To strengthen the capabilities of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) assisted micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), DOST Regional Office 02 held a one-day seminar on Corporate Branding at Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City, December 19.

More than 60 participants from different provinces of Region 02 including Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Quirino and Cagayan attended the said activity.

The activity aimed to reinforce the competence of MSMEs as the prime movers of innovation poverty reduction, employment generation, and social integration.

DOST helped various MSMEs in the country through its flagship program dubbed as Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) that encourages entrepreneurs to adopt technological innovations to improve their operations to boost their productivity and competitiveness.

Engr. Marcelo G. Miguel, the Most Outstanding PSTD for 2015 (2L), with DOST 02 RD Sancho A. Mabborang (L), Sec. Fortunato T. Dela Peña (2R) and DOST ROS Usec. Carol M. Yorobe (R).

DAVAO CITY – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) hailed Provincial Science and Technology Director (PSTD) Marcelo G. Miguel as the nation’s Most Outstanding Provincial S&T Director during the awarding ceremony on Dec. 13, 2016.

Being in the government service for 25 years as a stalwart supporter in the agriculture sector and had expanded overwhelming improvements in the economic and agriculture activities in the province, Engr. Miguel bested other 82 other Provincial Directors with 7 finalists including him who made it to the final round and bagged the prestigious award as the Most   Outstanding Provincial S&T Director.

 “This award overwhelmed me,” said Engr. Miguel during the recognition.  “I did not expect this award. I just did what I think was best for the office,” he added.

Engr. Miguel narrated that he took up engineering and dreamt to be a scientist one day. His dreams and aspirations led him to venture to Department of Science and Technology where he was fortunately appointed as Provincial Director of PSTC Isabela 25 years ago. In here, he was given the chance to share all the knowledge he learned as an engineer and became a scientist in his own as well.

         Smiling at our own problems – this is one of the best characteristics of a typical Filipino. Despite the difficulties, tragedies and challenges thrown upon us, we never fail to stand up, curve a big smile and say,“Tuloy pa rin ang buhay.”

One sunny afternoon, few days after a super typhoon ravaged most of the properties of Cagayanos, our team led by Regional Director Sancho Mabborang travelled to Barangay Bical and Baliuag, Penablanca, Cagayan. Barangay Bical is said to be the ‘ground zero’ where Super Typhoon Lawin made its landfall on the 19th of October, at around 11 o’clock in the evening.

The behemoth typhoon rumbled Cagayan Valley Region with its gustiness of 315 kph and a diameter of 800 kilometers, stronger than Yolanda that hit Leyte in year 2013. In the region, Lawin destroyed more than P5-B crops and live stocks, a total of 33, 210 houses were severely damaged and about 152, 167 households are partially damaged based from the updated situational report of the Office of the Civil Defense Region 02. Cagayan is still lucky for only 6 casualties were reported. The few numbers of casualties was a result of a more prepared and resilient Region 02.

On our way to our destination, we just happened to notice this young boy with a genuine smile plastered on his face, as if telling us, “It’s okay, I can still manage to live and enjoy the world.”  

                                                                                                              

Who would have thought that he had been through a horrifying and painful experience at his very young age? Indeed, he is the best picture of Cagayanos showing the spirit of resilience, hope, faith and letting the world know how strong we are.

            

        Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) operated e-commerce website dubbed “oneSTore.ph” bagged two national awards including Most Outstanding and Quality Pasalubong Treats Provider and Best Pasalubong Treats Provider Awards.

        oneSTore.ph, is an e-commerce web application that operates nationwide aimed primarily to cater quality products to the Philippine consumers in a more accessible way. It helps the Department of Science and Technology’s assisted Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) widen the scope of the network of their products’ market. oneSTore.ph increases business opportunities among MSMEs and eventually boosts economic growth in general.

        The said e- commerce platform was conferred the Most Outstanding and Quality Pasalubong Treats Provider (National) award for its excellence in company reputation, experience, integrity, product quality and customer’s trustworthiness by the National Customer’s Choice Award Council on December 6, 2016 at the Crown Plaza Manila Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

      The awarding council consists of the Consumer Eye Marketing and Research, Shopbest Magazine, Philippine Events Specialist Outreach Program, and the Philippine Events Specialist & Marketing Services Co.Ltd.

About 80 families who belonged to an indigenous group in Gattaran, Cagayan received relief goods from the Science Department as part of its corporate social responsibility on Saturday, November 05, 2016.

Spearheaded by Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 extended some assistance to aetas of Sitio Padungsol, Barangay Basao in the municipality of Gattaran who were greatly affected by the recent hit of Super Typhoon Lawin in Cagayan.

Each household received a package good for two-day meals which include rice, coffee, sardines and noodles. Aside from goods, some clothes were distributed during the operation.

Barangay Captain Danilo Madrid expressed his gratitude to DOST. “Agyaman nak kadakau, saludo ak kadagituy impaayyu nga goods para ti agta tau dituy Sitio Padungsul,” he said during their short conversation with RD Mabborang after the activity.