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January - March 2012 Vol. 4 No. 1

Official Publication of the Department of Science and Technology Cordillera Administrative Region

DOST-CAR completes two audits in February


ebruary was a very busy month for the DOST-CAR, having to go through two audits from two separate audit teams. The ISO 9001:2008 recertification of the agency was conducted last February 22, 2012 at the DOST-CAR regional office, with three auditors from the Certification International Philippines Inc. (CIPI) audited the Quality Management System of the regional office. The ISO audit team was headed by Mr. Carlos Somera with team members, Ms. Margarita Pambid, and Ms. Cynthia Ramirez.

services, and financial management. The methodology employed consisted of document reviews, interview and verification. The entry meeting during the first day was to get a glimpse or overview of the DOST-CAR, with Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, OIC Office of the Regional Director discussing the agency’s programs and projects while Ms. Maria Rowena C. Madarang, ARD for FAS presented the finance and administrative services aspect.

The one day audit covered almost all areas enrolled under the ISO 9001:2008 and results have been most encouraging, The succeeding days were composed of interviews with albeit with a few improvements that have to be done to comply management and unit heads as well as project visits. Dr. with the auditors’ findings and suggestions for opportunities Tomboc conducted project visits in the provinces of Apayao, for improvement. Kalinga and Mountain Province. The remaining team members, aside from the conduct of individual interviews, visited selected The second audit was done by the Internal Audit Service projects in Baguio City and Benguet. Project visits were not of the Department of Science and Technology. A team of limited to the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program internal auditors headed by Dr. Carlos C. Tomboc, Director (SETUP) projects but also coveredRegional Grants-in-Aid (GIA) of PTRI, and team members, Ms. Aurea T. Motas of IAS, Ms. projects and Community Based Projects (CBPs) implemented Carmen G. Quiambao of MIRDC, and Mr. Fidelito Rufin of within the past three years. PTRI conducted the week long audit last February 27-March 2, 2012, again, at the DOST-CAR regional office. The main The exit conference on March 2, 2012 concluded the weekobjectives of the audit was to determine whether the DOSTlong activity. Audit findings were presented to the DOSTCAR is executing orderly, ethical, economical, efficient and CAR management and staff. All Urban/Provincial S&T effective operations, fulfilling accountability opblications Directors were likewise present during the exit conference. and measures, complying with applicable legal and statutory laws and regulations, management policies and guidelines, Similar to the ISO 9001:2008 audit, opportunities for operating procedures, etc., and safeguarding resources against improvement were presented by the audit team to enhance the loss, misuse and damage. The activity also aims to assist the top management and operations, both technical and administrative, management achieve desired results by recommending realistic of the agency, so that better S&T services will be provided to all courses of action. stakeholders in the region. (smsc) Aside from the one-on-one interview with the agency’s management, unit heads and urban/provincial S&T directors Background photo: Dr. Carlos C. Tomboc, IAS audit team leader were likewise interviewed. The scope of the audit covered CY visits the Dori’s Grow-out and Hatchery Fish Farm, a SETUP assisted 2009-2011 particularly technical operations, administrative project in Zumigui, Luna, Apayao.

editorial board

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Editor/Writer/Lay-out SHEILA MARIE SINGA-CLAVER Science Research Specialist II

Editorial Adviser MELCHOR P. DEPONIO Science Research Specialist II


Editorial Consultants MARIA ROWENA C. MADARANG ARD for Finance and Administrative Services

PITA S. PICPICAN Urban S&T Director JASMIN L. DONAAL Science Research Specialist II MAX BERNARD M. CODAMON Science Research Specialist II PEPITO M. TORING Science Research Specialist I LEIZEL D. QUIÑ0 Science Research Analyst

OSMUNDO B. BELMONTE ARD for Technical Services NANCY A. BANTOG ARD for Field Operations Services and OIC, Office of the Regional Director

EDUARDO V. ISABELA JR. Science Research Analyst

CHERYL C. LUMEREZ Science Research Specialist I CECILLE C. GUAKI Science Aide- PSTC Mt. Province

what’s inside Editorial 2 News Stories DOST-CAR sponsors TLDC orientation... 3 2012 ISTC First Quarter Milestones... 3 Php23M alloted for DOST-CAR’s SETUP.. 4 2MSMEs now own SETUP equipment ... 4 BSIP gets training on salt iodization... 5 DOST transfers equipment... 5 USTC-Baguio joins 2012 Panagbenga... 6 19 Kalinga Entreprenerus avail of MPEX.... 6 DOST-CAR joins eco-trek... 8 RSTL passes 2nd surveillance audit... 9


