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By: John Maico M. Hernandez

Tablea-based products of the Mabini Tablea Food Producers Association (MABLEA) were formally launched to public to intensify promotion and penetrate wider market during the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Batangas’ Provincial Science and Technology Week Celebration held at Anilao Proper, Mabini, Batangas, Sept. 22.

Soroptimist International of Mabini which has been supporting the association since its formation together with the DOST-CALABARZON, Local Government Unit of Mabini, Batangas, and University of the Philippines Los Baños – Institute of Food Science and Technology, spearheaded the product launching through representation of Ms. Marissa Sandoval, Interim President, with Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit, DOST-CALABARZON Regional Director, Cong. Gerville “Jinky Bitrics” R. Luistro of the second District of Batangas, Mayor Nilo M. Villanueva of LGU-Mabini, Ms. Felina C. Malabanan, DOST-Batangas Provincial Director, and members of MABLEA.

By: John Maico M. Hernandez

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - CALABARZON inaugurated the first ever Modular Ecology-Friendly Domestic Wastewater (MEDOWW) Treatment System Technology in the region established at Brgy. Anilao Proper, Mabini, Batangas, Sept. 22.

The adoption of MEDOWW Treatment System technology is one of DOST-CALABARZON’s answers to the call of the Local Government Unit of Mabini (LGU-Mabini) for a science and technology-based solution to mitigate the environmental pollution brought about by untreated wastewater. Generally, the technology works to improve the wastewater management at the Municipal Tourism Office Building and Public Market, both located at Anilao Proper. The technology uses a flexible design for domestic wastewater treatment and establishes an effective combination of anaerobic and aerobic mechanisms. It is built with several chambers and operates with the application of Vigormin organominerals which hastens the decomposition of harmful bacteria that lodge in septic tanks.

The application of Vigormin helps in the bioremediation and at the same time in the settling of pollutants or pollution load.  The reason for having several chambers in the design is to allow settling which results to lowering of the particulate settleable solids (PSS).  Vigormin is then consumed by the good bacteria present in the septic water which enhances the bioremediation condition so the natural bacteria can do its job in cleaning the water. The combined effect of MEDOWW design and application of vigormin is already proven to improve the characteristics of community domestic wastewater.

By Halyn Lunel Gamboa

To conclude the celebration of the 2022 National Nutrition Month, DOST-CALABARZON conducted its Webinar on S&T Solutions to Food Security last 29 July 2022 via Zoom. Attended by 234 participants from various institutions within and outside CALABARZON, the webinar aims to highlight DOST-CALABARZON’s funded and supported projects in pushing for food safety and sustainability in the new normal especially with its alignment for this year’s Nutrition Month theme, “New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-samang Gawan ng Solusyon!”

By: Verjo Angelie Maristela- Sisante

DOST-Cavite-assisted firms SIR EZER Bakery and Maestra Panaderia underwent a Technology Training on the Production of Enhanced Nutribun Squash Variant last 15-17 August 2022. Both firms previously signed a Technology Licensing Agreement to adopt the Enhanced Nutribun Squash Variant (ENSV) technology of the DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

With the aim to improve the nutritional status of the Filipino population, in particular those nutritionally-at-risk, the DOST-FNRI promotes the commercial production and distribution of their Enhanced Nutribun technology in a series of virtual trainings. SIR EZER and Maestra Panaderia belong to the Batch 16 of trainees. Participant-firms were primed in Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices, and taught on how to produce the ENSV and squash puree during the three-day training.

By Halyn Lunel Gamboa

The Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) of the DOST-CALABARZON maintained its PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation granted by the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) last 15 July 2022.