A not-so-good weather greeted him but he didn’t mind at all.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña took a short visit in Cagayan Valley despite the unpleasant weather condition on August 16-17, 2016.

Assisted by Assistant Secretary for Countryside Development Urdujah A. Tejada, Science and Technology Information Institute (STII)-Director Richard P. Burgos, and Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, the Secretary made his first stop at Isabela State University (ISU) Echague Campus for the launching and turnover of STARBOOKS.

STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations has been installed in some schools in the region.

It contains readily available Science and Technology information in the form of journals, books and other materials accredited by DOST. It has video files dubbed as “DOSTkarte” intended for parents and other interested members of the society who wants to become entrepreneurs.

Also, with its newest information on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, it is now called a SUPER STARBOOKS. Additional 14 schools have received STARBOOKS during the turnover ceremony at De Venecia Hall, ISU.

Professor dela Peña took a brief tour on DOST-PCIEERD funded projects in the campus such as the Climate Change Center and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Project.

With no time to waste, the Secretary moved to ISU Cauayan Campus for the Health On the Go, an exhibit brought by Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) in cooperation with Unilab Foundation, Isabela State University Cauayan Campus and DOST Region 02.

This activity is a month-long exhibit featuring various module sets which aimed to promote awareness and importance of health to mankind.

In his speech, Secretary dela Peña mentioned that one of the top priorities of the new administration is on health research and development.

He said that students must have enough knowledge in science and technology not just to be used in the four corners of their rooms but an opportunity to have a possible career in the said field.

What is important is that we can provide much access to the young people various information related to S&T because it is very useful for them not only in terms of completing their projects in their academic program but also to consider careers in science and technology,” the Secretary said.

After the ribbon cutting, another one took place in the Agricomponent Machineries and Construction Corporation (AMCC) site. AMCC is a Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) adaptor since 2012. The company manufactures and fabricates agricultural, industrial and postharvest equipment that are highly efficient, cheap and readily available agri-machineries in Region 02.

According to Engr. Rolando Rupac, vice president of AMCC, they were able to saved P2.6M pesos upon the acquisition of Hydraulic Press Bender from DOST’s SETUP financial innovative assistance.

Also, the Secretary visited the Base Wood Products owned by Mr. Edgar Base Sr, another SETUP adoptor.  Mr Base said their income has increased by 575% and they are now producing more than 19, 000 chairs that are sold all over the country.

Secretary dela Peña said he was very pleased upon seeing all the DOST funded projects and he hoped to go back in the region for another visit.

On the other hand, Dir. Burgos and his team continue their project visits in Cauayan City, Isabela including Matallog Welding Shop and Trader’s Design Furniture Shop. (KC D. Sucuano/DOST R02-PAI)