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.

Another milestone for the Science Department’s ecommerce platform.

oneSTore has now its official logo after the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Philippines issued a certificate of registration to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 on June 23, 2016.

            Based on the certificate duly signed by Dir. Leny B. Lopez of Bureau of Trademarks, oneSTore can use its official mark for 10 years after its issuance.                                                                                                                   

The certification protects the trademark of oneSTore to intellectual property theft. Said platform, on the other hand, needs to comply in the requirements set forth by IPO Phil while using the said trademark.

According to Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, registration of said trademark is important to ensure the government’s IP properties are protected. “Soon, this will add to the commercial values of the technologies, patents, and trademarks of oneSTore,” he added.

 With more than 3-M hits, oneSTore has 3, 350 available local products online coming from more than 250 DOST-assisted micro, small and medium enterprises nationwide. In addition, 8 physical hubs were also established in different regions.

This ecommerce platform is now on its latest version, V2.5, which is 10 times faster than its original version. To start for online shop, visit or download its app in Play Store for android mobile phones. (KC D. Sucuano/DOST R02-PAI)



Regional Science and Technology Week: A celebration that brings S&T services even more closer to every Aling Maria and Mang Juan in the countryside.

After several months of preparing the week-long celebration of RSTW dubbed as “Juan Science, One Nation”, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 finally opened the festivity with various S&T activities for the people of Cagayan Valley.

Held in Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU), Bayombong Campus, the gymnasium was filled with numerous local food products made by DOST-assisted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the five provinces of the region – Batanes, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Quirino and Cagayan.



DOST-assisted MSMEs in the region showcase their various local products in the celebration of RSTW. 

During the opening program, Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang emphasized in his speech that everyone should support and patronized our own local products and inventions.

“Let’s strengthen our faith to our local scientists and engineers and believe in every invention and innovation they make. Iangat pa natin ang Pilipinas sa tulong ng Siyensiya at Teknolohiya”, Mabborang said as he extends his warm welcome to all the participants and visitors.

     Rainfall, water level and air pressure are now properly monitored after Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 has installed several early warning devices in the region’s river basins since 2013 under the Deployment of Early Warning System (DEWS) Project. 


Mr. John Michael Taguiam inspects one of the early warning devices installed in the river basin in Nueva Vizcaya.

     Automatic Rain Gauges (ARGs), Water Level Monitoring System (WLMS) or combination of both were already installed along the streams of Cagayan River Basin and other minor river basins in Cagayan Valley.

     According to Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, these devices will help the Science Department in boosting the capability of the region to respond in the challenges brought by natural disasters such as typhoon, etc.

     Just recently, the data derived from these devices have helped DOST in delivering real-time data on the water level of Cagayan River Basin in the recent attack of Typhoon Carina in Region 02.

      NAST PHL members and awardees were among the top ranking scientists in Philippine Institutions based on their Google Scholar Citations public profiles as reported by Webometrics, the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions.

    During the second week of June 2016, Cybermetrics Lab collected data from the public profiles of researchers working in Philippine institutions as reflected through the Google Scholar Citations database. Among the top 453 profiles listed in the third edition of the ranking, National Scientist (NS) Lourdes J. Cruz and Academician (Acd.) Jurgenne H. Primavera ranked second and third, respectively. The academicians who made it to the top 20 were Acd. Antonio L. Dans (rank 7), Acd. Rodel D. Lasco (rank 13), Acd. Arsenio M. Balisacan (rank 14), Acd. Gisela P. Concepcion (rank 16), Acd. Allan B. Bernardo (rank 18), and Fernando P. Siringan (rank 19).

     Outstanding Young Scientist awardees also secured spots in the list namely, Arnel Salvador (rank 4), Raymond Tan (rank 5), Arvin C. Diesmos (rank 9), Porfirio Alino (rank 12), Ernesto Pernia (rank 15), and Mary Ann Lansang (rank 17) while NS Gavino C. Trono Jr. landed on the 20th spot.

      Webometrics publish a unique ranking of universities in every edition – a result of a careful investigation of a combination of indicators. Its data is generated by Cybermetrics Lab, which has been developing quantitative studies on the academic web since the mid 90s.

     The ranking aims to promote academic web presence by supporting Open Access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and other academic materials. It also uses web indicators as proxies in the correct, comprehensive, deep evaluation of the university global performance, taking into account its activities, outputs, and their relevance and impact.

     Google Scholar (GS) is a free bibliographic database while Google Scholar Citations is a tool for setting up author profiles of individuals and their publications as covered by GS.

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