BANGON Webinar Glenwood Technologies

By: Myrrh Caithlin L. Gutierrez

DOST-CALABARZON conducted a two-day webinar series aimed to address the current needs of the MSMEs in the new normal last June 16-17, 2020. This webinar series, which is attended by more than 400 (258 on the first day and 208 on the second day) food MSMEs, government agencies, and private organizations all around the country, is part of the DOST-CALABARZON webinar series: #BANGON – Bayanihan tungo sa pagbangon.

By: Myrrh Caithlin L. Gutierrez

As support to Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) focus area on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), DOST-CALABARZON conducted a series of forum and trainings for women micro entrepreneurs, specifically coffee processors, in CALABARZON from February 10-13, 2020 at DOST-CALABARZON Regional Office.

By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza

Rubber tapping.

On November 5, 2020, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) CALABARZON launched via Zoom and Facebook Live its funded project, the rubber latex drying facility, in Barangay Cansuso, Cavinti, Laguna, in celebration of the National Science and Technology Week 2020, with the theme “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan,” under the Kabuhayan sector.

Engr. Samuel L. Caperiña, the Director of the DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Lagunain his welcome remarks, featured the drying facility in Barangay Cansuso as not only useful for kabuhayan or livelihood, but also to address environmental health issues, including climate change, under the Kalusugan sector. The drying facility, designed and developed by the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), uses a renewable energy source: solar power.

Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, the Regional Director of DOST-CALABARZON, delivers his opening message during the Virtual Launching of Rubber Latex Drying Facility, November 5, 2020. Ms. Demee Angelica S. Ludia of DOST-CALABARZON officiated the event.

The Regional Director of DOST-CALABARZON, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal expressed support to the Southern Tagalog Rubber Producers Cooperative (STRPC) in fully utilizing its 136 hectares of land for rubber latex production. It also organized a 2-day training (October 23-24, 2020) on rubber latex harvesting, processing, and marketing to farmers and foresters in Barangay Cansuso. “We, in DOST, are proud to have embedded innovation, science and technology in the value addition system of another promising industry in CALABARZON,” Dr. Madrigal said.

By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) CALABARZON continued with its free online seminar series #BANGON Bayanihan tungo sa pagbangon with two webinars on Kalusugan (Health) on October 12 and 14, 2020. This is part of DOST-CALABARZON’s pre-National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration with the theme “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan.” The first day, participated by 50 individuals, focused on dengue, and the second, attended by 80 individuals, focused on mental health, both in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, Regional Director of DOST-CALABARZON, welcomed the participants, and said that the topics were selected to respond to the difficulties in addressing specific health concerns, that of dengue and of mental health, brought about by the pandemic.

Dr. Regina P. Berba shares various findings on the similarities of dengue and COVID-19, including the duration of its incubation period, October 12, 2020.

Ms. Nina Sherylle Giron one of DOST CALABARZON Food Safety Team members discusses about Basic Food Hygiene and Food Safety Hazards
Ms. Niña Sherylle Giron, one of DOST-CALABARZON Food Safety Team members, discusses about Basic Food Hygiene and Food Safety Hazards.

By: Rochelle L. Cruz

The Food Safety Team (FST) of DOST-CALABARZON conducted a 4-day Online Seminar-Training on Basic Food Hygiene and Food Safety Hazards to seven food handlers including the owner of the catering service contracted for the provision of meals to the study participants last May 28-29 and June 1-2. This is to ensure the food safety aspect of the on-going project on “The Beneficial Effects of Virgin Coconut Oil among Suspect and Probable Cases of COVID-19” at Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.