DOST’s banner program, the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) is continuously enhanced by Sec. Mario G. Montejo in order for it to answer the current needs of MSMEs in the country. Aside from this, DOST Central Office has likewise approved the Capability Building Program for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Implementers, a project designed to to enhance the technical competency of DOSTCAR SET-UP cooperators and implementers to better equip them on the changing needs and demands of its clientele in the region. Manpower strengthening primarily for SETUP implementation was funded by Secretary Montejo. The U/PSTCs shall now be equipped with two additional contracted staff, one SRS I and one SRA to assist in the program implementation. This change is greatly beneficial especially since the centers are manned by two permanent staff only and the budget allocated for SETUP in CAR for this year is Php23M. The budget naturally entails that more MSMEs should be encouraged to avail of the program in the region.

BEVIENNE M. APALING Science Research Specialist II

Feature Stories DOST Scholar Feature SETUP Corner Photo Releases S & T Trivia

The year 2012 ushered in a lot of changes in the DOST-CAR. For one, Dr. Ben D. Ladilad is now President of the Benguet State University, leaving the leadership of DOST-CAR to Dr. Nancy A. Bantog as OIC of the Office of the Regional Director, of course with support from the two Assistant Regional Directors and the Urban/Provincial S&T Directors of the agency.

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Another change is the increase in budget for the implementation of regional Grants-in-Aid (GIA) and Community Based Projects (CBPs). DOST-CAR management has increased the budget of the Urban/Provincial S&T Centers (U/PSTCs) to enable them to provide more S&T services to the people in their locality. Several leveling off activities, which were incorporated in the MANCOM and planning meetings, were done to ensure the smooth flow of implementation of both regional GIA and CBPs. The increase in budget for program/project implementation and the additional manpower complement, particularly in the Urban/Provincial S&T Centers demands more work from those in the frontlines of S&T implementation but full support from the regional office is also an guaranteed by the DOST-CAR management. Finally, the audit activities from the DOST-Internal Audit Service, Certification International Philippines Inc. (CIPI) and the Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO) has paved the way for the DOST-CAR to further improve its operations through the constructive audit findings that these three separate audit bodies have recommended. (smsc)

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DOST-CAR sponsors TLDC orientation for LGUs in Baguio and Benguet

2012 ISTC First Quarter Milestones… The Ifugao Science and Technology Center (ISTC) conducted a series of training this quarter with the earliest on January 17, 2012 entitled Leadership and Shop Floor Management. Participants in the training were the enrollees of the Manufacturing and Productivity Extension Program (MPEX) and some other SMEs. Nehemiah and Rebecca Josiah of Covenant Consultants Incorporated (CCI) - the MPEX Consultants were the resource speakers. Aimed at upgrading the skills of firm owners in leadership and management, the training was conducted at the Provincial Livelihood Center (PLC) with 25 participants from 18 firms.

Engr. Napoleon J. Domingo, Jr. orients the LGU-participants and some DOST-CAR staff on the Technology and Livelihood Development Center last March 1, 2012 at the DOST-CAR conference hall.

An “Orientation-Seminar on the Establishment of a Technology and Livelihood Development Center” was conducted on March 1, 2012, at the DOST-CAR Conference Hall, La Trinidad, Benguet. Resource speakers namely Mr. Renato A. Oxina, Group Manager and Engr. Napoleon J. Domingo Jr., Department Manager, both from the Technology Resource Center (TRC) were invited to talk on the center’s program, the Technology Livelihood Development Center (TLDC).

A second training was conducted on March 2123, 2012 again at the PLC for Furniture and Handicraft firms entitled “Preservation of Wood and Non- wood Forest Products and Special Effects Finishing” which was attended by 23 participants from 16 firms. The training was intended for the new players in the furniture and GDH sectors as well as those who were not able to attend a similar training conducted some years back, to help improve and enhance the quality of their products. Resource speakers for the training were from the Forest Product and Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) in the persons of Julian O. Roxas and Ed Atienza. The last for the quarter was the Training on “Barbers’ Scissor and Sickle Production” at the Bongtiwon’s Farm Hand Tools Manufacturer in Duit, Kiangan, Ifugao on March 27 and 28, 2012 followed by the training on “Proper Plant Layout” at the PLC on the 29th with the same speaker – Engr. Edilbert Dela Peña. The training on Barbers’ Scissor and Sickle Production was identified after the conduct of the training on “Manual Forging” last year for the blacksmith group at the firms place to improve further the firms operation and increase product lines.

