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TUGUEGARAO CITY -- To address the problem of disaster risk management (DRM) at the local level, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the Department of Science and Technology (Phivolcs-DOST) recently conducted hazard mapping in four of the five provinces of the region.

Arturo Daag, Phivolcs supervising science research specialist, said the project is under the Hazard Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (READY) and aims to produce a comprehensive maps on all types of hazards such as geologic and meteorological hazards in all municipalities in the country.

“But due to limited funds, we only identified 27 provinces which are identified as hazard-prone areas including the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya,” Daag said.

Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), READY is being implemented by agencies such as PHIVOLCS, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical and Services Administration - (PAGASA-DOST), Mines and Geosciences Bureau- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MGB-DENR) and the National Mapping Resource and Information Authority (NAMRIA-DENR) and local government units.

Daag said the project has different components, namely, multihazard identification and disaster risk assessment, community-based disaster preparedness and mainstreaming of risk reduction into the local development planning process.

Under the multi-hazard identification and disaster risk assessment, the ground rupture (active faults), ground shaking, liquefaction hazard, earthquake-induced landslide hazard, tsunami hazard, rainfall induced landslides hazard, floods and flashfloods hazard and storm surge mapping are done.

After the mapping, the results will be compiled and reviewed before it will be released to the local government units in January or February next year. The maps can also be accessed at

An Information and Education Campaign (IEC) for mayors, barangay captains, municipal planners, deputized coordinators, high school and elementary teachers will also be conducted, Daag added.

“This is to empower the most vulnerable municipalities and cities in the country and enable them to prepare disaster risk management plans,” the research specialist said.

Daag said the LGUs may also initiate IEC activities thru the Phivolcs.#

LALLO, Cagayan - The Cagayan State University – Lallo Campus received P250,000 assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 2 to research on possible products that can be derived from the “Citronella” grass.

Isabelo Llanto, Instructor in the College of Agriculture, said the project aims to process the Citronella plant into products which can be a source of livelihood for the school and people interested in venturing into it as an industry.

He added that they are on the process of propagating more “Citronella” plants to obtain more production, especially since it said to be a source of essential oils.

Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon. The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol and geraniol. These chemicals find extensive use in soap, perfumery, cosmetic and flavoring industries throughout the world.

Moreover, Citronella oil is also a renowned plant-based insect repellent, and has been registered for this use in the United States. Research also shows that citronella oil has strong an fungal properties, and is effective in calming barking dogs.

Dr. Bienvenido Domingo, dean of the College of Agriculture, said they will establish an oil extractor machine to conduct a thorough study on the plant.

“We thank the DOST for this project and we are looking forward to good partnership as we are hope that this will be a successful project,” Domingo said.

As counterpart, the CSU provided a laboratory building, plantation and human resources including agri students for the said project.

Domingo added that as part of their extension projects, they will also train farmer groups and other interested sectors to transfer the technology on “Citronella” grass products.#

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Department of Science and Technology (DOST)- Cagayan recently organized  Municipal Science and Technology Ac on Groups (MSTAGs) in the towns of Penablanca, Gonzaga, Lasam and Camalaniugan.

DOST provincial director Teresita A. Tabaog said the newly organized MSTAGs will embark on activities such as food safety training for various food handlers and canteen operators (Penablanca); Science and Technology Forum on the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SET-UP (Gonzaga)Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) on meat processing (Lasam); and SET-UP Forum and assessment of Bioreactor Technology/Organic Fertilizer Project (Camalaniugan).

Tabaog said that aside from the SET-UP Forum in Gonzaga, the local government also entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DOST for the upgrading of fish processing activities in the municipality as requested by MSTAG.

The fish-based and sauce projects were facilitated by DOST in 2002 in barangay Batangan and are still sustainable, Tabaog added.

She explained that the MSTAGs are formed to serve as the local science and technology advisory body created through an Executive Order issued by the municipal mayor.

The organization is headed by the mayor as chairman and co-chaired by the DOST provincial director and Vice Mayor. The other offices in the local government units, government agencies and nongovernment agencies in the community are made part of the MSTAG through endorsement from the office of the Mayor.

MSTAG is one of the strategies of DOST to enhance adoption and commercialization of appropriate technologies in the countryside while giving independence and confidence to the LGU to manage its own science and technology requirements for development through guidance from DOST. (TCB/PIA 2)

SOLANO, Nueva Vizcaya – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) regional offices in Cagayan Valley, agreed to collaborate to serve better the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the various agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in the region.

The DOST’s flagship program on Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) was presented by Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, assistant regional director for Field Operations Services of DOST 2. He explained how the program can link with the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services(ARCCESS) program of DAR to maximize services for the ARCs and increase their income.

SET-UP response to the call for more focused programs assistance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist SMEs to adopt technological innovations to improve their operations to boost their productivity and competitiveness.

Meanwhile, Atty. Casiano G. Eclar Jr., regional director of DAR 2 lauded DOST’s concern to the ARBs as he challenged his DAR officials and staff to concentrate on the implementation of ARCESS in coordination with DOST.

He said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be prepared to identify general linkages between the two agencies while specific arrangements be done at the provincial offices.

Likewise, he challenged his officials to replicate DOST’s strategies on identification and extension of services to their customers. Director Eclar also thanked DOST for its selfless efforts to assist ARC’s/ARB’s in the region even prior to their partnership.#

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan - Science and technology in the Cagayan Valley region went a step ahead with the organization of the Cagayan Valley Laboratory Consortium (CVLC) led by the Department of Science and Technology Region 2.

Director Urdujah A. Tejada of DOST said the consortium was launched during the opening ceremonies for the National Science and Technology Week regional celebration held at the Cagayan State University in July 2011.

The consortium is composed of various laboratories of hospitals, testing facilities both from the private and government sectors in the region to provide networking among them.

“The laboratories will be more significant and relevant to the needs of the industry in terms of testing and service requirements,” Tejada said.

Specifically, it aims to provide resources sharing among the labs in the region as it will likewise contribute in education development through trainings of researchers and students.

It will also serve as a forum for strengthening technical cooperation between the laboratories and the small medium enterprises, local government units and the industry and for the members to acquire ISO certificate.

As of press me, members include hospitals, academe, government testing institutions and the private sector.

Director Tejada said the plan is to harmonize standards of testing laboratories, address the calibration requirements of the various lab equipments to include the waste management system, the technical assistance in acquiring the ISO certificate of the Regional Integrated Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture and the monitoring of the banned asbestos containing wire gauzes in school laboratories.

Tejada earlier called on the various members to fully extend their support to their organization if only for the advancement of S and T in the Cagayan Valley region. (Sylvia T. Lacambra)