By: Jherome L. Lusterio

After a couple of months of conducting series of virtual meetings due to COVID-19 protocols, the Provincial S & T Technology Office-Laguna (PSTC Laguna) finally had their face-to-face workshop held at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City for the newly established group of metal and engineering MSMEs – the MIAP Laguna.

On 17 November 2021, the Department of Science and Technology organized a whole-day face-to-face workshop on S&T Road Mapping for the Metals and Engineering Sector. This workshop aimed to determine the needs of the Metal and Engineering Sector in CALABARZON in terms of Machining and Fabrication, Metal Casting, Tool and Die, and Surface Engineering. This activity also gave the participants an opportunity to tackle the step-by-step process of submitting a project proposal for funding and were able raise their concerns to the experts. The workshop was attended by a total of 13 Laguna-based companies assisted by PSTO Laguna through SETUP.  The event was also graced by Mr. Virgillio Lanzuela, president of MIAP National.

Engr. Samuel L. Caperiña citing the rationale of this event.

Engr. Samuel Caperiña, PSTO - Provincial S & T Director, gave his welcome remarks by explaining the rationale of this  workshop, its objectives and significance to the metal and engineering sector. He also expressed his gratitude to all the participants who came despite short notice especially those who traveled from Cabuyao, San Pedro and other distant municipalities and cities in Laguna.

Mr. Jherome L. Lusterio, PA I of PSTO Laguna Soliciting feedbacks from participants

The training - workshop formally started with a brief lecture from Dr. Edilberto Andal, Dean of the College of Education. He gave instructions and guidelines in filling up the road map. The participants confidently gave their inputs based on their individual experiences in metal and engineering works.  Engr. Samuel Caperiña encouraged all the participants to speak and share their thoughts to complete the road map.

He stated that these inputs will help them determine their common and major needs that can be a potential project for future funding. He also emphasized the perks of forming an organization with common interest and goals to develop the metal and engineering sector in CALABARZON.

“Kaya nga kayo bumuo ng grupo, upang mas malakas ang boses ninyo tuwing hihingi kayo ng tulong sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno.”, he added. One participant stated that it will be useful if they create a linkage with colleges and universities to accept student interns as junior members. With this, they can encourage the youth to choose engineering and other technology-based degree programs in college.

Engr. Trinidad Sager, SRS 1 of PSTO Laguna summarized the accomplished S&T Road Map.  He categorized them according to the type of S&T Concerns/Plans they fall under. These categories are: Government Facilities and Laboratories, Future test and Analysis. HR Development, R&D Programs and other concerns.

Ms. Michelle Pasco, PA 2 of PSTO Laguna shared some announcements and upcoming S&T events of DOST CALABARZON. The participants were asked for an updated contact numbers and email addresses to assist them in making a directory. Lastly, Engr. Samuel Caperiña, expressed his gratitude to the MIAP members for the successful conduct of this event. The emcee closed the event and wished everyone a safe travel on their way home.