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In preparation for the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting on July, The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) had recently held the Mindanao Regional Scientific Meeting on March 13-14 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.


Guided by the theme: "Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Fisheries 20/20", the first of three regional scientific meetings focused on the Philippine fishing industry and the relevant factors and avenues that affected it.

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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year, the Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST-IX) honors women by conducting a series of FREE digital literacy trainings at the DOST-Science and Technology Information Center (DOST-STIC).

For the whole month of March, women Barangay Health Workers and Nutrition Scholars, and Midwives will be introduced to modules on Basic Computer Operation, Word Processing, Spreadsheet Application Operations, and Presentation Software Basics.

Just recently, women from the City Health Office began training at the DOST-STIC office in San Jose, Zamboanga City.

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Lamberto Junk Shop is owned and managed by Mr. Danilo Josol and Mrs. Grace Josol, both public school teachers. As professional teachers, cleanliness and organization is their second nature, and so it is unusual to see them flourish in the junk shop business where “getting dirty” is the name of the game.

The business started out as small junk shop buyer with an initial investment of three hundred thousand pesos (P300,000.00). The shop then had five employees going around Dipolog City looking for recyclable wastes that can be sold to a bigger junk shop. These scraps are glass, plastics, metals and other items. The couple believes in the saying that “where there is trash, there is cash”

With the enormous demand for recycled plastic, the couple took the challenge of taking their enterprise into a higher level. The firm became the waste plastic guru of Dipolog City, and now expanding its reach to other areas of Zamboanga del Norte, taking in as much as half ton of plastic per day.

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4 POEMCO Gen. Manager Engr. Roger B. Ladera and Chairman of the Board Ms. Lorimer J. Olario receive the funding check from DOST-Provincial S&T Director, Engr. Marcial Dahonan and DOST Technical Staff Ms. Merilyn Cadag.

Cassava is a tuberous edible plant from which cassava chips and flour, breads, a laundry starch, delicacies and even an alcoholic beverage are derived. It has been observed that Cassava flour is now widely used in bakeshops in Zamboanga del Norte, instead of wheat flour.

With the growing demand of cassava flour, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-IX), through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), has granted an innovation assistance to the People’s Officials, Employees and Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (POEMCO) which is located in the municipality of Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte. The organization has about 160 hectares of area planted with cassava. The cooperative sells the raw cassava to San Miguel Foods Incorporated (SMFI) which is then processed into various products especially animal feeds.

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A total of 115 high school graduating studentsfrom Region IX hurdled the highly competitive S&T Scholarship Examination of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) given last September 21, 2014.

DOST IX Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano said that out of 1,306 examinees from the region, 115 or 8.8 % passed the qualifying examination. The good news though is that, all the 73 municipalities and cities in the region have produced a DOST scholar.  Republic Act 7687, otherwise known as S&T Scholarship Act, provides for two slots of scholars per municipality in the country.

The following are the qualifiers of the 2015 S&T Scholarships in Region IX:

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1Blessing, Turn-Over & Inauguration of Complementary Food Production Facility, March 6, Tungawan, Sibugay. NEDA IX Regional Director and RDC IX Acting Chairperson Teresita Socorro C. Ramos cuts the ceremonial ribbon assisted by Tungawan Municipal Mayor Randy Climaco, DOST IX Regional Director Brenda L Nazareth-Manzano, DOST-CAR Regional Director Julius Sicat and NNC Regional Program Coordinator Maria del Pilar Pamela R. Tarroza.

2013 survey results conducted by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) reveal that Region IX has high prevalence of both underweight and stunted children aged 0-5.   This age group is very crucial for physical and mental development, thus lack of nutrition during this stage may result to severe health impacts which can continue later in life.

DOST-FNRI, in its response to address the persistent health issues among young kids and to meet the country’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG), has initiated a science and technology (S&T) based interventions to fight malnutrition, dubbed as “DOST PINOY”, (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition Of Young Children).  

The interventions aim to reduce the prevalence of under nutrition among 6 months to 35 months old children through production and technology transfer of complementary food blends and snack foods developed by FNRI. Thus, the project “Roll-Out of Complementary Food Production in the Regions” was implemented. Spearheaded by DOST-CAR,the production facility is also being put-up in regions IV-B, Caraga and XII for the first batch of project implemention.

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A total of 96 high school graduates from Region IX passed the highly competitive S&T Scholarship Examination of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) given last October 27, 2013. According to DOST IX Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano, from the total, eighty six (86) qualified under RA 7687 Scholarship Program while ten (10) qualified for theMerit Scholarship. In addition, six (6) second year college students enrolled under DOST SEI’s priority courses qualified for the S&T scholarship for Sophomore College Students.

