Pasig Really Need to Innovate

DZMJ Online Season 20 Episode 9 is at the Rizal High School in Pasig City today October 1 during the opening of the Regional Science and Technology Week of the Department of Science and Technology National Capital Region no less than the current Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto graced the Event where Mj Balaguer interviewed DOST SEc. Fortunato T. de la Pena and DOST NCR Dir. Jojo Patalinjug.

DOST Filipino scientists and engineers bag the prestigious 2019 Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan award

The Filipino minds of our scientists and engineers from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are once again recognized with the conferment of the 2019 Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan Award in their chose field of expertise.

The prestigious recognition was given by no less than Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the awarding ceremonies at Malacañan Palace on 10 September 2019. The ceremony was part of the 2019 Outstanding Government Workers Award annually administered by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Irradiation Services Team was given the award for their outstanding contribution to the country’s nuclear research program, particularly in improving the overall operations and control of irradiation facilities at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute. Their dedicated work generated savings in maintenance costs of the country’s irradiation equipment used for food preservation, medical product sterilization and research.

The irradiation facility of DOST-PNRI is also currently being used to produce PNRI’s highly successful Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter, which can increase rice yields by around 30% and is now available in the market.

The PNRI Irradiation Services Team is composed of Aurelio L. Maningas (Team Leader), Giuseppe Filam O. Dean, Franklin A. Pares, Haydee M. Solomon, and Geoffrey O. Tranquilan.

Also, the Advanced Space Technology Research and Services (ASTROS) Team of the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute was recognized for their groundbreaking contributions to the Philippine Space Technology placing the country in the space technology map through the development of DIWATA-1 and 2, the country’s first microsatellite(s) and the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation (PEDRO) Center.

This trailblazing initiative enabled the country to have its first ground receiving station for earth observation data, thus making data and image generation possible for weather forecasting, disaster risk management, forest cover monitoring, agricultural growth pattern detection, territorial border protection, and cultural and historical sites monitoring.

Fly high, DOST’s ASTRO Team from ASTI. (L-R) CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala; Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte; Engr. Alvin Retamar (Chief SRS); Engr. Gerwin Guba (Supervising SRS); Engr. Joven Javier (Sr. SRS); Maria Cristina Manuel (Science Research Specialist II); Engr. Harold Bryan S. Paler (Sr. SRS) (Source: DOST-ASTI, Neyzielle Ronnicque)

The ASTROS Team is composed of the following: Engr. Alvin Retamar (Chief SRS); Engr. Gerwin Guba (Supervising SRS), Maria Cristina Manuel (Science Research Specialist II); Engr. Joven Javier (Sr. SRS); and Engr. Harold Bryan S. Paler (Sr. SRS).

Last, but certainly not the least, Dr. Raul V. Destura, DOST-National Research Concil of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) Vice President and Chair, Division III – Medical Sciences, was conferred the prestigious award for his work on early detection of dengue with his invention called the Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit, a device that can diagnose dengue within an hour at a more affordable cost. This way, the casualty due to dengue may be minimized due to early detection.

Incidentally, last year the Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit was already recognized by the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (Salon International Des Inventions Geneve) by awarding the Gold Medal held in Geneva, Switzerland on 11-15 April, 2018.

Further, the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) awarded the Gawad DAGISIK or Dakilang AmbaG sa Imbensiyon at SIyensiyang pang-Kalusugan also to Dr. Destura’s Biotek-M during its 32nd anniversary celebration on January 25 January 2019 at the PICC.

During his speech, President Duterte cited the important contribution of science and technology and the local inventions and innovations of the DOST scientists and engineers.

“The event is a celebration of not only your individual and organizational triumphs. More importantly, this is a celebration of your accomplishments that have contributed greatly to the realization of our national development agenda,” the President said in his speech.

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is given by the CSC to outstanding civil servants for their exceptional or extraordinary contributions coming from an idea or performance with nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony, either in the form of a suggestion, an innovation or a superior accomplishment. (S&T Media Service)

Cakeboom’s Success through DOST-SETUP

“I was the first sidewalk cake vendor in the city and the rest is history”, said Ms. Golda Mae Lim, owner, and manager of Cakeboom Cakes and Party Flavors.

Cakeboom Cakes and Party Flavors produce quality, healthy, and delicious pineapple-based pasalubong food products in the province of Bukidnon.

The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Lim, started their business as sidewalk vendors of Filipino delicacies (puto and cutchinta) and cakes. The couple’s goal back then was to support their basic needs. Their only aim is to sell one cake a day to suffice for the family’s day to day living.

The demand for their products grew until they developed their own product line.

In 2008, their Piñasitas (pastry with pineapple filling) was recognized as Malaybalay’s Best Delicacy. They garnered the same award in the following year through Piñakasi (another pastry with pineapple, malunggay, and squash).

Growing consumers’ patronage of their products resulted in increased demand, which led the couple to increase the distribution of their products. However, they cannot commit to its bigger volume requirement at that time.

In 2012, with the help of the Department of Science and Technology through Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), Cakeboom upgraded their production equipment such as Cooker Mixers and Continuous Band Sealer for better packaging.

“We are very thankful for the assistance shared by DOST through the Provincial S and T Center (PSTC) in Bukidnon, also we become very efficient in producing quality products”, Ms. Lim said.

In 2016, Cakeboom Party and Flavors was awarded as the Best SETUP Adoptor in DOST- Region 10.

With the help of SETUP, the firm greatly improved its business operations from manual processing to semi-mechanized equipment also with the compliance with food safety standards resulting in the increase of product shelf life from six months to one year.

With the second phase of SETUP intervention, the firm acquired a rotary oven, which helped increased the volume of its products four times compared to the first phase.

First, it minimized baking time by 50 minutes or from four hours and 55 minutes to four hours and five minutes. Second, noted increased productivity by 20% or an equivalent of 16,610 pieces of cakes, ensaymada, and Piñasitas from 83,052 pieces to 99, 662 pieces in the first year. Also, an increased sales by 32% or an equal of P 2,480, 099.20 from P 2,480, 099.20 to P 10,230, 409.20 in the first year. At present, Cakeboom is now establishing a name to bring pride for Bukidnon in the food processing industry. It has expanded its outlets in Malaybalay City from one to four existing outlets and is a great help in increasing employment opportunities.

SETUP is a nationwide strategy aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It provides a wide range of solutions which include technology transfer and commercialization, technical consultancy services (e.g. Manufacturing Productivity Extension, Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement, food safety, energy audit, cleaner production, etc.), packaging and labeling assistance, technology trainings, calibration and laboratory testing services, and equipment acquisition through the innovation-enabling fund (i-fund).

SETUP assists firms upgrade technologies, the acquisition cost of which to be amortized by the latter in equal monthly installments for three years, without interest.

From 2002 to 2016, the program enabled a total of 341 micro-scale enterprises to graduate to small-scale; 20 firms leaped from being micro to medium enterprises; 90 from small to medium enterprises; and one from medium to large enterprise.