The country has recognized six groups from both the public and private sector for their excellence in quality performance in 2014.

In a forum on Thursday, the Philippine Quality Awards (PQA) commended six organizations and companies in passing its criteria for outstanding performance in quality management in 2014.

Awardees of the PQA manifest excellence in quality management, as well as notable transparency given the intensive screening, judging and assessment of PQA committee, which is composed of industry experts and veterans.

The PQA awards have four levels of excellence, depending on the performance of the candidates’ quality management.

The four levels of awards are: Level 1 or commitment in quality management, Level 2 or proficiency in quality management, Level 3 or mastery in quality management, and the highest, which is Level 4 or the PQA for quality excellence.

In 2014, Level 1 awardees include the Department of Science and Technology Region 2, Collegio de San Juan de Letran – Manila, and Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna Inc.

 

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From left to right –Hon. Crispina Agcaoili, Ms. Rhodora Maestre, Dir. Mario Capanzana and Engr. Sancho Mabborang during the ribbon cutting on the launching of Complementary Food Products. 

          SAN MATEO, ISABELA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office No. 02 reintroduces a local bean, the Mung bean or locally known as mungo.

In his speech during the launching of the Complementary Food Products in the municipality recently, Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI-DOST) Director Mario V. Capanzana enumerated the various benefits of mungo. It does not only generate employment to the locality, he said, but also gives many health benefits as he encouraged San Mateoans to produce their own local products.

San Mateo, Isabela is known to be the Mungo Capital of the Philippines. Mungo, according to San Mateo Vice Mayor Roberto C. Agcaoili, is their black gold which is also the main ingredient of the complementary foods they produce in the center.

Just recently, he is one of the six Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) customers from Quirino Province who received SETUP innovation support assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02.

Mr. Mark P. Bautista, a sole proprietor of MRB Baby Cono and Corn Mill, finally laid his hands to the SETUP assistance amounting to P2 million pesos on March 11, 2016.

         When interviewed, he said that he had just started his journey in the business world with a very limited budget to maintain his firm. Luckily, with the mission of DOST 02 to deliver quality science and technology services to the people in the valley, the agency started its SETUP program on 2002 to help the micro, small and medium enterprise to boost their businesses. Upon knowing this venture, M.P Bautista did not waste any chance to inquire and submit the needed requirements in availing the SETUP assistance.

          Like him, five entrepreneurs from the same province have been awarded with SETUP assistance namely: Ms. Vilma Palma – P623, 000; Ms. Evelyn Oblero – P1, 785, 000; Ms. Adelina Agduyeng – P942, 000; Mr. Silvestre Oligan – P805, 000; and Mr. Jack Manuzon – P2, 000, 000.

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 Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang together with the SETUP customers, PD Lucio G. Calimag, Ms. Lydia Turingan and Ms. Nenita Collado during the awarding of SETUP assistance at DOST 02 Regional Office.

            Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, regional director, said that they should not waste the chance given to them by the Department. “Huwag po natin sayangin ang opurtunidad at ang tiwala na binigay namin sa inyo,” RD Mabborang said as he extend his congratulations to the customers.

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in collaboration with the Gruppo Medica Inc. (GMI) and the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2016 DOST-PCHRD- Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine.

This Award is given to provide motivation for students, with the technical guidance of their faculty adviser, to view undergraduate thesis as an excellent opportunity to contribute to national interest. The Award recognizes relevant and innovative research works on herbal medicine that can lead to practical and/or commercial applications.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Arts and Sciences who have completed their thesis projects on medicinal plants in the current school year. Nominations must be made by the students’ faculty adviser using the attached prescribed nomination form. Please take note that any alteration on the nomination form is not allowed. All nominees must submit the following requirements together with the nomination form: (1) one soft copy and hard copies of the thesis report, (2) plant authentication certification and (3) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) certification for researches involving animals and/or Ethical clearance from the Ethics Review Committee for researches involving human participants. Nomination with incomplete requirement will automatically be excluded from the list of official entries. A maximum of three (3) thesis projects are allowed per institution.

The Gruppo Medica Inc. will be giving a cash prize of P60,000.00 for the first prize or (P42,000 for the student, P12,000 for the mentor and P6,000 for the school), P40,000 for the second prize winner (P28,000 for the student, P8,000 for the mentor and P4,000 for the school) and P20,000 for the third prize winner (P14,000 for the student, P4,000 for the mentor and P2,000 for the school).

Interested buyers and consumers became more visible after oneSTore.ph, an e-commerce platform of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) headed by DOST Region 02, was aired on television and other forms of media nationwide.

Recently, oneSTore was featured in Bandila, a late-night news program of ABS-CBN, which led to the awareness of the public in the existence of the said project.

Ms. Faye Alexis Marcelino, media planning and relations manager of Manila Water Company (MWC), shared that she watched the news on oneSTore and decided to contact DOST Region 02 for a meeting.                                                                                                  onestorepPWWA

oneSTore team namely Engr. Jonathan Nuestro, Mr. Christopher Musni and Ms. Jamille Palpallatoc meet Manila Water representatives, Dir. Gloria Bertumen , Mr. Joel de Jesus, and Ms. Faye Alexis Marcelino.

MWC expressed their interest to order products under the said e-commerce platform for their 2016 Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA) Conference on Quality Water that will be held at Puerto Princesa, Palawan on April 25-27, 2016. PWWA is  an international conference for all water sectors where local delegates are joined by foreign representatives coming from different countries like United States, Canada and other Asian countries.