PSTO Camarines Norte releases SETUP funds to Global Digital Printing, Jireh Food Products
DOST V thru PSTC Camarines Norte released funds to two (2) MSMEs in the province of Camarines Norte.
The release of funds to Global Digital Printing, Advertising and General Merchandise and Jireh Food Products was done simultaneously with other provinces in the region via Zoom meeting last 15 June 2022.
The funds will be utilized by the firm for the procurement of equipment identified during the project assessment and evaluation.
The Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) is a nationwide strategy program of the Department of Science and Technology that encourage and assist Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in adopting technology and innovations to enhance operational efficiency, boost productivity and promote the competitiveness of products and services.
First published on June 23, 2022. Source
DOST V deploys STARBOOKS in La Consolacion College of Iriga
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V continuously deployed STARBOOKS with its newest update on the content, especially in the K to 12 learning resources produced by the Frontlearners.
DOST V successfully installed the First Science and Technology Digital Library at La Consolacion College of Iriga in Iriga City, Camarines Sur. La Consolacion College is a private Catholic co-educational primary and higher education institution run by the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (ASOLC) in the City of Iriga in Camarines Sur Province.
Following the installation of the application, the orientation and demonstration of the program were also given to the librarians to utilize the application and equipped them with the basic knowledge of accessing the offline portal concurrently using their workstation through a local area network setup. (Wired or wireless connection).
STARBOOKS contains hundreds and thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio) set in a user’s friendly interface. It aims to provide S&T-based educational and learning resources to geographically-isolated schools and local government units throughout the country, as well as enhance the educational competence of the students.
Published on June 16, 2022. Source
DOST V conducts STARBOOKS system update for beneficiary UST-Legazpi
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V conducted an onsite system update on one of its beneficiaries of STARBOOKS in Albay province.
University of Santo Tomas–Legazpi, formerly known as Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL), is a private Catholic primary and higher education institution. It has been a program recipient since 2016 and now has access to the most recent version of the digital library developed by the DOST Science and Technology Information Institute (STII). Ms. Karen M. Rosin, RL, MLIS, Director of University Library and Information Services together with personnel attended the orientation and technical training on the program’s operational procedure.
The STARBOOKS offline and the online platform now includes over 8,000 lessons, quizzes, and activities.
Published on June 16, 2022. Source
PSTO Catanduanes director addresses educators at dengue prevention and control seminar
The start of the rainy season was officially declared last May 18, it was followed shortly by a warning from the Department of Health (DOH) against a rise in many diseases, including dengue.
The Proclamation No. 1204 series of 1998 also known as the National Awareness Month is celebrated every whole month of June. Dengue has been considered by the DOH as an all-year-round disease that rises in incidence during the rainy season due to the presence of more breeding places for disease-causing Aedes aegypti type of mosquitoes.
The School Governance and Operation Division of Schools Division of Catanduanes conducted a face-to-face information operation for dengue prevention and control last June 15, 2022, at School Division Office located at San Roque, Virac. Engr. Marie Grace T. Molina of PSTC Catanduanes has been invited as a keynote speaker. Representatives of each school in Catanduanes attended the event.
Engr. Molina discussed how the viral infection is transmitted through the bite of dengue-infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the symptoms, prevention, and treatments. The highlight of the discussion was the Administrative Order 2018-0021 "Guidelines for the Nationwide Implementation of the Enhanced 4S-Strategy against Dengue, Chikungunya & Zika."
As key interventions, Engr. Molina encouraged everyone to be prime movers in controlling the mosquito population and avoiding possible dengue deaths within the community through the 4S strategy. The 4S stands for: "Search and destroy" mosquito-breeding sites, employ "Self-protection measures" (i.e. daily use of mosquito repellent), "Seek early consultation," and "Support fogging/spraying" only in hotspot areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.
BIDVMP is a collaboration of various strategies for dengue prevention and control that was initiated and implemented by the DOST, Departments of Health (DOH), Education (DepEd), Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was also tackled. Together with the ABKD (Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue) another anti-dengue advocacy campaign that support DOH’s objective to reduce the cases of dengue in the country. ABKD seeks to enforce the government’s drive against dengue by inviting community involvement through clean-up drives and public awareness. School officials are urged to partake in search and destroy activities at the school premises. Unfortunately, these two programs were unable to continue due to shortage of fund but looking at its effectiveness, PSTC Catanduanes together with DepED Catanduanes is planning to revive the said dengue early warning systems, on provincial setting.
First published on June 15, 2022. Source
DOST V with PSTO Camarines Sur provides PORTASOL units to 50 farmer organizations
FIFTY FARMER ORGANIZATIONS IN CAMARINES SUR AWARDED WITH PORTASOL TECHNOLOGY---
A total fifty of (50) farmer organizations in the province of Camarines Sur received one (1) unit of PORTASOL or Portable Solar Dryer-Grains Thermal Drying Trays each through the project entitled "Upgrading of Agricultural Products of Farmer Organizations through Improved Drying Process in Camarines Sur" DOST Regional Office V – Provincial Science & Technology Center. PORTASOL is a portable and lightweight multi-purpose solar dryer composed of aluminum thermal trays that can be laid down on an open field or assembled into racks with a plastic sheet cover as protection from pests and fungus. Developed by Mr. Francisco Pagayon, the technology aims to eradicate this perennial problem of harvest losses and will provide fast, safe, and clean solar dryers on any ground, away from roads and highways. The technology can hold up to 150 kg of produce and its drying rate as per a study conducted on a different set of grains provide that it is 2-3 time faster than the usual method.
The roll-out of the said technology started from the month of February to May 2022 with the help of the different partner agencies namely, OVP-OMASENSO Program, Department of Agrarian Reform- Camarines Sur 1 (DAR-CAMSUR 1), Department of Agrarian Reform- Camarines Sur 2 (DAR-CAMSUR 2), Cooperative Development Authority-Regional Office V Extension Office (CDA V) and the Department of Agriculture Regional Office V.
With the assistance of the five (5) agencies, they endorsed ten (10) farmer organizations each, for a total of fifty (50) farmer organizations, located in the province of Camarines Sur, that would truly benefit from the said technology. The majority of the farmer's produce are rice, corn, soya beans, sili, taro leaves, other high-value crops, and even fish. One of the feedbacks from San Isidro de Libmanan Agriculture Cooperative (SILAC) is that they were able to dry two sacks of palay for only three hours. This proves the effectiveness of the technology as per claims. DOST V hopes that through the provision of the technology, farmer organizations will become aware of the said Filipino invention as well as improve the drying efficiency and quality of the dried agricultural produce in the province.
Published on June 15, 2022. Source