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DOST S&T NOOK TURNOVER. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña turns over DOST's science and technology (S&T) nook to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez during the "Innovation Partners: DTI and DOST" event held at the 3M Philippines Office in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on Thursday (April 5, 2018). The S&T kiosk contains promotional materials on DOST knowledge products and services, which will help synchronize DOST and DTI efforts in promoting and marketing S&T products in the market. Also in photo are DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano (2nd from left), DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya (3rd from right), DOST Region 2 Director Sancho Mabborang (2nd from right), and 3M Philippines president and managing director Ariel Lacsamana (right). (PNA photo by Ben Briones)

Gene V. Baquiran

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, April 6 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Cagayan Valley Region announced that the agency is now ready to share its technology for processing agricultural products to local processors.

Rose Mary Aquino, regional technical director, said, “With the number of products developed by the DA regional office, we now encouraged local processors or product manufacturers or distributors to adopt these products.”

She said developed products that were already in the market include corn-processed products such as gourmix, café bagga, maize silky sip and cracknik.

She added that these products displayed at their Agribusiness Development Centers and at stores in DA's different research stations regionwide aim to promote its technology and  encourage interested manufacturers and distributors.

Aquino, however, clarified that DA is not competing with other food manufactures and processors.

She said that DA is ready to work with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other agencies to help farmers become more productive through value-added activities.

She also assured that DA will continue to develop technologies in processing different kinds of agricultural products through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), Research Division, Integrated Laboratory Division, Regulatory Division, Banner Programs and Research Centers/Experiment Stations. (ALM/GVB/PIA-2 Cagayan)

Susan G. De Leon

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela, April 6 (PIA) -- Aside from being called a ‘Smart City’, Cauayan is also eyeing to be the Science and Technology Hub of Cagayan Valley for being supportive of the various programs and projects of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Sancho Mabborang, DOST regional director, said Cauayan City is home to various DOST-assisted projects such as the first ‘Charm station’ in the region for eBikes and eTrikes, made commercially viable by DOST’s funding support.

Mabborang said there are also established Food Innovation Center and Satellite Standard Testing Laboratory here, aside from the construction of the Business Intelligence Research and Development Center in the city.

“The full support of the city government, including the academe, in the implementation of various DOST-assisted programs and projects are considerations why we are eyeing Cauayan City as Science and Technology hub in the region,” Mabborang said.

Dr. Ricmar Aquino, Isabela State Univerity president, assured his support to the DOST by producing human resources that will augment the future labor force in science and technology related jobs.

“Our ISU-Cauayan City campus is an institution that trains and produces the needed manpower in various science and technology-related employment,” Aquino said. (ALM/MGE – PIA-2/Isabela)

Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, April 6 (PIA) -- “I am happy because I was informed that there are agencies of government that can provide livelihood to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)” Ferda S. Abando, President of Pederasyon ng may Kapansanan sa bayan ng Daet (PEKADA).

This was during the Talakayan sa PIA On Air/Kapihan over DWCN-Radyo Pilipinas held March 26 coinciding the 14th Women with Disability Day with the theme “#ProgresstoSucess: Babaeng May Kapansanan sa Pagbabago Manguna at Manindigan Ka”.

Abando said that they have just organized their group as federation recently and planned to have a project but in need of capital to pursue.

Jane Rolda, provincial head of the Department of Labor and Employment urged her to visit her office to assist on the livelihood that their group wanted to engage.

She said that the PWDs is one of the sectors that the DOLE serve aside from  self-employed, farmers, fisherfolks, women, youth, displaced workers, IPs, parents of child laborers, rebel returnes and those victims of armed conflicts except government employees and 4Ps beneficiaries.

Rolda discussed that their DOLE Kabuhayan group project can have a grant ranging from P250 thousand to P1 million depending on the number of members of the association.

She said that for individual they have the Nego Kart or Negosyo sa Kariton with P20,000 per capita and the Starter Kit for those individual who have skills like cosmetology, food processing, massage therapist, electrician and among others also worth P20 thousand as grant.

Tobias M. Obrero Jr. of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority said that they have four training modalities the school-based, center-based, enterprized-based and community-based.

These are being done with TESDA’s infrastructure in place in administered schools, training centers, enterprise-based training through DTS/apprenticeship and community-based training in convergence with the LGU’s.

He said that they also provide certification or the National Certificate (NC) after the training skills and or assessment.

Obrero said that they have also several scholarships that can be availed through individual or group but with partner or maybe through community based.

He added that they can avail of the program through walk-in, barangay referral and on-line.

Acelita E. Padolina, focal for Senior Citizen/GAD of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources here on the other hand said that they will spearhead a training on food processing on June with Senior Citizen and PWDs as participants in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

She said that they also invite PWDs in their regular orientation seminar on environment protection. (RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

PIA 10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 6 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are teaming up to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) expand their market reach online through the platform.

The is the first government e-commerce platform dedicated to marketing high-quality Filipino products of MSMEs through the worldwide web by “bringing quality products to Filipino doorsteps."

Under the agreement, DTI will promote the to MSMEs through Negosyo Centers as a platform where they can market their products online.

DTI will also make Negosyo Centers accessible to clients of DOST and allow clients to display and dispatch their products with its payment and logistic partners in the One Town One Product (OTOP) Philippines HubStores.

OTOP Philippines is DTI’s collaborative program with national government agencies and local government units as a customized intervention to level up the products of various localities and drive inclusive local economic growth.

DOST, on the other hand, will develop and maintain where its accredited Regional Hubs and MSMEs may sell products and services to its clients and engage with payment and logistics partners and provide better services to its accredited Regional Hubs, MSMEs, and its partner agencies.

DOST will also provide priority to jointly identified OTOP products for product development initiatives including improvements in packaging and labeling, subsidy or discounts in testing fees, equipment support such as the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, and strengthen research and development efforts. (DTI-10/PIA-10)

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