The TLDC is TRC’s major support program for the LGUs poverty alleviation and countryside development agenda. Specifically, the program aims to build up LGU capability in ensuring efficient and effective delivery of technology and livelihood program services to the people in accordance with its mandate stated in the Local Government Code of 1991. Through the TLDC, TRC also aims to empower the LGU in delivering the services to its constituents/clients by providing easy access to Technology & Livelihood Information and Instructional Aside from the conduct of trainings, a Technology materials, Technology & Livelihood Training, Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) was also made by the RTEC team Transfer, Project Development and Packaging, Capability from the Regional Office composed of Melchor Deponio, Building Training, and Market Linkaging/Networking. Jasmin Donaal and Bevienne Apaling on February 9, 2012 with the assistance of ISTC staff, at the firms of Uncle Doods In addition, the TLDC is anchored on the value- Bakery in Poblacion West, Lamut, S & H Furniture in Duit, inspired program “tulungan/sharing” that curbs dole-out Kiangan, Midway Handicraft in O-ong, Hingyon, and at the mentality in the country’s economic development. It also helps Bumangabang Handicraft in Bolog, Kiangan, Ifugao. The TNA the community to develop in a sustainable manner was a prerequisite for the preparation of a project proposal to be enrolled in the SET-UP of DOST. DOST-CAR conducted the orientation-seminar in response to the Resolution No. 11-2012 of the Municipality of A site visit and assessment for the establishment of page 9

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Php23M budget allocated for DOST-CAR’s SETUP

DOST recognizes Young Achievers in Baguio City

A budget of Php23M for CY 2012 has been allotted for the Cordillera Administrative Region, specifically for the implementation of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP. The DOST-CAR is calling for interested MSMEs to submit proposals under this banner program. This is on a first come first served basis and assistance are the of provision of appropriate equipment to aid in the firms’ production process, improvement of product packaging and labeling and product standards and testing, among others.

The Department of Science and Technology, through the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has institutionalized a recognition system for young achievers in international science and mathematics competition through the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) awards. The award system is being implemented yearly to encourage and motivate young people to excel in the fields of science and mathematics. A medal of distinction is given by the DOST, to signify the Department’s high regard for excellence and competitiveness through the distinguished achievements of young Filipinos in international science and mathematics competitions.

Originally, industry sectors covered by the program only include food processing; furniture; gifts, toys, house wares, handicrafts, natural fibers and dyes; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture (cut flowers, fruits and high value crops); and metals and engineering. Since September 2011 however, ICT/Electronics; and Health Products and Services/ Pharmaceuticals were added as priority sectors that can avail of the assistance. SETUP recognizes the critical role of MSMEs in generating employment, earning foreign exchange and stimulating growth and development particularly in the rural areas. Then President GMA has refocused economic policies to support and sustain the growth of the manufacturing sector through the development of MSMEs as well as to expand domestic markets and assist MSMEs in penetrating non-traditional markets for sustained growth and competitiveness. The program was continued and enhanced under the term of President Benigno Aquino III and DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, primarily to strengthen the goal of assisting MSMEs in the country especially since they need substantial support in terms of new technologies, technical manpower training, access to capital and markets, product standards and testing facilities, appropriate packaging and product labeling, sustainable raw material supply, access to information, and better/more efficient transport facilities.

Two students from the region, particularly Baguio City are being awarded with DOST YES medals this year namely, Jynariz Daniel T. Datuin of the Baguio City National High School, Bronze Medalist of the 2011 International Mathematics Competition (IMC) in Singapore last July 29-August 2, 2011; and Winselle John D. Espiritu of the Baguio City SPED Center, 3rd Honor in the 2011 China Primary Math Olympiad in Beijing, China last August 10-14, 2011. The YES awards/medals shall be conferred by the DOSTCAR regional office in consonance with their respective schools’ recognition program this March 2012. Nationally, a total of 257 elementary and high school students who won in various international science and mathematics competitions were recognized by the DOST for CY 2012. Most of the YES Awardees came from the National Capital Region, 155 of them, from 41 schools. Saint Jude Catholic School has the most number of students winning in international science and mathematics competitions with 26 YES awardees, followed by the Philippine Science High School – Main Campus with 19 YES awardees. (smsc)

The program, which was initiated in 2002, has so far assisted a total of 112 MSMEs in the region. Of the 112 MSMEs who availed of the assistance, 8 are from Abra, 11 from Apayao, 22 from Baguio City, 17 from Benguet, 22 from Ifugao, 17 from Kalinga, and 15 from Mountain Province. Interested MSMEs are advised to visit the Urban/Provincial Science and Technology Centers in their respective provinces for more information regarding the program. Information may also be accessed through the Department’s website at www. (smsc)

The Binonwangan’s Sash and Furniture Shop, a SETUP assisted project based in Lamut, Ifugao.


