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CABARROGUIS, Quirino, The  Department of Science and Technology has approved the release of a financial assistance in the amount of Php100,000 for the production of vegetable noodles in the province.

This after the Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) of the agency had undergone evaluation of the project to be implemented by the Maranatha Food Products of Barangay San Marcos here.

The business, owned and managed by Armando Macatuggal produces lomi noodles and the amount will be used in the purchase of production equipment to include a dough mixer, noodle cutter and a steamer.

DOST Regional Director Urdujah Tejada said that vegetables will be integrated in the noodle production line to include malunggay, squash, carrots, mushrooms and other readily available vegetables and will be marketed as “veggie noodles.”

Veggie breads and noodle technology has been promoted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the DOST to address wheat substitute.

At the same time, Tejada said this will provide additional food supplement to noodles and breads which are common to the daily Filipino diet.

As support to the production, Macatuggal was asked to attend a technology forum on veggie noodles and bread conducted by the FNRI and DOST Regional Office 2 at itsConference Room October this year.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry in Quirino has sent Macatuggal for a study mission at the Philnery Pancit Canton, veggie noodle industry at Alliaga, Nueva Ecija.

The DTI said the mission enabled the client to gain first-hand experience on the business and explore its market potentials.

As this developed, the veggie noodles project will make available the supply of the product in the local market which has targeted school children with the various school canteens as outlets.

BASCO, Batanes – The Farmers Information Technology Service (FITS) Center was formally launched on September 16, 2009 at the Mini Library of the Provincial Science and Technology Center of the Department of Science and Technology here.

The TPC of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural     Resources Research and Development (PCARRD’s)  banner programs, aims to bring Science-based information and technology services to end-users in the agriculture, forestry and natural resources sectors.

FITS or Techno Pinoy Center serves as a one-stop service facility accessible to the majority of farmers, entrepreneurs, and other clients in the area. It provides quick access to     information and technologies in forms appropriate to the client’s needs.

Representatives of Consortium member-agencies actively involved in R & D and Technology management honored the occasion together with Gov. Telesforo F. Castillejos of Batanes representing PLGU, the Executive  Director of CVARRD Dr. Edmund Gamul, CVARRD Techno Gabay coordinator, Prof. Perlas A. Pascua, Provincial Agriculturist’s, FITs Manager Priscilla V. Nanud, Dr. Roger G. Baltazar who is the OIC – UP for AARA and Research of Basco, Celso Batallones who is the FITS Center Manager at DA-IROS, PST Director. Patrocino C. Lechuga who is representing DOST – PCARRD and Program were also present together with the officials of different Municipal LGUs, farmers and students of Basco.

Before the launching, a thanksgiving mass was presided by Fr. Amang Abiog, administrator of Basco Parish, who also blessed the center.

The program also awarded Two Magsasaka Siyentista (MS):  Elena C. Gabilo and Albert Calaui. Both will serve as resource persons during   technology trainings, clinics, and seminars. Both are to promote S & T-based farm which showcases the effectiveness of S & T intervention in improving farm productivity and    income.

            TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Consider pineapple leaves as farm waste no more after the Department of Science and Technology included it as one of the three major sources of natural fibers production in the Cagayan Valley Region.

            DOST Assistant Regional Director for Field Operations Sancho A. Mabborang said an initial 35 pineapple growers from Sta. Ana and Sta. Teresita were organized into an association after an orientation last week.

            He said the DOST has provided the Cagayan State University at Gonzaga with a defibering machine capable of producing two tons of pineapple fiber daily which will then be dried and stored.

            “By June, the agency will train the members on dyeing technology before we provide them another training in fiber weaving,” he said.

            The fiber is preferred in the making of the Filipino barong tagalong due to its flexibility, strength and adaptability aside from the production of other by products like hand made papers, table cloth, table runners and others.

            The towns of Sta. Ana, Gonzaga and Sta. Praxedes along the coastal areas of Cagayan produce the biggest volume of pineapple during its peak season from June to July.

            However, it has been observed that pineapple leaves are left in the fields to rot as only the fruit which is utilized by the farmers.

            With this technology, part of the Regional Program on Natural Fibers of DOST Region 2, the production of pineapple fiber from its leaves will mean additional income to the farmers.

            The fiber according to acclaimed Filipino Piñacloth pioneer designer Patis Tesoro commands a very high price in the textile industry and can be good source of income in any pineapple producing municipalities.

            While it is true there are other major players in the production and export of piñacloth in the country particularly Laguna, most of them are not community-based compared to that of the DOST Project.

            “We are bent on the utilization of natural fibers as we already started with coco coir in Sanchez Mira. We plan to bring the banana fiber technology to Quirino province,” DOST Director Urdujah A. Tejada said.

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – The Department of Science and Technology- based Nutricomnet in Region 2 has started its series of activities to help promote science and technology thru the conduct of a two-day seminar workshop on meal management and food handling for Small Scale Canteen and Restaurant Operators.

Purita S. Licas, Director of the Philippine Information Agency and President of Nutricomnet for the Region said science research specialists from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of DOST have been tapped to conduct the  seminar attended by at least 34 participants from school canteens and private sectors.

Earlier, the Nutricomnet was organized by DOST in cooperation with various media entities- government and private - in Cagayan, to serve as an information tool in the various science and technology information advocacies of the agency.

“This will be the start of other activities which we expect to conduct next year,” DOST Director Urdujah Tejada said.

Participants to the seminar workshop were given lectures on the various aspects of meal management including food costing, preparation and other necessary tools in food  handling.

Utilizing local materials with high nutritive value, the participants likewise held an actual cooking activity using squash as the main ingredient in the preparation of a native delicacy, the kutsinta.

Meanwhile, Assistant Director Amy Magusib expressed hope the  participants will maximize the skills and knowledge they acquired thru the workshop if only to provide good   nutrition to their clients.

 TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – The Department of Science and Technology has reiterated its call on the private sector to invest in the Research and Development of Cagayan Valley as it said, it should take advantage of its vast human and natural resources and institutions already in place.

 DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro said the private sector should now consider the various S&T researchers, programs and projects which continue to benefit the population.

She noted that despite the wealth of Cagayan Valley, R&D investment in the area remained at only 12 percent as compared to other regions.

 In research alone, the government is expected to spent Php200 million to further boost the development of R&D in the country.

 “The Entrepreneurial spirit should be ingrained in everybody here not only from the S&T stakeholders but the entire Valley,” she said.

 The Secretary added that Cagayan Valley has a highly competitive and productive human resources alongside established institutions which should attract R&D investors.

 In 2007 alone, the agency spent a hundred million pesos for its graduate based scholarship programs to ensure the development of human resources in the field of S&T.

 The Secretary was in Cagayan Valley last March 6-7, 2009 personally to visit the various SETUP projects established by DOST region 2, the HATAW projects, a bio-gas digester and the PAG-ASA stations in Cagayan and Philippines Science High School, Cagayan Valley Campus in Bayombong.

 “The resources of the region should be tapped by the private sector as we’re optimistic that in the next few years, we will be at par with the rest of our neighboring countries in Asia,” the Secretary said.

 She likewise lauded the various gains and accomplishments of the entire DOST machinery in Region 2 saying she is impressed with recent S&T developments in the region.