More than 700 participants including Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 headed by Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang joined Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) as they celebrate their 34th Anniversary on March 17, 2016 at New World Makati Hotel.

With the theme "Going Global: Increasing International Partnerships in Research and Innovation for Health", PCHRD Executive Director Jaime C. Montaya shared during his opening message what PCHRD has been done for the whole year of 2015 and an overview on what will be made for the coming years.

He also mentioned that the said celebration will focus on the globalization for research and education, health and the growing interest for international collaborations.

In his message, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said that the quest of DOST in self-realization and independence starts in the recognition on the key role of scientists and engineers in making science work for sustainable national development.                                                                34thPCHRDAnniversary

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo delivers his message during the 34th PCHRD Anniversary held at New World Makati Hotel. 

         “By relying more on our scientists and engineers and by empowering them, they have achieved significant breakthroughs in agriculture, industry, disaster preparedness and health… they have come up with many innovative solutions to our problems,” he added.

 As he ended his speech, Secretary Montejo congratulated PCHRD as he thanked them and other health institutions and sectors of the society for the long standing partnership in addressing different health concerns.

Sancho A. Mabborang may not have a “Doctor” before his name, but that may not be needed because he is an engineer whose credentials can never be questioned.

Mabborang is now the full-fledged Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 Office that has jurisdiction over Cagayan Valley. He succeeded an equally competent public servant in Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada who is now the DOST Assistant Secretary for Countryside Development.

          He took his oath of office as full-fledged head of the DOST Region 02 Office on March 7, 2016 before Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo.


Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang takes his oath before DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo at DOST Central Office.

            Born in December 23, 1968, he obtained his B.S. Civil Engineering degree from the Far Eastern University in 1991.

He went on to pursue post-graduate studies in Belgium. From September 1994 to July 1995, he took his Complementary Studies in Post-Harvest Engineering, and from September 1995 to September 1997, he took his M.S. Post-Harvest Engineering, both at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He graduated Cum Laude in M.S. Post-Harvest Engineering.

He also had his training in Technology Needs Assessment from August – September 2003 at the Swinburne University, Australia, and Non-Destructive Testing Trainer’s Training in September 2006 in Seoul, South Korea.

Cauayan City, Isabela – To support the multi-sectoral advocacy campaign on downstream oil industry, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 joined the Oil Industry Forum conducted by the Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with Philippine Information Agency (PIA), March 10.

The forum, according to Dr. Purita S. Licas, PIA regional director, is to empower the consumers and industry stakeholders on various conservation programs of the government as well in the basic framework of the downstream Oil Industry specifically the Liquefied Petroleum Products (LPP) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industries.

“This aimed to equip the energy consumers with basic knowledge and understanding of the different energy products and services including practical tips on safe handling, transport, storage and utilization of petroleum products,” she added.                                                                                  DoEPIA

Dir. Manuel Llaneza answers queries from the participants during the open forum of Oil Industry.  

          Morning session started with an overview on Oil Industry presented by Mr. Romulo Callangan of DOE Luzon Field Office followed by an  open forum.

With the advent of social media and the Internet, there is a need for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to adopt e-commerce solutions to tap into new markets, including the international.

Among the government agencies that are helping MSMEs utilize e-commerce is the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under its program. In particularly, the DOST under assists MSMEs that are beneficiaries of its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). A big number of the enterprises assisted by the DOST under its SETUP program are in the countryside.

“Through the program, the MSMEs assisted by the DOST through SETUP can expand their markets in the Philippines with e-commerce. E-commerce is now a trend that must be studied and eventually adopted by enterprises that want their revenues to grow through an expansion of their current market,” said Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, the DOST Assistant Secretary for Countryside Development.

Since its launching last July 2015 during the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration in Manila, OneStore project had already uploaded/featured over 1, 300 products ranging from food, agriculture, furniture, handicrafts, metals, and other products such as charcoal related-products, bath essentials, personalized gifts and jewelry, religious items, and schools and universities accessories.

The DOST Region 02 Office, project leader, is continuing to do website enhancements to ensure better its functionality and usability.

As one of the best practices of the agency to continually improve its Quality Management System (QMS), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02, once again subjected itself to International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2008 external surveillance audit.

Since 2009, it is mandatory that the agency must undergo an ISO audit. Currently, DOST R02 had its latest assessment on February 26, 2016. This activity aimed to evaluate and determine the conformity of the quality management system to specified requirements for the agency’s continued accreditation.


Mr. Carlos Somera, lead auditor, evaluates the documents and files of the Provincial Directors of PSTC Isabela – Engr. Marcelo G. Miguel, Quirino - Lucio G. Calimag, Cagayan – Dr. Teresita A.Tabaog, Batanes – Ms. Nora T. Garcia and Nueva Vizcaya – Engr. Jonathan R. Nuestro.

Areas included in the audit were: provision of science and technology (S&T) transfer and commercialization services, S&T information and promotion services, and S&T Scholarship services.The audit started with the opening meeting held at the DOST 02 conference room.


Engr. Marlon P. Campued, member auditor, audits one of the area included – the S&T Information, through its Center Manager, Ms. Victoria B. Mabborang.


How the journey started

            Knowing clearly the agency’s vision, values and mission, status awareness, competency trainings, review of processes, bench marking and strategic planning are the first steps made to start the journey of DOST 02 in the road to improve its Quality Management System.