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BSIP Gets Training on Salt Iodization

2 MSMEs now own SETUP equipment in Mountain Province Bontoc, Mt. Province- Out of the 24 projects funded through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) in the province from 2004 to present, the DOST-CAR already transferred the ownership and property accountability of all the equipment acquired out of the project funds for two furniture shop project beneficiaries.

Ms. Josie Pondevida of ITDI prepares the solution for iodine level test during the training for the employees of the Benguet Salt Iodization Plant (BSIP) last February 23-24, 2012.

The DOST-Benguet formally trained the employees of the Benguet Salt Iodization Plant (BSIP) to upgrade the level of their technical skills on the different processes of salt iodization. The Benguet Salt Iodization Plant (BSIP) is one of the projects of the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) to cater to the iodine needs of the highlanders who are normally iodine deficient because they consume lesser sea foods as compared to the lowlanders. The BSIP started in 1995. It is managed and operated by the Benguet Provincial Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHW). Unfortunately, the said employees have not been intensively trained on the production and analysis of iodized salt. Their knowledge was acquired mainly from orientation by private agencies and through self learning. Aware of this handicap, the Hon. Governor of Benguet, Nestor Fongwan sought the assistance of the DOST-CAR. PSTC-Benguet then coordinated the request for training by tapping the expertise of ITDI-DOST and conducted the training last February 23-24, 2012. The training focused not only on the production processes but more importantly, on the analysis of iodine content of iodine- treated salt in order to determine whether the product does contain the required amount of iodine trace mineral. Calibration of iodine checker was also given emphasis in order for the firm to have its own in-house monitoring system. According to public health experts, iodization of salt is recognized as a simple, safe and cost-effective measure in addressing iodine deficiency. Iodized salt is a salt which has been fortified with the trace element mineral iodine. The only problem is whether we are buying the product with the right amount of iodine or not.

SET-UP is one of the strategic programs in the National Science & Technology Plan assisting small enterprises. Fortunately, Maribel Lusad’s Furniture Shop (MLFS) at Samoki, Bontoc and Ol-is FCM shop at Poblacion, Tadian, Mountain Province, who were some of the earlier enterprise who sought financial support from DOST/SET-UP were approved as beneficiaries of the project entitled, Upgrading of Local Furniture Production. After fully paying their refund to DOST within three years of the repayment schedule, both now have their production equipment needed to continuously improve product quantity and quality. MLFS sought assistance for SET-UP funding in August 2004. After the approval and signing of Memorandum of Agreement between DOST-CAR and the said enterprise in July 2005, the latter was able to acquire one unit table saw, one unit rotary drill, one unit jigsaw, one unit router (Makita), one set router bits, one unit table saw blade, three pieces band saw blade one piece silver solder, one adjustable table saw and one unit wood dryer (1,000 bd ft capacity). A total of Php250, 000 was invested for the earlier mentioned equipment. Meanwhile, the Ol-is FCM shop also acquired a one unit of wood molder with a total value of Php75, 600 through the same assistance in 2007. Based on the SET-UP Project Status Report, MLFS was able to increase its production and the time allotted for the preparation of stock was almost reduced by 100% since the acquisition of the equipment. Moreover, the manager of Olis FCM, Ferdinand Matias, is now also able to participate in job biddings for house interior finishing due to improvement of production efficiency with the use of the acquired tools. There is an increase or 25% in production efficiency with two employees benefited. Other SET-UP projects in the province are still on-going and some project beneficiaries also nearly complete their refund to DOST. (ccg) With the training, the BSIP can now be confident with their output having the ability to check and monitor its own operation and can now serve as a quality assurance for the buying public. (pmt)


USTC-Baguio joins 2012 Panagbenga Festival

19 Kalinga Entrepreneurs enroll in MPEX

DOST/USTC-Baguio Booth during the 2012 Panagbenga Festival- Session in Bloom last Feb. 26 - March 4, 2012.

Balawag Savers Cooperative based in Balawag, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

The Panagbenga Festival is an annual event conducted in Baguio City in the whole month of February to the first week of March. One of the highlights of this festival is the Session Road is open for various exhibits, showcasing and selling of diverse products and services. The theme of the 2012 Panagbenga Festival was “Community convergence for a sustainable tourism growth.”

Another batch of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kalinga have enrolled in the Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program (MPEX) of the DOST. The MPEX is a consultancy program designed to help MSMEs attain higher productivity through improvements in their business. For the 19 Kalinga entrepreneurs, the consultancy program started in October 2011.

