The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region O2 through the Provincial Science and Technology Center of Batanes recently conducted the S&T Caravan in Batanes. This event by DOST in partnership with LGUs, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and other partner agencies was held on April 17-27, with the theme “Bringing S&T Interventions with Innovations to the Ivatans.” The event aims to increase the visibility and relevance of the agency to the community through activities that show the mandate of DOST. It also gave assistance to qualified Ivatan entrepreneurs.

The activities and learning sessions on DOST programs and services for this year’s celebration include: on-site calibration of weights and volume, energy utilization, and operational safety assessment for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), site validation and assessment on Biogas, assessment of proposed SETUP firms, the launching of the oneSTore hub, the Batanes Food Safety Team meeting, and the launching of Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) project in Uyugan.

Technology forum and series of trainings were also conducted on home-care products technology demonstration, health and wellness training in the utilization of essential oil through hilot skills, training on fish processing, novelty and souvenir items, cleaner production technology, carageenan technology, financial management, DOST PCIEERD, and PCHRD R&D Programs, and DOST TechniCom.

An opening program was held at RCPTC Hall of DA-BES on April 24. One of the highlights of the program was the oath taking and pledging of commitment of members of the Provincial Science and Technology Action Group (PSTAG) and the Batanes Food Safety Team (BFST) led by the Chairperson of the PSTAG, Hon. Governor Marilou H. Cayco.

A ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement among DOST Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, Itbayat National Agricultural High School (INAHS) school principal Mr. Marcelino Madino, and the TESDA regional director was also concluded to support the work immersion of INAHS students for food processing.

In the same program, checks representing the stipends of new DOST scholars of the Batanes State College (BSC) students were also awarded. Financial assistance through acquisition of processing equipment amounting to more than Php 3M was also awarded to 6 new MSME SETUP proponents.

Meanwhile, the launching of Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) in Uyugan Fish Landing Center was graced by Governor Cayco, Regional Director Sancho Mabborang, Asst. Regional Director for FOS Virginia Bilgera, Batanes PSTC Director Nora T. Garcia, BFAR Provincial Head Richie Rivera, Uyugan Mayor Jonathan Enrique Nanud, beneficiaries, and other visitors.

Governor Cayco, in her inspirational message during the CEST launching in Uyugan said that a project like CEST is what Batanes needs. She emphasize that the project supports one of her executive agenda which is to improve the livelihood of Ivatans for them to have a permanent and stable source of income. She hopes that with the assistance of DOST and other agencies, and her vision for the province will become a reality.

Dir. Mabborang on one of his messages, expresses how close Batanes is to his heart as PSTC Batanes is his first area of assignment in DOST. He stressed on his entire messages that the caravan is indeed an avenue to reach out even the far flung or the remotest province in Region 02 to introduce innovations to the community. He also iterated that S&T is not only for the few but also to all Juan and Juana in any part of the Philippines.  S&T indeed is for the people by the people.

Mitchel Raymund B. Lechuiga & Joy Ann M. Horlina (PSTC Batanes)


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