DOST unveils S&T celebration in Occidental Mindoro

By: Charlotte F. Pizarras, DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Office
      Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Office

IN PHOTO: Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña (middle) along with DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, San Jose Mayor Romulo Festin, Department of Budget and Management-MIMAROPA (DBM-MIMAROPA) Regional Director Maria Angelita C. Cells, Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) President Dr. Marlyn G. Nielo and Marinduque State College (MSC) President Dr. Merian C. Mani cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of the 2018 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW)

True to its commitment in bringing science and technology (S&T) closer to the people, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) drove its wide array of S&T programs and services, technology trends and advancements, and research and development outputs to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro last October 10-12, 2018.

This is in celebration of the MIMAROPA regional S&T week (RSTW) aptly dubbed “Changing Lives Through Science.”

Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña together with DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina Abilay and San Jose Mayor Romulo Festin formally opened the annual celebration at the Seasons Hotel and Convention Center which served as the center for most activities.

San Jose Mayor Romulo Festin received his Science Ambassador Award during the opening ceremony.

The three-day event, with the theme “Innovation for Collective Prosperity,” featured exhibits, research and development conference, discussions, and technology trainings and fora.

IN PHOTO: Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña (middle) along with DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, San Jose Mayor Romulo Festin, Department of Budget and Management-MIMAROPA (DBM-MIMAROPA) Regional Director Maria Angelita C. Cells, Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) President Dr. Marlyn G. Nielo and Marinduque State College (MSC) President Dr. Merian C. Mani cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of the 2018 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW)

Dr. Abilay aired confidence that the activities lined up would bridge the gap among scientists, researchers, and professionals and the general public. 

“We aim to instill in our people that S&T is an immense part of our everyday life, that S&T can provide solutions to local problems, and that S&T is an important tool in stimulating regional socio-economic development,” Dr. Abilay underscored in her opening message.

Technology Forums

During the event, people from different sectors especially from the agriculture and industry sector were able to participate in such forums on salt technology, wood and bamboo-based product design, food safety, newly-developed rice technologies, wastewater treatment technologies, and smart agriculture.

Clockwise from the top: Dr. Jessica Rey introducing the SMART agriculture to the attendees; Dr. Merlinda Palencia and Mr. Sean Litgvoet answered each question from the participants in the Forum on Eco-Septic Tank and Vertical Helophyte Filter System; a small- scale farmer asked the applicability of the said technologies to his farm

Roundtable Discussion on Tamaraw Conservation

DOST also took the opportunity to convene concerned government agencies and non-government organizations in a roundtable discussion to reconcile efforts and chart future cooperation in saving the tamaraw from the threat of extinction.

Towards Enhancement of the R&D Ecosystem of MIMAROPA SUCs: A Conference

Meanwhile, key players on research, development, and innovation activities in the region touched base in a conference entitled “Towards Enhancement of the R&D Ecosystem of MIMAROPA SUCs: A Conference” to foster a dialogue on the enhancement of the region’s research and development ecosystem. It was attended by participants from local government units, private sector, regional line agencies, and the six (6) MIMAROPA State Colleges and Universities (SUCs).

During the conference, Department of Budget and Management-MIMAROPA (DBM-MIMAROPA) Regional Director Maria Angelita C. Cells shared updates on the National Budget Circular No. 461 or the Revised Compensation that could encourage faculty-researchers to engage in R&D. In order to thrust the researches, the need for researchers to understand the market landscape and venture on technopreneurship and technology business incubation were also stressed by the  Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) President and Batangas State University President Dr. Tirso Ronquillo.

After the R&D conference, DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina Abilay posed with DBM-MIMAROPA Regional Director Maria Angelita Cells, PASUC and BATSU President Dr. Tirso Ronquillo and the representatives from the six (6) MIMAROPA SUCs and other government agencies.

Launching of the Transponder Technology for Early Warning Systems and Training-Workshop on LiDar-generated Flood Hazard Maps

Also headlining the celebration, DOST concentrated on disaster preparedness with the inking of partnership with the Future Aviation and Maritime Enterprise (FAME) for the installation of transponders that will stabilize the region’s early warning system for impending floods particularly for the remote areas; and the three-day training-workshop, in conjunction with the the University of the Philippines-Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetery (UP-TCAGP) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), on high precision flood-hazard maps for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officers (DRRM) held separately at the Sikatuna Beach Hotel

(Left) S&T Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay and the incubatee of Palawan Intenational Technology Business Incubator (PITBI), Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise (FAME) CEO Arcelio Fetizanan Jr., signed a memorandum of agreement to upgrade the early detection and warning systems in MIMAROPA; (Right)  Local DRRM officers trained in using the Light detection and ranging or LiDar-generated flood-hazard maps

Sci-fun Caravan: Travelling Science Centrum

More than 7, 000 students and teachers, on the other hand, enjoyed the interactive exhibits featuring basic science and technology concepts and processes at the San Jose Municipal Gymnasium brought by the Sci-fun Caravan: Travelling Science Centrum. Soon afterwards, it was extended to Mamburao Capitol which lasted from October 13 until November 10 in line with the MIMAROPA Festival

(Left) Facilitators from the Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) held an orientation for the students visiting the Sci-Fun Caravan Travelling Centrum; (Right) Students playing and learning at the same time in the interactive exhibits

Other anchor events

Also, Sec. De la Peña hosted a mini-contest on general science during which he engaged with several DOST scholars and students. Totally immersing himself, the top brass visited DOST’s assisted firms and funded community projects in Occidental and Oriental Mindoro

Clockwise from top left: S&T Secretary de la Peña conducted a quiz for the students; DOST scholars alongside Secretary de la Peña posing for photographs; a visit to the newly-installed Vertical Helophyte Filter System (VHFS) in the public market of Gloria, Oriental Mindoro; a visit to the SETUP cooperator Bansud Livestock Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BLMC) meat products

2018 Best Technopreneur Awards

Capping off the event, exemplary DOST-assisted Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Community-Based Enterprises (CBEs) in the MIMAROPA region took the centerstage in the Best Technopreneur Awards in recognition to their contribution to the regional economy. The nominees from Romblon province had a sweep in the awarding ceremony

The winners of the 2018 Best Technopreneur Awards with the Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) members

According to Sec. De la Peña, the agency’s brood of science and technology innovations and programs aimed to anchor the government’s thrust— to uplift the lives of the Filipino people. He believed that the celebration served drumbeat of this immense role and significance of S&T.

Around 9,000 people attended the celebration  comprised of government employees; micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and community-based enterprises (CBEs);academe; media; and the industry

The DOST-MIMAROPA with Secretary Fortunato de la Peña