This year, the Urban Science and Technology CenterBaguio City (USTC- Baguio City) participated in the exhibit during the Session Road in Bloom on February 26 to March 4, 2012. The programs and services of the DOST were disseminated through the distribution of brochures, DOST publications and relevant reading materials including information materials on earthquake preparedness. Six DOST-assisted projects in Baguio City representing sectors on food, furniture, and gifts/decors and housewares were also showcased in the booth. Products showcased included banana chips, lengua de gato, peanut brittle, veggie relish, yoghurt with various fruit flavours, wood furniture and woodcarvings, and handicraft items made of recycled paper like bags, decors and fashion accessories.

Experts from the Covenent Consultants International Inc. (CCII) have undertaken the productivity consultancy services to provide productivity enhancement related needs of the two Community Based Projects (CBP), the VBS Food Products and Balawag Savers both in coffee industry, the 7 Small, Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) cooperators namely Mayta’s meat processing, Bulaglag bakery, GRAMPS bakery, Helen’s fruit wine, Nitz veggie chips and noodles, Thess veggie noodles and chips, Kalinga Food Treat’s processed heirloom rice, and BITICK women’s organization of fruit wine manufacturers.

Jovey’s Food Products, I am Nourshed Enterprises, Wenie’s Yoghurt, Mother Shepherd Enterprise, Sherwin Wood Carving and Furniture Shop, and Binnadang Ethnic Handicraft displayed and sold their unique products as they joined the buzz of the busy Session Road. These firms also supported the city’s endeavor to go green in this year’s Panagbenga celebration, that is, to minimize the use of plastic bags as contribution to the growing concerns of solid waste management in the city. All the participating firms were banned from using plastic “sando” bags. Instead, they used alternatives such as used paper bags, recycled handicraft bags, and reusable ecobags to package the products on sale. Ending the weeklong showcase of products and services, Ms. Soledad Valencia, the proprietor of Binnadang Ethnic and


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To help develop the cooperators under the food processing industry, consultancy interventions provided to the enrollees include in-house training on safety and housekeeping, book keeping skills, plant layout and design, promotional strategies, leadership and shop floor management seminar. The productivity consultancy services had paved the way also for other DOST assistance to make the entrepreneurs competent in the global market.(dmc) Handicrafts commented, “Joining the DOST booth during the Session Road in Bloom is a great boost for our products to be promoted and appreciated by the visitors, both local residents and visiting tourists of Baguio City.” Ms. Valencia availed of the DOST Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) in 2010 to support her handicraft business. (psp and ccl).

feature DOST PRIDE Because being an S&T Scholar-Graduate Counts... Jasmin Lee- Donaal

My story with DOST began when I was in high school. I have been a participant to the Regional Science and Technology Fairs Science, Math Quizzes and Investigatory Project contests. Also, I was a frequent visitor of the DOST-CAR library not just because it is only a few steps away from my classroom but mainly because of their collections of encyclopedias. I have always liked Science as a subject since elementary so I applied in the examination for DOST scholarship when I was in fourth year. Speaking of application, I can still vividly recall that my teacher almost tore our class’ application forms because she got mad because we were busy filling out the forms instead of listening to her (last day of application)! I’m so glad that she didn’t and so here I am, a proud DOST scholar-graduate. Why science? I was influenced and I look up to my Science teachers whose family names started with L: at Lucban Elementary School - Lidua (Grade V ), and at Benguet State University high school - Laruan (First year), Lacamen (Second year), Lacanaria (Third year), Lubrica and Lando (Fourth year). They were so good at what they did that I wanted to be like them and I know that I can be like them because my family name also starts with an L – Lee. So, what were my experiences as a DOST scholar? When I was in my first semester of first year college, I had no problem with the tuition fee because the DOST tuition fee allowance is more than enough to pay for the school tuition fee. Then, came the second semester and succeeding years when there were tuition fee increases. I had to save my stipend and rely on my sister’s support so that I can fully pay the tuition fee. There were times that stipends were released late. Also, there were no ATMs then so I had to queue and really find time to go to the bank during bank hours every time I had to get my allowance. These experiences taught me value for money and patience. As for the requirements on grades, being a DOST scholar means having good grades which also means being included in the Dean’s List and “Professors’ who’s who”. I have been a Dean’s Lister from First year to Fourth year with Rank 2 as the highest rank I have received. My efforts in maintaining high grades also paid off when I graduated as cum laude in 1999. As a “Professors’ who’s who,” I have been included in Quiz Bees as a team member. The Chemistry Department was the Champion during the 1997 Brain Collision, the College of Engineering and

