Launching of Coffee Table Books. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo signs the newly published Coffee Table Books of Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) during its launching in the first national SETUP Convention dubbed “SETUP@15: The Benchmark of Quality and Productivity” held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. The Coffee Table Books contain various success stories brought by Science and Technology interventions of DOST to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and different communities nationwide. Also in the picture are Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, Assistant Secretary for Countryside Development and Regional Directors from different DOST Regional Offices in the country.(Photo by KC D. Sucuano/DOST R02-PAI)

Just recently, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted the first national Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) Convention attended by more than 300 local entrepreneurs, regional, assistant and provincial directors and SETUP coordinators nationwide.

During the program dubbed as “SETUP@15: The Benchmark of Quality and Productivity”, an Audio Video Presentation showcasing the SETUP Accomplishments for the past 15 years was presented.

SETUP is the banner program of DOST that assists Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in identifying technology innovations to improve their operations as well in their productivity and product competitiveness.

Since its establishment in 2002, DOST assisted more than 26, 000 MSMEs with a total SETUP investment for innovation system support amounting to P2.546B. The Department has provided 45,462 S&T interventions that provided 146,728 employments to Filipino people.

In his message, DOST Secretary Mario G, Montejo, said SETUP is one of the prime contributors of the growth of MSMEs nationwide making better lives for every Mang Juan and Aling Maria in the country. “DOST was able to prove to countrymen the potentials of new technologies, new know-how especially the local adopted technologies,” Secretary Montejo said in his speech.

Two staff from Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 bagged awards in the recently concluded national celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) at Sofietel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel.

Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang and Ms. Virginia Bilgera, Supervising Science Research Specialist, received Distinct Recognition Awards for their outstanding and dedicated service to DOST Region 02.

RD Mabborang said, “We are humbled by this award. This will inspire and motivate not only me but the entire DOST Region 02 to fulfill its mandate as the premiere institution in giving appropriate and quality S&T services to our stakeholders.”

Dubbed as “Celebrating Breakthroughs in the Countryside”, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrated its 25th year of connecting science and technology in the countryside through the Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) for the improvement of the lives of every Aling Maria and Mang Juan while serving them with honesty, competence and integrity.

PSTCs are the implementing arms of the Department in extending the flagship programs of DOST to the grassroot level. It served as an instrument to link the gaps of the Department and the people by increasing their awareness to S&T services and other projects and programs.

More than 150 DOST staff composed of regional directors, assistant regional directors and provincial directors nationwide participated the significant event and reminisced the 25th year of PSTCs, its journey and struggles through an Audio Video Presentation (AVP).

For the past years, Isabela State University (ISU) Cauayan Campus through their Research and Development Office has formulated their own recipes and designs to develop their bamboo-based products.

Recently, the said institution led by Dr. Precilla de Lima, campus executive officer, asked for the technical assistance and expertise of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 and the Cagayan State University (CSU)-DOST R02 Food Innovation Center for the development of their bamboo-based food products.

Mr. Elmer de Lima presented the bamboo products coined as “GawaKawayan” during the meeting held at DOST Region 02 Conference Hall. It is a One Town One Product (OTOP) of Cauayan City as well as the One Campus One Product (OCOP) of ISU Cauayan.