” PD Malabanan said, “Inaanyayahan po namin kayo na abangan ang amin pong Virtual TIKME.”

Ms. Morales highlighted the importance of food safety by tackling ways on how to process and protect food ingredients from contamination and proper handling of food products and maintenance of food facilities. 

“Tandaan na food safety is everyone’s business,” she reminded, “Hindi komo hindi tayo face-to-face or walang school canteen na open ay hindi natin uunawain ‘yung mga procedures kung paano natin mae-ensure ang safety ng food that we are preparing.” After the discussion, Ms. Morales addressed the concerns and questions of the participants in the Q&A session.

 

Aside from this activity, DOST-Batangas had pipelined its three remaining webinars under its Virtual TIKME namely,  “Packaging Technology and Labelling Essentials for your Food Products”, “What you Need to Know about the Nutrition & Shelf-life of your Products”, and “Digital Marketing for Food Products”, all of which were conducted on 30 September 2021 which all garnered a total of 249 participants. 

All lecturers for the back-to-back webinars are from the Food Safety Team of DOST-CALABARZON including Ms. Maria Teresa A. Pamplona, SRA of DOST CALABARZON; Mr. John Michael A. Florendo, SRS I of DOST Batangas; and Mr. John Maico M. Hernandez, SRS I of DOST Batangas.

 

ICYMI, you may still view the Facebook Live replay by clicking https://tinyurl.com/PSTCDayBatangas. Like and follow @DOST Batangas for more updates!

 

RIZAL: Towards fostering creativity through animation, more experiential learning systems in the new normal

DOST-CALABARZON, through DOST-Rizal, conducted its virtual “Awarding Ceremony of the Regional Design and Creativity Hub for Innovation in MSMEs and Education (RDCHIME) 2nd Animation Module Making Contest Awarding Ceremony” in celebration of its PSTC Day and as part of its pre-Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration, via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The Animation Module Making Contest aims to highlight the importance of both the animation industry and animators in the region and its relevance to the development of educational modules amid the pandemic. This activity is a collaboration between DOST-CALABARZON, the University of Rizal System (URS), and the Department of Education-CALABARZON. 

To formally open the program, Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit, Regional Director of DOST CALABARZON, welcomed the participants.

RD Bagsit said, “Now that we have shifted to virtual learning and online classes, we think that the potential of the animation industry is very promising as animation can be used as part of developing learning modules and offering other modalities to improve learning in this trying time.”

Afterwards, Dr. Nancy T. Pascual, University President of URS, gave her Opening Message. 

“By embracing developments and assimilating innovations, we [are] able to build a society capable of achieving almost everything,” Dr. Pascual said, “I believe that the Design and Creativity Hub for Innovation in MSMEs and education...is a prime manifestation of our unrelenting efforts to strive for progress.”

Dr. Francis Cesar Bringas, DepEd IV-A Regional Director, also delivered his Inspirational Message. He highlighted the importance of the contest and how this can help learners in the shift to distance learning in the new normal.

“Indeed, the shift to distance learning modality calls for different innovations by which we can allow our learners to engage in learning while they are at home,” Dr. Bringas shared, “It is very fitting because while we are in the digital era, we are still practicing experience economy particularly in education. Experience economy in education would mean offering delightful and memorable experiences to our learners.”

Towards the latter part of the program, the awardings of the winners was also conducted. The following are the winners of this year’s Animation Module Making Contest:

Amateur Category:

  • 1st Place: Mary Gabrielle D. Alcantara of We Love KIDS Academy for Excellence
  • 2nd Place: Roy C. Andrada and Selah Victoria C. Andrada of the University of Rizal System (URS)

Student Category:

  • 1st Place: Kristian Paolo David of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)
  • 2nd Place: Jediael Rodriguez, Ronald Solomon, and Carl Alcantara of BhiE Animation (URS)

Mr. Fernando E. Ablaza, Provincial Director of DOST-Rizal, gave his closing remarks. He thanked the guests and participants for the said event. 

ICYMI, you may still view the Facebook Live replay by clicking https://tinyurl.com/PSTCDayRizal. Like and follow @DOST Rizal for more updates!

 

QUEZON: On promoting coffee production, processing, and related technologies to further support coffee farmers in the region

As part of its webinar series, DOST-Quezon conducted its Online Forum on Business Opportunities on Coffee Technologies in the New Normal for its celebration of PSTC Day, via Zoom platform from 8AM to 11:30AM.

To further bring awareness and promote coffee production and processing in the region, DOST-Quezon brought together coffee experts and coffee enthusiasts for about 125 participants from various MSMEs, cooperatives/associations, LGUs/PGUs, DOST RDIs, DOST ROs/PSTCs, SUCs/academe, and private individuals in the region. Ms. Maria Esperanza E. Jawili,Provincial S&T Director of DOST-Quezon, formally opened and later closed the event.

Dr. Ruel M. Mojica, Professor VI of the Cavite State University shared their expertise on the “Production and Processing Technologies on Coffee in the New Normal”. In his discussion, he walked through the various species of coffee, technologies on blending, and their investment costs.

However, he reminded that the participants do not have to be experts to create their own perfect blend. 

“Ang advice ko po is you just need to be adventurous in spirit and you have to love your coffee,” he reminded the participants, “Specifically, mahalin natin ‘yung mga magsasaka na nagpoproduce ng mga coffee natin kasi kung wala po sila, wala po tayong maiinom na isang masarap na tasa ng kape tuwing umaga.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Jose Carlos Martinez, Board of Directors/Chairman for Policy and Advocacy of the Philippine Coffee Guild, also delivered his presentation on the “Future Coffee Product Trends & e-Commerce/Distribution of Coffee in the New Normal”. He discussed the coffee processing technologies in terms of trends, products, and e-commerce/distribution. 

“We are trying to bridge those pain points to solve problems in how to satisfy your customer. Even if during the pandemic we may have lost a lot of the dine-in capacity, we could still innovate,” Mr. Martinez said, “This is not the exhaustive list and our goal naman is maybe to inspire you to start instantizing your brewed coffee to be able to reach your customers.”

After each presentation, an open forum was held and the certificates were awarded to each resource speaker. 

ICYMI, you may still view the Facebook Live replay by clicking https://tinyurl.com/PSTCDayQuezon. Like and follow @DOST Quezon for more updates!