Architecture won Second Place in the 1996 Science Quiz Bee, and I was privileged to be included in the team that represented Saint Louis University in the 2nd National Interschool Science Quiz Contest in 1999. After graduation, a DOST scholar-graduate is required to work in the Philippines equivalent to the number of years that the scholar enjoyed the scholarship. This requirement didn’t pose any problem for me because I never planned on working abroad. Finding work was hard at first but once I started with my first job, it had been very easy to transfer. I worked with a consultancy firm, Centech International that sent me to be trained at La Tondeña Distillers, Inc. (LTDI) at Laguna. I was first assigned at the Analytical Services Laboratory where I learned methods and techniques in analyzing raw materials, water, and finished products using simple to sophisticated equipment. I was also privileged to be assigned at the Research and Development Unit of LTDI where I learned the basics of R&D in beverage such as formulation of products and sensory analysis. After two years, I applied and was accepted after series of examinations at Nestle’ Laguna. While waiting to start my first day there, I went home to La Trinidad. My family informed me that Dr. Zenaida Juan Baucas, the then Quality Manager of DOST-CAR RSTL, called and asked if I can work as substitute chemist. Torn between a multinational company and DOST-CAR, I chose DOSTCAR so that I can serve the agency that is responsible for who I am now. I went back to Laguna and waived the position. While writing the waiver, I got a scolding from the personnel officer saying that a lot of applicants would have wanted my position but then I just gave it away. While working at DOST-CAR, I took up a Master’s degree in Chemistry at Benguet State University. Having seen my potential, the Chemistry Department invited me to join them and so in 2003, I did. I wanted to share my knowledge and interest in Chemistry to students. I was enjoying my stint in teaching when I was informed of the need for additional DOST-CAR RSTL staff in 2007. I then resigned from BSU and went back to my first love, doing what I do best at the Chemical Laboratory. From then on, the rest is, as they say, history. My story with DOST is still going on.


s&t news DOST-CAR Joins Eco-Trek “Eco-Trek ng mga Kababaihan at Kalalakihan para sa Kalikasan at Kalusugan” was one of the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) activities in celebration of the 2012 National Women’s Month. DOST-CAR joined 26 other agencies/LGU/GOCC in the activity. There were a total of 228 participants including Ms. Magdalena Menzi, Ms. Jasmin Donaal, and Ms. Phoebe Pasiwen of DOST-CAR. The EcoTrek started at DENR Loakan, traversed Camp John Hay EcoTrail, and ended at the Bell Amphitheater. Slogans and Posters were displayed around the Amphitheater. The winning entries, including DOST-CAR’s slogan, “Climate Change, Within Women’s Range,” along with a mini-photo gallery were displayed at the stage. A nutritious snack of boiled sweet potato, boiled banana, boiled peanuts, orange, and water awaited the participants at the Amphitheater. After the break, was the Hataw, spearheaded by a DOH staff, followed by the program. CSC Director Fernando M. Porio welcomed and thanked everyone, cited the six (6) manifestations of gender biases, and posed the question on how to end such biases.

Division Chief, has these to say on the four (4) Ks of the EcoTrek: Kababaihan – minamahal, Kalalakihan – nagmamahal, Kalikasan – we need to care for it, Kalusugan – not just mental, but also physical, and spiritual health. He asked for similar activities from CSC. Another activity was showing of commitment of stopping discrimination of women and all negativities through palm marks using water-based paints on the given cloth per agency. The art work was given to the agencies and suggested to be posted in their respective offices to serve as reminders. The program also served as the soft launching of CSC’s website, Director Porio said that all activities and announcements will be posted there and encouraged everyone to visit their website. (jld)

The guest speaker was PCSupt. Benjamin B. Magalong. He relayed two success stories, that of Monty Roberts and his own story. He then shared his Eight (8) Secrets to Success: 1) Don’t stop dreaming – find your dream then chase your dream; 2) Dream a great dream – if you dream of little goals, you will have little achievements, but if you dream of big goals, then you will have big achievements; 3) Belief makes everything possible – you should have the will to try and the faith to believe that is all possible; 4) If you expect to succeed, you will succeed – if you think you can succeed beyond your wildest dreams, then believe that you can succeed beyond your wildest dreams; 5) Success starts with a first step – choose wisely; 6) Take one step at a time – develop a tendency towards actions; 7) Be ready to identify opportunities – if you hurdle small challenges, you can hurdle big challenges; and 8) Service to others – this is the essence of success. The service to others part was shown through the story of Dr. Celia Brillantes, Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee. She said that “to fight the government, one must be in government to promote positive change.” She relayed her efforts in promoting positive change as the Medical Officer V of the Health Services Office, Baguio City. Impressions were asked from DAR, where the highest number of participants came from. Mr. Peter Dumaguing, a


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Top: DOST-CAR representatives to the Eco-Trek (L-R: Ms. Phoebe Pasiwen, Ms. Magdalena Menzi and Ms. Jasmin LeeDonaal. Bottom: “Palm marks” of DOST-CAR staff/representatives in the activity.

