DOST scholar-graduates find work as teachers for DepEd-X

Mayor Oscar S. Moreno leads the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-hired teachers of DepEd-CDO who are graduates of the DOST-SEI Junior Level Science Scholarship Program. (DOST-X)
 Cagayan de Oro City – Thirty-two (32) Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) scholar-graduates took oath as Special Science Teachers I of the Department of Education – Cagayan de Oro City Division during the Oath-taking Ceremony held on 07 August 2020 at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall.

The newly hired teachers were recipients of the DOST-SEI Junior Level Science Scholarship Program under RA 10612 or the Fast-tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013, a law expanding the coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program and strengthening the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary schools. The scholars are required to teach in senior high schools upon graduation for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship.

Dr. Cherry Mae L. Limbaco, DepEd-CDO Schools Division Superintendent, welcomed and challenged the new members of the education sector to adapt to the new normal involving distance learning. She stressed that teachers must relate and interact with the parents to effectively educate the students despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Hon. Oscar S. Moreno, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor, administered the oath-taking of the new teachers, together with Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban of DOST-X and Dr. Limbaco. (Renato A. Macabodbod, DOST-X)

For more inquiries contact: Ms. Julie Anne H. Baculio, Science Research Specialist I (, 0917-709-3706)


EPISODE 16: Weekly Report of Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña and CRADLE Program: “Expanding Business Horizons Through R&D”
14 August 2020

 Vaccine development is still a major concern as COVID-19, to this day, continues to be a threat in the Philippines and around the world. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) leads the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for vaccine development and manufacturing in the country and meetings with pharmaceutical companies had been held.

Vaccine candidates from China and Taiwan will be up for clinical trials and the embassies of Russia and the United States are also directly discussing with the Philippines about clinical trials. Meanwhile, the WHO Solidarity trials are waiting for the final list of vaccine candidates since many countries are also conducting screening. Phase 3 of clinical trials will still need the approval of the Food and Drug Administration. Trials might begin by October and is expected to last for six (6) months after which a vaccine may be available in the months of May, June or July 2021.

The DOST spokespersons for the vaccine development initiatives are Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara for IATF, Asec. Leah J. Buendia for International Relations and Dr. Jaime C. Montoya for Health. KABUHAYAN – Mechanization, Training and Agricultural Activities provide livelihood opportunities that can ease the huge burden in our economy brought about the pandemic ad the initiatives from DOST show promising sources of income for Filipinos.

  1. Seaweed farmers in Region IX’s coastal communities had been given seaweed dryers amounting to PhP700,000. The donation made through the provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur and the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) – Center of Agri-Fisheries and Biosystems Mechanization will benefit around 150 local seaweed farmers using the dryers to produce better quality and higher valued dried agar-agar seaweeds.  
  2. Three (3) community-beneficiaries in NCR, namely: Barangay CAA in Las Piñas, Barangay BF Homes, Phase 3 in Paranaque, and Barangay 412 in Sampaloc Manila were given materials by the DOST-NCR and DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development’s (DOST-PCAARRD) Gulayan sa Pamayanan project to jumpstart vegetable gardening using urban gardening technologies such as the Enriched Potting Preparation (EPP) and Simple Nutrient Addition Program (SNAP) Hydroponics. Further, 18 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in the food business participated in a webinar titled “Food Trends and Opportunities during the Current Pandemic” to help retailers and manufacturers adjust to the new normal by improving operations and handling challenges.
  3. The iFWD project of DOST meant for Overseas Filipino Workers has accepted 70 out of 118 applicants already whose business interests include food processing and agriculture products. The accepted applicants were already notified and requested to attend the orientation on 20 August 2020 and the Technology Pitching Sessions on 24 August 2020.
  4. Halal Industry competency gets a boost with the conduct of four (4) training modules which will serve as guide for personnel in the food service and manufacturing industries. Following this are trainers’ training sessions for DOST Food Safety Team members and stakeholders (MSMEs, etc.) set for October this year.

To date, the DOST Halal S&T Program already produced 55 Halal lead auditors who were certified by the International Halal Integrity Alliance (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and 31 Halal trainers who were trained and given certificates of achievement by the Malaysia Halal Consultation & Training Agency (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). There are also two universities in the Philippines that are including Halal studies in their curriculum. 

