Pan de Masbate adopts e-Nutribun production technology
August 27, 2021
Pan De Masbate, a local bakeshop in Masbate is now producing the DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) developed e-Nutribun. It is the first MSME in the province to secure the license to manufacture this healthier bread option for Masbateños.
Introduced in the 1970s, the Nutribun was distributed to public school children to help curb malnutrition in the country. Recently, it was revitalized by DOST-FNRI as the e-Nutribun, an improved version in terms of nutritional benefits and acceptability to the palate of the present generation.
According to DOST-FNRI, one 160-gram piece of e-Nutribun can provide 60% of the recommended nutrient intake (RNI) of iron and vitamin A, 59% of protein, 58% of dietary fiber, 40% of calcium, 30% of zinc, and 30% of potassium, based on the 2015 Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI) for male children who are 6-9 years old.
Pan de Masbate, owned by Ms. Divinia N. Salvacion and was awarded the 2020 Best SETUP Adoptor in Bicol, targets to supply feeding programs in Masbate by government agencies such as DepEd, DSWD, National Nutrition Council, and local government units. The firm is soon to complete the procurement of upgraded equipment through the approved Phase 2 project under DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). The technology intervention will provide the firm’s capability to mass produce e-Nutribun with quality and consistency.
Interested customers of e-Nutribun in Masbate can directly transact with Pan de Masbate located at at Tara Street, City of Masbate through landline (056) 582-0506 or Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007052539410. (MLDelaCruz/JDAlbao, PSTC-Masbate)
Leathercraft gains ground in Masbate through SETUP
August 27, 2021
Leathercraft is now slowly but firmly taking a foothold in Masbate, the undisputed Rodeo Capital of the Philippines. Thanks to Ayos Sapatos, a pioneering local firm in the province to adopt modern technologies in the manufacture of leather products such as bags, belts, key chains, purse, and slippers. This milestone comes as a result of the technological intervention that the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office V (DOST V) provided under the DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
Ayos Sapatos is a homegrown business established by Precioso R. Baes, a registered nurse working in a local government hospital since 2006. In 2013, he was lured by the call of entrepreneurship to augment the family’s income. He said it is better than going abroad far from family. Drawing inspiration from his relatives in Laguna who are into shoe and bag-making business, he established a shoe repair shop as a complementary business to his wife’s store that sell different food and non-food products including shoes manufactured by their Laguna relatives.
When DOST-Masbate first came to visit Mr. Baes just before the pandemic hit the nation, he was overseeing his staff of three in a 12 square meter shop with manual basic tools and second-hand sewing machines. Later, he also showed his 38 square meter future workshop right in his own home that is near completion. He was confident of the direction he is taking to level up the sideline business he has come to love. However, he lamented that using old equipment with limited capabilities in his engraving, cutting, and sewing operations is such a bottleneck. Churning out better quality products will not be possible without the right equipment. As if on cue, DOST-Masbate representatives assured him that SETUP is the key. In December 4, 2020, Mr. Baes officially became a project cooperator during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the project “Upgrading Production Operations of Ayos Sapatos” facilitated by the staff of DOST- Masbate.
Less than two months after fund release in February 23, 2021, Mr. Baes procured one unit each of Laser Engraving Cutting Machine with desktop printer and Electric Leather Sewing Machine. True to the project’s objectives, the shop is now creating product after product with improved and customized designs as the laser engraving equipment turns out higher outputs from 1-2 bags per week to 2 bags per day. The machine afforded him to utilize other media such as wood for bag making and other product lines such as trophy. The firm has already graduated from manual sewing of thick leather as the new electric leather sewing machine does the job best. Two additional workers were hired as the firm speeds up production to service demand of its fast-growing homegrown customers who have come to love and appreciate his truly Masbate-made creations.
And Mr. Baes has never been optimistic about the firm’s future than now as products leave the shelves faster than before! His next immediate goal is to produce more items and expand market reach to include Legazpi City and Naga City where he is slowly growing a customer base. He is also happy and proud to be able to contribute to the tourism industry in Masbate. Before, people visiting the province could only buy dried fish and pastillas as “pasalubong” items. Now, they can add as take-home world-class leather products with the brand RL Crafts or short for Rodeo Leathercrafts, manufactured by Ayos Sapatos.
SETUP is one of the flagship programs of DOST that provides innovation fund assistance to encourage SMEs adopt technological innovations to boost productivity and market competitiveness. The nationwide program covers the following sectors: food processing, furniture, gifts, decors, handicrafts, agriculture/marine/aquaculture, metals and engineering, ICT, pharmaceuticals, health, and wellness products. (MLDela Cruz/JDAlbao, PSTC-Masbate)
DOST-V launches new web series
July 30, 2021
The Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST-V) debuted its first web series “Alas-DOST Na! DOSTkusyon Na!” on 30 July 2021 on the DOST Region V official Facebook page, with simulcast on Radyo Veritas Legazpi and Veritas TV. Science time is happening every Friday, two o’clock in the afternoon for our stakeholders and the general public.
Developed and produced by DOST-V’s S&T Promotion and Information Services Unit, the premiere was hosted by Regional Director Rommel Serrano and S&T Promo Officer-in-Charge Engr. Domingo A. Peña Jr. Two segments composed the first three episodes, each featuring key DOST programs:
Episode 1: SETUP or the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, and DOST S&T Scholarship
- Tekno-Asenso: ‘State-of-the-art’ farm, posible sa SETUP
- Mr. Ranulfo Cambi shares the story of Cambi Integrated Farm and their progress through the technology interventions of SETUP.