RSTL passes 2nd surveillance audit for ISO/ IEC 17025:2005

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La Trinidad, Benguet entitled, “Requesting the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) to Conduct Orientation Relative to the Establishment of Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC), by the Technology Resource Center (TRC) in the Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet”. In order to maximize the activity, the agency has also invited representatives from nearby LGUs, particularly in the 13 municipalities of Benguet, to attend the orientation-seminar. Aside from the TLDC, Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, OIC, Office of the Regional Director also discussed the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) to the LGU participants, for them to inform/disseminate to their constituents the availability of MSME assistance in the DOST. (smsc)

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Audit of the RSTL- Microbiological laboratory last January 20, 2012.

The Second Surveillance Visit with Special Assessment of DOST–CAR Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) was conducted on January 20, 2012 by the Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO) assessment team. The team comprised of three (3) assessors who reviewed the management and technical documents and records in the Chemical and Microbiological laboratories. The goal of auditing is to check whether the procedures being implemented in the laboratory conformed to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 has the purpose of setting an effective technical and Laboratory Quality Management System and to provide reliable test results which are acceptable to customers locally and internationally. The laboratory was able to submit corrective actions with objective evidences for all the findings during the audit, which were found sufficient by the assessors and so all the findings were cleared two (2) weeks after the submission of documents. Aside from maintaining the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation, the applications of two RSTL staff, Ms. Leizel D. Quiño and Mr. Eduardo V. Isabela, Jr., as additional PAO approved signatories were recommended. Through the witness assessments conducted, they were found technically competent to conduct the PAO accredited tests; hence, they are authorized to sign laboratory tests reports. (ldq & evijr)

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individual Biogas Systems for the piggery businesses of Joey Carlit and Florence Tillay who are both in Duit was also conducted with the assistance of the Biogas expert, Engr. Angel Maguen of DOST – CAR on March 2, 2012. ISTC staff were also participants to a forum, seminarworkshop and trainings outside the region with the PSTD of Ifugao attending the IDEA Team National Aassembly in Butuan City on March 14 – 16, 2012. This writer also attended a Global Methane Initiative (GMI) – Philippine Landfill Gas Forum at the Eastwood Richmond Hotel in Quezon City on February 21-22, 2012 and a Communication Research Seminar Workshop in Davao City on February 27 – March 1, 2012. Three (3) new projects are also up for implementation this year with the MOA signing conducted for the projects entitled “Upgrading of MB Press Handicraft” by Moises Buyuccan in Pob. West, Lagawe, “Upgrading of Abe Handicraft” by Flora T. Gano in Poitan, Banaue and “Upgrading of James IKAT” by Fernando Buhle in O-ong, Hingyon. (mbmc)

Training on “Preservation of Wood and Nonwood Forest Products and Special Effects Finishing” last March 21-23, 2012


set-up corner SET UP continues to provide MSMEs technology assistance in 2012 26-27), Mountain Province (February 6-7), Ifugao (February 8-9) and finally, Kalinga (February 13-14).

MOA signing of two newly approved SETUP projects in Benguet last February 2012.

The rationalization of the evaluation system for the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) proposals facilitated the approval of projects for the first quarter of this year, cognizant of DOST-CAR’s mandate to promote the adoption of DOST technologies and to provide S & T interventions to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the region. The approved SETUP projects has a total assistance of Php 2,445,200.00. The approved projects during the quarter came from Mt. Province (4), Benguet (3), Kalinga (3), Baguio (2) and Ifugao (2) inclusive of proposed projects for the past three (3) years. The number of MSMEs who have benefitted from the program steadily increased from two (2) in 2002 to 124 on March 26, 2012. The province of Ifugao has the largest share of projects at nineteen percent (19%), followed by Baguio City (18.5%), Kalinga (16.1%), Benguet (15.3%), Mt. Province (15.3%), Apayao (8.8%) and finally Abra (6.5%). SETUP assistance include provision of S&T services of the clientele particularly in terms of enhanced product quality, upgrading of technical skills, cost reduction, and effective waste management. RTEC conducts TNA in the provinces In support to SETUP implementation, the Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) team went around the provinces to assist the Urban/Provincial S&T Centers conduct the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA), one of the required supporting documents for SETUP proposals. The RTEC team started the TNA in Baguio City (January 17-19), Benguet (January 20), Abra (January 23-25), Apayao (January

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TNA in the Galicia Farm, Pidigan, Abra last January 23, 2012.

