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Mr. Marcelino Landig and Mrs. Hilda Hirondo (3rd and 2nd from right, respectively) of Mogpog Vegetable Growers Association receives the cheque for the project on dehydrated buko and coconut candy production from (from left to right) PSTC-Marinduque PSTD Bernardo T. Caringal, MSC President Dr. Merian Mani, Marinduque Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes, and DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay.

By Bernardo T. Caringal and Eleazar P. Manaog

DOST-MIMAROPA, through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC)–Marinduque, conducted a ceremonial awarding of technological assistance to the DOST Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and community-based assisted clients, and a launching of DOST-developed technologies, which are adopted or soon to be deployed in the province at the Marinduque State College, Boac, Marinduque last December 3, 2015.

The activity aims to promote the agency’s programs and services that enables our MSMEs to develop and produce competitive products through innovative, cost-effective and appropriate technologies and aid regional economic growth.

SETUP released a total of PhP 3.8M in 2015 for the eight (8) MSMEs, namely: Roby’s Bakeshoppe, Dy’s Bakery, Rey’s Bakeshop, SMJ Welding Shop, Brilliant Juice Manufacturer, Doughboy’s Café and Bakeshop, Moriones Baker’s Shoppe, and Putitas Puto Cakes and Café. Meanwhile, a total of PhP 930,000.00 worth of community-based projects for the Baliis Farmers Community Association (buntal fiber processing in the municipality of Sta. Cruz), Batayang

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Launching of Ceramic Water Filter Technology with the Marinduque Barangay Health Workers Cooperative as the beneficiary

Pamayang Kristiyano–Buenavista Chapter (VCO and coconut concentrate production), the Municipality of Boac (Kiln Drying Facility), and the Mogpog Vegetable Growers Association (dehydrated buko and coco candy production) was released through the Grants-in-Aid Program (GIA).

SETUP assistance provides firms and communities with appropriate and innovative technologies in order to upgrade production facilities to industry standards, which will consequently increase productivity. As of December 2015, the DOST-MIMAROPA, through the PSTC-Marinduque, has assisted a total of 39 firms under SETUP assistance, and 22 community-based projects under Local GIA program in the province

MSC President Dr. Merian Mani
MSC President Dr. Merian Mani gives a thumb-up for DOST’s STARBOOKS.
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Provincial Administrator Baron Lagran tries out the RxBox, which is powered by Solar Home System

Another highlight of the ceremonial awarding is the turn-over and launching of the DOST-ITDI’s Ceramic Water Filter technology for the Marinduque Barangay Health Workers Cooperative. Science and Technology Academic Resource-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) for the four (4) campuses of the Marinduque State College (MSC), and the RxBox, powered by Solar Home System for the Rural Health Units in the province were also launched during the event.

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DOST-MIMAROPA RD Abilay (rightmost) shares a laugh with the owner of Doughboy’s Café and Bakeshop, a SETUP-assisted project, in Boac, Marinduque during the project visit.

DOST-MIMAROPA and DOH CHD-4B collaborated for the establishment of facilities for the production of the Ceramic Water Filter. These facilities will allow Marinduque communities to have improved access to potable water and reduced incidence of water-borne diseases. Technology training for this purpose was already conducted, and full operations are expected to commence by the first quarter of 2016.

In an attempt to enhance the library services for students around the province, DOST-MIMAROPA piloted the adoption of STARBOOKS at the MSC Library. STARBOOKS is the Philippines’ first Science Digital Library where anyone, especially students, can browse and access a wide range of S&T-related information—with pictures, presentations and videos—as well as livelihood trainings.

Another exciting project is the adoption of Solar Home System for the RxBox, a technology that is an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) innovation designed to support the Department of Health’s call for Kalusugang Pangkalahatan or Universal Health Care.

The RxBox features blood pressure monitoring, pulse oximeter, electrocardiogram (ECG), fetal health monitor, maternal tocometer, and temperature sensor. PSTC-Marinduque provided an innovation to the program with the use of the Solar Home System to provided uninterrupted power supply to the unit.

Prior to the ceremonial awarding and launching of projects, DOST-MIMAROPA, headed by Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, conducted visits to selected DOST-assisted projects in the province.