- Oragon: Kwentong tagumpay, kwentong DOST scholar
- Through an interview with RD Serrano via Zoom, Hon. John Paul Erlano talks on his experience and learnings as a DOST scholar, and its impact on his endeavors as Board Member of the 2nd District of Sorsogon.
Episode 2: Bicol Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (BRICE), and DOST- Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS)
- “BRICE and shine” sa invention contest ng DOST
- Prof. Joel Habalo of Bicol University encourages inventors and researchers to join the 2021 BRICE, by demonstrating his 2017 1st runner up-winning entry
- Success sa JLSS: Maging DOST Scholar ka!
- Via Zoom, RD Serrano interviews one of the successful 2021 JLSS qualifiers in the Bicol Region – John Rheal Loreno of Magallanes, Sorsogon.
Episode 3: Science and Technology Academic and Research Based Openly Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) and DOST-Academe Technology- Based Enterprise Development (DATBED)
- Star ang kaalaman sa STARBOOKS!
- Science teacher Ms. Jennevin Convocar and Principal Mr. Roger Llave talk on the benefit of STARBOOKS to Masarawag National High School in Guinobatan, Albay.
- DATBED: Tekno-negosyong tulong sa mga batang entrepreneurs
- With the recent turn-over of Stage II funding for her Exotix Organicum Mushroom Farm in Camarines Sur, Ms. Ma. Bernadette Navera shares her journey as a DATBED techno-preneur with RD Serrano.
With the launching of this web series, DOST-V leverages on the trend of information dissemination through social media along with strengthening existing information avenues and partnership with local media outlets. Alas-DOST Na! further reinforces DOST’s presence in the Bicol Region through an informative and engaging presentation of its programs, projects, services and activities.
All episodes can be re-watched at the DOST-V FB page at https://www.facebook.com/dostro5. (Engr. D.A. Peña Jr. / M.F.L. Miranda / M.G.H. Marcos, DOST Region V)
30th SOLABC highlights industry innovation, S& T strategies
August 23, 2021
Industry innovation and S&T strategies for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) were among the many highlights of the 30th Southern Luzon Business Conference, held through virtual platforms on 25-26 June 2021.
Spearheaded by the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CSCCII), the two-day event aimed to respond to the region’s most compelling issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on strategies for businesses, recovery goals and alternate ways in adapting to the “new normal”.
In his talk “Industry Innovation and Infrastructure” for the topic on Current and Future Priority Programs for MSMEs, DOST-V Regional Director Rommel R. Serrano centered the discussion on some of the many industry and MSME-focused programs and projects of DOST:
- Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), DOST’s banner program, is a comprehensive and focused program of assistance extended to MSMEs that enables them to address technical problems through technology transfer and technology interventions to improve productivity through better product quality, human resource development, cost minimization, waste management and other operation-related activities.
- Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) aims to empower and build the marginalized communities by improving their quality to life through S&T. The program provides science-based development initiatives to identified communities, focusing on five key areas: 1) health and nutrition, 2) human resource development, 3) economic development / livelihood opportunities, 4) environmental protection and preservation, and 5) disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
- Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, or GWP, assists women micro-entrepreneurs in the region to maximize their competitiveness and improve sustainability through product development and production technologies, market development and expansion, assistance in enterprise development and management, facilitation of registration and certification requirements, participation of WMEs in trade fairs and exhibits, visual merchandising, and enablers’ training on gender analysis.
- Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) aims to support the establishment of technology-based enterprises owned or managed by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or their families as they move forward to a better normal; the program consists of two phases: Capability building (Phase 1) and Innovation funding (Phase 2).
- Science and Technology for Accelerating Regional Technology-based Development (iSTART) endeavors to support balanced evelopment geographically by accelerating regional growth through Science, Technology and Innovation by assisting LGUs in developing a technology-based development plan for the agri-based, manufacturing and services sector; support technology-based investments and projects in the regions by engaging Researchers, Scientists and Engineers (RSEs); and increase partnerships with private and public organizations to accelerate technology-based investments
- Laboratory services offered by the Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) and Regional Metrology Laboratory (RML) are available not only to students and researchers, but also to MSMEs, production sector and industries as well; these services include microbiological and chemical analyses for food, and calibration.
As Dir. Serrano said, the SOLABC is “only one of the many steps we can take together to address complex issues surrounding our economy.” Amidst these challenges DOST-V assures the continuous crafting of science-based and innovative solutions to advance the economy in South Luzon for a better normal for all. DOST-V and its six Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs) has always been and will continue to be in the forefront in creating changes that make positive impacts for Bicolanos and the Bicol Region as a whole.
Invent School Program: Powering thinkers across the nation
August 23, 2021
Despite obstacles brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) continues to empower students in the elementary, high school and college levels with the Invent School Program or ISP. TAPI explored online platforms and tailor-fitted its training to deliver the same quality of innovation-inspiring activities and discussions going beyond the traditional face-to-face workshops and seminars,
ISP aims to stimulate students’ interest in creativity and inventiveness and create awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and protection, leading to the creation of technologies that shall become their enterprises which serve as a starting ground for future Filipino inventors. Like many other programs implemented by the department, ISP has been calibrated to cope with the demands of the pandemic without sacrificing the caliber of its services
In the Bicol Region, ISP has been conducted since 2011 in Legazpi City; Virac, Catanduanes; Guinobatan, Albay; and Nabua, Camarines Sur.
Continuing with its digital shift in 2021 along with new and improved content and delivery, TAPI—along with DOST-V—encourages academic institutions to avail of the program. Submission of proposals is until 15 July 2021. Visit techtrans.gov.ph or tapi.dost.gov.ph for more details and information, or check out TAPI’s Facebook pages @i-INVENTPH or @DOST.TAPI. (EngrDAPeñaJr / MFLMiranda, DOST-V; DOST-TAPI)