The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 in collaboration with University of the Philippines’ (UP) Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) has handed over 54 hazard maps to Provincial and Local Government Units (PLGUs) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMOs) of Cagayan, Isabela and Quirino, September 19, 2016.


Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang (R2), assisted by Dr. Aleth M. Mamauag (center) with the technical team of UP-DREAM and ISU Phil-LiDAR and PCIEERD representative, Ms. Mayrose B. Pariñas, gives the hazard map, a product of Phil-LIDAR Project 1 Program, to LGU-Aglipay represented by Mr. Gilvern Manzano.

During the turn-over ceremony held at Isabela State University (ISU) Echague Campus, Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang said these maps will help the PLGUs and DRRMOs in averting natural hazards.

He also emphasized that Phil-Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) 1 Program Data Products must be utilized by PLGUs and DRRMOs in creating well-planned and resilient communities against calamities.

“We should grab this opportunity and work together to deliver an effective disaster preparedness and mitigation and address issues while providing better solutions in the near future,” RD Mabborang said in his speech.


MANILA, Philippines – The agrarian town of Echague in Isabela province wants to become not just an ordinary city, but the “science and ecological city of the north” by 2022.

Echague Mayor Francis Faustino Dy said that by tapping science and technology, the effort to be a “science and eco-city” would help the municipality’s residents who are mostly farmers or farm workers increase their agricultural productivity and therefore their incomes, in an environmentally friendly or sustainable way.

“This is really an effort to improve the productivity and therefore the income of our farmers in Echague, but at the same time, we want to do it in a sustainable way,” Dy told The STAR.

“Isabela is number one in corn and quality corn production in the whole country, but we are aware that the use of too much chemical fertilizer is also depleting the nutrients of our soil. So we want to use science in ensuring the sustainability also in any effort to increase our agricultural productivity,” the mayor added.

MANILA, Philippines - The onestore.ph online platform that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) developed to help Filipino micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sell their products is going mobile.

The DOST finished developing the onestore.ph mobile app for Android smartphones, which will enable around 2,000 MSME products to also be available to Android smartphone users, according to DOST Region II director Sancho Mabborang.

Mabborang told The STAR the mobile app would be an additional platform for the onestore.ph program, which has helped MSMEs, especially those in the provinces, to grow their markets.

Mabborang also noted MSMEs are not charged any subscription fee for the display of their products at onestore.ph, unlike private e-commerce portals that charge merchants.

“This is all for free to our MSMEs. That was really the instruction of (former science and technology) Secretary Mario Montejo when he had told us to pursue working on the onestore e-commerce portal,” he said.

MANILA, Philippines – Researchers and scientists from Isabela State University (ISU) are using light ranging and detection (LiDAR) technology to do renewable energy resource-mapping for the whole Cagayan Valley that will comprehensively measure the potential of the resource-rich region in solar, wind, hydropower and biomass power generation.

Engineer Sancho Mabborang, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 2 director, said that with the region being home to Tuguegarao City – acknowledged as the hottest spot in the Philippines during summer and traversed by the country’s longest river, the Cagayan river, and having a vast stretch of coastline in the northernmost tip of Luzon island – there was huge potential for renewable energy generation.

Under the DOST-funded Phil-LiDAR 2 project, the ISU, among 14 other state universities and colleges all over the country, is making use of LiDAR mapping to identify the country’s agricultural, forest, coastal, hydrological and now even renewable energy resources.