Regional Point Persons Identified Another strategy implemented to support the Urban/ Provincial S&T Centers in SETUP implementation is the identification of a regional point person per city/province. The staff identified are to assist in the preparation of one SETUP up proporal for the city/province they are assigned to. This strategy was devised because of the lack of manpower in the centers coupled with the numerous targets for projects and activities that they have to implement within the year. Information dissemination on the program is likewise continuously done by the urban/provincial S&T centers and the regional office. These are incorporated in the trainings, seminars and other such activities being implemented. Likewise, press releases and radio interviews are prepared/ conducted to inform the public, particularly the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises on the availability of the technology assistance. Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, OIC Office of the Regional Director discusses the SETUP to LGU participants during the TLDC OrientationSeminar on March 1, 2012 at the DOST-CAR Conference Hall.

photo releases

DOST Internal Audit Service (IAS) project visits: Communitybased project visit by the IAS team at Luding, Tuba, Benguet.

The RTEC team headed by Mr. Melchor P. Deponio and Provincial S&T Director- Mountain Province, Mr. Norberto M. Cobaldez conducts the TNA of the Community Based Project of the Kalawitan Agro forestry Integrated Livelihood Information Group (KAFILIG) in Sabangan, Mt. Province last Feb. 6, 2012.

Radio interview at DZEQ, Radyo ng Bayan with Mr. Andre Amadeo as anchor, last February 28, 2012. Mr. Melchor Deponio discusses the installation of Automatic Rain Gauges in CAR.

ISO 9001:2008 re-certification audit of the Techno Transfer and Commercialization last February 22, 2012 at the DOSTCAR Conference Hall.

Installation of the automatic rain gauge (ARG) on top of the provincial capitol, Luna, Apayao last February 2012.

DOST-Kalinga and some regional office staff headed by Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, joins the Kalinga Day celebrations last February 14, 2012 at Tabuk City, Kalinga.


s & t trivia

What if traffic lights/road signs are not standardized? by: Jasmin Lee- Donaal

What if ATM cards are not standardized? What if screw threads are not standardized? These were some of the questions posed by Ms. Cirila Botor, Expert , European Union Trade Related Technical Assistance Programme, on her talk on Overview on Standardization during the Philippine Metrology, Standards, Testing, and Quality, Inc. General Membership Meeting on February 4, 2012 at UP Diliman, Quezon City. Answers to her questions already showed the need for standardization. If there is no standardization, there will be chaos at the streets. ATM cards cannot be used in ALL ATM machines. Things with screw threads will have repair and maintenance problems. She further asked, “What if the sun does not always rise in the east or does not set in the west? Even God has standards!” Standard as defined by ISO [pronounced as ay-so and not ay-es-o] is a documented agreement, established by consensus, containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. There are five (5) levels of standards: 1) Company standards - Nestle’ standards, URC standards; 2) Industry standards – Carageenan Association of the Philippines Standards; 3) National standards – Philippine National Standards, Japanese National Standards; 4) Regional Standards – CENELEC (European Standards); and 5) International Standards – Codex, ISO, IEC.

compatibility; interchangeability – ATM cards can be used in any ATM anywhere; variety control, safety, protection of the environment, promote overall economy – no wastage, protect consumer and community interest; and eliminate trade barriers. The types of standards are: basic standards, terminology standards, testing standards, product standards, process standards, service standards, and interface standards. Standards ensure desirable characteristics of products and services such as quality; make the development, manufacturing and supply of products and services more efficient, safer, and cleaner; facilitate trade between countries and make it fairer; provide governments with a technical base for health, safety and environmental legislation, and conformity assessment; share technological advances and good management practices; encourage innovation (standards are recommendatory, not mandatory so that products can be innovated); safeguard consumers and users in general of products and services; and make life simpler by providing solutions to common problems. Deviations to International Standards are allowed by the World Trade Organization/Technical Barriers to Trade agreement if it concerns the following: national security requirements; prevention of deceptive practices; health, safety, and the environment; climatic and geographical factors (e.g. deviation from international standard if not applicable to a tropical country).

Standardization is needed, among others, for: “fitness for purpose” – e.g. a transformer should transform voltages;

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” Steve Jobs


Department of Science & Technology Cordillera Administrative Region Km. 6, La Trinidad, Benguet January - March 2012

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Cordillera S&T Gazette  

1st Quarter 2012

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