  1. After the launch of the DOST and UP PLANADES Settlements Development Model for New Growth Areas last 10 August 2020, capacity building activities consisting of eight (8) modules will be held by remotely identifying new growth areas, pinpointing suitable requirements, and planning the spatial development of these growth areas.
  2. The Enhanced Tracing for Allocation of Medical Supplies (TrAMS+) being supported by DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) had been deployed in 16 Metro Manila hospitals. The TrAMS+ project is an online geographic system for tracking information regarding health facilities’ medical resources which aims to produce a supporting tool to the Department of Health’s COVI-19 tracker to help in the proper allocation of medical resources. The project aims to expand to 70 hospitals in the regions.

Incidentally, Cabinet members were recently assigned to oversee the contact tracing in Metro Manila and Sec. Fortunato de la Peña was assigned in Valenzuela. 
Promising CRADLE Programs in the Food IndustryProponents of two R&D activities under the Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) program of the DOST shared their successful partnerships with the academe and private sector.

  1. Value-added eggs through R&D – Determined to manage the current oversupply of eggs in San Jose Batangas, Ma. Cecille Virtucio of the Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative (BEPCO) and the rest of the egg producers in the province vowed to make Batangas live up to its name as the “Egg Basket of the Philippines”. Going through many challenges in the business, the cooperative linked with the DOST and the University of the Philippines to develop a technology that will process the eggs into liquid chilled egg, frozen pasteurized egg and now with the prototype product of chicken egg white powder that has numerous benefits in terms of their prolonged shelf life, ease of transporting the goods and in ensuring food security in the country. Dr. Ma. Patricia Azanza is the R&D expert that assisted BEPCO in processing the eggs.
  2. Delicious Healthy lce Cream now possible through R&D – Good news for ice cream lovers who prefer to eat healthier desserts and confectioners without guilt. An entrepreneur in Zamboanga, Clarice Angela Hau of Sugar and Ice partnered with Prof. Bryan Rey Oliveros of UPLB in enhancing the quality of the food product. Termed as “Synbiotic” ice cream, this favorite dessert has a mixture of pre-biotic and probiotic bacteria which offers a healthier option for consumers. Purple yam or ube has been known to possess very good prebiotic properties that can fight diabetes and other illnesses.

The research and development initiative for this product provides promising and fruitful results and Ms. Hau plans to introduce the food innovation in all of their existing flavors or variants. The project is an example of how the smart food value chain that covers from farm to packaging to online ordering or retailing to consumption, can provide a better livelihood opportunity particularly during the time of pandemic. (Mona E M S&T Media Service)


DOST Region II launches EINSTEIN 1K with innovation enablers

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region II launched its new project dubbed as EINSTEIN 1K or Engaging Innovation by Nurturing Significance of Thousand Excellent Ideas in the North on 27 August 27 2020 via DOST-RO2 Facebook page Live Stream. 

EINSTEIN 1K is set to raise the bar for Region II in terms of contributed inventions, utility model, industrial design, and trademark.

This new project aims to register 1,000 patents that will include Utility Model, Industrial Design, Copyright, and Trademark; entice researchers and inventors to become Career Scientist Applicants; institutionalize reward system for approved Intellectual Property (IP) policies, and create spin-off companies by mainstreaming Industry 4.0 and SETUP 2.0. Incidentally, SETUP is one of the flagship programs of the DOST that stands for Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program.

DOST Regional Office II Director Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang said that this new project is not only to put the picture of Region II in the innovation arena but to create, as well, a sustainable synergy among the project-partners in nurturing the research and development (R&D) ecosystem in the countryside.

The launching was done virtually with DOST-II signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Property Office of the Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Cagayan State University (CSU), Batanes State Colleges (BSC), Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU), University of La Salette-Santiago City, St. Mary’s University, St. Paul University of the Philippines, University of St. Louis (USL), and Quirino State University (QSU).

The virtual event was attended by DOST Secretary Prof. Fortunato T. de la Peña; DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano; DOST Region II Director Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang; Atty. Rowel S. Barba, IPOPHL general director; Dr. Alfonso R. Simon, BSC president; Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada, CSU president, Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino, Isabela State University president; Dr. Hermenegildo F. Samoy Jr., QSU president; Dr. Andres Z. Taguiam, NVSU president; Rev. Fr. Renillo H. Sta. Ana, CICM, USL president; and Hon. Cloyd C. Velasco, PCCI Region II Governor. (Source: DOST Region II, 0966-310-7795