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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 were 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.
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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan As part of the agencys S&T Caravan activities in the region, the Department of Science and Technology Region 2 has cited the various gains of its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program SETUP last year.
Director Urdujah A. Tejada of DOST in Cagayan Valley said the SMEs figured prominently during the conduct of S&T Caravans in Batanes, Cagayan and Isabela and during the Northern Luzon Cluster Fair where they showcased their various products as a result of S&T interventions done by the agency.
It was learned that at least 21 new SETUP projects were established for food processing, furniture, aqua culture, horticulture and metals for CY 2008 and a total of 51 projects monitored by DOST since 2002 in the region.
From these projects, at least 664 jobs were directly generated and an estimated Php70 million was recorded as gross sales, Tejada said.
She added that technology interventions are continuously provided to the SMEs to increase their productivity and to modernize the production line of some firms while those engaged on food processing were assisted on packaging and labeling with bar coding for their products.
For new SETUP, a total of Php13,150,500 million was approved and released with Isabela taking the biggest slice of the budget cake at Php5,228,000 million for 6 projects, followed by Nueva Vizcaya at Php3,480,000 million and 6 projects; and Cagayan and Quirino with 5 and 4 projects at Php2,986,500 and Php1,456,000 millions, respectively.
In Cagayan, the Upgrading of the Carne Ybanag has generated an average annual gross sales of Php1,650,000 before the intervention made by DOST.
Meanwhile, Lal-lo Mayor Olivia Pascual this province likewise reported that the towns Lubeg (Syzygium Lineatum) Wine products has slowly gained acceptance in the local market after the agency assisted its packaging and labeling.
Director Tejada said that one of the SME beneficiaries of SET-UP assistance, Dr. Ildefonso Costales of Santiago City was awarded one of the 50 men and Women of science representing SME sector. Dr. Costales owns the Palaisdaan Natin, a SET-UP assisted project in Barangay Salvador, Santiago City.
Director Tejada expressed hope that more entrepreneurs in the region will likewise avail of DOST-SETUP projects to generate employment and improve the living conditions of the people particularly in the countryside.
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CIPI Certifies DOST Region 02 to be ISO 9001:2000 Compliant
L-R . Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, ARD-FOS; Engr. Evelyn E. Gallardo, Supervising Administrative Officer, DOST-MIRDC; Ms. Mary Ann P. Maglasin, ARD-FASS; Engr. Arthur Lucas Cruz, OIC, Office of the Executive Director, MIRDC; Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, Regional Director, DOST R02; Ms. Amancia B. Magusib, ARD-TOS; Ms. Katrina V. Batang, SRS II-PCIERD; Ms. Teresita A. Tabaog, PD Cagayan Province; Ms. Joana Marie M. Lim SRS II-PCHRD
The Department of Science & Technology Regional Office No. 02 at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, including its five (5) Provincial Science & Technology Centers (PSTCs) was awarded by the Certification International Philippines Inc. (CIPI) ISO 9001:2000 certificate recognizing that the Regional Office and the five Provincial Centers located at Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and Batanes provinces operate a Quality Management System conforming to international standards.
DOST RO2 in its aim to deliver quality and relevant S&T services to its customers has applied for an ISO accreditation and started working on the requirements in 2008. Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, DOST RO2 Regional Director had seen its importance and accepted the challenges that go hand-in-hand in meeting the documentation requirements. The DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center provided technical assistance and guidance in fulfilling the requirements for accreditation.
CIPI is an overseas office of CI (UK) Limited, an international certification body based in Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom that specializes in providing independent and accredited certification to organizations throughout the world. It has offices in 24 countries and 26 key cities. In the Philippines, Mr. Renato V. Navarette serves as the Managing Director.
The awarding ceremony was held last March 20, 2008 at Baua Beach Resort, Gonzaga, Cagayan coinciding with the Joint Meeting of the Cagayan Valley Industry and Energy Research and Development (CVIERDEC) and the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Authority (CVHRDC). The certificates were awarded by Engr. Arthur Lucas Cruz, Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Executive Director, and Engr. Evelyn E. Gallardo, Supervising Administrative Officer, both from DOST-MIRDC.
