Bringing S&T information closer to the countryside. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 and Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), in partnership with Samsung Philippines, FrontLearners, and Global Peace Foundation, install the first STARBOOKS in a ‘Blended Box’ or ‘e-Learning in a Box’ using tablets to several smart classrooms in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan. Beneficiaries include young minds who belonged to indigenous groups studying in Kittag, Pureg and Callugan Elementary Schools. Each school received 20 units of tablets during the inauguration and turnover ceremony of STARBOOKS on September 28-29, 2016. FrontLearner’s BlendEd Box was conceptualized to increase the competency of the students covering the field of Math, Science, English Grammar and other K-12 subjects. With STARBOOKS in the system, these materials have now additional information on Science and Technology including Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, DOSTkarte, journals, books, and other related S&T materials accredited by DOST. (Photo by Romeo Puyat/Text by KC D. Sucuano)

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.


The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 in collaboration with University of the Philippines’ (UP) Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) has handed over 54 hazard maps to Provincial and Local Government Units (PLGUs) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMOs) of Cagayan, Isabela and Quirino, September 19, 2016.


Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang (R2), assisted by Dr. Aleth M. Mamauag (center) with the technical team of UP-DREAM and ISU Phil-LiDAR and PCIEERD representative, Ms. Mayrose B. Pariñas, gives the hazard map, a product of Phil-LIDAR Project 1 Program, to LGU-Aglipay represented by Mr. Gilvern Manzano.

During the turn-over ceremony held at Isabela State University (ISU) Echague Campus, Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang said these maps will help the PLGUs and DRRMOs in averting natural hazards.

He also emphasized that Phil-Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) 1 Program Data Products must be utilized by PLGUs and DRRMOs in creating well-planned and resilient communities against calamities.

“We should grab this opportunity and work together to deliver an effective disaster preparedness and mitigation and address issues while providing better solutions in the near future,” RD Mabborang said in his speech.


Reaping the fruits of hard labor and team work.

The Food Innovation Center (FIC) Cagayan Valley bagged 7 out of 20 awards during the Recognition of Most Innovative Products held at the Food Processing Division of Industrial Technology Development Institute-Department of Science and Technology (ITDI-DOST) Taguig City, September 22-23, 2016.

Out of 9 competing regions, FIC Cagayan Valley got the nods of the judges during the presentation of more than 100 innovative local products developed by FICs nationwide.

Represented by Provincial Director Nora T. Garcia and Engr. Mark Kenneth Sumbillo, the team brought home a total cash prize of P175,000 from their winning products developed in the Water Retort, Vacuum Fryer and Freeze Dryer.

The judges were wowed in the center’s products including the Ready-to-Eat Banana Roots Recipe; Munggo Filling; Bamboo Shoot Sauce; Crispy Pickled Arius; Crispy Sprouted Munggo; Freeze Dried Arius and Freeze Dried Gamet.

Spearheaded by Science and Technology Resource Assessment and Evaluation Division Planning and Evaluation Service (STRAED-PES) of the Department of Science and Technology, DOST Region 02 conducted a forum on the status of Research and Development sector of the Philippines.

            The activity aimed to present the R&D statistics covering 2002-2013 to various State Universities, Colleges (SUCs), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) in the country.

In his speech, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang said whatever numbers that will be derived from the survey will give opportunities to them to create new strategies and plans to improve their performances in the field of research.

The Science Department, he said, will continue to support the research works of local researchers in different schools and universities in the region.