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It was a dream come true of the DOST RO2 family to have a decent and well structured building where the seat of DOST transactions for all projects, activities and undertakings in the region emanates .
July 28, 2010 marks a very significant day in the existence of DOST in the Cagayan Valley Region. This day was the blessing and inauguration of the new building located at the Regional Government Center at Carig, Tuguegarao City Cagayan. The event was well attended by executives of different government agencies, research directors, university presidents, research directors and campus executive officers of the different state universities , clients and customers. Ms. Dyan Ignacio, Supervising SRS of ITDI represented the DOST Head Office.
The blessing and Eucharistic celebration was presided by Rev. Fr. Frank Manibog of Divine Mercy Parish. A very inspiring and meaningful message was delivered by Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, Regional Director of DOST R02.
Right after the simple lunch, a press conference was called by the Regional Director hosted by Ms. Thelma Bicarme of Philippine Information Agency. RO2 The conference was covered by DWPE and RBC Cable Television Network of Tuguegarao City. During the Press Conference, the host interviewed the Regional Director, Assistant Regional Directors, Planning Officer, Training Officer and Center Managers and all the Provincial Directors of Region 2. The highlight of the conference was the report of all the Directors regarding their Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program projects and their respective accomplishments.
With the new DOST building in place, the DOST 02 staff and personnel will be even more inspired in the efficient and effective delivery of S&T services.
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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan a group of businessmen have bonded themselves together to answer the need for equipment of the Cagayan Valley after the Department of Science and Technology assured the group of its technical support since last year.
Regional Director Urdujah A. Tejada identified the group as the Equipment Manufacturing Cluster Region 2 based in Cauayan City, Isabela which had undergone a series of consultations and meetings prior to its organization.
The EMC as a private organization will have DOST as an ex-officio member at the same time its Secretariat, Tejada said.
She added that the agency has initiated the organization of the group after it was observed that metal craft business in the region has been lagging behind other regions in terms of technology advancement and productivity.
The region, for the last few decades, has been dependent on equipment and machineries from other regions particularly in the fabrication of machines and other equipment needed by target clients.
Earlier, the Department piloted coco coir production in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan using defibering machine.
Such equipment in Cagayan have attracted the interest of private individuals to purchase for their business.
We want to group to take advantage of the demand by fabricating the same equipment, including the design so that it can answer to the needs of the clients, Tejada said.
She said the groups plans and activities will be incorporated with the Regional Development Plans of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
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DIFFUN, Quirino Eleven Delecto weighing scales used in the feeding program of the localgovernment here have been calibrated and verified of its reading performance with the reference standards.
The activity is part of the mandate of the Department of Science and Technology Quirino Provincial Office of maintaining and establishing the traceability of the measuring instrument, in cooperation with the Municipal Nutrition Office of Diffun, this province.
Earlier, the government has mandated the Industrial Technology Institute (ITDI) of the DOST to establish and maintain the national reference standards of the various measurements like mass, volume, temperature and pressure.
As mandated by law, all measuring instruments should be calibrated once a year.
In Tuguegarao City, a Regional Metrology Center is being established at the Regional Center in Barangay Carig to cater to mass and volume calibration.
At present, the DOST Regional Office 02 offers its services for volume calibration of gas pumps among gasoline stations. Those interested to avail of such service may contact for inquiries the DOST Regional Office at (078) 844-8654 or see the nearest DOST Provincial Office in the area.
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The Department of Science and Technology Region 02 is all set to open a Help Desk on Intellectual Property following a three day orientation/IP Rights, according to Regional Director Urdujah A. Tejada.
The participants composed of private inventors and researchers from the higher education institute in the region were subjected to a workshop on claim drafting, a pre-requisite to patent and invention.
Assistant Director Sancho Mabborang lamented the fact that despite the proliferation of different inventions in the region, only a handful if at all, are able to patent their discoveries while the academe find it difficult to likewise register their own.
Under the Intellectual Property Rights, no individual can lay claim to an invention or a discovery unless he can submit a claim draft to the Intellectual Property Philippines (IPP).
The IPP told DOST here that of the approximately 1,600 applicants for patenting, not one came from Cagayan Valley.
Mabborang explained that once a discovery or an invention is patented, it will take 20 years before it becomes public property. However, if and when an individual made innovations of such inventions, he should apply for utility model rights.
We have to develop a culture of patenting in the region and the establishment of an IP Help Desk is expected to attain this goal, the DOST official said.
As of presstime, Mabborang admitted that there are few IP policies in the region even as patenting has been a big business in the United States.
He cited the case of some researchers in the academe where individuals who do the study receive no benefit from his discovery. With the IP Help Desk, the DOST region 02 expect more patented inventions and discoveries from the region.
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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan The Department of Science and Technology Region 2 reported that some of its Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) projects are slowly taking a slice of Manila markets and overseas.
This after the agency provided the necessary technologies and marketing assistance, according to DOST Regional Director Urdujah Tejada.
She cited the case of Carne Ybanag where it was learned that the label supplies supermarkets in and outside Metro Manila particularly its famous chicharabao, tocino and longganisa.
Arturo Tabbu, manager of Carne Ybanag confirmed the products are available at the Market! Market Mall in Taguig, Mall of Asia and SM North Edsa.
The Director likewise reported that the Aparri-based Criseldas Foods which started as a small homegrown food manufacturer has successfully established two stalls at a branch of SM in Metro Manila and the Middle East aside from the fossilized flowers of Quirino province which slowly carving its name as the fossilized flower capital of Northern Luzon.
Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Amy Magusib reported that the Lubeg wine of Lal-lo town could hardly meet market demands after DOST assisted the RIC of Barangay San Lorenzo on the packaging of the product.
At least 50 projects have been assisted by DOST in the region which provided services like product standard and testing, packaging and labeling, data based management, development of information systems and ICT application and linkaging and networking.
The business areas prioritized by SET-UP included those in the food processing, furniture, gifts, housewares and decors, horticulture metals, aquaculture, among others.
Among the innovation support system provided by the agency include the establishment of new processes or operation, upgrading of traditional operation, product development, consultancy services and trainings, Director Tejada said.