Being awarded with the certification will boost the reputation of DOST RO2 as a government agency compliant with international standards. DOST RO2 will continue to improve its offices management systems and processes to effectively satisfy customer needs since ISO provides mechanisms for systems improvement in the overall regional operations. # (Victoria B. Mabborang)
Awarding of ISO 9001:2000 Certificate
Ms. Teresita A. Tabaog, Provincial Director, PSTC-Cagayan receives the award for PSTC Cagayan
Engr. Sylvia T. Lacambra, Provincial Director, PSTC-Quirino receives the award for PSTC Quirino
Ms. Virginia G. Bilgera, Provincial Director, PSTC-Nueva Vizcaya receives the award for PSTC Nueva Vizcaya
Engr, Marcelo G. Miguel, Provincial Director, PSTC Isabela and Mr. Lucio G. Calimag, District Director, 1st and 2nd District-Isabela receive the award for PSTC Isabela
Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, ARD-FOS receives the award for PSTC Batanes
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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan A Cagayano meat brand is now laughing its way to the bank with an annual recorded average gross sales of more than 2 million pesos annually.
Director Urdujah A. Tejada of the Department of Science and Technology identified the product as Carne Ybanag of the Lighthouse Cooperative here.
In a briefing last week during the visit of DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro, carne Ybanag Manager Arthur Tabbu told the former, the product line has an average gross sales of Php2,419,706.00 million last year as compared to only Php1,650,000 prior to the intervention of the agency.
It was learned that DOST provided a total of Php463,000 as part of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) assistance to Carne Ybanag in 2006.
Manager Tabbu told Secretary Alabastro that from the SETUP assistance, the cooperative was able to acquire equipment including freezers, mixers, sealers, blenders and slicers, slicing machines and a foot stamp sealer. In 2007, it went into package design and labeling of all meat products to include new line, the now equally popular chicharon, from carabao skin, the chicharabao.
He said that as an impact of the DOST intervention, the product lines have increased from 3 to 5 products alongside the increased in market outlets in Cagayan Valley and Metro Manila.
Before SETUP, Manager Tabbu said that despite the abundance of raw meat materials, the products have always been wanting of technical assistance since its establishment in 2000.
Earlier, the product packaging was crude as the meat was package in heat sealed plastic with paper headers bearing the carne Ybanag brand, according to Tabbu.
It was difficult to market our brand so we have to participate in local trade fairs until our brand became known to the public, he added.
Director Tejada said DOST decided to step in to help the cooperative push the brand so they enrolled Carne Ybanag in the SETUP.
The program encourages and helps small and medium entrepreneurs to adopt technological innovations to improve operations and boost their productivity and competitiveness.
Last year, DOST Region 2 reported that it has established 21 new SETUP projects in the region with an estimated cost of Php13,150,000.00 million for firms engaged in food processing, furniture, aqua-culture, horticulture and metal.
In a press conference, Secretary Estrella Alabastro has called in the regions investors to pour in for the Research and Development after she noted that Cagayan Valley posted only 12 percent R&D investments to date.
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The NLC S&T Fair has a track record of about 40,000 visitors for its past three events that were held in Baguio City and twice in Batac, Ilocos Norte. The event has been venue for update and opportunities in the above region. The event will be highlighted by various activities such as science and technology exhibits and bazaars, technology, investment and inventors' fora, technology trainings and science and technology trivia and other exciting activities.
The week long event will be participated by the DOST Councils and Institutes, DOST Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Cluster, regional line agencies, academe, private firms, small and medium enterprises and other sciencen and technology enthusiasts.
For more information, contact the DOST Region 2 Office at (078) 844-8654 or (078) 846-3301.
The Department of Science & Technology (DOST) Northern Luzon Cluster (Region I, II, and CAR) in coordination with DOST - Technology Application and Promotion Institute will stage the 4th Northern Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair (NLC S&T Fair) on October 6 - 10, 2008 at Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao, New Site, Balzain Road, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.