In Batanes, unwanted berry finds Cinderella story

BASCO, BATANES–The Batanes Pine may have been the Ivatans’ native Christmas tree for hundreds of Decembers, but they may now call  it a fortune tree, too, thanks to its purple berries. Also known as Arius (Podocarpus costalis), the Batanes Pine is a fruit-bearing tree growing by the thousands all over the island group, lining walkways and dotting untended land–with the edible berries in the past left to drop to the […]


RxBox saves mother and child in Batanes

SABTANG, BATANES–When a midwife attached sensors to Rochvelle Gabilo at the rural health unit (RHU) in Sabtang, a sixth-class island municipality south of the Batan main island, two lives were saved. In labor and hypertensive, the Chavayan village resident was on the verge of a high-risk delivery, said the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) RxBox. She was immediately booked for a transfer-trip from the smallest inhabited island here to […]


STARBOOKS in Batanes

If you shouted from a cliff in Batanes, they say someone in Taiwan might actually hear you. Locals also say the radio waves from Taiwan can be clearer on Batanes radio than those from mainland Luzon. Rightfully so, the capital Basco is about 280 kilometers north of Aparri, Cagayan, while it is only about 190 kilometers south of Taiwan.   The Batanes island group, the Philippines’ smallest province in terms of […]



More than 80 students and pupils in Batanes took qualifying exams for Department of Science and Technology-sponsored scholarship in September and October. Tropical Storm “Mario” may have delayed it by a week, but the Science Education Institute conducted its 2015 undergraduate examinations in Batanes on Sept. 28.   Thirty-five of the 37 applicants from different high schools in Batanes made it to the BatanesNationalHigh School in Basco, hoping to qualify […]


DOST-SEI Exam in Batanes Postponed Due to TS Mario

  As it was announced last Friday, the DOST-SEI undergraduate S&T Scholarship Examination in Batanes province has been re-scheduled on 28 September 2014 due to Tropical Storm Mario. Other provinces that have cancelled the qualifying examination are Abra, Occidental Mindoro and the whole of Region I. Other than these areas, the examination pushed through yesterday, 21 September 2014 in various Test Centers nationwide. A total of 37 hopeful students from […]


DOST – SEI 2015 S&T Scholarships Forms are now available at PSTC Batanes

The Provincial Science and Technology Center ( PSTC ) Batanes of  Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 02 (DOST 02), through the Science Education Institute (SEI)  announces the availability of application forms for the SY2015-2016 Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarships. Applications forms are now available to graduating high school students who intend to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at PSTC Batanes. DOST-SEI offers two […]


Conquering the Fear of going to Itbayat

A small boat is the only way in going to the Island of Itbayat, Batanes but lucky sometimes if chartered plane is scheduled. We promised our visitors from the DOST-Industrial Technology Institute (ITDI) that we will try our best to request for the chartered plane but sad to note that there was no available plane during that time. So, as good soldiers and government servants we pushed through with the […]


Itbayat soon to produce Souvenir items

The Provincial Science and Technology Center-Batanes in coordination with the Provincial Local Government Unit of Batanes and the DOST-Industrial Technology Institute (ITDI) will be establishing a production Center for Ceramics Novelty Items in Itbayat, Batanes.  Experts from DOST- ITDI visited the site of the project to assess the feasibility of establishing a production center utilizing clay from the island for ceramics novelty items production. A consultative meeting with the Local […]


PSTC Batanes Joins Batanes Week Celebration

One of the highlights of the Batanes Week celebration on June 25 -31, 2014, is the product exhibit at the Agro Industrial Fair held at the Batan Plaza, Basco, Batanes. Different products as well as services were showcased by different line agencies, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the different Local Government Units of Batanes Province. The booth of the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Batanes showcased […]


DOST ASec. Raymund E. Liboro and the S4SC and Project NOAH Briefing and Orientation in the province

by: MITCHEL RAYMUND B. LECHUGA, PA-I Batanes – the so-called typhoon prone province held its briefing and orientation on Science for Safer Community (S4SC) and the Project NOAH. This was conducted at the Batanes State College Auditorium on April 3, 2014 and attended by 42 participants from the different sectors. This includes the Philippine Navy, PNP, PIA, PLGU’s, MLGU’s, Science teachers, students and some private sectors from the province. The […]