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The Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs (PSYSC), Inc. is pleased to invite all high school science club members and advisers from both PSYSC affiliates and no-affiliates to join the 2014 National Youth Science, Technology and Environment Science Camp (NYSTESC) on April 02 – 05, 2014 which will be held at the Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort, San Fernando, Cebu. Deadline for the submission of the registration forms is until March 14.

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PROJECT TITLE

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Developing Furnace-Type Lumber Kiln Drying Capability In Dapitan City

PROJECT BENEFICIARY

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Pierce Furniture

PROJECT SITE

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Polo, Dapitan City

CONTACT PERSON

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Anne Marie C. Acaylar

POSITION

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Proprietor

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY

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DOST – IX / SETUP

PROJECT COST

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P 1,455,680.00
Amount Requested: P 410,000.00
Proponent’s Equity: P 1,045,680.00

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Pierce Furniture is engaged in the manufacture of Mediterranean and Oriental-designed furniture and various home furnishings. The firm has enjoyed bulk orders from its customers for some six (06) years now due to its quality produced. Presently however, because of the growing demand, long period of air drying of wood for furniture processing hinders the firm to produce and deliver the needed products/ services on time. Moreover, there are instances that the firm experiences back jobs due to cracks/damages in furniture units resulting from raw materials that were not efficiently dried.

Considering the foregoing, the project proposes to expand existing furniture manufacturing through acquisition of one (01) unit table saw and construction and installation of a 5000 bd. ft. furnace-type lumber kiln dryer (FTLD) facility to cater the kiln dried lumber needs of the company and other processors of Zamboanga del Norte areas. With this intervention, the company expects to improve quality of materials for finished products, reduce drying time, improve acceptability of products in both local and foreign markets, provide kiln dried lumber and kiln drying services to other local furniture and improve sales and generate employment.

TECHNOLOGY INTERVENTIONS : 

  • Process Improvement through provision of FPRDI-technology on FTLD and additional table saw unit
  • Manpower Development (Training on Operation & Management of the FTLD)
  • Product Development/ Product line expansion

PROJECT STATUS/OUTPUT/IMPACT :

  • Enhanced the quality of raw material for finished furniture products thereby reducing rejects and back jobs on repairing cracks by about 80%. 
  • Improved product quality as a result of utilization of kiln-dried lumber 
  • Increased income through an estimated 30% improvement in productivity 
  • New markets penetrated resulting from improved product quality
  • Generated more employment opportunities for the people in the community
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PROJECT TITLE

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Hatchery Seedling Production for Marine Culture Species

PROJECT BENEFICIARY

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Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology

PROJECT SITE

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Fort Pilar, Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City

CONTACT PERSON

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Milavel D. Nazarion, Ed. D.

POSITION

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President, ZSCMST

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY

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DOST – IX SETUP

PROJECT COST

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P 987,944.00
Amount Requested: P 550,000.00
Proponent’s Equity: P 437,944.00(other consortium member agencies)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Biotechnology, from traditional and more so its modern application has been used by many countries as a tool for its food security and poverty alleviation programs without the threat of damaging the environment. Its benefits therefore, encouraged countries like the Philippines to support for modern biotechnology. And as a response, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) National Science and Technology (S&T) Plan (2002-2020) considers biotechnology as a priority area.

The full potential of its use however, has been hampered and met with opposing opinions based mostly on unsubstantiated fears. The conduct of field trials of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) corn prior to the approval of the Philippine government to commercialize genetically modified corn, raised the concern of individuals and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in the name of human safety and environment. Other issues and concerns have been debated although raised primarily due to limited and bits of information that made abound to the media and public. These somehow, can make a negative impact on Research and Development (R&D) endeavors.

This forum therefore, provides adequate and reliable information on the benefits and risks of biotechnology. It will communicate issues, myths and facts, on biotechnology, and will present the opportunities in agricultural biotechnology in the Philippines.

TECHNOLOGY INTERVENTIONS : 

  • Manpower Development (conduct of Forum on Communicating Biotechnology)
  • Provision of assistance in the form of airfare of the forum speakers

PROJECT STATUS/OUTPUT/IMPACT :

  • Communicated the benefits, risks and opportunities of biotechnology
  • Issues and concerns regarding the perceived and genuine risks of biotechnology will be well discussed and communicated
  • Biotechnology risk management procedure will be identified
  • Future challenges, opportunities, and constraints on agricultural technology will be addressed.
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Department of Science and Technology
Regional Office No. IX
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Tel.: (062) 991-1024
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