The Department of Science and Technology Region 02 will conduct a “Metrology Training for Local Government Units” on February 10-11, 2015 at Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The training is designed to equip municipal/city treasurers and LGU staff on calibration of weighing scales used in the public markets including bascula most often used in rice and corn trading. Also part of the training is the calibration of fuel pumps of gasoline stations.

Under the Local Government Code, the LGUs are mandated to regularly calibrate, inspect and seal weighing scales used in the public markets and fuel pumps of gasoline stations in their respective areas in their critical role in consumer protection. Calibration helps protect local consumers from unfair measures used in trade.

In order to calibrate, an LGU must have a set of standard weights and a calibration bucket which can be obtained from a duly licensed company recognized by the Department of Energy and must be submitted for calibration  at least once a year to  the Department of Science and Technology.

The DOST 02 Regional Metrology Laboratory offers its services to LGUs who need technical assistance in calibration. The RML can reached through telephone numbers  304-8654/396-0720 or may be visited at DOST02, Regional Government Center, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.   

 

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By Thelma C. Bicarme - PIA 02 and Daisy D.J. Simon - DOST 02


Diffun, Quirino – The Department of Science and Technology Region 2 has released a P0.5M fund to Provincial Local Government Unit of Quirino last month to be used for the conduct of “Feasibility Study on Corn and Cassava Starch Production in the Province of Quirino”.

This is in response to the request of PLGU Quirino and Quirino State University-Diffun campus to avail of financial assistance under the DOST Grant-In-Aid (GIA) program.A Memorandum of Agreement was recently signed between the DOST 2, PLGU-Quirino and QSU.


 

Governor Junie E. Cua said he chose QSU to be the implementer of the said project because it displayed credible track record in researches and conduct of feasibilities.

 

The provincial government is looking into the possibility of developing more or less 27,850 hectares of open/grasslands in the province into cassava production.

 

The economy of Quirino is basically agriculture-base. Currently, an approximate area of 41, 812 hectares is used for rice, corn, banana, sweet potato, cassava and other root crops production.

 

The cassava is known to perform well even under unfavourable growing condition such as drought and poor soil.

 

Corn, a major crop in Quirino is mainly used as feed ingredients by feed mill in Luzon. Cassava which is planted in about 360 hectares is used as substitute for corn as feed ingredient. However these two crops can be used to manufacture higher value products such as starch.

 

The DOST 2 said if this project will push through, it will create livelihood and employment to local people as well as bring tax revenue to the province. This is why the conduct of a feasibility study is important to generate information that will serve as basis whether the project can be a successful venture.

Currently, the Provincial Agriculture Office and Abrasa Multi-Purpose Cooperative are supervising an estimated area of 305 hectares and 284 hectares of cassava respectively.


STEPI (Science and Technology Policy Institute)invites graduate students, scholars and researchers to apply for 2014 STEPI Fellowship. This fellowship aims to encourage research on the issues pertaining to science, technology and innovation (STI) policy, and to build a research network among STI policy researchers and students around the world. The fellowship supports up to 5,000 USD for research on various topics of STI policies, preferably issues pertinent to East Asian countries. Research results from the fellowship support will be published in the ‘STI POLICY REVIEW’ (www.stipolicyreview.net), an international journal focusing on STI policy issues of East Asian countries.


Eligibility

Academic scholars, policy researchers, and graduate students of any field that study STI policies are eligible to apply. Graduate students must submit a recommendation letter given from their supervisors or advisors who may guarantee the quality of research result.

 

Application/Proposal

Applicants are required to submit following documents:

üResearch Proposal

Proposals should be written in English and be of less than 5 pages. The proposal should be on  theoretical and/or empirical research on STI policy issues, preferably, the issues pertaining to East Asian countries. The proposal must include: a) a research title, b) a research objective, c) research background/questions, d) research methodologies, and e) research plan, including the submission dates of research papers (see the next section on output and submission).

ülApplicant’s Curriculum Vitae

üRecommendation letter, if applicable.

Application materials should be submitted by November 11, 2013 in MS-Word file via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Selection/Support

Proposals will be evaluated on relevance, quality, and significance of expected policy implications.

Once the Review Committee finalizes a proposal selection, the program office will notify the review result to selectees via e-mail by December 20th, 2013. The fellowship amount of up to 5,000 USD will be determined by the Review Committee. The fellowship will be awarded in two parts: one third upon submission of final output and the remaining two thirds upon acceptance of the final paper to the journal, ‘STI POLICY REVIEW’. If the final paper is evaluated not reaching the level of publishable quality, the second part of the fellowship will not be awarded.

 

Output and Submission Date

As the final output, a publishable paper (no longer than 40 pages) must be submitted to the program office no later than March 31, 2014. The submitted paper is subject to a double-blind referee review to be accepted to the journal. Once a full paper is accepted to the journal, STI POLICY REVIEW, awardees are recommended to revise the manuscript upon the reviewers’ comments by a designated due date prior to publication.

 

Program Contacts

Dr. Yongsuk Jang, Program Director

Moon Sook Jeong, Program Assistant / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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By Benjie S. De Yro - PIA R02


TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan--The Department of Science and Technology in Region 2 (DOST-2) recently signed an agreement with the Cagayan State University for the establishment of an Innovation Center common service facility.

 

DOST Director Urdujah Tejada said that as part of the agreement, DOST will transfer P1,234,464,000 to the state university for its establishment.


 

Services offered by the Innovation are product and process development, research, packaging and labeling assistance, service facilities for packaging and labeling, trainings, short-run production, and among others.

 

DOST is mandated to transfer basic and applied technology in food processing, products conservation, and production of high-value products in the countryside for rural empowerment and to spur economic development.

 

“We both agree with CSU that the center has economic potentials to become a common service facility on food processing in the region," she added.

 

“Under the Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children (PINOY) component, the center is expected to develop food products for the children, while the Food Hub component will take charge of the development of food for all ages,” said CSU President Romeo Quilang.

 

Tejada said the CSU has been selected as pilot university for the innovation center facility because of its vast production area for agricultural products to sustain the process of complementary products.



From the DOST, the university will transfer the technology to small and medium enterprises and other interested stakeholders for mass production of processed foods which will be distributed eventually to the region and elsewhere.

 

In a related news, Dr. Jocelyn Tuscano, project supervisor, said they already submitted 10 project proposals for potential food products from raw materials available in the province.